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About Belarus

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and the most populous city is Minsk. The country is 1 ½ times the size of Tamil Nadu and has a population similar to Chennai. Average temperatures vary across Belarus. In January, temperatures average from -4.5°C to -8°C. In July the average temperature is +17°C to +18.5°C. Some parts of Belarus experience sub-zero temperatures for more than a third of the year.

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Belarus has a stable political and law & order situation. The prevailing conditions are sufficiently conducive to educational courses for foreign students. Unless the students indulge in anti-social activities, the security and safety of Indian students are generally good. There is no information of any racist attack on any Indian citizen in Belarus. On arrival in Belarus, Indian students in their own interest should register their names in the Education Wing of the Embassy. This will enable the Embassy to communicate with the students for any important information.

Belarus is not part of the European Union. Students must be careful about any false promises by individuals of getting a job after completion of degree or settlement in any country of European Union or free travel to any of such countries.

Belarus has 4 medical universities. All these universities are many decades old and are recognized by the Belarusian Government and by the WHO. According to the Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations, an Indian student who studies in a foreign university which is recognized by the WHO is eligible for appearing at the screening tests of MCI. Medical Universities in Belarus teach in the English language. However, the students do need to learn Russian because, from the 3rd year, they need to interact with local patients who only speak Russian. Institutes provide lessons in the Russian language course.

MBBS in Belarus

Education is one of the main priorities of the national policy of the Republic of Belarus. Studying MBBS in Belarus should be the best choice for both domestic and international students. This is due to the standard and quality of the education system in Belarus. Education in Belarus is of a very high standard, hence every year students from all over the world troop into Belarus for studies in their respective courses of choice. Studying in Belarus is more than just a dream of having a degree program or a Master’s program abroad; The Belarusian universities and other high institutions are immensely equipped with education facilities to meet the standard of any present-day academic challenge.  The cost of education in Belarus is very nominal and at the same time, the students need not compromise on the quality. The government of Belarus always encourages quality education and that is the reason that not just local students, but students from all corners of the world head to MBBS in Belarus.

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The following are the points in favor of MBBS in Belarus:

  • Direct Admission to MBBS
  • Approved by MCI/WHO
  • Easy Visa Process
  • Low Fee compared to many other countries
  • Safety
  • Low cost of living
  • Indian food or self-cooking facility is available in most of the universities.
  • Excellent weather is conducive to studying.
  • Renowned teaching faculty with years of teaching experience.
  • Excellent quality education.
  • Belarus has been a destination for Indian students for many years
  • All Universities of Belarus are Government Universities.

Top Universities of Belarus

  • Vitebsk State Medical University
  • Gomel State Medical University
  • Belarusian State Medical University
  • Grodno State Medical University

Vitebsk State Medical University

Vitebsk State Medical Institute was established as a hospital-medical institute on November 1, 1934, by Resolution of the Council of People’s Commissars of the BSSR. The total number of students in all courses was 250. MD, Professor Moisei Anisimovich Khazanov, a graduate of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern (Switzerland) was appointed as the first Rector of the Institute. 12 Professors, well-known in the USSR and abroad medical scientists, started to work with him: Professor Pavel Markovich Gurevich, a graduate of the University of Strasbourg (Alsace – France), became the first dean. In 1938 a hospital-medical institute was renamed into Vitebsk Medical Institute.

Until 1941 seven turn-outs of physicians were carried out.  In 1951 the Institute was headed by a graduate of First Moscow Medical Institute, Professor Ivan Illarionovich Bogdanovich. In 1952-53 a large group of famous academicians and professors came to the Institute from Moscow and Leningrad. For 10 years they have created strong medico-biological and clinical schools that are still honored both in our country and abroad. In 1959 the main academic building was put into operation. In 1959 Pharmaceutical Faculty was created, along with the current General Medicine Faculty. In 1961 the Institute was headed by Professor Medvedeva Glafira Antonovna. In 1962 the Central Scientific Research laboratory was founded. Preparatory Training Department was opened in 1974. From 1979 to 1996 Honoured Worker of Science of BSSR, Professor Sachek Mikhail Grigoryevich was the Rector of the Institute. In 1981 the new laboratory and the theoretical building housing the total area of 14,000 Square Meters came into operation. In 1981 Vitebsk State Medical Institute began training medical and pharmaceutical specialists for foreign countries. For merits in the training of highly qualified specialists and contribution to the development of medical science and public health service according to the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Vitebsk State Medical Institute was awarded the Order of Peoples’ Friendship in 1984 (by the 50th anniversary of VSMI). In 1984 the Faculty of Advanced Training of doctors was opened. In 1989 the Ministry of Health of the USSR passed the Institute for subordination to the Ministry of Health of the BSSR.

