How many years do you study medicine in Ukraine

Dec 3, 2019

STUDY MEDICINE IN UKRAINE

Duration, Admission Requirements, Courses, Degrees and Tips

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on where to study medicine. However, most international students find it hard to find the university that meets all their criteria, so much so that finding the best fit is a struggle where you either to go for the affordable institution or go for the top Ivy League universities to study.

In some cases when they think they found the best choice, students often complain about the complex admission procedures with all the tests and other applications processes. Moreover, the demand is so high that it reduces the probability of being granted admission.

But this doesn’t mean that other universities can’t offer the values, don’t have the facilities, or have a high standard of education. One of the places where you can enjoy these features in a cost-effective way and achieve your dream of studying medicine is by studying in Ukraine.

Why Study in Ukraine?

Ukraine is a country rich in history, culture and architecture. It is a large country whose people are warm and which has a high standard of living, complying with the European standard. Generally, studying and living in Ukraine is one of the most cost-effective ways to get quality education which makes Ukraine a very good choice for international students.

Medicine is a very important field which is constantly evolving and the need for doctors is almost constant. In Ukraine, the medical practice is held in high esteem and there are lots of medical universities that were set up to teach future practitioners.

Over half of the number of international students who go to Ukraine to study are going there to study a medical course. Moreover, most universities are specialised in medicine so much that most of the top universities in Ukraine are medical universities which has graduated hundreds of thousands of medical student (the fourth-highest rate in Europe).

From these features, you can see that Ukraine is one of the best choices for international students whose global recognition is still increasing. Medical universities in Ukraine are incredibly affordable without compromising on the quality or standard of education. These medical universities have great facilities and teaching staff and are accredited by the Ministry of Education who ensure that the universities comply with global standard. They are also mostly government-owned which means that they have top-notch facilities and some of the best university hospitals. Even their certificates awarded are globally accepted and even recognised by international organizations like WHO, UNICEF, MCI, etc.

Therefore, studying medicine in Ukraine is very cost-effective as you are guaranteed of high standard and low cost of education.

In summary, here are some of the advantages of studying medicine in Ukraine.

  1. Quality education: There is a small teach students to teacher ratio which ensures proper interaction between teachers and students. Even more, they are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.
  2. Affordable cost: Tuition ranges from $2000 to $5000 for the majority of the courses. This is one of the lowest cost in Western countries, especially when compared to tuition fees in USA, UK and other European countries.
  3. Experienced teaching staff: Universities have highly trained lecturers of doctors and professors. Moreover, there are even renowned practitioners who visit from all over the world to give special lectures and conferences.
  4. Extensive learning and practice: They have a rich curriculum focused on practical application of theoretical studies. They also have a combination of theory, practical and science in the curriculum.
  5. Available in multiple languages: You can study medicine and medical courses in different languages i.e., Ukrainian, Russian, English and maybe French in some universities.
  6. Top-notch facilities: All facilities and machinery are of top quality and the university hospitals, laboratories and research facilities are some of the best in the country.
  7. Simple eligibility criteria: Whether you are applying for undergraduate or postgraduate studies, you don’t need through the process of taking language tests like IELTS or TOEFL. You don’t also need to take JAMB, WAEC, SAT or its equivalent, all you need are your high school leaving certificate with the required grades in the related subjects.
  8. Easy admission process: You can apply online or download, fill, and submit the form. 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.
  9. International recognition: Degrees earned from Ukrainian universities are accepted internationally and even recognised by international organisations like WHO, UNICEF and also medical councils in Africa and other councils like MCI.
  10. Low cost of accommodation: Hostels are very cheap and can cost from as low as $500 to $1200 depending on the size of the room and how many people are required to share it. Apartments are also cheap and cost between $150 to $300 monthly depending on the room standard and location as apartments in the capital city of Kyiv usually cost the highest.
  11. Low cost of living: Including the cost of transportation (public), basic stationeries, and feeding, the average student can live comfortably with $1500 per year. Of course, this largely depends on your lifestyle. Students also enjoy a discount on their transportation within Ukraine.
  12. Multicultural environment: Since Ukrainians are so hospitable, Ukraine – and its universities – have a very diverse population, especially in the urban areas. There are people from all over the world who come to tour, work, live, or study in Ukraine and they are all welcomed regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity.
  13. Work and study: You can work while you study in Ukraine, just like the normal citizen. However, except if you’re doing a remote job, your Ukrainian employer needs to help you get a work permit before you can start working.
  14. Recreation: There are fun activities you can do in Ukraine without breaking the bank or ruining your budget. There are beautiful places to visit like waterfalls, beaches, caves, parks, gardens, monasteries, theatres, museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, etc. There are activities like hiking, biking, mountain climbing, swimming, ice skating, horseback riding, skiing, etc.

