University Profile

Established in 1935, Kursk State Medical University is ranked as one of the top 10 best Russian Medical Universities. Among its many achievements, KSMU was the first University in Russia to offer students a full Medical training program in the English language. Within the structure of KSMU we also have a Research Institute of Ecological Medicine as well as a consulting diagnostic policlinic and medical institute. To date KSMU has trained over 25,000 medical professionals across 14 faculties and 67 departments. The staff body consists of 633 academic staff of which there are 333 Ph.D and 92 D.Sc academics serving our 6,400 students. The university boasts a well stocked library with a subscription of more than 500,000 journals, books and publications. The campus includes four teaching buildings as well as a five student halls of residence. Students also enjoy the recreational facilities onsite including three sports halls and a shooting range.

Type of institution :

State Medical University.

Courses taught in English:

All courses at the Pre-university course, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Stomatological (Dentistry) Faculties.

Academic system:

2 semesters per academic year.

Language of training :

Russian, English.

Academic staff :

650 lecturers with 70 % holding PhD or equivalent 92 professors holding D.Sc

Class size :

6 to 12 students in one group (depending on the course).

Age limit:

Minimum age is 16 years old and there is no maximum age limit; Mature applicants are welcome.

KSMU Intakes:

I. Intakes: September 1st ? January II. Intakes: February 7th ? June.

International Acclaim:

Russian higher medical education has gained a remarkable reputation on the world stage due to high educational standards with advanced and sophisticated teaching methods and scientific approaches. A Medical Degree from KSMU is recognized by the World Health Organization (W.H.O), and General Medical Council (G.M.C) of major European countries, including Great Britain and France and other international medical boards. Leading Russian medical universities occupy prominent positions in the international rating by the UNESCO and World Health Organization, including Kursk State Medical University. KSMU is also recognized by JPA Malaysia, MC Sri-Lanka and other countries.

KSMU - From Institue to University

KSMU was established on 1st September 1935 by order of the Board of Public Commissioners of the RSFSR. The order, issued by Kaminski on the 7th of May, 1935 stated the following: 'To begin the organization of a medical institute in Kursk with the admission of 250 people as first-year students in 1935 and establish the 1st of September, 1935 as the date of the beginning classes?. Since that day the university has strived to achieve the highest standard in modern medical training and assessment.

Directors (later on rectors) from various scientific schools who had different levels of training and scientific interests made a major contribution to the development of the medical institute. But they were knit together by love of their alma mater, desire for its development and prosperity, providing of effectiveness of all kinds of activities. They were selfless in achieving of their aims. On the 30th of June, 1940 the first graduation ceremony of 186 young specialists took place. The Public Commissioner of Public Health of the RSFSR attended the solemn meeting devoted to that event.

On the 22d of June, 1941 a peaceful working life was obstructed with the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, on the 8th of October, 1941 more than 300 workers and students, some equipment, work-books and other property were evacuated to Alma-Ata. Only on the 5th of July, 1944 the workers of the institute and students came back and some property was returned form Alma-Ata to Kursk. In 1945 the graduation ceremony of 34 doctors took place. In 1960s and 1970s the structure of the institute continued forming, the admission of students increased, the Part-Time Department was opened. In 1966 the Pharmaceutical Faculty was organized, in 1972 ? the Pre-Medical Department, in 1976 ? the Faculty of Further Training of teachers of pharmaceutical and medical colleges.

At the Medical Faculty the departments of tuberculosis, radiology, traumatology with courses of orthopedics and battle-field surgery were opened. At the Pharmaceutical Faculty the departments of organic chemistry, pharmakognosy, pharmchemistry, the technology of drugs, the organization and economics of the pharmaceutical affair were opened. The scientific and research basis increased, a lot of attention was paid to training of the personnel. In the 80s a new educational building, houses for the personnel, a new sport hall with shooting saloon, two students? hostels were constructed, the central studying corpus was converted. Scientific-Research Institute of Ecological Medicine was opened on the basis of Central Scientific-Research Laboratory . In 1984 Kursk Medical Institute became the institute of the first category, in 1985 it was awarded with Red Flag Order, in 1994 the institute received the status of the university.

Kursk State Medical University Structure

Kursk State Medical University serves a student population of over 5,000. The staff body consists of 633 academic staff of which there are 333 Ph.D and 92 D.Sc academics accross. The university consists of 14 faculties and 67 departments situated accross four teaching buildings.

Within the structure of KSMU we also have a Research Institute of Ecological Medicine as well as a consulting diagnostic policlinic and medical institute. To date KSMU has trained over 25,000 medical professionals.

The University comprises the following structural subdivisions:

1. 14 faculties, 67 departments.

2. Consulting and diagnostic polyclinic.

3. Research Institute of Ecological Medicine.

4. Teaching and auxiliary subdivisions: editorial and publishing department, centre for information technologies of teaching, teaching and methodical administration, Central methodical Council.

5. Administrative subdivisions: Academic Council of the University, the University administration, dean?s offices, interfaculty boards, student clerical office, staff administration, patent group, scientific and medical information department, research sector, departments of post-graduate training and clinical specialization, economical activity administration, administration for international relations and other auxiliary departments. Socio-scientific subdivisions are also available at the University: Central problem commission, scientific problem commissions, thesis councils, young scientists? council, student scientific society.

Material and technical departments: vivarium, engineering group for medical equipment and metrology, campus service.

The University provides training in 10 specialties: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Medico-Prevention Management, Stomatology, Pharmacy (full-time and correspondence course), Clinical Psychology (full-time training), Nursing (full-time and correspondence training), Social work (full-time training and externship), Economics and Management at an Enterprise of Public Health (full-time and correspondence training, externship), Biotechnology (full-time and correspondence training)

Kursk City - An Introduction

Overview :

Kursk is one of Russia's ancient cities and today is a vibrant and lively place with a warm and welcoming population. Many of our students comment on how safe they feel while walking around the city - even after dark. The city has something to offer everyone, no matter what their interests or passions, from history to art and sports and beyond.

Geography / Climate:

The Kursk region is situated in the centre of the European part of Russia, within the forest and steppe zone on a hilly plain divided by ravines, river valleys. The climate is moderately continental. The region has a rather dense river network. Water tourism and fishing lovers are offered the rivers: the Seim, the Psyol, the Tuskar and others.

History :

Kursk was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1032; the oldest building in Kursk is the upper church of the Trinity Monastery built in 1752. The Kursk region is also the homeland of many gifted people: navigator G.I. Shelikhov, Great Russian actor M.S. Shepkin, distinguished astronomer F.A. Semenov, brilliant physicist V.V. Petrov, writer Ye.I. Noskov, sculpter V. Klykov, talented poet N.N. Aseev, painter A.A. Deineka, composer G.V. Sviridov and many others.

Culture / Arts :

Kursk State University is home to the Russian Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor and trumpet soloist Sergei Proskourin. Pushkin Theater is also located in the center of the city and has a permanent company as well as visiting shows.


There are many lively venues around Kursk where you can meet with friends, relax and unwind. If you prefer more active entertainment then you will find no shortage of new and exciting places to explore in and around the city itself.

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