Nov 28, 2019

-A guide for getting admission in Ukraine.

From Aristotle to Oprah Winfrey, thousands of people have talked about how education is extremely important for human development and how it should never stop whether formally or through experience.

There are great schools all over the world that provide quality education. However, today, there are still barriers to getting the best formal education especially when it comes to gaining admission into tertiary institutions. From financial limitations to meeting the requirements to the stressful admission process, people face so much hassles in taking the next academic step into a university.

There have been many complaints made especially by prospective international students who want to study in another country but find the admission procedures more challenging especially with the added stress of taking exams and getting a visa. The thought of all these could make you almost give up, but don’t.

Why? Because there is a way for you to get quality education with half the stress it takes to get admission into many universities in America and Europe. It is also cheaper and comes with other benefits which will be mentioned later. What is this way? It is to enrol as a student in Ukraine.

Yes, this may seem too good to be true but factual information will be provided in this articles about the various aspects of studying in Ukraine to show you that this recommendation isn’t given lightly, but with the purpose of helping you take the next step towards achieving your dreams.

Moreover, step by step instructions will also be provided in this article on how to carry out the admission process into a Ukrainian university and all you need to do until you are settled in school (right after successful registration).

Why Ukraine?

Geographically, Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe bordered by seven countries. Apart from that, Ukraine is a country filled with beautiful people, culture, architecture and history. The local currency is Hryvnia and language common language (Ukrainian) is one of the top melodious and beautiful languages in the world. Ukraine is also one of the top countries with the most educated citizens. Also, the average Ukrainian speaks at least two languages.

When it comes to education, here are reasons why you should consider studying and getting your degree in Ukraine.

  1. Quality Education: Universities in Ukraine are of great quality with good student to teacher ratio. They have top-notch facilities and great curriculum as well as great teaching staff, even visiting lecturers from all over the world. All these features have been accredited by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine and degrees and diplomas are accepted globally. Many Universities in Ukraine also have international recognition by organisations like UNICEF, WHO, MCU, FAIMER and others. They even have a preparatory department of one year for those who want to learn a course in Ukrainian.
  2. Affordability: From tuition to accommodation to cost of living, everything is affordable and cheaper especially when compared to studying in other Western Universities. There are some countries which boast of cheap tuition of course, but when you take into account the cost of living, you will be spending more than you planned.

In Ukraine, tuition ranges between $2000 to $5000 depending on the course, language it will be offered, and the degree level. When you take into account the accommodation fee as well as other academic charges that may occur in the first year, you are looking at a range between $3000 to $7500 in the first year and lower in subsequent years.

When you include the average cost of living (including feeding and transportation) in Ukraine per year which is $2000, you are looking at an overall yearly cost of $5000 to $10,000 spent. This amount is at least half of what you could spend studying in some other Western countries. Some tuition fees of universities in some other countries alone covers at least two years of studying and living in Ukraine.

  1. Simple Admission Process: Application into Ukrainian universities are simple and can be done within 24 hours as long as you have all necessary documents. Fortunately, you don’t need to do language tests or other tests like Jamb, SAT and the likes. All you need are the secondary school certificate with the necessary grades in the related subjects. You can apply online and follow the simple instructions given but you should keep reading because more information will be given on the whole admission procedure.
  2. Personal Development: Apart from the classroom teachings, there are other ways that you can grow yourself. The universities have lots of programmes to benefit from. Moreover, you can learn another language, explore culture and history and learn to be self-reliant or independent through leaving your comfort zone.
  3. Visa Benefits: A Ukrainian student visa allows you to access transport discount, travel to neighbouring countries, as well as work and earn money just like any citizen. Even more, there is the added opportunity to gain permanent resident permit.
  4. Recreation: There are lots of great things to do in your free time. You can tour the wonderful scenery, go to the beach, museums, monasteries or theatres. You can go ice skating, skiing, paragliding, river rafting, mountain climbing, horseback riding and so on.
  5. Country: Last but not least, the country is incredibly hospitable and the population is diverse and welcome people from any race, religion and social strata. Ukraine is safe to study and the climate is fairly normal. Not to forget that Ukraine has a certain charm that makes you enjoy your stay so that, little by little, Ukraine become like a second home.

There are lots of students who are currently enjoying these benefits and taking advantage of the opportunity to pursue their dreams and you can be one of them. No matter what next step you want to take, consider applying through the January or September admission in Ukraine.

When Can I Apply For Admission In Ukraine?

There are steps to gaining admission in Ukraine but first, you need to know the different intake periods or seasons in Ukraine which are Winter and Spring.

Winter Admission In Ukraine is also known as September admission in Ukraine. It is between September to November. Application start on the 1st of September but application closes mid-October and invitation letters are sent in November.

The other intake (Spring) is the January admission in Ukraine which occurs between January and March. Applications open on the 1st of January and closes in mid-February while invitation letters are sent in March.

It should be noted that you can apply for the preparatory department or faculty whenever as applications never closes.

Therefore, the 2019 applications are closed but you can apply for either intake in the 2020/2021 academic year.

How Can I Get Admission In Ukraine?

Here are the following steps you need to take to get your admission, invitation and Visa support letter.

