Vitebsk State Medical University was founded in November 1934. It included 32 theoretical and clinical departments. Since September 1981 Vitebsk State Medical University started to train the overseas students on Preliminary Training, Medical and Pharmaceutical Faculties. The number of foreign students was increasing and in 1997 the Faculty of Overseas Students Training was opened. For the large merits in training physicians for public health of Asia, Africa, Near East and Latin America, the Vitebsk State Medical University was awarded with the Medal of Peoples Friendship by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.
Students enrolled at the University will be admitted to the Preliminary Training Course. This is 10 months study program to learn Russian language and basic subjects including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students who successfully pass all the exams after the Preliminary Training Course are transferred to the 1st year of the basic faculties. However, the students who want to study in English medium are admitted directly to the 1st year without Preliminary Training Course, but they will get a chance to study Russian as an international language.
Vitebsk State Medical University has 5 comfortable student's hostels with well organized services: laundry, kitchen, cafeteria, student cafe, post office, Internet, spots club, big super market near the students' hotel and so on.
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