Why should I study in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan?
The standard of higher education in Russia/Ukraine is considered to be one of the most advanced and sophisticated in the world. Russian/Ukrainian degrees have received global recognition and have topped World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) rankings.
What would be the services offered by Kursk Educational Consultancy (KEC) and have to be paid for?
KEC exclusively details the services that are offered by KEC, which are directly associated to the basic admission process of the student. These are detailed in the schedule of charges payable to the KEC. Any of the services which are not included in the schedule of the services provided have to be paid for by the student.
What would be the advantage on applying to a Russian/Ukrainian/Kyrgyzstan higher educational Institute through KEC?
The parent is assured of a high quality and a professional organization having integrity and vast experience rather than a fly-by-night operator trying to offer the same services, may be at a discounted cost. The number of students who have already been enrolled through KEC and successfully studying in Russia/Ukraine serve as a testimony of the professional services offered by KEC.
KEC has close ties with the Russian/Ukrainian universities and the founder members of KEC have themselves completed the medical education inRussia/Ukraine.
KEC also guides its students to appear for the medical qualifying exams in India, USA, UK and other countries.
Are the medical degrees from Russian/Ukrainian/Kyrgyzstan Universities recognized?
YES. As per the amendment to the Indian Medical Act, 1956, any Indian student intending to study medicine in any medical college anywhere in the world for a graduate medical course has to obtain an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India, New Delhi before joining the medical college abroad. After the successful completion of the course, the student is expected to appear for a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examination as required by the Medical Council of India prior to the registration with the Medical Council of India. The responsibility of obtaining the eligibility certificate as required by the Medical Council of India rests with the student.
Sould the student have to give any entrance examination prior to joining the university in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan?
Unlike the other countries, there are no pre-qualifying examinations like CET, TOEFL, IELTS, etc for admission to the Universities in Russia/Ukraine. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for the Graduate courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree with the Russian/Ukrainian degrees for the post graduate courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first served basis.
What are Russian/Ukrainian/Kyrgyzstan classroom environments like?
In most Russian universities, there is generally a teacher student ratio of 1:10, which gives you a more attentive and personal learning environment.
What if the classes are conducted in Russian/Ukrainian/Kyrgyzstan? I dont even speak Russian?
If the medium of instruction for your intended course is Russian, you will receive an academic year-long Preparatory course conducted in Russian before you begin your actual university studies. This course teaches you Russian in more detail and also covers the prerequisite subjects that you need to know to begin your university studies.
Even if the classes are conducted in English? Do I need to be proficient in Russian?
For the medical studies, the first three years consist of pre-clinical training and is more lectures oriented. The pre clinical subjects are taught completely in the English language. However, there are Russian language classes as a part of the curriculum from the first year itself. This is necessary since from the fourth year the students would start his/her clinical subjects, which would require him / her to attend the clinics and hospitals as part of his training and would have to interact with the local patients and hence would require knowing the local language. Students are therefore required to be proficient in the Russian/Ukrainian language so that they are able to gain the most out of their higher education in Russia/Ukraine.Also the knowledge of the local language is an added asset for the student to interact with the local population.In short, proficiency in Russian is a MUST if you choose to enroll in Russian/Ukrainian Higher Education.
Are their any scholarships or grants given to foreign students?
The education in Russia/Ukraine is highly subsidized by the Government. Therefore there are no separate scholarships or grants available from individual universities. However, educational bank loans for abroad studies up to 15 lakhs are now available from all nationalized, co-operative and the private sector banks. These loans are available at very low interest and are generally repaid in easy instalments, one year after the completion of the educational period.
Can KEC help the students with the bank Loans?
KEC could guide the student/parent with regards to the bank loans available and also guide the students about the loan formalities. KEC could also support the student with all the documents that he / she would require from the University. However, the student/parent would have to fulfil the eligibility regarding the issuance of the bank loan and the responsibility of securing the loan would remain with the student.
How do I apply for my passport?
