FAQ

AFTER COMPLETING THE COURSE CAN I DO MY INTERNSHIP FROM INDIA?
Yes, but first student has to qualify Screening Test of MCI.
CAN A FOREIGN STUDENT OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT?
Yes, a foreign student can open a bank account.
CAN A STUDENT COME BACK TO INDIA IN HOLIDAYS? WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY PERIOD?
A student need not to come back to India every year during his vacation but if a student wants to come he/she has to inform the university accordingly. All three countries(Russia, china & Kyrgyzstan) have two breaks, winter and summer. The summer break is July & August. Most of the students come back this vacations.
CAN A STUDENT EARN WHILE LEARNING?
No, A student cannot do a job while studying since he/she is having a student visa.
CAN I GET A LOAN FOR MY EDUCATION? HOW CAN SHALOM EDUCATION HELP ME IN THIS?
Yes, nationalized banks in India offer you loans for your medical education abroad. You will have to apply for loan directly. Shalom Education will provide you documents needed by bank from the academy. Take care that academy accepts the fee either in cash only. so do not take any bank drafts or bank cheques drawn in favour of the academy.
CAN I PRACTICE IN MY COUNTRY OR CAN I GET A JOB IN A GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL ON MY RETURN?
Yes, after clearing the screening test and getting your MCI registration with the state or central council, you are eligible for any government & private appointment.
CAN PARENTS VISIT ACADEMY?
Yes, parents are most welcome to visit student and the academy. We have guest room in hostel where they can stay. Our suggestion to parents are to come in summer because here summer is very beautiful and charming. Also student can give time their parents at that time more.
DO I HAVE TO CLEAN MY TOILET AND SHOWER ROOM MYSELF?
No, a cleaning woman will come daily and clean your toilet, washbasin room and shower room.
DO I HAVE TO UNDERGO A ONE-YEAR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE EVEN WHEN I WILL BE STUDYING IN ENGLISH MEDIUM?
No, you do not have to undergo the one-year Russian Language Course. You are taught in English, but as you know that during Medical education you have to interact with local patients and so you must know the local language. That is why you are given the Russian language classes as a subject during first, second and third year. The knowledge of Russian also helps you in your daily life. This goes the same way if any Mumbai Doctor wants to work in Tamilnadu, where a patient from rural area only knows Tamil and can not explain his problem to this Mumbai doctor. Here the fluency of English, and Hindi will not help the poor Mumbai doctor he must learn Tamil.
DO STUDENT HAVE TO GIVE ANY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION FOR JOINING THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY IN ABROAD?
NO. The students need not appear for any entrance examination. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for Graduate courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree for the post graduate courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first served basis
DO WE HAVE A GYM IN OUR HOSTEL?
Yes, we have gyms, operating separately for boys and girls. We have all kinds of machines in them. Personal trainers are giving you guidelines for your exercises.
DOES STUDENT HAVE TO GO THROUGH VISA INTERVIEW?
To get Philippines visa, students have to give visa interview at Philippines embassy of their respective country.
DOES THE STUDENT HAVE TO GIVE ANY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION PRIOR TO JOINING THE MEDICAL ACADEMY IN ABROAD?
Unlike the other countries, there are no pre-qualifying examinations like CET, TOEFL, etc for admission to the Universities in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China &Philippines. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for the Graduate courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree with the Abroad degrees for the postgraduate courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first serve basis.
EXAMS AND TESTS
The first semester exams are usually held in January. The number of tests and examinations to be taken during every academic year is strictly formulated by the head of the University. The student s performance on the test is evaluated as passed or failed and at the examinations as excellent , good , satisfactory , and unsatisfactory . The second semester exams are held in June.
HOW AM I GOING TO GET MY CLOTHS WASHED?
You are provided with a laundry in the hostel, where the laundry staff will wash your cloths and iron them. You just have to bring your cloths to the laundry, hand over to laundry staff, get a plastic token and after two days collect them from the laundry. Of course, there is a nominal charge for this service.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY PASSPORT?
For obtaining a passport, you need to apply to your local passport office through an application form available at the passport office. It would however, be an easier process for the student to apply through a travel agent since he is well aware of the processes. The process normally takes around 4 to 6 weeks for the issuance of the passport after the date of application and the passport is sent directly to your address. However, it is known that the issuance of the passport make take a longer time, which may result in a delay in proceeding to Abroad or even cancellation of your admission. Therefore, you should take all precautions and plan accordingly. There is also a facility to have your passport issued on a Tatkaal basis on the submission of your letter of admission
HOW DO I TRAVEL TO INDIA FROM ABROAD?
There are many airlines operating on rout from Moscow, Beijing and Manila to different cities of India from various airports in Abroad. Our Travel desk helps in purchasing air tickets with student concession.
HOW MANY TIMES I CAN SEAT FOR MCI SCREENING TEST?
Students get unlimited chance to clear MCI Screening Test. MCI conducts screening test twice a year i.e. June and December.
HOW PARENTS WILL CALL STUDENTS?
Every students is advised to have a Nice smart mobile phone. Mobile phone system is highly developed in Abroad. Incoming is total free and parents can easily contact with them. Except this, in every hostel there is common telephone where also parents can make call.
I DID MY SCHOOLING NOT FROM ENGLISH MEDIUM; SHALL I JOIN ANY CRASH COURSE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE HERE IN INDIA BEFORE DEPARTING FOR RUSSIA?
Yes, that would be a great idea, as poor knowledge of English could create an obstacle in understanding the material taught by teachers. If you do not join any such course then, you will face some problems for the first three four months.
IF I DO NOT LIKE TO LIVE IN THE HOSTEL, CAN I LIVE IN SOME RENTED FLAT OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
