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How is Crimea for pursuing Medicine abroad? Also concerning FMGE, PLAB and USMLE.

Are you planning to join the Medical Academy named after S.I. Gerogivesky for your medical degree? Read on to find out the advantages and also the stuff that may hold you back in the future.


If you have read my previous posts, you might already know that I have studied in Crimea 2013 up until 2019 when I graduated. And it is that experience that I am using as the basis for writing this post.



ADVANTAGES

  1. Low cost of education. The annual fee of approximately $3000 is one of the lowest among Russian and Ukraine Universities (maybe even lower that other European counterparts!!)

  2. Temperate European climate lasting most part of the year with winters of 3-4 months.

  3. The Crimean subcontinent is beautiful place which has drawn the eyes of many local and international tourists. Check out my post at: https://www.man-for-all-seasons.com/post/my-experience-in-crimea-education-and-life for more details and some beautiful shots.

  4. Excellent faculty dedicated to enriching our knowledge. (Though having very few exceptions and a general lack of training in the practical aspect of medical education).

  5. Accommodation fees are at an all time low of $100 + electricity.

  6. Living costs can be as low as $100 a month if you are willing to skip the eating out and the night life.


DISADVANTAGES

  1. Due to the current American sanctions of Crimea, it is impossible to conduct any transaction using your America based payment methods (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.). You need to pay and entrust a person with your card details to go to mainland Russia and withdraw the money you in bulk.

  2. US based websites (a few) and most streaming sites also won't work in Crimea due to the aforementioned sanctions.

  3. If you intend to write the USMLE, PLAB exams in the future, studying in Crimea is an absolute no go as the degree awarded in a Russian one and as of now both the US and UK still consider Crimea as a part of Ukraine and doesn't recognize the degree of anyone who has joined the university after March 2014.


FMGE exam is a different story as India has recognized the Russian degrees awarded from Crimea and you will face no more hurdles in India than any other foreign medical graduate.


Crimea is a good place for you if you have read the advantages and disadvantages and have tempered your expectations accordingly. All in all, Crimea is good choice for the average Indian aspirant who is looking for cheap education outside the country and at the same time, being an absolute no go for others based on their future aspirations.



Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala, India

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