For obtaining a passport, you need to apply to your local passport office in an application form available at the passport office. It would however, be an easier process for the student to apply through a travel agent since he is well aware of the process. The process normally takes around 6 to 8 weeks for the issuance of the passport after the date application and the passport is sent directly to your address. However, it is known that the issuance of the passport make take a longer time, which may result in a delay in proceeding to Russia/Ukraine or even the cancellation of your admission. Therefore, you should take all precautions and plan accordingly. There is also a facility to have your passport issued on a “Tatkaal” basis on the submission of your letter of admission. For more details visit (http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink)
Tution Fees & living Expenses
When would the student need to pay his/her tuition fees? How and where should they pay it?
Students who are enrolled for the first academic year must pay their tuition fees to us before leaving for the University in Russia/Ukraine.
For subsequent years, tuition fees must be paid prior to beginning of the next academic year at the University. Students may choose to pay, in cash, directly to the University in Russia/Ukraine. But, to avoid carrying large sums of money to Russia/Ukraine, students are advised to pay their fees through us (via bank-draft), and we will then transmit the fees to the University.
Incase the fees are not received by the University within 3 days of the student arriving in Russia/Ukraine, the University would be unable to register the student with the local immigration department and he would be issued an exit visa to return back to India, a process which takes around 10-14 days.
Will the University refund the fees incase the student is unable to complete the course incase of home sickness, expulsion, sickness etc?
You would need to appreciate that the University makes all arrangements to receive the student once the student is admitted to the University. This would include the study material, hostel arrangements etc. Therefore, once the student reports to the University and joins the same, the University regrets its inability to refund any part of the educational fees and other expenses paid by the student. Incase a student comes back to India for health reason; an application could be made to the University to hold the fees in credit so that the student could join in the coming semester. However, this discretion is entirely that of the University and KEC regrets that it would be unable to influence the same.
Where can I obtain foreign exchange for my studies in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan and do I need to obtain permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the same?
We will assist to have your foreign exchange issued through RBI authorized foreign exchange dealers.
How much money would a student require to stay in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan?
Generally a student could stay quite comfortably requiring around US$ 50 – US$ 200 per month. This figure is approximate and would differ from city to city; person to person based on his / her spending habits.
What about daily living expenses? How much would a student need each month?
Living in Russia is quite affordable although the cost of living differ from city to city; the most expensive being in Moscow. For living expenses, students are recommended to set aside about US$ 200-300 per month for personal needs in Moscow/St.Petersburg. Other cities may require less expenditure; for example in Krasnodar , Rostov-on-Don and Kursk, US$ 100-150 will be sufficient.Cost of living in Ukraine is cheaper comparitively.
As Russian institutions have a statutory obligation to provide students with hostel rooms the accommodation costs are included in the tuition fees. Rooms are shared with one or two other students. In case a student decides to stay outside hostels, then an average monthly rental of US$ 50-100 on sharing basis towards such accommodation would suffice.
What is the best way for the parents to send money to their child for their living expenses?
Students can withdraw money through ATM machines in Russia/Ukraine if they have a savings account in India which has a Global ATM card that is on the VISA ELECTRON, CIRRUS, MAESTRO or PLUS network. Cash passport cards issued by foreign exchange dealers like Thomas cook could also well serve the purpose of sending money to Russia/Ukraine. Money deposited in the saving account/cash passport account in India will be available for withdrawal in Russia/Ukraine the next working day. Depending on the ATM machine, US dollars or Russian rubles/Ukrainian lyrinvyas can be withdrawn. There will be a transaction fee associated with each withdrawal; you are advised to check this with your bank.
Spending pattern of the students could be very well monitored online incase of cash passport cards which will curb lavish spending.
Visas & Travel
Do the student need a visa to enter Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan? How does one apply for the visa?
Yes, international students require a visa to enter Russia/Ukraine for their education. The visa application must be submitted together with the Application for Admission to Higher Education in Russia/Ukraine. Upon acceptance to the university, the university (your host) will issue the student an official letter of invitation. We will submit this letter together with the visa application to the local Russian/Ukrainian embassy or consulate for processing.
Does the student have to be present personally for an interview at the Russian/Ukrainian/Kyrgyzstan Embassy / Consulate for the issuance of the visa?
