How to Prepare to Study Medicine in Russia
1. Be ready to work hard!
First things first. If you plan to study medicine in Russia, you need to be prepared to put in a lot of hard work. Medical degrees are extremely demanding the world over, and this is definitely the case in Russia. Ultimately, a strong work ethic is the main attribute you’ll need to succeed – regardless of your background or experiences to date, this will get you through: You just have to be willing to do the work.
2. Make use of your university’s support services
While the work itself is challenging, other aspects of studying medicine in Russia don’t have to be. Make use of your university’s support services, and the process of enrolling and settling in should be fairly smooth.
Many Russian universities have alumni networks you can connect with in your home country, to get some personal advice before you travel.
3. Take the initiative for your own learning
Studying medicine in Russia is not just about working hard, It’s also about taking responsibility for your own learning. You have to know what you want. You have to study before the class. Nobody is going to spoon-feed it to you.
You really got a chance to prove yourself.
4. Immerse yourself in the language
While Russian universities now offer a growing number of programs taught entirely in English, those studying a program taught in English should make a real effort to learn Russian – which means taking a leap and getting outside of your comfort zone. If you’re willing to immerse yourself in the culture and the language and practice – go out and learn it – you’ll be fine. you just can’t stay in and expect your Russian to get better, well it’s not going to is it?
5. Get the balance right
You’ll learn the importance of getting a good balance between studies and socializing. There’s parties everywhere! – which can mean it’s all too easy to get distracted from academic commitments.
In the end, it’s possible to make the most of the city and student life, without compromising on your studies. If you get the balance right with enjoying your party scene and your university scene, then you’ll be fine. In short, learn to say “no” when you know you need to!
6. Pack the right clothes!
The conditions will vary depending on where you study in Russia, but in general you’ll need to be prepared for exceedingly low winter temperatures. While venturing outdoors in -30°C might sound pretty terrifying, but you’ll adapt sooner than you think.You get used to it.
University buildings, student accommodation and other parts of the city are very well heated, so as long as you invest in some sturdy outdoor clothing, you’ll be fine. And then come summer, which is boiling hot! Get ready for the extremes.
7. Expect to get out what you put in
In summary, if you study medicine in Russia you should expect to get out as much as you put in. The more you take responsibility for your own learning and experience, the more you’ll develop and take away. Expect not to be spoon-fed, expect to do the work, and you will grow! Challenges encountered in medical school are all excellent preparation for future life and medical practice, it helps you become more independent, self-motivated, organized and resilient.