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About Belarus

The Republic of Belarus

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Belarus, officially known as the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk; other major cities include Brest, Grodno Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk. Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometers is covered by forest, and its strongest economic sectors are agriculture and manufacturing.

Belarus became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union and was renamed as the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.

State language: Belarusian, Russian.
Capital: Minsk.
Population: 9468000 as of 2011.
Currency: Belarusian Ruble.


Belarus is a presidential Republic. The President is elected directly by citizens for a 5-year period.

International relations

The State is founding member of the UN, CIS, CSTO, as well as member of other international associations.


The culture of Belarus has evolved over the centuries, supported by the original architectural and artistic schools that created many unique musical and literary works.

Modern cultural life of Belarus is dynamic and diverse, with many art exhibitions, music, theater and film festivals.

Visual arts

The fine arts of Belarus represent diverse styles, trends and genres, and the most interesting works of the Belarusian paintings and sculptures of different eras can be seen in the country’s art museums.
The largest collectionscan be found at the National Art Museum of Belarus, an organization that actively promotesnational art and often houses extensive exhibitions of the work of Belarusian artists. In addition, other interesting collections are housed at the Vitebsk Regional Museum of Art, the Mogilev Regional Art Museum, and the Art Gallery of Polotsk.

National holidays

  • New Year’s Day1st of January
  • Christmas 7th of January
  • International Women`s Day 8th of March
  • International Labor Day 1st of May
  • Victory Day 9th of May
  • Independence Day 3rd of July
  • October Revolution day 7th of November
  • Catholic day 25th December


Christianity and many other religions are also well represented in the country.

The Belarusian Educational System

Belarus has one of the highest student-to-population ratios in Europe. The country’s higher education system is seen as both prestigious and advantageous due to its high quality and affordability.

There are four main types of higher education establishments to choose from, which can be either private or state operated:

  • Classical university;
  • Profile university or academy;
  • Institute;
  • higher college.

Most courses run for 5 years and students can choose to study full time, part-time through evening classes or by correspondence.
Grants are available for full-time students and scholarships are awarded to very gifted students.

All higher education establishments are governed by the Ministry of Education in Belarus.

Higher education in Belarus

Belarusian education is ranked among the best, and Belarusian specialists are in great demand throughout the world. Therefore, both our citizens and foreign students are eager to study at the universities of the Republic. Belarus has been involved in training foreign students since 1961, and more than 20 thousand foreigners been educated there since that time.

The system of higher education of Belarus is comprised of a broad network of educational establishments.

Four major types can be distinguished:

  • Classical university;
  • Profile university or academy;
  • Institute;
  • Higher college.

Vitebsk State Medical University (BGMU)

The Vitebsk State Medical University is highly rated throughout the world; its degrees are recognized by the World Health Organization(WHO),the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG,Philadelphia,US), and the Lithuanian Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education.

Educational system

Classes are organized into 58 departments, which employ 60 doctors and up to 181 candidates of sciences, including 39 professors and 145 associate professors.

To improve the quality of teaching, an educative-industrial pharmacy, dental clinic, and control-analytic laboratory were created where students are able to put their knowledge into practice.

There is a wonderful library at the university, available to each student and holding a large number of volumes in all branches of knowledge written in both Russian and foreign languages.

At this time, more than 3.5 thousand students are studying at the university. Foreign students have been enrolled since 1981, and graduates are working successfully in 109 countries of the world.


  • Faculty of General Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacology
  • Faculty of Stomatology
  • Faculty of the Postgraduate Education in Medicine and Pharmacology


Vitebsk State Medical University has 5 comfortable student’s hostels with well-organized services.


Foreign students who intend to enter the University must have a complete secondary education certified by an educational document (Certificate) that entitles them to access to a higher education institution.

Applicants for undergraduate training courses are to submit the following documents:

  • Education documents
  • Medical certificates
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid passport


  • Standard European Medical Program.
  • English Medium of Instruction with highly experienced training.
  • NO TOFEL\IELTS required for admission.
  • Participation of students in seminars, and project work in different European countries.
  • Lowest tuition fees in the world.
  • Lowest cost of living expenses.
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Why study in Belarus?

  • European standards
  • The medium of instruction is English.
  • Globally Recognized Courses (WHO, MCI,  UNESCO, EUROPEAN COUNCIL)
  • Guidance for medical licensing examinations such as PLAB, USMLE, MCI Test, ERPM, and MOH/DOH/HAAD (USA).
  • No IELTS/TOEFL required for admission.
  • Enrichment of learning experience through visiting professors from USA, CANADA, and the UK.
  • Good prospects of Permanent Residence & Settlement in Europe following completion of the program.
  • One of the best transportation systems in Europe.
  • Foreign students are welcomed & well-treated.
  • Opportunity to meet more than 1000 foreign students from various countries.
  • A very safe environment with no racial discrimination.
  • Entry procedures are simple and straightforward.