As part of the services offered by KEC the passport of the student would be submitted by KEC to the visa section of the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation in India and the student is not expected to appear for a personal interview. But in case of Ukraine the student must appear in person at the Ukrainian Embassy at New Delhi.
What if I want to go home or travel out of Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan during my studies?
When you know your travel dates out of the country, you MUST apply with the University for what is termed as an “Exit-Re-Entry” visa, which allows you to leave and return again without giving up your student visa. You will need to submit additional photos, and to pay a fee. You should also apply for this at least 3 weeks before your planned travel dates, and you will need to specify the “travel window (exit and return dates)” during which this “Exit-Re-Entry” visa should be valid.
Do not lose this “Exit-Re-Entry” visa as entry to Russia/Ukraine is not permitted without this document. Re-application / replacement can only be processed by the University concerned. This may take between 4 to 6 weeks. All students are strongly advised to staple this visa slip to their passport as this is not done by the authorities.
How do I make my travel arrangements?
KEC as part of their services assists the students to make their travel arrangements like air ticket, Emigration clearance etc.
Will I be accompanied on my trip to enroll at University for the first time?
First time students going to Russia/Ukraine are required to travel with us in a group with other students. As part of our services, Students will be accompanied and met at the Airport and brought to the University to register and to check-in to student hostels by us or our representative.
Can my parents or family visit me while I study in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan?
Of course, they can! However, the university you are currently studying at and the government is not responsible for the travel expenses or arranging accommodation for your family.
Students must apply to the University for an Invitation letter for your family. With this letter, your family then can apply for a visa for entry into Russia/Ukraine at the local Embassy or Consulate. Please allow between 4-8weeks for the visa application process.
How does Visa Process of Russia differ from that of Ukraine or Kyrgyzstan?
Russian Visa for studies will be taken care of Kursk Educational Consultants and the University concerned. In case of study in Ukraine, the student should make their own arrangement to travel to New Delhi for obtaining the Visa.
Kursk Educational Consultants will assist the student in all the formalities of Visa processing for Ukraine but cannot guarantee the Stamping of the Visa itself. Visa stamping for Ukraine is at the sole discretion of the officials of the Ukrainian embassy at New Delhi.
What if I fail in the Ukrainian Visa Interview?
The student who fails the Ukrainian visa interview at New Delhi due to lack of English knowledge will be admitted in Russian Language MBBS course only.
In all other cases of Visa rejection the student abides by the rules and the agreement with the Kursk Educational Consultants
Health & Personal Safety
Is Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan really as unsafe as the media says?
Moscow and St.Petersburg are very big cities, and thus carries with them some of the dangers of similar large cities in the world. Most problems arise as a result of alcohol, in or around places where there is considerable drinking. This can easily and should be avoided. Common sense is the best thing to carry with you. Do not travel alone especially in the late evenings and night, and to avoid quiet streets. Other cities like Krasnodar, are smaller, quieter and safer but still, it is no substitute for plain common sense.
Students are also advised not to carry too much cash or valuables with them.
I have heard stories about ?skinheads?. Are they true?
These “skinheads” do exist, and they apparently have no other purpose in their lives other than to target individuals that they perceive as foreigners. Skinheads are not unique to Russia as they are also found in other European cities. Although they are a concern, especially in Moscow, incidents involving them are rare.
Is medical treatment available in the Universities?
All students who join any university are required to take a medical insurance from a Insurance Company to cover them for any medical assistance that they may require. This insurance would have to be taken at the time of joining the University.
Where will I live?
The university you choose to go to will provide comfortable basic student accommodation with common kitchen facilities. All hostels are supplied with cold and hot water and central heating system, each room contains beds, a desk, chairs, storage space and telephone facility. The cost is included in the yearly tuition fee that is paid to the University. Student hostel will provide you an exciting opportunity to learn more about Russian/Ukrainian culture and students cultures from other countries.
For those who prefer to live out of university, private apartments are available, but students will have to rent them on their own.
This is my first extended stay in another country. What can I expect?
