Can i work and study in Ukraine

Nov 21, 2019

There has been quite a number of questions which have been repeatedly asked by prospective international students who want to study in Ukraine and yet have some doubts about it. We have compiled a list of these commonly asked questions – as well as a few uncommon ones – and answered them in this article.

Question 1: Is it good to study in Ukraine?

Answer: Yes, it is good to study in Ukraine. Ukraine offers you quality education at accredited and globally recognised universities for affordable tuition fees with ease of entry. There are lots of other benefits which will be mentioned later in this article.

Question 2: What are the steps to take to get admission into a Ukrainian university?

Answer: The whole admission process from application to university registration can be divided into three or four major steps depending on whether you need to apply for a visa.

The steps come with sub-steps and they are:

  1. Application: After choosing the school or schools to apply to as well as the course you want to study, you are to visit the application portal or site and download and/or fill the form online. There are two application periods in Ukraine, September – November which is known as the Winter application, and January – March
  2. You will be required to scan and submit some original documents as well as pay some fees. Do ensure to double-check all details before clicking on the “submit” button. This can all be done in a day as long as you have all you need.
  3. Visa Application: This is a step for people who need to get a visa before schooling or travelling to Ukraine, so please check. You are to start this step after you get your invitation letter, acceptance letter, and the rest from the university. The visa application process may differ from country to country so you need to visit the embassy website and do research on the whole procedure and requirements.
  4. Travel: After you are granted the long-term student visa, the next step is to travel to Ukraine. Before then (about a week or more before you travel), you will need to inform your school and/or study in Ukraine consultants of you travel details to arrange your pick up without which you will not be able to leave the airport. You will need your travel documents i.e., visa and international passport and when you arrive at the Ukrainian airport, you will need to collect your migration card with the help of the pick up who brings along a letter from the university. The same pick up drives you to school.
  5. School registration: This is the final step before you become a bonafide student of your selected university. You will be well instructed on the registration process even for hostel allocation. You will be required to pay your tuition, screen or submit some documents, take a health test, pay for your hostel and some other charges.

Question 3: How do I get my student Visa? Or, what do I need to get my student Visa?

Answer: As I mentioned earlier in step 2 of question 2, the requirements and procedure may differ between countries so you need to check. Because of technological advancements, you will (most likely) be able to apply online in the website of the Ukrainian embassy in your country, but you can also go there physically if you want. The documents you may need for student visa application include: your letters from the school, visa application form, two-way tickets, international passport, receipt of visa application fee payment, birth certificate, school leaving certificate, medical certificate including result of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis tests, passport photos, sponsorship ID and letter, and bank statement. You will most likely be required to attend an interview which you will be asked a number of questions about what you want to do in Ukraine and the likes.

Question 4: What is the eligibility criteria for gaining admission into a university in Ukraine?

Answer: The eligibility criteria to study in Ukraine is quite simple and devoid of stress not matter if you are applying for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. 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 mandatory subjects. For postgraduate program, you will need your B.Sc certificate. Moreover, you can apply online or download the form online, fill, and submit it.  

Question 5: Is Ukraine a safe place to study?

Answer: Yes, Ukraine is a safe place to study. We get this a lot because of the fight going on in the far eastern border. However, the universities that had been located in the east have since been relocated. Now, the schools are in the North, Central, South or Western Ukraine, and are well-protected. Orientation will also be given to students to make them aware of the dangers and special attention is given to international students.

Ukraine is a wonderful choice for international students and yes, it is as safe as it is studying in other countries. There is no country that can guarantee absolute safety so here’s what Ukraine can guarantee, you will face the typical type of dangers you find in any country in the world, even in your own country.

This means as long as you do not get involved in anything illegal, chase dangers or go to restricted areas, you can enjoy the full benefits of your study. Ukraine is a very large country (the second largest in Europe), therefore, the ongoing war at the far eastern border isn’t felt in order regions.

Question 6: What are the top-ranking universities in Ukraine?

Answer: Here are the top 10 Ukrainian universities in 2019 according to UniRank™. However, you are advised to choose not based on general ranking but ranking according to a field of study.

  1. National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (NTUU KPI).
  2. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  3. Sumy State University
  4. Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
  5. National Pedagogical Dragomanov University
  6. Ternopil National Economic University
  7. Lviv Polytechnic National University
  8. National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  9. National Aviation University
  10. I. Vernadsky Crimean Federal University

Question 7: What are the top universities to study medicine in Ukraine?

Answer: In no particular order, here are some of the best medical universities in Ukraine.

  • Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU)
  • Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy (DSMA)
  • Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy (UMSA)
  • N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Odessa State Medical University (OSMU)
  • Kyiv National Medical University, O. O. Bogomolets
  • Ternopil State Medical University
  • Vinnytsia National Medical University.
  • National University of Pharmacy (NUPh)
  • Odessa National Medical University
  • Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
  • Zaporizhia State Medical University.

Question 8: Is tuition fees of universities in Ukraine affordable?

Answer: University tuition fees in Ukraine is affordable. So affordable that the one-year tuition for you to study in universities in USA, UK, and some other European countries is enough to cover ALL expenses (tuition, feeding, transportation, accommodation etc) of living in Ukraine for two years.

