Ok, first a bit of background - I'm 15, US citizen, but live in Moscow, Russia, for family reasons. I'm looking into getting a PPL at seventeen/eighteen and then working up to eventually getting an ATPL at some point. Hopefully. First of all, is it worth doing things like the summer flight training program at Embry-Riddle? It seems interesting and the hours are loggable but should I do it? And secondly, and very importantly, I have found through my research that FAA Medicals are required for pretty much everything talked about above. The Class 3 is accepted for the Embry-Riddle thing (well duh, its the one required for PPL), however would it be better to receive a Class 2 or even Class 1 from the start and renew it, instead of having to 'upgrade' (is that a thing when talking about medical certificates?) when it comes to it? Also, relating to the whole FAA Medical question, is there any way to get one in Russia? The official site - the one with the 'find an AME' thing - says that there are no AMEs here. Would that mean having to fly somewhere to get an FAA Medical?