MBBS in Moldova

Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe. It is a landlocked country bordered by Romania in the west and Ukraine to its north, east and south. The beautiful country of Moldova is officially known as the Republic of Moldova. Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova is also the largest city in the country. The country of “Moldova” got its name after its very beautiful valley of the “Moldova River” which has served as the political centre during the Principality of Moldova Foundation in the year 1959. The origin from where the valley derived its name still remains unknown. 

In the early 1990s, during the foundation years of the foundation of Commonwealth of Independent States, the Republic of Moldova also called “Moldovia” but for a short span of time. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the country began to use its Romanian name “Moldova”. The United Nations gave the country its current official name i.e. The Republic of Moldova”. Right after the independence was achieved, the country’s foreign policy was designed and designated to establish relations with the European Union.  It was in 1995, that the country was admitted to the Council of Europe. The Republic of Moldova is a member country of various worldly organizations namely United Nations, the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Francophonie and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program. 

The Republic of Moldova is divided into three municipalities and 2 autonomous regions including 32 districts. The two autonomous regions are Gagauzia and Transnistria out of which Transnistria is a disputed land since the Central Government has no hold over this region. The two autonomous regions having administrative seats also have municipality status which includes the 10 other cities. There are 66 towns in the Republic of Moldova which includes 13 municipality status and 916 communes. 700 villages of Moldova are too small to have an independent and separate administration. Thus, these are either part of some cities or communes. Chisinau, the largest city of the Republic of Moldova has an average population of 635,994 people.

Moldova stretches to a total area of 33,851kms. The country’s largest part lies between two rivers. Moldova is formed by river Prut in the west and joins Daunbe first and then the Black Sea. The landlocked country of Moldova is close to the Black Sea. The country is mostly hilly with elevations that have not exceeded above 430 m (1,411 ft). B?l?ne?ti Hill is the highest point in the country. Moldovian hills are the part of Moldovian Plateau and these have geographically originated from the Carpathian Mountains. The mountainous subdivision of the terrain in the country include Dniester Hills, the Central Moldavian Plateau and the Moldavian Plain. To the south of the country is a small flatland of the Bugeac plain. Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova in the centre, Tiraspol in the eastern region, Balti in the northern part and Bender in the south-east are the main cities of the Republic of Moldova. Comrat city is the administrative centre of the autonomous region of Gagauzia.

The country of Moldova experiences a moderately continental climate. The country’s adjacency with the Black Sea makes the season of autumn and winter relatively cold while the summer days are cool. The summers are long and warm and the average temperature during these days is around 20°C while the average winter temperature is -4°C making it a cold region with dry winters. Average precipitation during the year ranges from around 600mm in the northern region to around 400mm in the south. Heavy rainfall occurs during the time of early summers while the month of October is the time for heavy shower and thunderstorm. Heavy rainfall often results in erosion and slitting the rivers as the country’s geography shows irregular terrain.  

The highest temperature in Moldova was recorded in the year 2007 in the city of Camenca which was as high as 41.5°C and the lowest was recorded in the year 1963 in the month of January. It went as low as ?35.5 °C in Br?tu?eni.

Railway system forms the main means of transport system in Moldova along with the highway system.  The Chisinau International Airport in the capital city of Chisinau is the only airport in the country and connects to all major countries of the world. As known to the fact that the Republic of Moldova lies between the two rivers, water transport also plays a major role in the transport system of the country. 

The natives of Moldova are called the Moldovans or Moldavians and form the largest part of the country’s ethnic group. The term Moldavian is largely used to refer to the inhabitants of the early Moldova which was divided into Romania, Ukraine and Moldova regardless of the ethnic identity they belong to. 

It was in the year 1991 when Romanian was declared as the official language of Moldova. In 1994, the Constitution declared it as the national language of the country whose writing script is based on the Latin alphabet. 