Question 9: What are the fees structure for undergraduate and postgraduate studies?

Answer: For undergraduates, you are looking at a range from $1500 to $5000 with medical, engineering and aviation courses often being more expensive than art and social science courses. Courses taught in English often cost more than course offered in Ukrainian and Russian but they mostly fall within this range.

However, for postgraduate, the tuition fee generally falls between $3000 and $10,000 whether for a masters or P.hD course. Yes, the highest rate also depends on the course and the language you choose to be taught in.

Question 10: What is a preparatory faculty or course?

Answer: The preparatory faculty or department as it is called in some universities, is a university division that teaches a preparatory course to students who have left high school and seek to gain admission into a university. The preparatory course is an educational program which runs between 6 to 10 months and sets foundation into tertiary studies by teaching students a chosen language and give background lessons into a discipline of their choice.

Question 11: How do I get my Ukrainian immigration card?

Answer: The immigration card is issued to prove that you have crossed the Ukrainian border. As I mentioned earlier in answer to question 2 (step 3), you will get your immigration card after you arrive at the Ukrainian airport and you will need it to continue do your university registration and get your residency permit. Your pick up should guide you through the process which involves filling a form and getting your travel documents screened etc. After this, you will be issued your card.

Question 12: How do I get my Ukrainian Residency Permit?

Answer: The university will be the one to issue you your residency permit but you will be required to pay a small fee first. Check the step 4 in the answer to question 2, and the answer to question 13 for related information.

Question 13: Apart from tuition and accommodation fees, what other fees will I need to pay?

Answer: During application into a Ukrainian university, here are the things that you will be charged on but the fees may differ slightly, either higher or lower. The charges are visa support charge, courier fee, invitations charges or the likes. The cost of all these will range between $500 to $650 including bank charges.

During school registration, additional fees include: medical test fee, pick up fees and hostel accommodation fees, residence permit fee, mess fees, hostel insurance fee, medical insurance fee and immigration insurance fee. Fortunately, some of these are only first-year fees.

Question 14: How is the standard of living in Ukraine?

Answer: Ukraine’s standard of living is high and up to the European standard. All the basic amenities are present and in abundance and Ukraine has little or no “ghettos”.

Question 15: How is the cost of living in Ukraine?

Answer: The cost of living in Ukraine is low compared to other western countries. However, it varies across the country and life in cities is slightly more expensive than life in rural areas. The capital city (Kyiv) has the highest cost of living but this is still pretty low especially when you compare it to a place like London.

Excluding the tuition and accommodation fees, a student can live comfortably in Ukraine with an average of $2000 for the first year and lesser for the other years (depending on your lifestyle of course). This covers the basic transport (within the country), feeding, cost of the basic stationeries, and a few basic clothing.

Question 16: Can I work and study in Ukraine?

Answer: This is one of the most asked questions of prospective students, and the answer is Yes, you can work and study in Ukraine. As long as you are not a scholarship student who has restrictions, you can work and study in Ukraine if you feel that you can handle it. As an international student in Ukraine, you can work just like the Ukrainians as long as you get a work permit, which will allow you to work part-time or full-time. It can be hard to get a job and the average monthly salary is 300-400 USD for full-time, so expect part-time pay to be significantly lesser. However, the money will go a long way in being financially stable.

Question 17: How do I get my work permit in Ukraine?

Answer: The first thing you need to do is get a job because it is your employer who will help you get the work permit from the employment centre. Illegal employment without a work permit is risky for your studies and visa, so you need to get the work permit to be legally employed.

You will need to give your employer some documents including passport photographs, copy of your international passport and a copy of the employment contract. Your employer will submit all these plus a set fee to the nearest employment centre to be approved. It will be reviewed for a week and when it is approved, it takes 10 working days for your permit to be ready. A work permit can last for a year or longer, depending on what category of foreign citizens you fall under.

Question 18: Can I study a course in Ukraine in English language?

Answer: Yes, universities in Ukraine offer courses to be taught in different languages including English, Ukrainian and Russian. There are a few universities who have the added options of learning in French and German as well.

Question 19: What are the types of questions asked in the visa interview?

Answer: No one can say for sure what you will be asked but most of the questions will be centred around what you want to do in Ukraine. Here are a few examples:

  • Why do you need a visa?
  • Where and what are you going to study?
  • How long will your study last?
  • Do you have all the necessary documents?
  • Can you afford to live and study in Ukraine?
  • Do you have a sponsor?
  • During your study, do you plan to work as well?
  • How long do you plan to stay after graduation?

Question 20: Which is the best “study in Ukraine” partner or consultant?

Answer: DemeraldStudy is the best study in Ukraine partner for you. We provide a lot of helpful services to students who want to study abroad. Our mission is to help you ensure a smooth and stress-free application process and enable you to get your admission and visa into Ukraine at an affordable rate and without any scams or tricks. We will guide and be with you from the moment you accept us as your partner until you finish your university application and do more than just that. Click here (add link) to see the benefits of working with us.

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