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Practical Information for Foreign Students

  Practical Information for Foreign Students

 Preface

Dear Students!

  

     The Northern State Medical University (NSMU) is the only institution offering higher education in medicine in the European North of Russia: the NSMU is the northernmost Medical University in Russia. The university got agreements with 6 governors of North-Western Russia. Not only for Arkhangelsk Region, but also for other areas of North-Western Russia (Vologda, Murmansk and Nenets regions; Komi and Karelia republics) the NSMU is a remarkable university center, which has nowadays approximately 5500 students – with PG students altogether 8000. The staff consists of 980 researches, teachers, academicians and professors. There are 18 faculties at the university.

      The history of the university starts more than 75 years ago: the Arkhangelsk Medical Institute was founded in 1932. In 1994 the name was altered to Medical Academy, until in year 2000 it was reorganized as university.

      The NSMU has experience already for many years in cooperation with foreign partners. The university has partnership agreements, and regularly takes part in international conferences. The other international and multicultural element in the everyday life of the university is you, growing amount of international students. One of the most significant cities of Northern Russia hosts every year hundreds of students, coming from different parts of the world.

     In year 2000 in the NSMU was opened faculty for foreign students, but already in 1991/1992 the university received its first foreign students from India, Pakistan and Syria. Students represent different countries all over the world: India, Pakistan, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Angola, Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Peru.  

     This guide is created to help you in orientating to the studies at the Northern State Medical University and living in Arkhangelsk. Firstly, there is information about the university, and secondly, there are some practical and general information about the city of Arkhangelsk. In this compact booklet you’ll find important information about studies as well as about events and places in Arkhangelsk.

     The whole staff of the university is working for you to make your staying as easy and nice as possible. Especially the International Faculty, International Office and the Department of Russian Language are the place where to ask questions and where to turn if something bothers. Feedback from students themselves is important for us so that we could develop our work further. If you have comments, in good as well in bad, please, let us know. We hope you’ll enjoy being part of our university!

 

     Welcome to the fascinating city of Arkhangelsk in Russian North. The climate may be here arctic, one may say even severe, but however, we are sure that Arkhangelsk won’t leave you feel cold!

 Contents (download text)

1. NSMU – what is it? ...........................................................................................      3

.1. International Faculty of General Practitioners ................................................      3

.2. International Office ..........................................................................................      4

.3. Department of Russian Language for Foreigners ........................................      4

.4. Academic Year and Academic Culture ..........................................................     5

.5. Faculties and Departments ............................................................................     7

.6. Student Union & Student Club ........................................................................    12

.7. Scientific Library ..............................................................................................     12

.8. Who’s Who in NSMU .......................................................................................    13

.9. Orient yourself into University .........................................................................     14

2. Accommodation .................................................................................................   15

.1. Student Dormitories in the NSMU ....................................................................    15

.2. Instructions and Rules .....................................................................................    15

3. Formalities .........................................................................................................    16
 
.1. Visa, Registration, Your Consulate in Russia .................................................    16

.2. Health Care, Vaccination and Insurance .........................................................    19

4. About Arkhangelsk .............................................................................................    20

.1. Location and Transportation .............................................................................    20

.2. Climate ...............................................................................................................    21

.3. Tourist Attractions .............................................................................................     21

.4. Events and Free Time Activities ......................................................................    23

.5. Sport Facilities ...................................................................................................    24

.6. Library, Bank, Post Office ................................................................................     25

.7. Shopping and Costs of Living ..........................................................................    25

.8. Connections: Telephone and Internet ............................................................    26

.9. Important Numbers ..........................................................................................     27

5. Russian Way of Life .........................................................................................     27

.1. Holidays ............................................................................................................     27

.2. Russians about Foreigners, Foreigners about Russians .............................      29

6. Practicalities .....................................................................................................     30

.1. Admission Terms ...........................................................................................      30

.2. What to do during the first days .....................................................................      31

.3. Problematic Situations ...................................................................................     32

7. Useful Words ...................................................................................................    33

8. Links .................................................................................................................     35

9. Appendix ........................................................................... ..............................    36

.1. Russia in a nutshell 36