Ukraine


Introduction

  • Ukraine is situated in the south-eastern part of Europe.

    It has an area of 603,628 km² making it the largest contiguous country on the European continent. It borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Belarus and Russia. Ukraine is a major industrial and agricultural producer. Ukraine is well endowed in natural resources and is known as Europe’s breadbasket.

    Ukraine consists almost entirely of level plains and occupies a large portion of East European Plain.

    Central part of Ukraine consists of Dnipro Lowland, through which Dnipro River runs from north to south. Other lowlands extend along the shores of Black and Azov seas in southern Ukraine, while Crimean Peninsula, in the extreme south, has both lowlands and low mountains. Western Ukraine has some uplands, and Carpathian Mountains extend through that region for more than 240 km (150 miles).

    Ukraine lies in temperate climatic zone and receives 16 to 24 inches (400 to 600 mm) of precipitation annually. Winter is rather mild, with no severe frosts but with regular snowfalls everywhere except the south. The rivers and lakes freeze in winter. Summer is quite hot and dry, with occasional showers. The fertile black soil is well watered in spring and autumn and gets plenty of sunshine in summer. Due to favorable climatic conditions, Ukraine is traditionally an agricultural area. It grows wheat, maize, buckwheat and corn, red and green vegetables, different kinds of fruit, melons and berries.

    The country is rich in natural resources,

    such as iron ore, coal, colour metal, oil, gas, mineral salts, clay and potential water power. It has developed a varied industry, concentrated mostly in and around big cities, such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Dniprodzerzhinsk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Cherkasy and others. It produces planes and ships, lorries and buses, cars and heavy-locomotives, computers and electronic-equipment, precision instruments and agricultural machines, TV and radio set, chemicals and textiles, and various consumer goods. Odesa, Sevastopil, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Kerch are main Ukrainian ports.

    Ukraine is a democratic republic.

    Country citizens elect their president, parliament (Verkhovna Rada), city mayors and deputies of local regional and city councils by means of direct ballot vote. Ukrainian Constitution and laws guarantee that Ukrainian citizens cannot be discriminated or prosecuted for their political views or nationality.

Ukraine Life

Currency:

National currency is Hryvnia (UHR).

You can exchange foreign currency in banks, kiosks, in the international airport. In the airport the currency rate is the same as in other places.

Payment for purchasing and services is done in Hryvnias. Nevertheless, some companies accept payments in US dollars. You can use credit cards of international payment systems. They can be used in many of the shops, hotels, transport companies, clubs and restaurants. In cities the network of exchange machines is well developed including the most popular banks.
Here you can save money both in foreign currency and Ukrainian Hryvnia. Banks are situated in many regions of the country. It makes it easier to transfer money through companies like Western Union, Money Gram, etc.

Transport:

The international airport of Borispol is the air gate of the country, 36 km from Kiev. To get from the airport to Kiev you can take a taxi, shuttle-bus, bus. You can also order pick up service in the university.

Besides Borispol airport you can make international flights from Simferopol, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, and Donetsk. International railway connections are available with such countries as Bulgaria, Check, Slovak, Germany and Poland. International bus trips may be made from Poland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. From Turkey you can come to Ukraine by ship.

Ukraine has a well developed transportation system. So there will be no problems to get to any part of the country. You can travel all over the country by train or bus. The fare for the distance of 500 km is about US $12-15. Tickets on train you can buy in advance either at the railway station or in the city. On the day of departure a ticket can be bought on the station only.

For air travel within the country you can buy tickets from the local companies. Flight cost for a distance of 500 km is about US $50. Local transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and taxis. The fare is US $0.15. You can buy tickets from the conductor or in yellow kiosks at stops. The fare for taxis is US $1.5 + US $0.20 per 1 km. In Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnepropetrovsk you can take the underground (subway trains), paying at the entrance a ticket of US $0.40 (without time and destination limits!).During warm periods a water transport is quite comfortable: on the Dnieper river or by the Black sea.

Travel in the city: the students’ Travel Pass on Government Transport {Subway Trains (The Tube), Trolleybuses and Trams} is issued by Universities & costs only 8 to 10 USD a month.

