Foreign Students

Training of foreign students at the Federal State budget institution of higher education "North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov" under the Ministry of Public Health of the Russian Federation was started in 1947.

Training of foreign students is carried out in accordance with the national and international standards of higher medical education.

The educational level of graduates and their diplomas are recognized by the General Medical Council in many countries (India, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom of Great Britain, Jordan, USA, Middle East, etc.).

For the international scientific society NWSMU named after I.I. Mechnikov provides a wide range of educational services:

  • undergraduate programs for graduates in the following specialties: "General Medicine", "Preventive Medicine", "Dentistry"; Master degree program 
  • training programs for postgraduate studies (Clinical Residency, PhD study);
  • various forms of internships and professional development;
  • pre-university training programs (preparation for admission to University).

Information for foreign applicants

Thank you for choosing North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Below you will find the necessary information about the invitation procedures for 2019.

Please be informed that according to its License the University is bound to provide the medical education in Russian only.

To apply for a study visa to enter the territory of the Russian Federation, You need to get an invitation for entry issued by the UVM of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, for this you need to provide in Department visa support and migration registration (47 Piskarevsky Ave., 32 pavilion, 9 office) or send a package of documents to the post office of ovir@szgmu:

1. Application for registration of the invitation of the established sample.

2. Application for registration of the invitation, filled out in Russian language.

3. A photocopy of all completed pages of passport.

4. Notarized copy of passport translation.

5. Photocopy of multiple-entry visa (for students on preparatory courses).

6. Photocopies of education documents.

7. Photocopies of translations of educational documents certified by a notary.

8. The application of a foreign citizen for the transfer of the issued invitation to a Trustee or confirming its independent receipt, addressed to the head of the Department of visa support and migration registration (hereinafter OVP and MU).

9. If a citizen lives in a country of which he / she is not a citizen, he / she must provide copies of the documents on the basis of which he / she lives there (temporary residence permit, residence permit, etc.).


Minimum entry requirements exist as a guide to the level of education required to study on each course. The University you apply to will decide if your qualifications meet these requirements when considering your application. It is important to realize that the University's decision is likely to be based on your overall suitability for the course and not only on whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Be prepared, therefore, to send us any additional information on request.

One of the first steps that you should take is to check that the qualifications you hold recognized in Russia and that they would be considered by higher education institution as being suitable for entry into Russian higher education.

On the basis of an invitation to the applicant for admission to the University in the Embassy or Consulate of the Russian Federation in the country of residence will issue a single-entry study visa to enter the territory of the Russian Federation. Visa for entry to the territory of the Russian Federation will be opened to You in accordance with the terms specified in the invitation. Your arrival in St. Petersburg must be no later than 1 week before the start of the entrance examinations.

On the day of arrival before 17:00 or the next day You need to come to the Department of visa support and migration registration at 47 Piskarevsky prospect, building 32, to provide the original documents.

For any further information concerning migration issues you can contact Department of visa support and migration registration: 8(812)543-25-44; (812) 303-50-00, add.82-57.

Upon arrival a candidate applying for University is to ungergo admission tests on the following subjects: Russian, Chemistry and Biology. The tests are in the written form.

Please note that after arrival in Russia for admission to the University you need to come to the Department of visa support and migration registration room 12 (32 building Ground floor) no later than the next day after admission and bring with you:

  • Passport with a stamp of the date of border crossing (Checkpoint stamp);
  • Visa (for visa entry);
  • Migration card with a stamp (Checkpoint stamp) on the date of border crossing;
  • Notarized translation of the passport of the Russian Federation (for citizens with visa-   free entry);
  • Photos - 3x4, 4 pcs. (black and white or colored);
  • letter of consent from parents, a copy of the passport of the parent who signed the letter, and a copy of the birth certificate for entrant to the University with mandatory notarized translation into Russian (if at the time of documents submission the applicant is under age of 18). Letter of consent entitles minor applicants to sign all concluded contracts (contract for training, contract for hostel accommodation, contract on provision of additional educational services).
  • tickets (if necessary may be asked to clarify the arrival date).


Accommodation possibilities

During the entrance examinations, foreign applicants arriving on a visa can stay in the University dormitory at 47/45 Piskarevsky Ave. The hostel consists of units with 8-9 rooms, where 2-3 persons live in a room. There is a kitchen, showers and toilets in a unit. As well as they are provided with bedclothes. The Contract for hostel accommodation concluded between entrant and the University regulates the order of payment, the rights and duties of the parties, responsibility of the parties. Accommodation at the University hostel is possible under conditions of 100 % advance payment according to the price list for applicants and after health check-up in the University health center.



Tel: +7 (812) 303-50-00, add. 82-57;85-69, +7-812-543-25-44 fax: +7 (812) 303-50-35


Address: 195067, Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Piskarevskiy pr., 47, building 32.

Department of visa support and migration registration

Working hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17:30