North-Western State Medical University

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NWSMU named after I.I. Mechnikov is one of the leading medical universities in Russia and Saint Petersburg. The university was founded as a result of the merger of St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education and St. Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I. I. Mechnikov, inheriting the rich history, culture and traditions of the two oldest medical institutions in Russia.

The university has clinical facilities consisting of five clinics and offers a wide range of pre-university training programs, continuing professional education programs, advanced training programs as well as internships, summer and winter schools. The university cooperates with more than 60 foreign universities in 23 countries.
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Tuition fees per year

70,000 – 420,500 RUB

Fields of study

Bachelor’s programs

  • Nursing: 4 years of study, full-time
  • Nursing: 4.5 years of study, part-time

Specialist’s programs

  • General Medicine: 6 years of study, full-time
  • General Medicine in English for foreign citizens (English as Medium of Instruction): 6 years of study, full-time
  • Pediatrics: 6 years of study, full-time
  • Preventive Medicine: 6 years of study, full-time
  • Dentistry: 5 years of study, full-time
  • Dentistry, specialization "Dental Care Provision within the International Standards": 5 years of study, full-time
  • Osteopathy: 5 years of study, full-time. The first Specialist’s program in Osteopathy in Russia

Master’s programs

  • Public Health: 2 years of study, full-time

As well as more than 70 residency specialties.

Admission Office

Bachelor’s, Specialist’s, Master’s programs

+7 812 303-50-53

International Department

+7 812 303-50-06

Preparatory department

The Preparatory Department of NWSMU named after I.I. Mechnikov prepares foreign citizens for admission to Bachelor’s and Specialist’s programs as well as residency and PhD programs taught in Russian. Attendees study the language at a high level and take natural sciences courses.

Mode of study: full-time

Groups: up to 10 people

Duration: November 1 - August 31

  • Russian language course that develops the capacity and readiness for written and oral communication in Russian
  • Courses in some subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics) necessary for studying at a Russian medical university
  • Closing the basic education gaps
  • Acquiring laboratory skills, note-taking skills and skills in working independently with study books as well as skills in working with Russian-language scientific texts
  • Attending cultural events
  • Studying and living in Saint Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world


  • University entrance preparation
  • Russian for foreign postgraduate applicants

General Medicine / General Medicine in English

Duration: 6 years

Languages of instruction:  Russian / English

Tuition fee per year:

from 331,000 RUB / from 420,500 RUB

There are state-funded and quota places for the General Medicine program taught in Russian.

Students specializing in General Medicine are trained in accordance with the Federal State Educational Standard. The high quality of university training is ensured by highly qualified teachers, including around 120 Professors and 160 Associate Professors. Training is provided at the university’s clinical facilities and at major municipal polyclinics and in-patient clinics in Saint Petersburg. Simulation training, scenario-based learning, and problem-based learning are widely used.

The multicultural student community helps adapt to the study and living environment.


  • Practice-based learning
  • Academic exchange programs
  • Grants and internships
  • Participation in multidisciplinary Olympiads
  • Graduate employment promotion

Medical graduates have advanced qualifications necessary for:

  • working at medical and preventive institutions
  • prevention and early detection of various diseases
  • provision of elective and emergency care
  • making a clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients
  • scientific and teaching activities

Career prospects

Graduates get successfully employed by:

  • medical and preventive institutions
  • health and medical authorities
  • research institutions


Duration: 5 years

Languages of instruction: English and Russian

Tuition fee per year: from 409,700 RUB

This unique Dentistry program places emphasis on mastering the Russian language in the first years of study, honing practical phantom skills, and preparing students for practical activities within international standards. Students master the program individually with professional tutors taking into account innovative dental technologies on state-of-the-art phantom and clinical equipment.

The university trains highly qualified doctors in accordance with the best achievements in Russian and world science. They have advanced diagnostics and treatment technologies at their fingertips and are capable of working in the current economic environment and achieving significant results in public health protection.

Our graduates are top-notch dental specialists and successful people.


  • Russian language course
  • Practical training at the university’s clinical facilities
  • Phantom-based practical training
  • Mentoring

Medical graduates have advanced qualifications necessary for:

  • provision of dental care on an outpatient basis and on a day-patient basis within international standards
  • participation in medical rehabilitation of patients with dental diseases
  • teaching patients to carry out core health-promoting hygiene activities that help prevent dental diseases and improve their health
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