The first medical specialists out of citizens of foreign countries graduated from the University in 1969.
More than 2,000 international specialists from nearly 100 countries have been trained at the faculty over the period of its existence.
The basic department of the faculty is the Russian language department opened in 1975. Learning Russian by international students is the pledge of a high level of knowledge and excellent quality of practical training. Since 2009 the teaching in English has been organized at the University.
Currently, the department trains more than 1,000 students from 60 countries. The geography of the countries where international students come from is extensive: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Ghana, Germany, Georgia, Egypt, Yemen, India, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Cape Verde, China, Kazakhstan, Congo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, France, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Sweden, Somalia, Sri Lanka, United States, South Korea.
International students live in the hostels with all modern conveniences, they are able to communicate with each other within the groups, celebrate national and religious holidays, participate in national festivals and exhibitions.
The theoretical training of future doctors is carried out in the first two years. Within this period international students are taught separately from Belarusian students. Groups consist of 8-10 people. The students study Normal Anatomy and Histology, Cytology and Embryology, General and Bioorganic Chemistry, Biology and General Medical Genetics, Normal Physiology and Biochemistry. A highly qualified teaching staff of theoretical departments of the University provides the teaching of basic medical sciences at a high scientific and technological level. Along with medical and biological subjects the students study Russian and Latin.
In the third and fourth years the students study clinical disciplines: Pathological Physiology and Pathological Anatomy, Microbiology and Pharmacology, General Surgery and Internal Medicine, Propaedeutics, General Hygiene, etc. The foundation for future professional activity is laid at clinics and hospitals, where classes are held in groups with the native speakers of Russian. International students are surrounded by care and attention not only by professors and assistant professors, but by their classmates – Belarusian students.
During the 5th-6th years education is aimed at building and developing knowledge and skills of a specialist. Students study internal and surgical diseases, pediatrics and ophthalmology, diseases of the ear, nose and throat, infectious and tropical diseases, psychiatry, etc. All students have the opportunity to be in direct contact with patients, participate in clinical rounds and consultations, take part in medical diagnostic procedures and be present in the operating room.
Future dentists have the opportunity to have practical training from the 3d year onwards.
For self-training students have the opportunity to work on their own in the reading room of the University library, in computer classes and student scientific circles. Every year they participate in student scientific conferences. In the summer they have practical training at health care facilities of Minsk. Graduates have the opportunity to continue their education in clinical residency.
The graduates are awarded diplomas of an international standard, one page of which is made in English with the title «MD» - Medical Doctor. The number of hours and the grades received in the subjects studied are indicated in the Supplement to the Diploma. These records are compared with the national University curriculum in the graduate’s home country for diploma verification and examination for confirmation of the obtained qualification.
Studying at the University is the most interesting and memorable period of life of every student. Any student can participate in the students’ theater and art contests; competitions and amateur sporting events make the life of international students brighter and richer.
Dear international applicants, if you wish to study abroad, Belarusian State Medical University is ready to open its doors for you.