General Information About Yaroslavl State Medical University

Yaroslavl State Medical University (YSMU) was founded in 1944. And now it has a rich history. At present, YSMU is the big regional center of excellent quality medical education and bio-medical research. It is also the leader in medical training and post-graduation education, retraining of specialists of practical healthcare, medicine, pharmacy, and high skilled academic staff for the central regions of Russia.

New strategical university aim for now is the transformation into a leader of international educational medical center of the Yaroslavl region and even above. As a result, YSMU widely opens the doors and invite foreign students and specialist for their education here in order to increase the impact of classical Russian medical education worldwide. From this perspective, any foreign international student is of great importance for us and we invite to start or proceed your medical education here. Our vision is that together we should build the bridges but not the walls to disseminate solid educational background with respect to international medical sciences.


There are several faculties in YSMU, among most important are:

  • General Medicine Faculty,
  • Pediatric Faculty,
  • Pharmacy Faculty,
  • Stomatology Faculty,
  • Faculty of Clinical Psychology and Social Work,
  • Faculty of Preparation of Highest Qualification Personnel.

At present approximately 4000 students are studying at YSMU (including foreign students). Medical training and education are conducted by 55 departments that have all the necessary equipment to provide high quality education according to available Russian and international modern standards. At YSMU, there are prepared highly qualified specialists of all local hospitals and medical institutions and professionals from other regions of Russia.

Today the staff of YSMU includes approximately 1000 employees. The academic staff of YSMU consists of more than 500 persons (instructors). Among them 400 persons have the M.D. & Ph.D. titles (candidates of sciences, assistant and associate professors) there are more than 100 doctors of sciences and full professors. Many of them are members of different Russian and foreign international societies and are well-known scientists and clinicians not only in Russia but all over the world.

Modern informational technologies are actively developing in YSMU. These resources are opened both for students and for faculty members, as well as there are special courses for those who wish to extend and improve their qualification in modern informational technologies. Education is also conducted using unique university electronic education and information environment that allows to implement innovative distant educational technologies that are accessible virtually anywhere. There is a big library in YSMU with two reading halls and facilities that are equipped in terms of use of data bases and Internet resources.

YSMU have good social facilities and structure (including four hostels, sport centers, student healthcare center, Volga River summer camp, and the garden of medical plants).

Education of foreign students both on governmental (budget) and individual (contract) basis was started in YSMU since 1992, now YSMU has more than twenty-eight-year unique experience in this area. Several international programs are available for foreign students. It is important that all programs are strictly adhere to the Federal and State Educational Standards of Russian Federation, and are based on deep routed traditions of qualified Russian education.

Now many foreign students are getting their education at YSMU. They represent approximately 30 countries (including but not limited to the citizens from Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Greece, Tunis, Namibia, Kenya, Zambia, India, etc.).

Therefore, YSMU is a big and well-known educational, research and scientific center in the fields of fundamental sciences, clinical medicine and pharmacy. YSMU is recognized by WHO World Directory of Medical Schools. Professionals in Yaroslavl State Medical University are supporting new progressive methods and activities, and keep their reach traditions in the area of qualified education and scientific research at the same time.

Several general facts about Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl is situated in 280 km (or 175 miles) northern-western from Moscow, the capital city of Russia. It is possible to get to Yaroslavl by car, by bus, by train and by airplane (in example, it takes usually 4 hours to get from Moscow to Yaroslavl by bus or train). Yaroslavl was found more than 1000 years ago. Yaroslavl population is about 600,000. People with different confessions and religions (Catholicism, Protestantism, Christianity, Islam and others) are living here, so everyone could find their churches and chapels in our city. The weather and the climate in Yaroslavl are not differed much from Moscow. Averaged temperature in summer is +28ºC (83ºF), in winter averaged temperature is -15ºC (5ºF).

Yaroslavl is a big cultural center of Russia. Many tourist routes lay through Yaroslavl. There are many cultural sites in Yaroslavl, these are: museums, theatres, movie theatres, parks, Volga embankment. You can find here many places of interest: restaurants, cafes, sport complexes, swimming pools, fitness centers, and many other places to have the good rest and relaxation. It is commonly accepted that Yaroslavl is the most beautiful city on the Volga River, and that is why it belongs to the complex of most ancient and beautiful cities (also known as Golden Ring of Russia).