From 1997 to 2005 the University was headed by Alexander Nikolayevich Kosinets. During this period the University held a profound transformation. The Faculty of Overseas Students Training and Advanced Training and Retraining Faculty was opened in 1997, the Faculty of Career Guidance and Pre-University Training – in 1998, Stomatological Faculty – in 2001, the Faculty of Advanced Training in Pedagogics and Psychology – in 2001. New departments and courses of professional development are organized at the faculties. An electronic library was created, computer classes are connected to global sources of information. On March 10, 2003, by order of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, the Clinic of Vitebsk State Medical University was founded. In 1998 the Institute has successfully passed the certification and accreditation of the status of higher educational establishment of a university type and was transformed into Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University. In 2005 MD, Professor Valery Deikalo became the Rector of the University. Since 2010 the University has been training on the second stage of higher education (Master’s program). In 2010 a morphological building was put into operation and medical library of VSMU – in 2011. In 2007 in cooperation with PATHE Academy (DSR Sri Lanka), the University signed a protocol of joint action to establish a branch of VSMU in DSR Sri Lanka. In 2008 it signed an agreement on mutual cooperation with Gdansk Medical Academy (Poland). In 2009 it established cooperation with Argentine University Maimonides.

For the years of working the University has trained more than 14,000 physicians and more than 6,000 pharmacists. Graduates of the University are great organizers and leaders of practical public health, heads of clinic departments, head physicians.

On March 18, 2015, MD Anatoliy Tadeushevich Shchastniy, the graduate of 1984, Professor of Surgery Chair of the Faculty of Advanced Training and Retraining was appointed as a rector of Vitebsk State Medical University.

The time frames of the academic year are strictly regulated. It is divided into two semesters:

Autumn semester: September – January & Spring semester: February – July

Preliminary testing in biology, chemistry, and English is foreseen and the required result should be no less than 50 % in each subject. From the first to the third year the students study preclinical subjects:

1st year – Anatomy, Chemistry, Bio-organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Histology, Cytology, and Embryology

2nd year – Biological chemistry, Normal physiology, general care therapeutic/surgical patients, Micro-biology

3rd year – Pathological physiology/Anatomy, Propedeutics of internal diseases/General surgery, Pharmacology, Topographical anatomy. The lectures are held in English.

Up to the second-year Russian language is taught as a language so the students will have adequate knowledge to communicate with the patients, hospital staff, and doctors who are not affiliated with VSMU.

4th year – 6th year – general surgery, Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Urology, Oncology, Otolaryngology, Anaesthesiology and Rehabilitation, Clinical medicine, Endocrinology, Ultra-sound scanning, Dermatology and Dermatovenerology, Cardiology, Infectious diseases, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Forensic medicine, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and General Hygiene. Theory and lectures are taught in English. Practicals are in the Russian language to communicate with patients, hospital staff, and doctors who are not affiliated with VSMU.

Gomel State Medical University

In 1990 Gomel State Medical University was founded as per the resolution of the Council of Ministers and Order of the Minister of Health of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. It is the youngest of four medical universities in Belarus. Gomel State Medical University has attained the status of a modern university and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other international professional groups. Graduates of the University work in clinics throughout the Republic of Belarus, Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Today, Gomel State Medical University employs 600 highly qualified professors and assistant professors within 34 departments, 5 profile research laboratories, and a central research laboratory and 18 large well-equipped clinics. The clinical base of the University is the best in Belarus, using advanced medical technologies for the diagnosis and treatment in the fields of endocrinology, cardiology, immunology, hematology, ophthalmology, and oncology as well as other medical specialties. The University library, with its rich source of written and other material, Internet access, and three reading halls, provides students with the means to excel during the educational process. Modern hostels offer comfortable flats, lounges, and physical training rooms, as well as Internet access. Since its inception, the University has prepared more than 2000 doctors, training foreign students from Africa, Poland, Turkey, Russia, China, Vietnam, Lebanon, Iran, South America, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Newly Independent States and Western Europe.

Bealrusian State Medical University

Belarusian State Medical University is the leading higher medical educational institution of the Republic of Belarus having merited international authority and recognition. The history of the university can be traced back to 1921 when the Medical Faculty was created as a part of the Belarusian State University. The Medical Faculty became an independent educational institution in 1930.

On 28 June 2001 Minsk State Medical Institute was renamed to the state leading higher educational establishment «Belarusian State Medical University».

1925 — the first class of graduates (21 students were awarded the diplomas and qualified as physicians).

1930 — the Belarusian State Medical Institute was founded on the base of the Medical Faculty.

1944 — the Belarusian State Medical Institute returned to its home place (Minsk).

1960 — Dental Faculty was created.

1964 — Pediatric Faculty and Faculty of Preventive Medicine started their activity.

1967 — Medical Faculty for Foreign Students appeared within the University.

1971 — for the achievements in training of specialist, development of Public health service and medical science Minsk State Medical Institute was rewarded with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR.

1995 — Military Medicine Faculty was opened

2001 — the University was granted its current title and status of the leading higher medical institution in Belarus.

2011 — Pharmaceutical Faculty appeared within the University.