Cost Of Living

In order to live comfortably while you are in all over the Belarus, the student will need to have about 1200USD to 1500USD per year available for living costs, above the cost of your tuition. The cost of living is cheaper, lot more than other European cities. It is difficult to give a precise figure because of differences in the student lifestyle.


Food here in Belarus is very cheap. Belarusians are honored as the connoisseurs of food. Vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish comprise the Belarusian food. Vegetables are extensively eaten in Belarus. Belarusian food also consists of a number of wild herbs.


Text books are provided by University Library.


Are cheaper compared to others places.


Stationeries needed for student costs very low. Pen, Pencils other products are too cheap.


The cost of general healthcare is very low compared to others places, medical insurance, drugs and general practitioner’s consulataion fee are low.

Studying & Living In Belarus

General information

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the north and east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north. Its capital is Minsk.

According to the most recent census information, the population of Belarus is 9,468,000.

The territory of Belarus totals 207.6 thousand square km. The longest distance, 650 km, is from the West to the East, In size, Belarus is larger than, for example, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece and Austria.


iamge7A system of educational values, which has a direct impact on the national identity, is cultivated not only within the family, but also by the educational system. Historically, the very point of universities has been that they were created for students. If not for the students, universities would not exist. In view of the current education system in Belarus, the majority of young people come to universities for anything but high quality education.

Higher education in the Republic of Belarus

Belarusian education is ranked among the best ones, and the Belarusian specialists are much in demand in the world. Therefore, both our citizens and foreign students wish to study in the higher educational establishments (Universities) of the Republic. Belarus has been involved in training foreign students since 1961.

A broad network of educational establishments was created within the system of higher education in Belarus.

Graduates from both state and private universities are granted state diplomas. Establishments providing postgraduate education include higher educational establishments (regardless of pattern of ownership), scientific and other organizations empowered to engage in postgraduate education in accordance with established procedure.

Belarusian education is popular among foreign students. Fifty-one institutions provide paid education services to foreign citizens. The education is given in Belarusian and Russian. Its cost is set by the education institutions themselves. With respect to each profession in accordance with international practice in the field.

Approximately 130 foreign citizens are engaged in post-graduate courses at Belarusian research institutions and institutions of higher learning every year. The low costs of tuition, textbooks, accommodations and transportation, as well as the high quality of academic education, international recognition of Belarusian diplomas, a stable political situation and low crime rate are just some of the reasons that foreign students are attracted to Belarus. Annually, about 3,000 students from over 70 countries (China, Ghana, Somali, Syria, Sudan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola, and more) study in the Republic. Foreign students are offered a year’s preparatory Russian language course.

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Universities place free sports facilities and libraries at the students’ disposal which encourages their creative activities. After university graduation, young specialists have an opportunity to continue postgraduate education. Here, training of the scientific personnel with highest qualifications is conducted with granting scientific degrees of Candidate of Science. Establishments providing postgraduate education include higher educational establishments (regardless of pattern of ownership), scientific and other organizations entitled to engage in postgraduate education in accordance with established procedure. Regardless of pattern of ownership and departmental affiliation, all higher educational establishments are subordinate to the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.

Foreign Students

International students obtain their higher education in universities, academies and institutes that are not only accredited, but also have a special license to teach foreign students. The Ministry of Education and Science of Belarus controls the quality of educational services done to foreign students.

International students are not obliged to start their study with the preparatory year.

Students from foreign countries are trained at faculties which are available at all medical universities of Belarus. Instruction in all main specialties is provided.

Practical training for students are organized in research and clinical medical centers, specialized clinics, regional and city hospitals and out-patients clinics where all of necessary conditions for specialists training are present.

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Suitable accommodations are arranged for the students upon their arrival in Belarus. The university provides residential hostels within walking distance of the academy. Living conditions in the hostels are standard, with 2 to3 students sharing rooms with central heating and hot water systems. Students are provided with a common kitchen with a free supply of gas and/or electricity. Those who are interested in more modern facilities can ask our counselors for a price list for the better hostel facilities.

Belarus Currency

The currency is the Belarusian Ruble (BYR).

The Climate in Belarus

Belarusian climate is moderately continental, with temperatures in July ranging from +17 C to +18.5 C, and January temperatures varying from −8 C to −4.5 C.

Belarusian holidays:

  • New Year’s 1stof January
  • Christmas 7thof January
  • International Women`s Day 8thof March
  • International Labor Day 1stof May
  • Victory Day 9thof May
  • Independence Day 3rdof July
  • October Revolution Day 7thof November
  • Catholic day 25thDecember


Electricity is free in all hostels and at the university.


