Siberian State Medical University

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educational programs
international students from 39 countries
of graduates are employed

Siberian State Medical University (SibMed) is one of the oldest universities in Russia, the third medical university in Russia, a large scientific and educational and clinical center.

SibMed is one of the six Russian universities that have their own clinics. It means that SibMed students receive training at the hospital with actual patients. Besides, students have access to the modern simulation center accredited by the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).

80% of the academic staff are specialists having academic degrees and titles and medical practitioners.
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Tuition fees per year

240,000 – 340,000 RUB

Departments and institutes

  • Department of General Medicine
  • Department of Biomedicine
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Institute for Integrative Health Care

The opportunity to study for free

Any international student can study for free within the Russian Government Scholarship (quota). For detailed information, you must contact the Rossotrudnichestvo Representative Office in your country and register in the system.

Residency programs based on the highest-paying jobs in Africa and worldwide:

  • General Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiology

English-taught programs

  • General Medicine – Medical Doctor degree MD/MBBS, duration – 6 years
  • Dentistry – General Dentist degree, DDS/DMD, duration - 5 years


Application opening date is June 15, 2024.

Required documents:

  • Scanned copy of the original passport and certificate of complete secondary education (school certificate)
  • Scanned copy of notarized translation of the passport into Russian
  • Scanned copy of notarized translation of the school certificate into Russian

After submitting the application, students must take entrance tests in chemistry and biology. Tests are conducted online in English.

Sample test questions

International Education Department

Russian language at SibMed

SibMed students must have a basic level of Russian language proficiency to work with Russian-speaking patients, communicate with friends, and attend various events organized in Russian. SibMed will help you not to get lost in the diversity of the Russian language and Russian culture!

Every international student is provided with the opportunity to study Russian for free.

African students find it hard to learn Russian grammar, and that’s exactly why teachers of Russian as a foreign language at SibMed take an individual approach to each student and conduct classes according to students’ needs.

The General Medicine program taught in English is the most popular program among international students. African students choose this program to focus on studying medicine, rather than the Russian language.

Igbalajobi Stephen Adeayo , Nigeria

Adapting to a new country can be challenging, especially if you don't speak the language. When I moved to Russia, I struggled to communicate with the locals.

Adjusting to the cold winters and culture shock was also difficult. But, after immersing myself in the culture and making friends, I am now comfortable with the language and have adapted to the climate. Most Russians are hospitable and accommodating, and have been willing to help me feel at home.

Internships and employment

Starting from the third year of study, all students, including international ones, can take an exam in Nursing Care and work at Russian clinics. Besides, students are employed by SibMed as English language teachers and have the right to find any job themselves at organizations in the city of Tomsk and work part-time.

Every academic year, students undertake a mandatory internship at the university clinics. They also have the right to undertake an internship at any organization they take interest in, including international organizations, in their free time.

SibMed offers international students the opportunity to participate in university grants in different fields as well as in the annual contest of student startup projects.

SibMed assists its graduates in job search. For example, 769 out of 1,096 graduates were employed in 2021, and 272 graduates continued their education by pursuing the following education degree.

Arrival and adaptation

SibMed makes arrangements to meet students and accompany them to the university, provides assistance in executing documents, getting health insurance, checking in at the dormitory, offers other accommodation, and helps in accompanying students to medical and other essential institutions.

SibMed adaptation programs include:

  • Preparation for student life in Russian society
  • Russian as a foreign language courses
  • Russian speaking clubs
  • University-wide entertainment events aimed at creating cross-cultural communication between international and Russian-speaking students

Graduates’ career success stories

Justin Chukwudi Olewuezi is a SibMed graduate. He stayed in Tomsk to work at Tomsk clinics. A year later, he went to Saint Petersburg and entered the residency program in Plastic Surgery. He works as a surgical assistant at a Moscow clinic.

Emmanuel Uchenna Agbo is a SibMed graduate. He stayed in Tomsk to continue acquiring practical skills and prepare for international exams in medicine. He has got a high score on the USMLE exam and is preparing to move to the USA.

Stephen Olaide Aremu is a SibMed graduate. He moved to Moscow and entered the residency program at I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Surgery. He works as a surgical assistant.

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