Disadvantages to studying medicine in Ukraine.

  1. Corruption: University administration have been accused (on few occasions), of being corrupt in their dealings with staff and students.
  2. Communication barrier: The teachings done in the classrooms and laboratories are easy enough as you can learn in English or your choice of language. However, when it comes to communication between patient and student doctors, there will be a language barrier except if students start learning and speaking Ukrainian while they study.
  3. Restrictions on immigrants There are a lot of constricting rules and procedures imposed on international students by the government.

Overall, there are more benefits than drawbacks to studying medicine or any other course in Ukraine. Moreover, it is a safe place to study with good security and the ongoing battles is very far away from where the universities are located.

Here are the popular medical courses offered by international students in Ukraine with additional information.

1.Dentistry: This course involves learning about the care of the teeth and gums as well as treatments of diseases and repair of tooth and gum conditions and even cosmetic surgery or tooth extraction.

Duration (Undergraduate): Five (5) years.

Duration (Postgraduate): At least two (2) years.

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) or Dental Specialist after undergraduate studies and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) after postgraduate studies.

Languages Offered: Ukrainian, Russian, and English.

Tuition Fees: From $2500 to $4500 for undergraduate and $4000 to $7000 for postgraduate.

Eligibility Criteria (Undergraduate): At least five (5) credits in science subjects including Chemistry and Biology.

Eligibility Criteria (Postgraduate): Bachelor’s degree in dentistry or its equivalent.

 

  1. General Medicine: This is the study of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in people. Treatment does not involve surgery.

Duration (Undergraduate): Six (6) years.

Duration (Postgraduate): At least two (2) years.

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Medicine (MD) after Undergraduate studies and Master of Medicine (MMed) after postgraduate studies.

Languages Offered: Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Tuition Fees: $2500 to $4500 for undergraduates and $3500 to $6000 for postgraduates.

Eligibility Criteria (Undergraduate): At least five (5) credits in science subjects which must include Chemistry and Biology.

Eligibility Criteria (Postgraduate): A Doctor of Medicine degree or its equivalent.

 

  1. Nursing: This involves the care of people, in conjunction with medical practitioners, so they may optimally improve the patient’s health and quality of life.

Duration (Undergraduate): From two (2) to four (4) years.

Duration (Postgraduate): Two (2) years.

Degree Awarded: Associate Degree in Nursing or ADN (2 years), Bachelor of Science in Nursing or BSN (3-4 years) after undergraduate studies. Master of Science in Nursing or MSN after postgraduate studies.

Languages Offered: Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Tuition Fees: $2000 to $3500 for undergraduates. $3000 to $6000 postgraduate.

Eligibility Criteria (Undergraduate): At least five (5) credits in science subjects including Biology.

Eligibility Criteria (Postgraduate): Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree.

 

  1. Paediatrics: This is a branch of medicine that deals with the care of children from the moment they were born till they are in their late teens.

Duration (Undergraduate): Six (6) years.

Duration (Postgraduate): Two (2) years.