Travel around the country: the students are given discount of 50% from the normal price of Ticket in Trains, Buses etc.

International abroad: The International student Card is issued right after the students are admitted to the university. The students with International Student card are given discount of 30% from the normal price of Air Tickets.

Food:

Ukraine is a big agricultural country with different cooking traditions. Different food can be bought in shops, supermarkets and agricultural markets. Cafeterias, restaurants and fast food restaurants offer various cuisine. Food here in Ukraine is very cheap.

Communication:

The company UKRTELECOM provides excellent telephone communications both in Ukraine and all over the world. Most of the universities provide access to Internet for their students. There are also a lot of Internet-cafes. You can use services of fast mail, represented by DHL, Federal Express, UPS, TNT and other companies.

Medical Services:

Most of the state universities provide free medical service in student’s hospitals. Students can also go to state and private hospitals, where medical services are to be paid.

Holidays:

New Year 1st of January
Orthodox Christmas 7th of January
International Women Day 8th of March
Orthodox Easter
Labor’s Day 1st of May
Victory Day 9th of May
Trinity Sunday
Constitution Day 28th of June
Day of Independence 24th of August

Expenses in Ukraine:

In order to live comfortably while you are in all over the Ukraine, the student will need to have about 2000 $ US per year available for living costs, above the cost of your tuition. The cost of living in Ukraine are much lower than those in most European cities. It is difficult to give a precise figure because of differences in the student lifestyle. We are giving approximate costs below:

Stationary: the cost of stationary needed for a student is really low. For example a bundle of 500 A4 size papers costs 5 USD. Pens, pencils and other products are extremely cheap.

Books: text books are free and are provided by University Library.

Clothing: good Jeans cost 20-50 USD, Shirts cost 5-15 USD, and T-Shirts cost 5-12 USD

Facts about Ukraine

 … One of the first universities in Europe was founded in Ukraine

The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is one of the oldest and the most distinguished academic and theological schools in Eastern Europe. It was established in 1632 by Petro Mohyla, a Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia. It played an important role in transmitting Renaissance ideals from Western Europe through Poland to Ukraine and Russia.

… Ukraine owns a 1/4 part of black earth soil of the world

Ukraine has extremely fertile black soils in the central and southern portions, totaling more than a half of the territory. According to the estimates, arable land is 56%, permanent crops: 2%, meadows and pastures: 12%, forest and woodland: 10%, other: 20%. The word Chornozem, meaning “black soil” has become internationally recognised and refers to Ukrainian soil, assumed as the most fertile.

… Ukraine is one of the countries which have founded UNO more than half of the century ago

Ukraine, with just 20 years of independent history to its name, actually participated in the foundation of the United Nations over half century ago. Ukrainian representatives participated in the drafting of the UN Statute adopted in 1945 thus qualifying as one of 51 countries to sign up as founders of the UN.

… Ukraine is one of the 5 countries – leaders in space research industry

Young independent Ukraine confidently became one of the world space states due to its space research and production potential. The enterprises of space industry gain great experience in development and production of modern launch vehicles, spacecraft, engines, control and telemeter system. New materials and technologies are being phased in, and some of them have no counterparts. Space goods and services export increases from year to year.

… Geographical center of Europe is located in Ukraine

The village of Dilove located on the Tisza River, close to the Romanian border, in the district of Rakhiv in the Transcarpathian region contains a historical marker and a large stone believed to mark the geographic centre of Europe as measured in 1887 by geographers from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The township today is a part of Ukraine. The interpretation of the worn Latin inscription on the monument is debated, with some claiming that the marker is merely one of a number of fixed triangulation points for surveying purposes established around the territory of the former Empire. The external borders of Europe taken into account during the calculations are not known. According to the description, the methodology used for the calculation is that of the geometrical middle point of the extreme latitudes and longitudes of Europe, so the stone was located at 48?’?°30’N 23?’?°23’E.

… Five Ukrainian objects are included in the list of World Heritage UNESCO

They are outstanding cultural and natural values that makes the heritage of all mankind, are as follow: St. Sophia Cathedral (Kiev), Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the ensemble of the historic center of Lviv, the Struve Geodetic Arc, virgin beech forests of the Carpathians.