Eating in Belarus is an exciting and rich experience. Food in Belarus has many different styles with thousands of great restaurants in all the major cities and towns of Belarus.

Belarus dishes are typically based on local vegetables and cereals, especially:

  • potatoes
  • beetroot
  • mushrooms
  • berries
  • barley

Potatoes deserve a special mention as they have formed the basis of many of the dishes of Belarus for hundreds of years.

The following products are popular in Belarus:

  • pork, pork sausages and salami, salted pork fat
  • beef
  • chicken
  • river fish such as trout, perch, carp
  • milk and dairy products as fresh white cheese


Compared to the other places, costs are very low for items such as public transportation, and vehicle costs for fuel, insurance and maintenance, as well as purchase/lease costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Belarus located?
The Republic of Belarus is in Eastern Europe. It shares borders with Russia in the east and northeast, Latvia and Lithuania in the north-west, Poland to the west, Ukraine to the south. It is a land-locked country.

What is the Capital of Belarus and its population?
The capital of the Republic of Belarus is Minsk. It has a population is 9.5 million.

What are the major cities in Belarus?
The major cityies in Belarus are Minsk, Gomel, Vitebsk, Maglev, Grodno and Brest.

What is the major religion in Belarus?
The major religion in Belarusis Christianity.

What is the major religion in Belarus?
The major religion in Belarusis Christianity.

Are these Universities recognized or affiliated to any board of education or any other Educational Council?
Yes, they are recognized by ministry of higher education in Belarus and by MCI, WHO and UK, USMLE (USA), UNESCO

What is the duration of the program in Belarus?
The duration varies between 2-6 years depending upon the courses of study.

What is the currency used in Belarus?
The currency used in Belarus is the Belarusian Rubbles. US Dollars are also acceptable. 1USD = 8500r (as of date).

What is the currency used in Belarus?
The currency used in Belarus is the Belarusian Rubbles. US Dollars are also acceptable. 1USD = 8500r (as of date).

Do I need to qualify any English test like IELTS or TOEFL for admission into Belarusian Universities?
No, you don’t need.

Can I apply for citizenship of Belarus?
Yes, you can apply after 7 years of regular stay in Belarus.

How is the accommodation arrangement and what are the charges?
The university hostels are available for accommodation.The universities have single, double and triple occupancy rooms. Each student pays from 120 to 350 USD depending on the choice of accommodation and university.

Can I pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, you can pay the fees by semester.

Do I need to pay the books and exam fee separately or is it included in the fee?
It is included in the tuition fee.

What is the Careers invitation for education?
The invitation for education is the official document, which is processed by the department of immigration of the Ministry of Internal affairs of Belarus. It specifies that the student is admitted to a particular university. It states his/her passport details and the full name of the host university. This invitation support letter is necessary for the issuance of Careers at Minsk airport or at Belarusian embassies abroad.

What do I take along with me to Belarus?
Warm coat, a sweater, warm trousers, boots, cap, and gloves.

What will be my average monthly expenses?
Usually the expenses for first month of staying in Belarus are more than those of the subsequent months. You’ll need about 200-250 USD for the first month of stay in Belarus. This is due to the fact that the student would need to pay the registration charges, purchase items of necessity etc. Subsequently, the average monthly expenses for food are about  100-150USD.

How can my parents send me money for my expenses?
Parents can send the money to the student’s bank account in Belarus by the way of a wire transfer, or via Western Union, Money Gramm The student is recommended to open a bank account as soon as the process of registration is completed, which normally takes around 10 to 15 days.

What is the preparatory faculty and what is it for?
The preparatory faculty is a special educational program with duration of 1 academic year (7-10 months). At the preparatory faculty students study Russian language and special disciplines required depending on the future specialty chosen (language of science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, geography, history, and literature). After completing the preparatory faculties the student sits an examination. In case of a successfully passing the examination, the student receives the Certificate of completion of the preparatory faculty. This certificate gives the student a right to enter any Belarusian university without entrance examinations. But if the student chooses to study in English language, he/she does not need to study at the preparatory faculty, he enters directly the first year of the degree course. Studying at the preparatory faculty starts from the first week of September every year depending on the formation of groups.

When is the beginning of vacations in the Universities in Belarus?
At the preparatory faculty, the program of study is not divided into semesters; therefore winter vacations are not stipulated. At the end of January the students who have successfully passed all tests have one week of rest. Students who have academic debts try to pass through their tests again. Summer vacations last 2 months, from July, 1st till August, 31st every year. As for the degree course (6 years), winter vacations last 2 weeks from the last week of January till the first week of February every year. Summer vacations are the same as at the preparatory faculty — from July, 1st till August, 31st every year.