Dec 20, 2019


When you are thinking about the next academic step to take and start weighing the pros and cons, you find yourself asking questions about tuition, accommodation, alumni and other aspects to studying. There so many things to decide but before you make that final decision, I have to ask…

Have you ever considered studying in Ukraine?

Whether you are looking for undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or even universities to go as an international student, here are most of the general information about studying in Ukraine so that you won’t need to do too much research.

Benefits of Studying in Ukraine

  1. Quality Education: Universities in Ukraine have top-notch facilities, a small students to teacher ratio, as well as a wide range of courses and even a cheaper preparatory department ideal for international students who are not familiar with the Ukrainian lifestyle and language.

There is also the chance to experience a different teaching method through experienced teaching staff which includes highly trained lecturers, doctors, and professors. Moreover, there are even renowned practitioners who visit from all over the world to give special lectures and conferences. They have a rich curriculum that combines theory, practical and science.

  1. Accreditation and Recognition: Universities in Ukraine are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine and they are recognized globally even by international organizations like WHO, UNESCO, European Council, and other councils in Africa, India, etc.
  2. Affordable Tuition: Most universities in Ukraine have cheap tuition fees. With tuition ranging from $1500 to $5000 per academic year and the one-year preparatory course which ranges from $1000 to $1500, the one-year tuition of some Western universities in USA, UK, and some other European countries, can cover your tuition, accommodation and living expenses for at least two years of study in Ukraine. The courses with the highest range of tuition fees are medicine, aviation, and engineering.
  3. Degrees: Degree earned after the completion of studies in Ukraine are widely recognized and accepted internationally, even the medical certificates which are recognized by a number of medical councils and international organizations including WHO, USMLE, PLAB, EU, MCI, PMDC, and All African Medical Councils.
  4. Language: Courses are offered in different languages including Ukrainian, Russian, English and maybe French and German in some cases. The preparatory faculty or department mentioned earlier is for people who want to learn Ukrainian or Russian so that they can learn the courses through these languages, although this is not compulsory.
  5. Ease of Entry: Whether you are applying for undergraduate or postgraduate studies, Ukrainian universities have simple eligibility criteria and have stress free application, admission and registration process. You are not required to write language tests (IELTS, TOEFL, etc) or exams like SAT, JAMB, WAEC, or its equivalent. All you need to be eligible are your high school certificates with 5 credits in the required subjects. Moreover, you can apply online or download the form online, fill, and submit it. The instructions will be given and they are simple and can be done in a day as long as you have all the needed documents.
  6. Accommodation: Accommodation is fairly cheap in Ukraine, I will advise new students to stay in the university hostels which lets you to meet lots of students and helps you find your bearing – as everything will still be new to you. Hostel rooms range from $500 to $1200 per year depending on room standard and persons allocated per room.

Rental flats can range from as low as $200 to $500 monthly depending on location and number of rooms – It is more expensive in the Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine – but you can find a roommate and split the bills with him/her. It is also possible to dwell with a Ukrainian family.

