Vitebsk State Medical University, Belarus
Vitebsk State Medical Institute was established as a Hospital-Medical Institute according to the Resolution of the Council of People's Commissars of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic on November 1, 1934
At present time VSMU has 7 faculties where more than 7,000 students and trainees are trained.
The University has 63 departments, staffed by 56 Doctors of Sciences and 227 Candidates of Sciences including 44 professors and 171 associate professors. Since 2010 training for getting Master's degree is carried out at the University.
The degrees awarded on the graduation from Vitebsk State Medical University are recognized by World Health Organization (WHO), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG, Philadelphia, USA), Lithuanian Centre for Higher Education Quality Assessment (Lithuania), Ministry of Education and Higher Education of the Republic of Lebanon, Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS, Dallas, USA), Medical Councils of India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, etc.
In 1999, for the experience in training physicians for Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, Vitebsk State Medical Institute was awarded with the Medal of Peoples Friendship by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Union. The same year it was accredited to University status. Vitebsk State Medical University is ranked very high among the former USSR medical educational establishments. It has highest number of foreign students from all over the world, which makes it an international educational institution. According to the Decree of the President of the country Vitebsk State Order of Peoples’ Friendship Medical University was awarded Honorary State Banner of the Republic of Belarus in 2009 for the outstanding achievements in the socio-cultural sphere and a great contribution to the development of the health care system by means of preparing of physicians, pharmaceutics and scientific personnel. Foreign citizens are offered two forms of training: Russian Medium and English + Russian Medium (General Medicine only). The curriculum of both forms of training is the same except language of instruction. Educational process is organized on the basis of traditional lectures, seminars, laboratory and practical classes. Studying clinical subjects is organized in the form of cycles (1 – 3 weeks each)
A foreign student will be admitted to the basic course of training after completing Preparatory Training Course in which he studies Russian and other basic subjects (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics). It helps students to participate in educational process in full, to communicate with lectures, patients and staff of hospitals.
In accordance with additional contract form, students may continue studying Russian Language together with main course and may also get knowledge in methodic of its teaching.
English + Russian Medium
Preliminary testing in biology, chemistry and English is foreseen and the required result should be no less than 50 % in each subject.
On the 1st and 2nd courses all the disciplines are taught in English. At the same time they study Russian language and after completing the 4th semester they are to pass state exam in Russian Language. From the 3rd course students study all clinical subjects in Russian (they could freely work with patients in clinics). At the same time they are given consultations in all clinical subjects in English. Starting from the 5th course additional elective courses are conducted in English (Hospital Surgery, Hospital Therapy, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reanimatology, Infectious Diseases) in order to prepare students to pass Qualification Test in their native countries.