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Russian medical degree in Cyprus

"Without paper - you're an insect, and a piece of paper - a man" - the word "bureaucrat Songs," written by Soviet poet Vasily Ivanovich Lebedev-red bunting, familiar to us from childhood. This is especially applies for a job in Cyprus foreigners. And if to perform some work and a diploma does not necessarily - they are therefore considered to be unqualified, - the other professionals really have to go through all the circles of hell in order to be eligible to work in Cyprus. Particularly acute is the question of legalization of the diploma for doctors, by their example, and we will cover this procedure.


Russian medical education has been quoted for many years in Cyprus. The majority of Cypriot doctors were trained in the US, UK and other European universities, but in Cyprus many doctors who have completed and Russian universities. Also, it is no secret how many Russian-speaking people live here, so it would seem, Russian doctors have something to do on the island. And education is suitable, and customers will be exactly ... In fact, our doctors to get the specialty is not so easy.


First, you must either have a Cypriot passport, or married to a citizen of Cyprus. In other words, certainly have the right to work. Secondly, it is important to have medical experience. Then you need a translation into Greek and notarization of all documents necessary for the recognition of professional activities, which include: a diploma of higher education applications and inserts, certificates and certificates of completion of internship / residency, employment history. Perhaps the authentication certificate of graduation (it can be requested from the Consulate of the Russian Federation).

The Second Circle

Thus, the documents collected. Now you can go to the Ministry of Health, which at a meeting of all the papers will be considered. If yes the future Cypriot officials physician can proceed to the next step: the visit to the Ministry of Education and Culture. A special commission at the Ministry of Education (ΚΥ.Σ.Α.Τ.Σ.) consider according the finished university with European standards of higher education. The Commission will prepare a request to the Russian center of science and culture to confirm that the said university really is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Russia. Procedure for recognition of a foreign diploma equivalency (confirmation) is also engaged in the commission. And do not forget that sometimes you need to wait for the commissions meetings for several months.


Now there are only two ways: either the document of higher education equivalent to European standards, or, accordingly, no. Recognized diploma allows to obtain a certificate for the right to work as a general practitioner and licensed to work on the existing expertise. That sounds just fine ... And if not, the items and the number of hours in the certificate does not correspond to European standards, you will have to take the specialized exams.

If your university or academy is not listed Russian medical universities, which are well known in Cyprus and could not pass the verification process, you will need to hand over five to eight exams (in surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, etc.). And to do this will have in Greece, in Athens, for the University of Cyprus there are no experts in the field of medicine that can take these exams. An additional difficulty lies in the fact that testing is carried out only in Greek.

Without notes - you're an insect ...

As you know, our domestic European physicians to become a doctor is not so simple. It was not easy, and five years ago, and ten. And now, in general, nothing has changed. This whole process even without retake exams may take a year. And with exams ... Since it is unlikely that a Russian doctor teaches in his native University, along with Latin Greek.

NAMES OF SCHOOLS, are already recognized ΚΥ.Σ.Α.Τ.Σ.

On the official website of the Council, you can check whether your institution is on the list of those with whom Cypriot officials have already had to deal, and then you would not have to take exams. However, as the organization says, the list is only informative and does not replace the very procedure of recognition (matching). In other words, the presence of the name list of native alma mater, gives no automatic guarantee that your diploma recognized.

Schools are divided by country and in alphabetical order. Total commission recognizes more and more Ukrainian 15 80 Russian universities.


However, not all are willing to devote a few months of life, collection, translation of documents, communication with the Commission and expectations. In Cyprus, many firms operating that can simplify this process. For a fee (an average of EUR 1000) they are ready not only to take care of all the procedures, but also promises to reduce the waiting time to just two or three months. Some offices do not hesitate to voice a short time - less than two weeks. If the Commission decides the need for putting some exams because of inconsistencies with European regulations, the amount of payment for services intermediary company will increase and may reach up to 1600 4500 euros. This package adds tutorials, counseling, writing courses, visa to Greece and so on. There are such firms on the basis of power of attorney. And this is the second option acknowledgment diploma. To solve this issue by mail can not.


The fact that such a situation for doctors and other professionals should be changed, no doubt. Given the long-term good-neighborly relations between Russia and Cyprus, and the number of compatriots living on the island. Discussions on the mutual recognition of diplomas between the two friendly countries have been going on for many years. Sergei Lavrov's recent visit to Cyprus was promising. As we already reported, the talks to mark the 55-anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, held in December 1 2-2015 years.

During the meeting they discussed the reunification of the island, the international situation, moreover, was signed by a number of strategic documents on cooperation. However, in one of the most important documents - the "Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on mutual recognition of diplomas of higher education" - the signature has not been delivered.

Charging AGREE

As it turned out, the parties could not agree on certain aspects of the Agreement (of which - does not say). As a result, in December 4 2015 years came to light Order N 2486-p "On signing the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on mutual recognition of educational qualifications and degrees." They Russian Prime Minister Dmitry A. Medvedev ordered "to instruct the Russian Ministry to sign on behalf of the Russian Government said Agreement, allowing to make changes in the attached project that do not have a principled character". Let us know if the signing of this document will facilitate the work in Cyprus for Russians.


The document says that the mutual recognition of diplomas, degrees, etc. It should take place taking into account the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European region, signed in Lisbon in April 11 1997, the Lisbon Convention - a fundamental document in the field of international recognition of education certificates. The convention is a clear glossary defines the principles of the recognition procedure. Find it on the internet in Russian is easy.

The Lisbon Convention is the result of work of two international organizations: the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Development of the document by such authoritative organizations will take them into account a normative experience and avoid duplication of efforts in the field of recognition in the future.


The agreement is intended to facilitate the recognition of educational qualifications and degrees obtained in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus. Since the signing of it will apply to all diplomas, regardless of the year of receipt or training program type (specialty or bachelor).

Article 2 this Agreement recognizes the comparable general secondary education and secondary vocational education of our country. Article 3 dedicated to higher education, supported by a bachelor's degree, the article 4 - education diploma confirming the specialist or master. The agreement not only gives the right to Cypriots and Russians freely continue their education in a particular country, but also to work.

In a separate article 5 considered the question comparing the degree: "PhD degree, provided the state of scientific appraisal system, resulting in the Russian Federation, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), obtained in the Republic of Cyprus, recognized as comparable and give their owners the right to exercise professional activities in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with the laws of each of the States Parties. "


The text of the Agreement states that countries should not only describe all levels of education, but also to create an impressive and detailed list of professions, specialties and areas of training with an indication of the qualifications of each item. Also, Cyprus and Russia should prepare a list of samples and on education and qualification documents, as well as forms of certificates of academic degrees. Plus - provide information about the educational and research institutions, implementing educational programs, with state accreditation in the Russian Federation, and is officially recognized by the educational institutions of the Republic of Cyprus.


In other words, if before a doctor, teacher or other professional should own puzzled questions describing their profession and qualification, recognition of their diploma or academic degree, after the signing of the Agreement it will happen at the state level, and it will not take anything from a particular specialist, except directly diploma and possibly its certified translation into Greek or English.

However, when it will happen - it is unknown. We sincerely hope to sign the document in December last year. Well, that may, 2016 bring us good news in the field of education?

A source: Bulletin of Cyprus