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Medicine (paediatrics) after undergraduate studies and Master of Medicine (paediatrics) after postgraduate studies.

Languages Offered: Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Tuition Fees: $2500 to $4500

Eligibility Criteria (Undergraduate): At least five (5) credits in science subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry.

Eligibility Criteria (Postgraduate): A Doctor of Medicine Degree in paediatrics.

  1. Pharmacy: This course deals with learning how to create, dispense and review drugs as well as providing other clinical services in the health sector.

Duration (Undergraduate):  Four (4) years.

Duration (Postgraduate): One (1) to two (2) years.

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Pharmacy after undergraduate studies and Master of Pharmacy after postgraduate studies.

Languages Offered: Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Tuition Fees: $3000 to $4500

Eligibility Criteria (Undergraduate): At least five (5) credits in science subjects which must include Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Eligibility Criteria (Postgraduate): Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or its equivalent.

 

  1. Veterinary Medicine: This course deals with the care of animals which involves prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal disease, injury and disorder.

Duration (Undergraduate): Four (4) years.

Duration (Postgraduate): One (1) to two (2) years.

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine.

Languages Offered: Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Tuition Fees: $2000 to $3500

Eligibility Criteria (Undergraduate): At least five (5) credits in science subjects which must include

Eligibility Criteria (Postgraduate):

 

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
  • Vinnitsa National Medical University.
  • National University of Pharmacy (NUPh)
  • Odessa National Medical University
  • Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
  • Zaporizhia State Medical University.

 

Here Are Some Tips About Studying Medicine In Ukraine.

  1. Find Support: If you are struggling with your work load, studies, finances or other responsibilities, find people or school programmes that will help. Meet fellow students, family, of friends, you don’t know where help may come from.
  2. Be Healthy: Find a way to plan a schedule that allows you to do all your work as well as get enough sleep, even during exams. Your mental health is also important so meet a counselor if you start feeling depressed or mentally weak.
  3. Create a Schedule: You can avoid procrastination and the chaos of school if you come up with a schedule to help you manage your time. Make a few sacrifices and organised times to revise notes daily, do assignments, visit the library etc. Having fun is great, but not so much fun that your studies suffer for it. Okay?
  4. Classes: You should take very detailed notes in class and also get (or research on) all the materials discussed in class. As a plus, you can use a recorder when you are too tired to write or for future reference (but avoid doing only this everytime). You can also compare notes with other students in your class.
  5. Know What Works For You: Whether it is note taking, listening in class, watching videos, or using flashcards, find the best study method, time and place that suits you. Find your reading sanctuary and note of your best study periods.
  6. Do Some Stalking: Do a little research on your lecturers from senior students or online. Find out their academic passion and the way they score students as well as what they especially like in classes or scripts.
  7. Come Up With a Study plan: Waiting for the period before the exams before you start reading is not ideal for any student. Don’t wait till then. Instead, do daily revisions and highlight key points in each note with related materials to read as well to build knowledge of the class. Don’t try to memorizing but try to create a mental images, scenarios, or video in your head.
  8. Be flexible: Go beyond the classroom or library. Find other ways to learn (kinda like taking supplements). Try out different things like joining a study group, watching educational YouTube videos, use study apps etc. and stick to the one’s that work for you.
  9. Exams: Reading for exams would be easier if you follow the tip on daily revisions and creating a schedule. It may be hard to read what you’ve read before but try. Also have mock exams and quizzes or give a mock lecture out loud. It helps you remember better. Also read according to the course outline and focus on the topics treated in class. Read, understand and follow the instructions
  10. Get more training: Don’t depend only on your degree but find ways to improve your knowledge or practice your skills where it is studying masters or P.hd, or going for seminars and training exercises or volunteering or getting part-time job experience while in school. Everything is a way to grow yourself.

There you have it. Most of the information that you need to study medicine in Ukraine. I hope you find this article useful.

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