If you’ve ever visited Ukraine on holiday, you’ve probably experienced the majestic architecture of the many cathedrals and monasteries and the adventure-packed (though relatively modest in terms of height) mountain ranges – whether you went skiing, hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing (and you definitely have to do at least one of those in Ukraine!).
Ukraine is also home to over 800 institutes of higher education and has a varied economy, concentrated mostly in and around big cities such as Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Lviv and Odesa. As of the start of 2019, 75,606 international students from 154 countries study at 443 Ukrainian Higher Education Institutions. It’s worth noting Ukraine has significantly lower tuition fees than many countries, both in Europe and worldwide. So, whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or a future entrepreneur, opportunities to study in Ukraine could be just what you’re looking for.
Applying to universities in Ukraine
Applying to universities in Ukraine is fairly simple – just apply directly to your chosen university with a copy of your passport and your most recent academic results (i.e. high school grades if applying for a bachelor’s degree and bachelor’s certificate if applying for a master’s degree).
Obtaining an invitation letter
In order to study in Ukraine, international students need an invitation letter that confirms their admittance to their chosen university. You can obtain an invitation letter directly through the university, or through one of many organizations that provide this service for both January and September intakes. There’s usually a charge for this service, which can cost around US$300 for bachelor’s programs and US$400 for master’s and PhD programs. If you do use an agency, make sure the organization you choose is authorized by the Ukraine Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs.
To apply for an invitation letter, students need to provide a copy of their passport, a copy of their school leaving certificate (this will be a certificate of your most recent educational achievement), and a completed application form. Generally, it takes around two to four days for an invitation letter to be processed.
The invitation letter is an official document, referred to either as a Visa Support Document or an Official Invitation. It may be countersigned by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, will be processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and is required by the Ukrainian Embassy before they can give you a student visa for Ukraine. The invitation is valid for 90-180 days from the date of its issuance, so make sure you apply for a visa within the right timeframe.
Ukraine visa requirements
Students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Uzbekistan do not require a visa to enter Ukraine for an indefinite stay. Students from Andorra, Canada, European Union countries, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, South Korea and the US also do not require visas for stays up to 90 days. Everyone else will require a visa to study in Ukraine.
As long as your country of origin has a Ukrainian embassy, Ukraine visa requirements are fairly straightforward. Once you have received your invitation letter, you can simply apply online at http://visa.mfa.gov.ua for your visa, and book an appointment at your nearest consulate. You’ll need to take originals of the following documents with you, and may need to make photocopies of them as well (check with your embassy beforehand to avoid delays):
- Invitation letter
- Visa application form
- Birth certificate
- Passport (valid for at least one year)
- Eight to 18 recent passport-sized photographs (some embassies may ask for only two or three – check with your embassy to confirm)
- Bank statement to prove financial ability OR sponsorship letter from the person bearing your expenses during your stay in Ukraine (these may not be a requirement for all nationalities – check with your embassy to confirm)
- Medical health certificate, with examination completed no earlier than two months before start of study
- Medical insurance confirmation letter
- Results of HIV/AIDS test, taken no earlier than two months before start of study, in the form of an HIV/AIDS free certificate
- An open-ended return ticket valid for one year
- Certificate of completed higher secondary education (including transcript and mark sheet) for first year bachelor’s students
- Additional documents for master’s and PhD students include a diploma/degree certificate, transcripts and mark sheets of all academic years
You may also require details of your permanent address and term-time address, so make sure you have these written down or memorized.https://d949bf0f9a296d5356038fcd47f4146b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
The Ukrainian embassy will translate the documents for you and notarize/certify them, either using a stamp or a signature. You must present the documents along with a migration card filled in at the Ukrainian airport.
The migration card is an important document handed out by the flight attendant on the plane, and is also available at immigration control at the Ukraine airport. You’ll have to fill in a card with two identical sections, both of which the immigration officer will stamp. The officer will retain one card and give you the other. Remember to put your migration card in a safe place as you’ll need it when you leave Ukraine. You will need to inform either your agency or university of your arrival in advance so that a representative can meet you at the airport.