According to the census survey conducted in 2004, 93.3% of the Orthodox Christians constitute to the population of Moldova, Protestant constitute to more than 2% of the population, 0.9% of the community belongs to the other religions, 1% belong to the non-religious group, atheist contribute to 0.4% of the population and 2.2% of the population did not give any answer during the census survey. 

The Republic of Moldova has 31 institutions for higher education out of which 16 are state governed and 15 are private institutions. A total of 1,26,100 students are enrolled in these institutions. These include 1,04,300 students enrolled in state institutions and remaining 21,700 enrolled in private institutions. 

The National University of Moldova was founded as early as 1832. The Moldova State University and the Academy of Sciences of Moldova are the two main scientific organizations in Moldova and these were established in 1946.

Romania allocates scholarships to the students studying in high schools and Moldovian universities. As per the census available till 2015, Romania has allocated 5000 scholarships to such students. More than half of pre-school, kindergarten programs and equipments in Moldova are funded by Romania. Moldova depicted a high literacy rate of 99.4% as per the estimates of the year 2015.

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EDUCATION SYSTEM IN MOLDOVA

The Ministry of Education and Cultural Research is currently responsible to oversee the education system in the Republic of Moldova. Education system in Moldova is divided into 10 types of primary and secondary schools

  • Kids from 3 to 5-6 years join Kindergarten
  • Grade 1-4 is for Primary Schools
  • Grades 5-9 are often termed as Gymnasiums
  • Grades 10-12 are also called the Lyceums
  • General School for Grades 10-11
  • Evening Schools
  • Grade 12 is termed as Schools of trades
  • 3 years of Vocational Schools (Grade 10-12)

The total number of students enrolled in 31 state and private institutions in Moldova is 1,26,500 according to the census of 2015. A total of 6200 faculty members have been recruited at Moldova’s universities and institutions that maintain an average teacher student ratio of 1:20. Of all these, around 43% of these faculty members are PhD holders and hold the highest academic degrees. Needless to say, Moldovan faculty members are one of the highest workload managers in the world. They teach around 20 hrs per week.

Moldovan universities and institutes offer a total of 90 majors and specialties. More than 50% of the students opt for subjects like economics, law or social sciences or in “professional formation fields” as per the terms described by Moldovan Ministry of Education. Students enrolled to study engineering and architecture constitutes strength of 18.4% whereas 16% are enrolled in education.

Moldovan universities and institutes offer a total of 90 majors and specialties. More than 50% of the students opt for subjects like economics, law or social sciences or in “professional formation fields” as per the terms described by Moldovan Ministry of Education. Students enrolled to study engineering and architecture constitutes strength of 18.4% whereas 16% are enrolled in education.

Education in Moldova starts in the age of 5-6 years and graduation in the age of 17 years. The school session in Moldova starts in the month of September to the month of July. Secondary school is divided into two major parts- Lower Secondary or gymnasium as it is called or grades 5-9. The level of Lyceum calls for an entrance exam which a gymnasium graduate must qualify before admission.

Lyceum, also termed as upper secondary school includes grades 10-12. A graduate from this level qualifies to receive the general certificate of completion. A Diploma of Bacalaureat is awarded to the students if they wish to write and qualify the national baccalaureate exam

Higher education program is offered by both the public & private universities, academics and institutes. It can take 4-5 years for the completion of degree from these institutes depending upon the chosen upper secondary education.

MBBS in Moldova

Moldova is a landlocked country in the Eastern Europe. Hence MBBS in Moldova is the perfect choice for all those students who are too keen to take up their medical education in the Europe under a specified budget and gain international exposure. However, it has only 1 university that offers the medicine program. So the students will not have to invest their time in researching and making choices among the universities to be chosen. They can save all their time and invest it in quick documentation once they have decided that they want to study medicine in Europe and within the budget. One more advantage here is that the students will get to interact with students from different parts of the world having the same interests while studying under one roof in Moldova.