  1. Transportation: If you stay in the university hostel, chances are you will not spend as much on transport as one who stays a distance away from the university. That is, except you want to go touring or visiting. Public transport like electric buses and subway trains cost the least with you spending at most $30 the first month and (on touring and getting lost), and lesser in other months. You can spend around $250 to $300 on transportation in a year, again this depends on your preference. Students can also enjoy discounts on transportation within Ukraine through their student cards. You should also know that they have a few bad roads in some rural areas.
  2. Standard of Living: Ukraine’s standard of living is top-notch keeping up with the European standard with available basic amenities and unlike most countries, they do not have “ghettos” or extremely poor people who cannot manage to have the simplest things. Moreover, Ukraine is developing on their shortcomings and moving in the right direction.
  3. Cost of Living: Ukraine has a relatively low cost of living but this defers from city to city with Kyiv being the most expensive. With the exception of tuition and accommodation, a student can exist comfortably with an average of $3000 for the first year and $2000 annually for the rest (depending on your lifestyle of course). This covers the basic transport (within the country), and the cost of feeding and buying some necessary clothing as well as the basic stationeries (books, pencils, pens, etc).
  4. Security/ Student Safety: “Is it safe to Study in Ukraine” is a question that is often asked. Yes, Ukraine is a safe place to study, as safe as it is to study in other European countries as long as you don’t participate in illegal or dangerous activities. Moreover, Ukraine places more care and attention on foreigners who little or no idea about life in Ukraine. Most likely you will have orientation on safety and areas to stay away from in the country due to one reason or another. As with any other country, care should also be taken by the student on people they associate with and staying on the right side of law and traditions.
  5. Work and Study: Except if you’re doing a remote job, as an international student working in Ukraine, you need to get a work permit (through your employer), which will allow you work part-time or full-time. The average monthly salary is 300-400 USD for full-time, so expect part-time pay to be significantly lesser. The money will go a long way in being financially stable, however, it could affect your studies if not properly balanced.
  6. Explore a Different Culture: Apart from the academic benefits, studying in Ukraine presents an opportunity to have an adventure and explore a different way of life, tour cool places, and meet new people. Leaving your comfort zone also presents a chance for you to be more independent and self-sufficient.
  7. Learn a New Language: Ukrainians speak Ukrainian as their official language, so this is a chance to learn a new language. What better way to learn a new language than plunging yourself into the Ukrainian way of life.
  8. Multi-cultural Demography: Ukrainians are warm and hospitable to tourists, students and other immigrants who come to Ukraine regardless of their race, religions or cultures. Therefore, Ukraine has a very diverse population especially in the cities, tourist attractions and universities. Ukraine has become a home away from home for lots of people as well.
  9. Climate: Weather in Ukraine is fairly normal – cold winters warm summer. Okay, maybe the winter can get very cold, especially in January, and very warm in July (wet too), and dry in October. April to September are actually very nice, with pleasant temperatures all day and night. There have been occasions of storms (June/July) which lead to flooding in some areas, however, there are usually severe warnings and almost no mortality in recent times. Apart from this, the climate is moderate.
  10. Career Opportunities: After a successful academic journey, it will be easier to get jobs at home or anywhere else. This may have less to do with your degree and more to do with people seeing you as capable and independent because or where you gained your degree.
  11. Visa Benefits: There are a few Visa benefits like the transport discount, ability to work and study, and ability to visit neighboring countries and some other countries in the European Union with long-term Ukrainian Visa. There are also chances to gain permanent residency and job opportunities.
  12. Enjoy Ukrainian Lifestyle: Ukrainian cuisine is a culture and history on its own. Ukraine has a variety of rich, healthy and/or traditions dishes (with special stories) and drinks dating as far back as the 10th century – some will tell you of drinks that existed in pre-Christian eras. There are also lots of holidays and festivals to experience.
  13. Fun: To end this list of benefits on a lighter note, there are a lot of fun places to visit and things to do in Ukraine. There are beaches, waterfalls, mountains, parks, caves, rivers, monasteries, opera houses, museums, etc. You can go hiking, swimming, surfing, skiing, sightseeing, rock climbing, river rafting, horseback riding, etc.

Fun Facts About Ukraine

  • The average Ukrainian speaks two languages.
  • Ukraine is among the topmost literate countries of the world.
  • Ukraine boasts of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • They have a thing for Easter eggs.
  • Ukrainian is the second most melodic and third most beautiful language in the world.
  • Ukraine is home to lots of militaries, and Kiev or Kyiv is said to be home to lots of beautiful women.
  • They often wear their wedding rings on their right hands.
  • Ukrainians are said to be too generous for their own good.
  • Ukraine is home to loads of Cafes so you are most likely to have a few on your street.
  • Ukraine has one of the best transportation systems in Europe (which reminds me, watch out for the Arsenalna station in central Kyiv.)
  • $1 in some parts of Ukraine can get you two loaves of bread.
  • One of the busiest McDonalds in the world is located in Ukraine.
  • You have to pay for plastic bags and to use public restrooms. It is peculiar but they still love to help.
  • They like their bread (which accompanies most meals) and their spirits.
  • In most of the areas in Ukraine, you will hardly ever feel any effect from the war in the far east region.
  • International students get a special license to teach foreign students.
  • Ukraine is bordered by seven countries.