No, if you got admission through Shalom Education, then you have to live in the hostel provided. This is for your well being only. When living in the hostel, you are inside the campus, your classes are nearby, you are safe, in the hostel there is a studious environment, students live in more disciplined manner, there is a strictly controlled system keeping a watch on students.
IF I NEED MONEY IN ABROAD, HOW MY PARENTS CAN SEND STUDENTS MONEY?
The best way to transfer the money is to use international atm/debit cards. For this purpose student should open a bank a/c in his /her country that is offering international atm/debit card. Then whenever he needs money, his parents will just deposit the required amount in this account and the student will draw the amount from any atm machine of any bank.
IF STUDENT GET ILL IN ABROAD, WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF STUDENT?
Firstly in every hostel having a medical center for 24 hrs. If doctor decides that the student should be referred to any hospital of the city then calls an ambulance and takes full care of the case. Besides this, foreign student associations also take care and help them. Every student must do a compulsory medical insurance which covers almost at bills of treatment.
IS IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO HAVE THE POLICY OF MEDICAL INSURANCE DURING TRAINING IN RUSSIA?
Each student undertaking his training in Russia and other Abroad countries has to get a policy of medical insurance. The policy should be valid on territory of the country. Usually, the institute/university offers to international student s assistance in getting the policy on services of the institution polyclinic. Nevertheless, it is not an obligatory condition. That is why students can use the service of any other national or international insurance company. Most of the programs at Russian universities are taught in Russian language. At the same time, some short-term and full-term programs in foreign languages (English, French) have been developed recently. That preferably concerns various programs in the field of medicine. In Philippines & china the medicine course is fully taught in English medium only.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PAY THE TUITION FEE IN INSTALLMENT PLAN?
Usually students of short-term programs (less than 1 year) are expected to pay for the whole program at once. The same is usually true for the first-year students. Other graduate students usually may choose how to pay the tuition fee: it might be paid either once per year or in two equal parts during the year (before the beginning of a semester).
IS THE HOSTEL OPEN DURING THESE VACATIONS? DO I HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOSTEL DURING THE VACATION?
Yes, the hostel is open during vacations. No, you do not have to leave the hostel. You can stay at the hostel.
IT IS KNOWN THAT RUSSIA IS A VERY COLD COUNTRY, WHAT THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE BY THE UNIVERSITY TO PROTECT?
Even though Russia is a cold country, severe winters would last for 2 3 months in a year. All the establishments like homes, hostels, classrooms, shops etc as well as the public transports are centrally heated. In case of the establishments the heating is regulated by the local municipal departments. Therefore, the heating and the hot water in the bathrooms are started by the Municipal departments and not the University. Students are also advised to buy reasonably priced water and room heaters if they find the heating arrangements to be inadequate. Every student should also take care by wearing warm clothes like fur coats, caps, gloves etc when they go outdoors.
PLEASE, GIVE ME DETAILS OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF INDIA ACT. DO I HAVE RIGHT TO REGISTER AND PRIVILEGE TO PRACTICE MEDICINE IN INDIA AS PER MCI ACT?
All Indian citizens, possessing a primary medical qualification, awarded by any medical institution outside India, who are desirous to get Provisional or Permanent Registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on or after the 15th of March, 2002 shall have to qualify a Screening Test which will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110029, as per the provisions of the Indian Medical Act, 1956 (as amended) and the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, which has been notified in Part III Section 4 of the Gazette of India Extra-ordinary issue dated the 18th of February, 2002. The Screening Test will be conducted twice a year as per the Schedule of Examination to be announced by the National Board of Examination, New Delhi. There shall be three papers of Multiple-choice questions in pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical medicine and its allied subjects including Obstetrics & Gynecology. The language of the Test shall be English. The test for each paper will be of three hours duration. A candidate has to obtain a minimum of 50% marks in each paper separately for passing the Screening Test. Once the candidate passes the Screening Test and completes the requisite internship, he is entitled for registration with the Medical Council of India with the consequent right of medical practice in India.
SHALL I JOIN ANY COURSE IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE OFFERED HERE IN INDIA?
Yes, you can join it, but do not expect very good results from it.
STUDENTS CAN PAY TUITION AND OTHER FEES IN HIS COUNTRY?
Yes. Student can pay tuition fees in Shalom Education office.
WHAT ABOUT MY FOOD? WILL I HAVE TO EAT ONLY THAT COUNTRY FOOD?
The vegetable available there are very similar to what we get here. All the popular vegetables like potato, brinjal, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, carrots and cucumber etc are available. Similarly egg, fish, chicken, mutton are also abundant. Loaf bread, cookies, pastries, ice cream, canned juices are available in plently in all the college canteens and dining halls.
WHAT ARE THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENTS LIKE?
In most Russian universities, the general teacher student ratio of 1:10 is practiced giving students a more attentive and personal learning environment.But in china & philippines thats like Indian classrooms.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY A SIGNING OF A CONTRACT WITH THE UNIVERSITY?
As per the procedure with our academy, all foreigners need to sign a contract ever year. This contract would specify educational responsibility on the part of the university and the contracted fees, which would remain stable. This contract is general in nature and statutory requirements in these countries.
WHAT I HAVE TO DO AT AIRPORTS DURING MY FIRST DEPARTURE FROM INDIA AND ARRIVAL AT ABROAD?
Departure from Chennai international airport. First thing one of our representative will come along with your travel. Anyhow for your knowledge we will give below information's.