More than 2,000 international specialists from nearly 100 countries have been trained at the faculty over the period of its existence. The basic department of the faculty is the Russian language department opened in 1975. Learning Russian by international students is the pledge of a high level of knowledge and excellent quality of practical training. Since 2009 the teaching in English has been organized at the University. Currently, the department trains more than 1,000 students from 60 countries. The geography of the countries where international students come from is extensive: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Ghana, Germany, Georgia, Egypt, Yemen, India, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Cape Verde, China, Kazakhstan, Congo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, France, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Sweden, Somalia, Sri Lanka, United States, South Korea. International students live in the hostels with all modern conveniences, they are able to communicate with each other within the groups, celebrate national and religious holidays, and participate in national festivals and exhibitions.

The theoretical training of future doctors is carried out in the first two years. Within this period international students are taught separately from Belarusian students. Groups consist of 8-10 people. The students study Normal Anatomy and Histology, Cytology and Embryology, General and Bioorganic Chemistry, Biology and General Medical Genetics, Normal Physiology, and Biochemistry. The highly qualified teaching staff of theoretical departments of the University provides the teaching of basic medical sciences at a high scientific and technological level. Along with medical and biological subjects, the students study Russian and Latin.

In the third and fourth years, the students study clinical disciplines: Pathological Physiology and Pathological Anatomy, Microbiology and Pharmacology, General Surgery and Internal Medicine, Propaedeutics, General Hygiene, etc. The foundation for future professional activity is laid at clinics and hospitals, where classes are held in groups with the native speakers of Russian. International students are surrounded by care and attention not only by professors and assistant professors but by their classmates – Belarusian students.

During the 5th-6th years education is aimed at building and developing knowledge and skills of a specialist. Students study internal and surgical diseases, pediatrics and ophthalmology, diseases of the ear, nose, and throat, infectious and tropical diseases, psychiatry, etc. All students have the opportunity to be in direct contact with patients, participate in clinical rounds and consultations, take part in medical diagnostic procedures, and be present in the operating room.

Self-training students have the opportunity to work on their own in the reading room of the University library, in computer classes and student scientific circles. Every year they participate in student scientific conferences. In the summer they have practical training at the health care facilities of Minsk. Graduates have the opportunity to continue their education in clinical residency.

The graduates are awarded diplomas of an international standard, one page of which is made in English with the title «MD» – Medical Doctor. The number of hours and the grades received in the subjects studied is indicated in the Supplement to the Diploma. These records are compared with the national University curriculum in the graduate’s home country for diploma verification and examination for confirmation of the obtained qualification.

Studying at university is the most interesting and memorable period of life of every student. Any student can participate in the students’ theater and art contests; competitions and amateur sporting events make the life of international students brighter and richer.

Grodno State Medical University

The Grodno State Medical Institute was established in 1958, the first enrollment of freshmen amounted to 250.

On October 1, 1958, the Grodno State Medical Institute commenced academic studies and on October 15 the first sitting of the Academic Council took place. In 1964 the first 248 medical doctors graduated from the institute, 22 graduates were granted Honors Diplomas. At the beginning of the 1960s, the first typical halls of residence were built, in the middle of the 1980s, the first hall of residence of bearing-wall construction was put into service.

Over the last 50 years, the Institute (and then the university) graduated over 16,000 physicians and graduate nurses. The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus increased considerably in enrollment in the University over recent years.

In the 1990s, new (and the unique in the Republic of Belarus at that) faculties were established: Faculty of Graduate Nurses and Faculty of Mental Health Medicine. Since 1992 foreign students have been trained at the University (at present this medical University ranks first among the institutions of higher learning in the city by the number of foreign students). Over recent years export of educational services has been significantly extended. In 2008 the Faculty of Medical Diagnostics was established with two majors: “Medical Diagnostics” and “Nursing”.

The University has 5 faculties. The University offers five undergraduate majors, 33 majors for clinical residents, 20 majors for Ph.D. students. First master’s degree holders have been qualified.

In November 1999 – January 2000, the Institute has been successfully accredited as a University.

Major efforts are undertaken at the University to improve the quality of education. The “National Textbook” Project is being carried out at the University. Textbooks and manuals, which are prepared by the academic staff according to the specialization of the faculty, are published for medical students. Information technologies find a large scale application in the academic process. The computerization of the University has been accomplished, a PC-based library hall has been equipped, information databases have been created. A three-level academic performance rating has been introduced. Grading criteria for all courses have been developed. Active forms of learning are used. Monitored independent students’ work is being introduced. Theoretical and practical clinical training of students is being upgraded. The students have the possibility for taking practical training in Poland and Germany.

It is worthy of note that the University trains not only physicians but also researchers and the teaching staff for its own needs. At present, the administration of the University consists mainly of University graduates. By the number of persons with doctoral and Ph.D. degrees, the Grodno State Medical University takes the leading position in the Republic of Belarus.

The Educational Institution “Grodno State Medical University” is the first medical institution of higher learning in the Republic of Belarus, where the ISO 9001 Quality Management System was introduced and certified, which complies with the National Quality Management System (СТБ ISO 9001-2009) and with the German Quality Management System (DIN EN 9001-2008).

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