Russian National Research Medical University

Exchange programs

Who can participate in academic exchange programs?


  • students of 3 to 6 courses
  • students with average score – not lower than 4.0
  • students who actively participate in the public and academic activities of the University
  • students who speak a foreign language (English or the language of the country of academic exchange program at a level sufficient for internships and for communication in everyday life)
  • students who have the opportunity during the period July-August to provide assistance in accompanying, if necessary, foreign students arriving from foreign universities for academic exchange programs in RNRMU (meeting/transfer to the airport, assistance in accommodation in the dormitory of Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, support to the practice base, assistance in carrying out the cultural program)

Application period: from February 1 to March 1 annually.

Where to apply?

The group of academic mobility of the international medical school (st. Ostrovityanova, 1, 4th floor, office 416)


If you want to apply you need to provide next documents:


  • The application form with the indication in priority of three universities where you would like to undergo academic exchange program.
  • The motivation letter in English (for some programs – in Russian), in which it is necessary to indicate: justification of the reasons for choosing this particular university/program; goals, objectives, expected results (educational, professional, social); justification of the advantages of his candidacy for participation in the international exchange program
  • A mark statement, certified by the dean of the faculty.
  • A copy of a general passport (first page and registration)
  • Copy of international passport (first page)
  • Photo 3×4 cm., pasted in the application form.
  • Copies of diplomas, certificates (scientific achievements, participation in competitions, awards, letters of acknowledgment)
  • Personal data processing consent
  • Approved application addressed to the dean of the faculty, written by hand
  • Confirmation of accepting the conditions for exchange programs participation


For some exchange programs, applicants should pass an English proficiency test.

Testing is carried out in RNRMU and it is for free.


Algorithm testing on the level of knowledge of a foreign language to participate in international exchange programs.


  1. The group of academic mobility of the international medical school informs students about the date, time and location of testing for international exchange programs, by sending information about the date, time and location of testing to e-mail, by phone, placing information on the page of the group of academic mobility of the international faculty on the official website of the University.
  2. On the appointed day, students invited for testing gather at a designated time from a pre-designated audience (class, office).
  3. When conducting testing, which is carried out in several stages (writing, listening).
  4. When conducting a selection in the form of testing, students are given a test printed on paper.
  5. Students sit in the classroom, one student at the desk.
  6. Time to conduct testing is regulated.
  7. Students perform testing tasks, depending on the type of task (they note the correct, in their opinion, answer, write a retelling or an essay).
  8. Testing is checked by the staff of the academic mobility group of the international medical school.
  9. Test results are sent to students by e-mail and are posted on the page of the academic mobility group of the of the international medical school on the official website of the University.


Upon successful completion of the competitive selection and receiving an invitation from a foreign partner university, the student independently collects and submits documents for obtaining a visa.


Successfully passed the competitive selection, before the date specified for each program separately, provide additional documents:


  1. Vaccination certificate
  2. Approved application addressed to the rector, written by hand

Within a month after the arrival, it is necessary to send a report on study abroad to the group of academic mobility of the international medical school at the email address or personally to the staff (Ostrovityanova St., 1, 4th floor, office 416).


Travel advisory

Preparing for the trip


When going abroad, remember that you may find yourself in an unfamiliar environment – in a country with a different climate, different standards of behavior in public places, requirements for appearance, unusual food, and a special work schedule of organizations and institutions. Therefore, you should familiarize yourself in advance with the features characteristic of the state that you plan to visit. This will help you properly prepare for the trip, take with you the necessary things. It will not be superfluous to read the reviews of other people about their stay in a particular country, city.


Please check the documents before leaving (passport, visa, tickets, insurance, etc.), make copies of them. The telephone numbers of the embassy and the nearest consular office of the Russian Federation in the intended country of residence may be useful.


Required documents for the trip


Before leaving for the airport, you should check the availability of the following documents:

  • passport with an open visa
  • air tickets (save until the end of the trip)
  • medical insurance
  • invitation from educational institution
  • transfer confirmation (if ordered)
  • photocopy of tickets, passport pages with a photo and visa


Arrival at the airport


You should arrive at the airport for check-in for international flights no later than 3 hours before departure, for domestic flights – 1 hour before. We remind you that check-in ends 40 minutes before departure.

When packing your bags for the trip, please note that many things may be prohibited for air transportation, and there are special rules for hand luggage that you should specify in advance with the airline. Do not lose the coupons on the baggage you handed in, they will be needed in case of its loss.


Arrival Rules


When passing through passport control, one should calmly and politely answer all the questions asked by the officer (know the purpose of his trip). When passing through passport control, you should have a passport, an invitation from an educational institution, medical insurance and return tickets; a passport control officer may request them.