On entering the airport the first thing to do get your all suitcase security checked on x-ray machine.

Wait for the announcement for check in for your flight.

Find the check in counter of your airline and go to the airline check in counter. Get in the queue in front of the counter for your class of the ticket. When your suitcase on the belt and give your air ticket. If you are a pure vegetarian then tell about this here on counter but mostly if you have an air ticket with vegetarian stamp on it. Get your boarding card and air ticket. On boarding care there are following information your name, flight number, gate number and seat number.

Fill in the immigration form, which is available on the boarding counter.

Proceed for the immigration counter and get in the queue for the Indians. When your turn comes, hand over your passport, visa boarding card and filled up immigration form, immigration officer will stamp the passport and will return these things.

The next counter is for customs. Get yourself custom cleared check your suitcase that it has passed the custom or not. Get your boarding card stamped by the custom officer.

Go in the waiting hall and find the boarding gate number that is written on your boarding card. Wait till there is an announcement about your flight passengers to get your hand luggage and yourself checked by the security officers.

Wait in the waiting hall till there is an announcement about your flight passengers to board the plane. Then proceed to the gate number for your flight, go to the plane through the tunnel, get in the plane and go to your seat, number of which is on your boarding card. Air hostess will help you in finding your seat.

Arrival at the Abroad airports:
On arrival at the Abroad airport, proceed to the immigration check with all passengers and get in the queue for foreigners, fill up the migration card available at the counters. When your turn comes, give your passport and visa, if immigration officer asks, then give him the copy of the invitation letter from the institute. He will stamp the passport and visa and will return you these things.

Go the luggage belts and find the belt with your flight number on it and wait for your suit case and collect it.

Fill up the custom clearance form available on counters and clearly write the amount of USA dollars which, you have with you.

Proceed for the custom counter and put your luggage for custom check with your passport and the filled custom form.