Tuition fees in Ukraine
Tuition fees in Ukraine will vary depending on your chosen degree and institution. Universities in Kyiv are likely to be slightly more expensive than in other cities. Some students may also find their first year costs more than subsequent years. Ukrainian universities may administer a tuition fee package which includes costs of textbooks, exams, assistance with opening a bank account and pick-up from the airport by a representative.
You should generally expect to pay around US$2,500-5,800 per year for a bachelor’s degree, with preparatory courses costing around US$1,800. International students entering a Ukrainian university for the first time will have to pay the full fees for their first academic year upfront, and then can pay per semester for following academic years. Your university may also charge a one-off registration fee on arrival (around US$10-30).
Most international students in Ukraine finance their stay without help from scholarships and, as such, Ukraine does not offer government-based financial aid. Many students choose to study in Ukraine due to its significantly lower total living costs compared to other European countries, with students only needing around US$2,500 per year to cover their costs of living.
If you want to lower costs even further, accelerating your program either through transferring credits from your secondary education or taking additional courses is an option, and students with impressive grades may also be able to apply for a tuition waiver later in the year. You may also be able to gain funding from the government in your country of origin.
Student accommodation in Ukraine
Most Ukrainian students live in university-provided student accommodation in the form of hostels and dormitories. These come in various forms, and you’ll usually share your accommodation with one or two students. You could also choose to live in a flat off-campus with a small group of students, or stay with a Ukrainian host family. In this case, you must inform your university of your term-time address.
REASONS TO STUDY IN UKRAINE
HIGHER EDUCATION IN UKRAINE?
Ukraine has all kind of universities like Engineering Medical and Arts and at these universities all degree programs are taught in both English or Russian language.
It is the history of Ukraine to welcome international students from almost every country of the world.
International students who intend to study abroad in any country know the importance of quality education and they understand it well that is why most of them choose Ukraine for their academic plans.
Ukrainian universities are recognized well especially in the field of medical sciences and most of the international students come to study at National Medical Universities.
These medical universities are WHO recognized with very high quality educational techniques and high qualified teaching staff.
Engineering universities are also teaching every year many foreign students in the field of Computer engineering Mining engineering Petroleum engineering agriculture engineering civil engineering architectural engineering etc etc.
At economics universities also many foreign students are studying for their degree programs and these are also the best universities in the world with high rankings.
In case we compare Ukraine with other study abroad destinations in Europe it is the cheapest and quite affordable.
In the world Ukraine is the 3rd country for cheaper living and in Europe it is number 1st in 2019.
This fact you may find on internet about Ukraine.
Studies are also much affordable as compare to UK USA or any other European country even from those countries international students come to Ukraine to continue their higher education.
Medical education in the field of General Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy and Nursing is very affordable with recognition of degree everywhere in the world and these graduates may work in any country abroad or their national country.
Fee structure is designed for all national and international students as Ukraine wants to become the center of higher education for international students in Europe.
STUDY IN ENGLISH ANY COURSE?
Ukraine may say is the only country in Europe where almost all degree programs for international students are offered in English medium of instructions no matter in which area of study.
Ukraine also offer degree courses in Russian medium of instructions for those international students who are coming from the non English speaking countries.They study for the first year at language faculty with some science subjects for medical and Engineering courses and than start their degree programs in Russian medium of instructions.
Why some students prefer to study in Russian while they are from English speaking country?
In fact courses offered in Russian medium of instructions a cheaper in fee than English medium of instructions so some English speaking students like to study in Russian medium of instructions.
Mostly countries in Europe has very tough visa policies for Asian and African countries and even their study visas are too hard to obtain and sometime refusal ration is 99% but Ukraine study visa is sure may say as at the time of issuance of study invitation a confirmation is sent in the relevant Embassy located in the country of applicant or nearby to his/her homeland and as student applies visa,Embassy already has his/her admission confirmation so normally it is 100% visa for international students.
NO LANGUAGE TEST IS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION OR VISA IN UKRAINE
Almost in all countries there are admission laws to have IELTS or TOEFL for admission but in Ukraine no IELTS or TOEFL is required for admission or visa.
Upon arrival too international students do not sit for any language proficiency test and they may study in the language they like either English or Russian.
FREE MERIT SYSTEM
To be admitted at any Ukrainian university international students do not require A+ or high marks but they should have passed their secondary school.
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