Statistics About Studying in Ukraine

  • Most of the international students who study in Ukraine are medical students.
  • Ukraine currently has the fourth-highest rate of medical student graduates in Ukraine.
  • Students from over 150 countries were recently enrolled in Ukrainian universities.
  • Except for admission into the preparatory department which is always open, there are only two admission periods i.e., September (Spring) and January. Both last for one and a half months before the application closes.

Tips For Studying in Ukraine

For Application:

  1. Apply to more than one university to increase your chances, keeping the best choice in mind in case you get accepted to more than one.
  2. Read and fully comprehend the admission requirements and process.
  3. Consider letting DemeraldStudy be your study in Ukraine consultant for an easier experience.
  4. Gather and cross-check all required documents. Ensure that things are accurate and not misspelt before you click “send”.
  5. Start all applications early and submit clear copies of all necessary documents.
  6. Before paying any fee, make sure that it is necessary and indeed required by the school.
  7. Tuition fees are always paid on arrival to Ukraine, so do not get scammed.
  8. Although you will be notified of your application status, stay updated on the universities’ activities and check your mail regularly.

After Getting the Invitation Letter and Others.

  1. Check if your country needs a visa to travel or study in Ukraine. If you don’t need a Visa, you can skip to the next set of tips. If you need one, keep reading.
  2. Do your research on the visa application process and the documents needed as well as other fees and procedures.
  3. When you have all the necessities, start your application.
  4. Prepare for the visa interview and know all the dos and don’ts of the things you are allowed to do with your visa.
  5. Translate all necessary documents.
  6. If you want to speed up the visa process, there are ways to do that – for a price.
  7. If you are refused a visa for a stated reason, you can appeal the decision.
  8. When granted the visa, scan or make copies of all documents and keep them safe.
  9. Check if you’re required to update the university of your visa status and do the needed.

For Travelling, Arrival to Ukraine, and Registration.

  1. Inform your school and/or study consultants of your travel details at least a week (or more if they ask) before you are going to travel. This is so that they can arrange a pick up for you as well as get the necessary documents to clear you for immigration.
  2. Before you travel, settle all the necessary bank and phone details.
  3. Understand the currency (Hryvnia) and hold a little cash, just enough to get you through the first week.
  4. Once you arrive at the airport, you will meet your pick up who will guide you through the process of getting your migration card.
  5. Make sure you packed all documents in a safe place that is easy to reach.
  6. Your pick up will also drive you to the university and guide you through the registration process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make friends with him or her.
  7. During registration, follow the instructions and present all necessary documents. Pay all fees and do all medical tests and finally settle into your hostel.

For Studying and Living in Ukraine.

  1. Try to attend orientation.
  2. To avoid getting lost or getting late for your first class, get a map or tour the school beforehand.
  3. Take detailed notes and use a recorder when you’re tired.
  4. Socialise and make friends wisely, don’t limit yourself to people from the same country but mix with others as well.
  5. Create a schedule to balance school and private life. Ensure to create a study plan as well.
  6. Find out about beneficial school programs or platforms which can help you in any way.
  7. Do research on your lecturers, especially from past students.
  8. Don’t be a dorm worm, I didn’t list all those fun things earlier so that you can rot in your room or library. Have legitimate fun and tour (first in a group and later alone) if you want.
  9. If you want to work, make sure that it is ideal and that you can handle both sides of your life.
  10. Volunteer and do extra-curricula.
  11. Experiment with different study styles (note, videos, flashcards, study apps, study groups, teaching others, etc) and find what works best for you.
  12. Exams would be easier if you do daily revisions and go the extra mile to read related materials. Also stick to the study plan.
  13. Take care of your physical and mental health. Eat well and sleep well. When disturbed, talk to a counselor.
  14. If responsibilities are too much, get help.

Don’t forget to grow.

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