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Primus inter pares

    Preparatory Department

    Preparatory Department is a structural unit of the Dean's Office for international students. The history of the Department starts since the early 1960s, when future international students of the First Moscow Medical Institute and other HEIs of biomedical profile were enrolled to get training in the Russian language and core subjects of medical specialties. During these years the Department has created a wonderful tradition of assisting students not only in learning the Russian language but also in their adaptation in the new socio-cultural environment.

    Training at the Preparatory Department is conducted in accordance with the programme of pre-university education for foreign nationals who are preparing to enter the universities of medico-biological profile for undergraduate studies, internship and residency. They are trained Russian as a foreign language, chemistry, biology and physics.

    A special course "Language of the specialty" is offered to future interns and residents. Progress and knowledge acquired in all disciplines is controlled in the form of tests, control works and colloquiums.

    In June the Preparatory Department students sit for final exams in the Russian language, chemistry and biology. On successful passing the examinations they receive a “Certificate of Completion of Preparatory Department for international students”, which gives an advantage when enrolling for undergraduate education at I.M. Sechenov First MSMU over other applicants who have scored equal points in entrance tests, but do not have such a certificate.

    Training period: from 1 October to 30 June.

    Application: from 28 August to 30 September.

    Documents to be submitted to enroll in the Preparatory Department according to “Rules for admission to the Preparatory Department for international students”:

    - personal application;

    - copy of International passport with notarized translation into Russian;

    - copy of the entry visa to the Russian Federation, if a foreign national arrived in Russia on visa;

    - notarized copy of the Certificate of complete secondary education of national standard, certified in the prescribed manner;

    - certified translation into the Russian language of the education Certificate and its annexes (if provided by the laws of the state in which the document was issued);

    - 6 passport-size matte photos.

    All translations must be performed in the name specified in the visa.

    Tuition fees for:
    • Preparatory course (1 academic year) – 162 000.00 Rubles.
    • Russian for Foreigners (intensive course) – 135 000.00 Rubles;
    • Russian for Foreigners (2 year course) – 162 000.00 Rubles


    Ms Yelena LIVENTSEVA, Supervisor, Preparatory Department, the Dean’s Office for international students.

    Address: (Office 119, ground floor, left wing), 8-2, Trubetskaya Str., 119991 Moscow, Russian Federation.

    Phone: +7 (495) 609 14 00, ext. 2018. E-mail:

    How to reach us: take Metro Red line train to Frunzenskaya station. Then walk along Children’s park fencing for 10-15 min.