Step 1: Pick the School and Course.

This step is all on you. You are to decide which course you want to study and the university you want to study the course. You are to pick the ones that provide the most value and the one that suits your needs and wants, not just based on academic ranking but on the the setting and student demographics if you will. Fortunately, you can apply to a number of universities to increase your chances but it will cost you.

Step 2: Fill the application form.

When you apply online or download the form on the university website, you need to read and follow the instructions which may the more than the things that will be mentioned in this article. You will be required to fill the application form which will ask for information like name, date of birth, sex, nationality, address, phone number, email address and so on.

You will also be required to choose the programme, course you want to study and the language you want to take it in. You will be asked for your high school details or more. More information will be required if you are applying for a postgraduate course like the information of the school and the course you studied. However, it is all very simple and can be done in minutes.

Step 3: Scan and send required documents.

You are to send clear scanned pictures of the original copy of whatever documents required. The documents may include, high school certificate (SSCE, WAEC and its equivalent), international passport (note the page required), undergraduate certificate, transcript and/or project if you’re applying for postgraduate course. All documents must be original and legal (approved by a national body). You will most likely need to translate the document into Ukrainian or Russian language.

Step 4: Payment of fees

You may be required to pay acceptance fee, visa support charge, courier fee, invitations charges or the likes. However, tuition fees are almost always paid on arrival so do not get scammed. The cost of all these will range between $500 to $600. You may be required to send a copy of the receipt as well.

Step 5: Crosscheck and submit

After you have filled all forms, you must double-check all you have done to ensure that you followed the instructions to the T. Check all spellings, number and dates and ensure that you have the right scanned documents in the right place.

After this, you can do some other research while you wait for your admission, invitation and visa support letters. You will be notified of the status of your application but occasionally check for updates. If you get accepted into more than one university, you are to decide which one is best for you.

What Do I Do After Getting The Invitation Letter?

There are three major things that you need to do after getting admission into a Ukrainian university. They are:

  1. Apply for Visa.
  2. Travel
  3. University registration.
  4. Apply for visa: Citizens of some countries don’t require Visa like Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, UK and some others. You need to check if your country requires Visa and if you do, you can start applying for long term student Visa. Visa application cannot start until you have your invitation and the other letters from the Ukrainian university. Once you have them, you need to go to the website of the Ukrainian Embassy in your country and note all instructions, documents and steps you need before you apply. They may include:
  • Acceptance, invitation and/or confirmation letter into a Ukrainian university.
  • Properly filled visa application form.
  • Receipt of Visa fee payment.
  • Original school certificate legalised by the Ministry of Education.
  • Original and recent medical certificate (not later than a month) from your country’s ministry of health.
  • Other medical forms like HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis screening results, also approved by the ministry of health and within a one month period.
  • Medical health insurance (optional).
  • Original birth certificate.
  • Two-way air ticket
  • Valid international passport (period or duration of validity may vary).
  • Recent passport photographs. (Most likely 3 by 4 cm, however, check number size and number and take extra.)
  • Sponsorship letter containing all necessary details of the sponsor and sponsored.
  • Sponsor’s valid ID
  • Bank statement, meeting the required credit limit for the required period. It may be either yours or your sponsor’s account. It is needed to ensure that you have the financial capability to cover all academic and living costs.
  • Travel or health insurance. (Optional)

The standard Visa application takes at least a month to be processed but there are various packages that will speed up the process for a price. Using a consulting agency also helps.

You will be required to attend a Visa interview but as long as you have the necessary documents and can communicate your purpose for applying for the visa, it will go smoothly.

The interview questions are focused on these key areas.

  • Why you need the visa.
  • Where and what you are going to study.
  • How long your study will last.
  • If you have all the necessary documents.
  • If you can afford to live and study in Ukraine.
  • If you have a sponsor and the relationship between the two parties.
  • If you plan to work and study in Ukraine.
  • How long you plan to stay in Ukraine after graduation.

It is rare to be denied a student visa when you have all the requirements but in case you are denied the Visa for a stated reason, you always appeal their decision with a focus on correcting the reason for the denial.

After getting the visa, you may be required to send the scanned copy of all of the visa to the university to finish the application process. Also, ensure to notify the school or your study consulting firm of your travel details so that they may organise your pick-up and to avoid being sent back.

  1. Travel: Before you travel, double-check if you have all the necessary documents and copies as well. You can also scan the original documents and save them to your drive.

You will need your travel documents i.e. international passport, visa and invitation letter. When you arrive at the Ukrainian airport, you need to get your migration card before you are cleared by immigration. You will need this card for school registration as well.

As arranged, you will be picked up either by a representative of the school or from your study consultants who will guide you through all the airport procedure, accompany you to school and help with school registration. If the pick up isn’t there with a letter from the university, you will not be allowed to leave the airport and will be deported, so you must have told them you flight details a week before arrival.

  1. University registration: You will be guided through this process, all you need to do is submit a screen some documents (original) and take a medical test as well as further screening which will end in you getting your residential permit (one year), identity cards, hostel clearance and the so on.

After these procedures, you are free to study and experience every wonderful aspects of life in Ukraine.

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