Embassy of Ukraine to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Embassy of Ukraine to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

http://mfa.gov.ua/en/about-mfa/abroad/embassies/88

 

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
http://mfa.gov.ua/en/about-mfa/abroad/embassies/85

Republic of India

Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of India
http://mfa.gov.ua/en/about-mfa/abroad/embassies/48

Education

Higher education in Ukraine:

starts with the successful completion of the secondary education and passing the university entrance examination. It is coordinated and supervised by the Ministry of Education and Science Ukraine.

Starting from May 2005 Ukraine has introduced important steps of the implementation of the Bologna process. It defines three cycles of the Higher Education: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral study.

In the 2006/2007 academic years credit transfer system ECTS was implemented in all universities of Ukraine. Ukraine’s accession to the Bologna process means recognition of Ukrainian diplomas at the international labor market to ensure mobility of students and teachers, it also enables the implementation of joint educationaland scientific projects, provide access to international education and information technological resources. The use of ECTS enables students to continue their education, not only in educational institutions of the European Union, but also in U.S. and Canada.

The minimum duration of the university education that will merit a degree is four academic years for a bachelors degree program.

Medical courses require longer duration, up to seven years. MSc. and Phd. programs attract additional time, from one year to five years or more, depending on the program, the course, degree pursued and student’s commitment.

Teaching language is either of the following:
*Ukrainian Language
*English Language
*Russian Language

Ukraine nationals usually study in their national languages, while foreign students have a choice of either the native language or English. This is subject to the availability of the program in English.

No IELTS or TOEFL needed for admission

Foreign students that opt to study in Ukrainian or Russian languagepass a one year preparatory language course, during which they study language and preparatory courses related to their future discipline.
Sometimes students go through a pre-Medical/pre-Engineering program as well, depending on the speciality and international recommendations set by the Government bodies of their countries.
On graduation, they receive an additional certificate of proficiency for the language, which compensates for the additional year. Students studying in English language skip this preparatory stage, but study the language as an independent course as part of their academic program.

Academic resumption date for foreign students depends on the chosen language of studies.

If a student wants to study in English language, then it is inevitable that he/she arrives early enough to be ready for academic activities. However, students who prefer to go through the language learning program are allowed to arrive later, to start their language classes.

Foreign students must follow the same regulations and guidelines as Ukrainian students.

The only additional condition is that foreign students are expected to legalize their certificates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on graduation. This confirms that the certificate was actually issued from a bonafide and accredited Ukrainian university. Failure to do this might put the certificate under additional scrutiny, and in some cases, rejected or invalidated when tendered.

Unlike many other European countries higher education in Ukraine is comparatively inexpensive. As a young sovereign nation, Ukraine is socially stable, with warm hospitality to foreigners.

Study Benefits

  1. Quality education according to the Bologna System.
  2. 197 universities that have license to teach foreigners, and that are training students in more than 800 specialties. 
  3. Opportunity to study in the chosen language: Ukrainian, English, Russian.
  4. Worldwide recognized degrees (WHO, UNESCO, PLAB, USMLE, EU COUNCIL, etc.).
  5. No IELTS or TOEFL needed for admission.
  6. Option of Dual Degree (Ukrainian & one of the countries of Schengen Zone).
  7. Possibility of academic transfer from Ukraine to any university in EU, UK or USA and vice versa.
  8. 100% guarantee of getting visa to eligible candidates.
  9. Students enjoy 50% discounts on the passenger fare.
  10. Bilateral student exchange program with universities in Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, UK, USA, etc.
  11. Enrichment of experience through visiting professors from USA, CANADA, UK, EU, etc.
  12. Racial, religious interethnic tolerance in a multicultural environment.
  13. Participation of students in seminars /symposia / project work, etc. in other European cities.
  14. European life standard.
  15. Foreign students have the same rights as Ukrainian students.
  16. A broad university infrastructure: libraries, hostels, sports centers etc.
  17. Modern technologies, implemented in the studying process.
  18. Emphasis on practical aspects in teaching.
  19. Reasonable cost of living.
  20. Cheap unlimited access to the Internet.
  21. A powerful scientific base with an age-old history is a real possibility for a foreign student to become familiar with the world academic community.
  22. No extra expenses for books, as the books are provided by university library.
  23. Modern system of medical insurance and service.
  24. Orientation of higher education of Ukraine for the most promising industries and businesses.
  25. Moderate climate.
  26. Affordable and cheap mobile communication.
  27. One of the best transport infrastructure.
  28. Chances of permanent residence & settlement in Europe after completion of study program.
  29. Opportunity of three months Summer Jobs during vacation in countries like UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, etc.

