Medical education for graduates of Russian schools at the University of Oslo

My questions:
I am Egor Kugno, a 15-year-old pupil of the 9th grade in Moscow school.
I have a small website — / where I write about my studies, exams and publish various answers from Russian ministries (about paying for studies abroad, transferring money for studies and so on)
The first 7 years I studied in an ordinary (good) Moscow school, had additional classes in biology (microbiology) and chemistry; last year I passed through the competition entrance exams to Chemical School #1501 — #10 in the rating of Moscow schools (it is approximately #30 among ALL schools in Russia). The school chemistry was very good — 6 hours a week, all year round (the standard in Russia is 2 hours a week, now there is no chemistry at all in humanities classes), but everything else, except chemistry, was not very good, and I went to 9th grade to school at the Higher School of Economics — (through entrance exams, of course) — where chemistry is a bit less, but everything else is much better)
Although I am still studying 2.5 years, I started researching universities of the world — to understand where I can go to study, what requirements I have to meet, whether to study languages other than English and Spanish that I am studying now at school, and of course — whether my parents will be able to pay for my education.
At the moment I am most interested in medicine (pathology, chemotherapy and hematology), chemistry (more like laboratory management) and pharmacy (more like managing science and research in a pharmaceutical company, but of course with a full understanding of what scientists do, and with a deep knowledge of biochemistry).
Right now I am studying primarily medical education, as it is the most complicated, expensive, there is a lot of information and it is the hardest to find.
Later I will gather information about chemical and pharmaceutical education.
I checked out your university’s website, but I have a few questions for you:
1. Is it possible to enter your university after I finished my 11 years of school in Russia — or do I need to take another course at a university in Russia?
I am studying English (I will graduate with a C1) and advanced chemistry and biology. Starting next year, our school will have compulsory participation in all the Olympiads in Russia for schoolchildren — all in all, it’s a great school.
But, as I wrote, we are only 11, not 12.
2. Do you have any students from Russia who are studying to be a doctor?
3. Are there any quotas for foreigners to study medicine at your university (and are there any quotas for Russians?)
4. Do I understand correctly — I need to study for 6 years?
5. Does your university have dormitories for students for the entire period of study?
5.1 If there are no dormitories (or there is a five-year waiting list), can the university act as a guarantor when renting accommodation?
6. What is the cost of tuition and living in dormitories and all other expenses per year for studying to be a doctor at your university (I mean education-related expenses — i.e. textbooks, labs, etc. — not including food and transportation, of course).
I know that prices are going up, but the overall costs need to be understood early on.
6.1. are there scholarships for Russians to study and/or live in?
7. What exams do I need to take besides English?
7.1 What language certificates do I need to register?
7.2 Is it possible to study in English?
This is an important question because I know that in most countries medical education is done in the national languages of the respective countries and I think that 2.5-3 years of training in any language is enough for level C1 — if taken seriously.
7.3 Are internal Russian achievements recognized and important (participation in Olympiads, successful passing exams in Russian universities)
8. Is it compulsory to take preparatory and/or language courses at your university before entering university?
9. What is the further procedure of training as a doctor after graduation (postgraduate course, residency, specialization) and obtaining a medical license (if you know)?
10. Will I be able to work after graduation?
11. If training to be a doctor is not possible, please tell me if it is possible to study to be a pharmacist (if you have one) and a chemist (biotechnology, as an option — chemical engineering for pharmacy)
Great if you can indicate in your answer if it is possible to study in English for a chemist or a pharmacist)
P.S. Even though I’m only 15 years old, I’ve started seriously looking for a university to get a good education. I have noticed that many universities put information in PDF format on their websites. This, in my opinion, is very wrong. Not everyone REALLY knows English (French, Chinese….), and such guys, going to a university website and not finding information that can be read in Google Translate, will leave forever and not come back.
Sorry for the unsolicited advice))) — But it would be great to have all the information about the university not only in PDF format, but also as plain text on the websites)))
P.S.2. If you have students from Russia, could you give them my email address or forward them my letter?
I would love to talk to them.
Thank you very much again.
Egor Kugno
Thank you for your interest in the University of Oslo.
The Medicine programme at the University of Oslo is taught in Norwegian and requires applicants to show proficiency in Norwegian,
which must be documented by an approved test or exam.
Applicants must apply through The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS).
For information about general entry requirements when applying through NUCAS, please see:
Information regarding proficiency requirements in both Norwegian and English language can be found on their web page:
Please note that some programmes have additional admission requirements.
Click “Søknadsfrist og opptak” on the programme web page for detailed information: (information in Norwegian only).
Please see NUCAS’s information regarding how to apply and application deadlines:
For any further questions, you may contact NUCAS.
You will find their contact information on the above-mentioned web page.
For information regarding housing, see:
Currently there are no tuition fees at the University of Oslo, only a semester registration fee and a copy fee amounting to 800 Norwegian kroner (approximately 85 Euros) to be paid each semester.
However, the Norwegian government has proposed that universities and university colleges in Norway implement tuition fees for students with citizenship from outside the EU/EEA.
Unfortunately, we do not have any further information at this time.
However, prospective applicants applying for studies starting autumn 2023 must be prepared to pay tuition fees if admitted to studies.
We will update our web page as soon as we receive further information from the authorities.
Please also note that international applicants from outside the EU/EEA area applying to our study programmes are required to document their financial ability to cover living expenses for one academic year.
Applicants are currently required to document NOK 128 887 (approx. 13 000 EUR).
This is to meet the requirement from The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) when applying for a student residence permit.
For more information, please refer to the personalised admission guide with complete information.
Click the “Admission” link on the programme web page in order to start the personalised admission guide.
Few scholarships are available for international students. For information about scholarships, please see the following web page:
We are unfortunately not allowed to share our students’ contact information.
Best regards,
Knutepunktet – International Student Reception
University of Oslo

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