Medical Education for Schoolchildren from Russia at Niigata University

To wrap up my little essay on Japan and Korea (parts one and two), I’ll also tell you about Argentina.
After a while this story will be forgotten, so I decided to write it down
The other day in Argentina at the airport we detained a couple of girls from Russia who had come to Argentina to give birth, but at the border they told the border guards they were traveling.
The border guards detained them (for lying to government officials), but the court quickly decided to release all of them and to let them into the country.
https://www. rbc. ru/politics/11/02/2023/63e7333b9a794764846124cf
The frontier guards most likely acted according to their instructions.
But the court was wiser in its decision.
And it’s the right decision, with an eye to the future.
Each of the girls who came here is at least not poor.
The cheapest ticket to Argentina from Moscow now (at the time of writing) costs a thousand dollars. A first-class ticket costs three thousand dollars. And it is unlikely that many girls in 36 weeks of pregnancy flew in alone — rather they came with their mothers and husbands.
And the plane, landing at the airport in Buenos Aires, will pay a fee for landing and takeoff, for cleaning the cabin, for service, for food, and buy fuel.
And that’s-taxes to Argentina.
Every girl before the birth will rent a house — and most probably not the cheapest, and will buy food (good), and will pay a lot of money to doctors, and will not leave on the second day after the birth, and will spend some time in Argentina, always buying something — and this is again taxes for Argentina.
The child born in Argentina gets Argentinean nationality — and even if he doesn’t stay in Argentina now he’ll go there someday, because that’s his homeland — and that’s again taxes for Argentina.
The parents of the little Argentinean citizen will also get citizenship in a couple of years — and many of them (and as I wrote — they are not poor people) — will really move to Argentina — and it’s taxes again.
So the court was absolutely right, and the Argentine judges obviously think about the future of their country.
Going back to the education in Korea and Japan (the website is about that :)) — I must say that in my opinion both countries are not doing enough to attract foreign students.
But here (with education) the matter is even more interesting than in the example with Argentina.
Each student is not only taxes now (tuition,
accommodation, food, cell phone….), but also a huge deposit for the future.
Everyone will spend a few years in the country, get to know a bunch of guys, and become an ambassador for the culture of the country of study in other countries (if they don’t stay in the country).
And this is also a connection, international connections for universities, for former fellow students, for business…
In general, in my opinion, universities in mono-countries, countries with an absolute majority of the indigenous population, should do everything possible to attract students to their universities.
And here, by the way, Korea (in Moscow) is absolutely superior to Japan.
There is a Korean Institute in Moscow where they recruit about 200
For the free Korean language course there is a huge cultural center with dances, old and new writing and even tekwon-do.
And Japan takes 20 people to its center, which is impossible to get into.
And the only thing that surprises is the Ikebana course.
Out of approximately 15 schools where you could once learn Japanese in Moscow — are now either two or three, and the information is still hard to find (the information on the website of the Consulate of Japan in Moscow was outdated three years ago, and has not changed since then).
Meanwhile, for example the Chinese language is taught in about 30 Moscow schools and 20 Moscow universities, and for those who study in universities without a Chinese course there is a special inter-departmental institute in the former Mining Institute (now MISIS), where any student of any Moscow university may study Chinese for three years.
Isn’t that why Japan is gradually coming to naught as an economic supergiant, because it is not attracting talented young people from all over the world?
And now, in today’s world, you can no longer be faster, more inventive, better, more comfortable, and richer than the countries that have made it a priority to attract young people to their countries.
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
Dear Egor Kugno san,
This is International Office Niigata University,
Thank you for your interest in studying at Niigata University.
First, please see the website of Niigata University carefully and collect information you need.
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 queue for five years in advance), can the university act as a guarantor for renting housing?
-Student Life Housing
6. What is the cost of studying and living in hostels and all other expenses per year when studying to be a doctor at your university (meaning the costs associated with education — that is, payment for textbooks, laboratories, etc. — not including of course food and transport ) (I know that prices are rising, but the total costs need to be understood early)
6.1. Are there scholarships for Russians for study and/or living?
-Fees / Scholarships
7. What exams do I need to take besides English?
7.2. Is it possible to study in English?
-Undergraduate Students (Degree Programs)
Study at NU
School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
For information not found on the website, please ask the faculty you wish to enroll directly.
Best regards,
International Office

More articles on this country→
This article in Russian→