The medicine


In order to receive timely medical care, you must immediately call the emergency number listed on the policy and give your policy number, your name and the nature of the help you need.

We recommend that you always have a copy of your passport with a visa and a copy of health insurance with you.

We recommend taking with you a minimum set of medicines, those that you have already taken and you have no contraindications or allergies to these drugs (do not take new and unfamiliar medicines with you). Take with you antipyretic drugs, remedies for sore throat, runny nose, painkillers, antiallergic, for nausea and abdominal pain, antiseptics, cotton, bandage.




It is not recommended to use water from the tap, because water not habitual for a stomach can cause intestinal frustration. We recommend to buy bottled purified water.


Rules of conduct abroad


In order to prevent undesirable incidents in an unfamiliar country, it is recommended not to be rude, not to raise their voices, not to show arrogance and neglect, and also not to allow offensive statements in public places, not to appear in public places at night after 00:00, to avoid unfavorable areas of the city.

We should not forget the need to respect and respect local laws, traditions and customs. Some seemingly innocuous actions, statements or even gestures in a given situation may be unacceptable in the country where you arrived, and subsequently darken or completely spoil the journey.

While abroad, as, indeed, in your own homeland, never forget about reasonable care and discretion.

It is necessary to leave abroad strictly until the end of the validity of a Schengen or other visa or after 90 days of uninterrupted stay in the Schengen zone. Every overdue day entails a fine (the amount of the fine varies in each country, averaging more than 100 euros per day) and the subsequent ban on entering the country for 5 years. The maximum stay in the Schengen countries is 90 days!

Follow all the rules of conduct established by the school and the rules of living in a family / residence / apartment. If you have any problems, please contact your supervisor or a school employee, or contact the international mobility group of the international faculty.

In case of unintentional or intentional violation of the rules of stay abroad by students, loss or theft of documents, their detention by local authorities, the student immediately informs the group of academic mobility of the international faculty.


If you lost your passport


In case of loss of a passport outside the Russian Federation, you must immediately contact the Russian diplomatic mission or consular office in the host country to obtain a certificate of entry (return) to the Russian Federation.

If the Russian overseas office is located far from your location, we recommend that you first contact its employees by phone and get additional explanations regarding the required documents.


To obtain a certificate you should submit:

  • an application for the issuance of a certificate (the form can be obtained at a Russian foreign institution);
  • two photographs (35 x 45 mm in size);
  • internal passport (if available) or written statements of at least two citizens of the Russian Federation confirming the identity of the applicant and his Russian citizenship (certified by the foreign institution).

In order to confirm his identity, the applicant may submit other documents: a driver’s license, a service certificate with a photo, etc. In this case, the foreign institution conducts additional verification of information about the applicant.

Actions in a traffic accident, assault or theft, detention by law enforcement agencies

Often, accidents with Russian citizens abroad are associated with the use of vehicles. Therefore, it is necessary to show increased attention both in the case of driving a car and when choosing a vehicle provided for the transportation of tourists. In a traffic accident, you must first call an ambulance (if someone is injured and requires medical assistance), wait for the police (transport police). It is recommended to insist on drawing up a protocol at the scene. Sometimes an additional investigation is required to determine the cause of the accident and the degree of guilt of each party.

If there is a theft or an attack against you, first of all, you need to report the incident to the law enforcement agencies for possible disclosure of the crime without delay and the investigation. It is necessary to draw up a report, in the case of theft – with the list of missing items and their approximate cost. It is also recommended to report the incident to your supervisor, if any, or to an employee of the educational institution.

If you are detained or arrested, do not resist, as this may aggravate the situation and provoke law enforcement officers to use physical force or even weapons. It is not recommended to communicate with representatives of law enforcement agencies, as well as to sign any protocols and other documents in a foreign language in the absence of an interpreter or a lawyer, since such statements according to the legislation of a number of countries can be used as a basis for a crime.

You have the right to require the provision of the opportunity to contact the nearest Russian diplomatic mission or consular office or to send him a written notice of the fact of the incident. Specific assistance from Russian consular offices may be to assist in establishing contacts with relatives or friends of the detainee, monitoring compliance with legal procedures, including in terms of compliance with their local laws and international law, searching for lawyers, clarifying all the circumstances of the case.


Emergency Recommendations

If you are in an emergency zone (terrorist attack, natural disaster), if possible, immediately inform the embassy or consulate of the Russian Federation about yourself, your close people, acquaintances. If the telephone numbers of the Russian consulate in this region are not known. We recommend to inform yourself about the employee of the educational institution or relatives.

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