The only university offering medicine program in the Republic of Moldova is Nicolae Testemi?anu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy. A government funded university in the capital of Moldova attracts the students as the city of Chinisau is beautiful, can be easily travelled. It has its own international airport which welcomes flights from different parts of the world and is time saving. This old university in Chinisau was established in the year 1945 and came into operation during the years of World War II in Kislovodsk. Later the university was transferred to the beautiful city and the capital of Moldova, Chinisau with all its students and faculty members under the Institute of Medicine.

The institutional activity began on 20th October with only 1 faculty for General Medicine and 1-6 students. The process of teaching was intended to be performed by 30 Professors. It also had to include 9 medical science doctors and 5 habilitated doctors. It was the very beginning. Gradually, as the time passed by, some other faculties also developed in the same premises

  • Pediatric Faculty in 1954
  • The Stomatology Faculty in 1959
  • The Faculty of Preventive Medicine in 1964
  • The Pharmacy Faculty in 1964

July 25th, 1991 was a historical day in the history of the university when the State Institute of Medicine "Nicolae Testemi?nu” gained its recognition as a university. It was renamed as The State University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Nicolae Testemi?anu" in the year 1995.

Moldova is opted by the students because of the salient features that it offers. It is a country in Europe and has no admission test. It has a direct admission process. No proof of language proficiency is required like IELTS or TOEFL qualification to get an admission. The fee for MBBS in Moldova in its only university of Nicolae Testemi?anu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy is quite low and affordable as compared to any other university in Europe and that is an added advantage for the students keen to study in Europe. The fee in this university is at par with what is offered by the medical universities in countries like China, Russia, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries. It is a state funded university and approved by Medical Council of India, listed in World Directory of Medical Schools, which means that a student qualified from this university is eligible to write the FMGE examination. MBBS in Moldova is a 6 year degree program and is taught in English medium. However, the students are required to gain knowledge of the local language which will make it easier for them to interact with the patients while their stay in Moldova. The school conducts regular classes for the students to learn the language. The curriculum is more focussed on the practical approach where the students can get more clinical exposure and an in-hand experience to treat the patients. As students with similar interests are studying under one roof here, the students tend to focus more on their studies, get more competitive and confident of themselves. This is so very important for students to be confident in their profession as they need to maintain the trusts of their patients. Also this is good for them since they have stepped 1st time out of their homes for building their career. The living cost is Moldova is very low and affordable. The tuition fee of the university as on date is as low as 4000€ and offers an accommodation ranging to 700 €. This is very cheap for any European country.

Moldova is located in Europe and offers quality education to the students. This is the reasons why many Indian students are attracted and move to Moldova for their higher education. Affordable university fee, low living cost is what attracts Indian study to study MBBS in Moldova. Not only this, this beautiful country in Eastern Europe also has one of the fastest developing economies in the world. It welcomes people on its land and is the 4th largest home to international immigrants worldwide. This country is also a land of knowledge, an educational hub and s home for modern technology that attracts the students the most.

Admission Criteria & Requirements

It must be mentioned here that NEET is mandatory admission requirement for all the Indian medical aspirants, hence an Indian student applying for MBBS in Moldova must be NEET qualified. A student must have reached the minimum age of 17 years on 31st December in the year of applying for admission. He/she must have completed 10+2 with minimum 50% in 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology with English language as a compulsory subject. The qualifying score for General category students is in 10+2 is 50% & the same for other categories is 45%.

Admission Requirements

  • Certified copy of Secondary Marks card
  • Certified copy of Senior Secondary Marks card
  • Certified copy of NEET Score Card
  • Certified copy of Passport
  • 5 Passport size photographs
  • English Translation of all documents attested by the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in India (wherever applicable)
  • Medical Fitness Certificate

The University of Nicolae Testemi?anu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy offers MBBS degree programs in English in which the Indian students can take medical degree courses at the beautiful capital city of Chisinau.

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