Study in Ukraine

Ukraine is the largest country in Europe (after European part of Russia). Ukraine is a country with more than a thousand years of history and traditions that originate in antiquity.
In 1992 Ukraine became an undependent country of the North-Eastern Europe.
In 1992 Ukraine became a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank). It also became affiliated with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Ukraine is member to numerous world and regional international bodies, including United Nations (UN), OSCE, the Council of Europe, EU Energy Community, the GUAM and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The country is currently taking steps to accede to EU and NATO, and has special partnership with both organisations.
Ukraine obtained a market economy status from both the USA and the EU and has also joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). Foreign direct investment (FDI) has continued to flow in, although in a relatively low volume.
Ukraine has anti-money laundering controls approved by the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Ukraine is a unitary republic, not a federal state.
The largest cities in Ukraine (all have a population of over one million) are:
Kiev (in Ukrainian — «Kyiv»), the biggest city in Ukraine, capital of Ukraine and economic, cultural, and educational center, has a population of 2.6 mln;
Kharkov (in Ukrainian -«Kharkiv»), noted for its engineering expertise, machinery plants, and educational institutions;
Dnepropetrovsk (in Ukrainian — «Dnipropetrivsk»), a center of metallurgical and aerospace industries;
Odessa (in Ukrainian — «Odesa»), on the Black Sea coast, is the country’s largest seaport.
Population: 46 million people.
Climate: moderate, an average temperature in January -7˚C, in July +23˚C.
Religion: Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism and others.
Natural recources: iron ore, coal, nickel, manganese, oil, gas.
Ukraine is a state with a highly developed industry, agriculture, scienc and culture.
Industry: metalurgy, aircraft construction, engeneering, chemical pharmaceutical and others.
Agriculture: wheat, rye, sugar beet, sunflower.


There are students from more than 130 countries which study in Ukraine. According to the data of Department of education and science, there are about 61 thousands of foreign students in Ukraine and every year this number is increased.

One of the main reasons for higher education in Ukraine for foreigners is a quality of academic school and the level of acquired knowledge. For many representatives moving to study in Ukraine is the way to live, study and work in one of the European country. Important financial issues — to pursue higher education in Ukraine is cheaper than in other European countries.

Ukrainian engineering and medical schools are the most popular among foreigners, because the medical profession, engineer, economist — one of the most popular in their homeland. Foreigners can get education in Ukraine as the first and second degree and academic degree, depending on level of education and professional training. The reason for the registration of visa to study in Ukraine is the invitation of the Ministry of Education, issued by the university, which plans to study the foreigner. Language teaching of foreign students mostly Ukrainian and Russian, but you can learn English in some specialties. The first 5-10 months foreigners preparing for entering to the higher education, learning Russian or Ukrainian language not only in common but also at the level of professional terminology and also depth-study basic secondary school subjects, the so-called preparatory courses. An important direction of these training schools are educational work: an acquaintance with history, culture and traditions of Ukraine. Students take part in cultural events on faculty, academy or university, city and region. At universities there are clubs, groups, themed evenings, parties and sporting events.


Since Ukraine became an independent state in 1991 it made significant steps in developing national education system. This is clearly seen from Ukraine’s presence in the European and world educational space, participation in the Bologna process, etc.
Today Ukraine’s educational potential ensures it becomes one of the top 10 countries in the field of international education, confirming high demand for higher education in Ukraine from citizens of other states.
Ukrainian diploma is now internationally recognized and the level of professional training is highly assessed by foreign employers.
Number of international students studying in Ukraine is growing with each year. In 2014/2015 total of 60 thousand students from 145 countries were studying at high schools in Ukraine.
There are several types of high schools in Ukraine falling under such types of institutions as university, academy, institute, conservatory (music academy), college, technical school (college). Around 240 accredited institutions offer education to international students, around 80% of such institutions are state owned. Studies for international students are offered full-time, part-time or through distance learning.
According to the Law of Ukraine «On Higher Education» Ukrainian high schools offer the following levels of higher education:
Pre-university level:

  • – Junior Bachelor. Period of study: 2 – 4 years (colleges, technical colleges).

University level:

  • – Bachelor (BA). Period of study: 4 years;
  • – Master’s (MA). Period of study 1 – 2 years;
  • – Doctor of Philosophy. Period of study: 3 years;
  • – Doctor of Sciences. Period of study: 3 years.

International students are enrolled at high schools of Ukraine according to interview results and on the basis of submitted documents on previous education. Requirements are set by each university independently.
International students can study either in Ukrainian or Russian, however currently programs in English are becoming more and more popular.
International students who do not speak Ukrainian or Russian languages can study at university preparatory 10-12 month courses upon completion of which they can pursue studies at regular departments of the high school of their choice in Ukraine.
Apart from language skills international students can study basic disciplines necessary for further studies according to the chosen majors.
International students study on a paid basis in Ukraine. Tuition fees vary from 1 700 to 3 000 USD per year for most of majors and 2 000 to 6 000 USD for medical sciences, probation from 500 to 1000 USD per year.
Tuition fees at preparatory courses are from 1000 USD.
International students awarded Ukrainian state scholarships (according to international agreements, state programs of Ukraine, and other international liabilities of Ukraine) are enrolled to a high school on the basis of assignments of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine under respective programs and agreements.
International students with full secondary education diplomas from Ukrainian-taught foreign schools as well as foreign Ukrainians whose status is confirmed by Foreign Ukrainian certificate can study free of charge on the basis of quotas for foreign Ukrainians, set by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
Foreigners permanently residing in Ukraine on legal grounds can study at high schools of Ukraine on equal terms with Ukrainian citizens.

If you are interesting in getting education in Ukraine, please read the information about Universities



Why you should study in Ukraine?

    • Quality education;
    • Globally recognizes cources (Europe, UK, USA, Asia, Africa);
    • Medical degree recognized by WHO, UNESCO, PLAB (UK), USMLE (USA), throughout EU and various international organization;
    • No entry test;
    • No IELTS or TOEFL required;
    • Tuition fee paid on arrival;
    • Cost effective;
    • European life standard;
    • Worldwide acceptance of Ukrainian method of teaching;
    • English medium of instruction;
    • Emphasis on practical aspects in teaching;
    • Moderate climate around the year;
    • Outstanding international faculty;
    • One of the best transportation system in Europe;
    • International students enjoy approximately 30-50% discounts on travel;
    • Enrichment of experience through visiting professors from USA, CANADA, UK, etc.
    • Participation of students in seminars/symposia/project work, etc. in other European cities;
    • Bilateral student exchange program with Universities in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Check Republic, etc.;
    • Chances of Permanent residence and Settlement in Europe after completion of study program.

Living costs
In order to live comfortably while you are in all over the Ukraine, the student will need to have about 1200-1500$ per year available for living costs, above the cost of your tuition. The cost of living is cheaper, lot more than other European cities. It is difficult to give a precise figure because of differences in the student lifestyle. We are giving approximate costs below:
The text books are provided by University library.
A good Jeans costs 10-20$, Shirts cost 5-15$, T-Shirts cost 5-12$
Food here in Ukraine is very cheap for example; in 1.5$ the student can buy 4 kg of potatoes, or 4 kg of onions or 3 liter of milk etc. Milk products are very cheap as well.
The students’ travel pass on government transport (Subway trains, electric buses) is issued by Universities and costs only 5$ in a month.