Life in Russia/Ukraine is very different from home. Things that are taken for granted as routine at home may be very time consuming and frustrating in Russia/Ukraine. Also, student life can be very challenging. Besides taking care of yourself, you will have to adapt and live with students from all over the world whose cultures are very different from yours. It is very important that you learn to adapt and handle each situation with maturity and poise.
Where will I eat?
Students can dine at low-priced cafeterias which are located in the University. Alternatively, there are cafes, restaurants and fast-foods chains (McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut etc) in the cities where you can dine.
Student hostels usually provide shared kitchen facilities for those who prefer to cook their meals. There are many supermarkets and stores where you can purchase your food if you choose to cook. Shared cooking among the international students is also a popular activity.
What is student life like in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan?
It is not all hard work when studying in Russia/Ukraine. Learning is not just confined to the classroom. There is a wide range of cultural activities to check out. Universities can arrange trips which provide an insight into the culture, history and geography of Russia/Ukraine. There are also museums and galleries to explore.
Students enjoy a wide selection of extracurricular activities that may include drama productions, horse riding, pilot lessons and sports. There are also concerts, parties, and camping trips that are organized by the student unions.
With most universities located in communities, many social and recreational activities and facilities are available to students; these include opera houses, ballets, and plays. There are also numerous yearly traditional and cultural events to look forward to.
What about foodstuffs and toiletries? Should I bring them with me?
You may be better off taking a few extra dollars with you as you can buy practically every kind of food and toiletry in Russia/Ukraine. It is recommended, however, that you bring something just for the first few days
It is known that Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan is a very cold country, how are the students protected from the cold?
Even though Russia/Ukraine is a cold country, severe winters would last for 2 – 3 months in a year. All the establishments like homes, hostels, classrooms, shops etc as well as the public transports are centrally heated. Students are also advised to buy reasonably priced water and room heaters should they find the heating arrangements to be inadequate. Every student should also take care of wearing warm clothes like fur coats, caps, gloves etc when they go out doors. At others times the weather in Russia/Ukraine is not as cold as it is made out to be with temperatures between +20 degrees.
Are student hostels in or near the campus? If not, how do I travel to classes?
For some institutions, the hostel is walking distance to the campus, but for others, some traveling is required. The normal mode of transportation for students is by bus, trolley bus, tramway, and subway (underground trains). Russia/Ukraine has an efficient and extensive public transportation system. Buses and underground trains are reasonably priced and easily accessible.
May I practice my religion in Russia/Ukraine/Kyrgyzstan?
Yes, you can. Russia/Ukraine is home to over 100 nationalities and ethnic groups, as well as different religions. The Russian Orthodox Church is the largest religious group while Islam is the second most practiced religion.
Can a student earn while he studies?
A student enters into the Russian/Ukrainian Federation on an invitation, which is issued by the University, which is an educational institution. This invitation and the subsequent visa issued is a “Student visa”. Therefore the student is not legally allowed to take on any employment nor could do a business activity. Any violation may result in expulsion from the University and subsequent deportation from the country. KEC on its part advises students to concentrate on education, the main reason of going to Russia/Ukraine and refrain from any money making activities.
How do I contact my parents or friends down in India?
Russia/Ukraine may seem a long way from home, but, thanks to its excellent communication services, you will find it easy to keep in touch with your family and friends. With the growing number and variety of telephone and other communication services, you will have no trouble staying in close contact with your family and friends.
Public telephones, Prepaid cards, international telephone services at the post offices and Mobile phones are widely used in Russia/Ukraine and can be particularly convenient for the students. Students are advised to carry with them a reasonably priced GSM mobile phone along with them to Russia/Ukraine and use a pre-paid card for commuting. The mobile phone also can be used by the student to receive incoming calls from parents and also for sending international SMS back home.
Internet usage is increasingly widespread in Russia/Ukraine. Sign up with one of the web-based e-mail services like Hotmail, yahoo etc and then check your email using online computer terminals at an internet café. Video conferencing and net meeting has also evolved in recent days to bring the student and his family much closer than ever.
Does a student need to come back to India during his/her vacations?
A student need not come back to India every year during his/her vacation. He/she could either stay back in Russia/Ukraine or travel to a third country. He/she should however inform the University accordingly.