Get out with our representatives. We will guide you in each and every where.
WHAT IF I WANT TO GO HOME OR TRAVEL OUT OF RUSSIA DURING MY STUDIES?
When you know your travel dates out of the country, you MUST apply with the Russian University for what is termed as an Exit-Re-Entry visa, which allows you to leave and return again without giving up your student visa. You will need to submit additional photos, and to pay a fee. You should also apply for this at least 3 weeks before your planned travel dates, and you will need to specify the travel window (exit and return dates) during which this Exit-Re-Entry visa should be valid. Do not lose this Exit-Re-Entry visa as entry to Russia is not permitted without this document. Re-application / replacement can only be processed by the University concerned. This may take between 4 to 6 weeks. All students are strongly advised to staple this visa slip to their passport as this is not done by the authorities.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF MEDICINE COURSE FROM THESE COUNTRIES?
MD course duration is 6 year in Russia & Kyrgyzstan in English medium. In china its MBBS & Duration is 5Years. In Philippines its MD & Duration is BS Biology(16months) MD is 4years.
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO GET ADMISSION IN THESE COUNTRIES?
As per Medical Council of India the minimum qualification for Indian Students to study in these countries is 50% in physics, chemistry and biology in 12th standard. In case of SC/ST it is 40%. The minimum age should be 17 years on the year of admission.
WHAT IS THE MEDIUM OF TEACHING?
The medium of Instruction is ENGLISH but students have to learn Local Language because it helps students in their practical training whereas they have to communicate with local people. It s also helpful in communicating with local people.
WHAT IS THE MODE OF PAYMENT?
A Student can pay the University fees by either cash (INR, USD) or DD at any branch of Shalom Education.
WHAT SERVICES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TUITION FEES?
The tuition fee covers most expenses concerning the studies: textbooks, instructions, access to seminars, lectures, required tests throughout the year, access to the Internet in computer rooms. Please, read carefully the information about universities programs: some schools may include costs of accommodation and/or medical insurance into the tuition fee.
WHAT SPORTS FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE ACADEMY?
There is a large gamma of sport facilities for sport enthusiasts. There is a Cricket ground, where Indian and Sri Lankan students enjoy playing cricket. All sport facilities, including Tennis, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Badminton, Table tennis, etc are available.
WHAT TYPE OF CLIMATE IS IN RUSSIA?
There are 4 seasons in European part of Russia. Spring (March to May), Summer (June to August), Autumn (September to November) and Winter (December to February). Climate of Russia is temperate continental with cool summer and mild winter. Temperature in summer is up to +30 and in winter about -20 degrees centigrade.
WHAT WILL THE AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENSIVE?
Generally students need approx. 50$- 100$ per month. This figure is approximate and would differ from city to city and on person lifestyle.
WHAT WOULD BE THE ADVANTAGE OF APPLYING TO A MEDICAL UNIVERSITY THROUGH SHALOM EDUCATION?
Shalom Education has close ties with the these Medical universities. Shalom Education guides the students and their parents not only to secure their admissions but through out their tenure during their Medical education in Abroad.
WHEN THE ACADEMIC YEAR STARTS?
Academic Curriculum starts from 1st week of September in all three countries Russia, Kyrgyzstan, & China. In Philippines it have 2 entries in June and November.
WHERE WILL I EAT?
You have three options for your dining:

Option 1:
You can dine in low price cafeterias of the Academy. These cafeterias serve Russian and chineese and other local food. Time spent: 1 hour and 20 minutes per day.

Option 2:
There are many Cafes and Restaurants in all cities. You can dine in any of them.

Option 3:
You can cook your own meals in the common kitchen that is provided on every floor. The kitchen has gas-cooking ranges, sinks and tables, but you will need your own utensils. You can purchase grocery in shops, which are situated in and around the campus.
WHERE WILL I LIVE?
You will live in a students hostel especially for Indian students. The system of residence is separate for boys and girls, 2 and 3 seated big rooms, upgraded comforts, central heating, full furniture with beddings,the room has a balcony with picturesque view, shower room, toilet, washbasin room, everyday cleaning of rooms, security guards, reception, laundry, cleaning and washing personnel, reading rooms, computer hall, Internet hall, recreation hall, 24 hour medical center, well equipped Gymnasiums with hi-tech machines with personal trainers.
WHO DOES THE STUDENT CONTACT THERE IF HE/SHE HAS ANY QUERIES, PROBLEMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OR HOSTEL?
Every university has an International Students Department where a student could address their problems directly or they can contact Shalom Education.
WILL I FACE RAGGING THERE?
No, there is no such thing as ragging in the Abroad Medical Academy/universities. On contrary, senior students are going to help fresher students in starting their lives in Russia/Kyrgyztan, china & Philippines. Senior students understand very well, that a new student is facing changes like cultural change, climatic change; language is different, home sickness etc. Senior students themselves went through this process. Yet again ragging is strictly prohibited and if any senior student will do take ragging, then he will be expelled out of the academy immediately.
WILL I HAVE AN INTERNET FACILITY?
Yes, you will have the Internet facility.
WILL THE UNIVERSITY REFUND THE FEES, IN CASE THE STUDENT IS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE BECAUSE OF HOME SICKNESS, EXPULSION, SICKNESS ETC.?
At the time of your admission the University makes all arrangements to receive the student once the student is admitted to the University. This would include the study material, hostel arrangements etc. Therefore, once the student reports to the University and joins the same, the University regrets its inability to refund any part of the educational fees and other expenses paid by the student. In case a student comes back to India for with valid reason; an application could be made to the University to hold the fees in credit so that the student could join in the coming semester.