Specialities in Education fields

 Some of the major programs most popular among foreign students offered by Ukrainian Universities

  • General medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Oil and Gas Engineering
  • Hotel management & Tourism
  • Business Administration
  • Computer & Software Engineering
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Information Systems and Technologies
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Aeronautic Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Agricultural Management
  • Fine Arts
  • Performing & Media Arts
  • Cinematography
  • Choreography
  • Banking & Finance
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ecology & Environment Protection
  • Accounting and Audit
  • Urban Planning
  • Economics and Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Economics & Cybernetic
  • Food Technology
  • General Electrical Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mining and Electrical Mechanics
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Piloting
  • Surveying&Geo-informatics

Scholarships & Grants

The Ukrainian government provides scholarships for foreign students to ensure their studies at national universities.

Though, the list of countries whose citizens can claim for such scholarship is limited: Ukraine must have an appropriate intergovernmental agreement with the student’s homeland. Moreover, the student must be directed to study in Ukraine by the government of his home country.

On the other hand, the Ukrainian International Education ?ouncil has initiated its own scholarship and grant programs for foreign students, in order to help them to get education in Ukraine!

Such programs are aimed at two categories of the students.

The first category is gifted young people, prospective university students, who are capable of becoming outstanding specialists in different fields of knowledge.

The second category includes school leavers from poor countries, who have a complicated financial situation, but are highly motivated to study, and are diligent and hardworking.

Scholarships and grants are meant to fully or partially reimburse the student’s education fees for the chosen university and speciality.

The decision of providing a scholarship or grant is taken by the UIEC, after considering the applicant’s documents.

Also, a scholarship or grant can be provided to a student, who has successfully completed one or more semesters, who has shown diligence and good behavior, proved to be an active participant in the student’s life and who is facing some financial difficulties with the paying for the further studies.

Some grant and scholarship programs are developed by offsetting the demands of graduates from different countries and are implemented by our representatives in these countries. We are open to consideration and implementation of such local programs in the countries, where they haven’t been put into practice yet.

At the moment, dozens of foreign students have already received or are receiving scholarships and grants from the Ukrainian International Education Council. A rule of thumb states that such students are noted to be more diligent, prove to be leaders in the student society, pursue to high achievements in studies, as well as in other fields of activity (art, sport, volunteering etc.)

The UIEC sets a high value on each graduate or student, who is really striving for knowledge.

We understand the problems and difficulties, people from different corners of the world undergo, but we believe, financial difficulties shouldn’t be a barrier on the way to a better future of an individual, who undoubtedly deserves it!

Ukrainian Universities and representatives of the Ministry of education and science of Ukraine highly value the achievements of our scholarship and grant programs. They are grateful for the students, they can be proud of, and who will be the best advertisement of the Ukrainian education in the world in days to come!

We want to be proud of our humble contribution to formation of the participants of our grant and scholarship programs, who will undoubtedly play an active role in the development of the society and economy of their homeland due to high-quality education they obtained in Ukraine.

Translation of documents

To save the precious time of our students and to avoid queues at the Ukrainian Embassy only for translation of documents, BICAS now offer translation services of required official documents, such as:

Educational certificates, 
Birth certificate
Medical certificates, etc.

All translations are officially legalized.

If you prefer, you can avail translation services of documents, together with the original invitation to save money on courier services.

Translation and legalization of one page: 55 $ US

It is the cost of translation in Ukrainian language from English, French, German, or Spanish.
For information about translations from other languages, please contact us.

Payment for the translation is paid upfront in full.

FAQ

Q: Where is Ukraine located?

A: Ukraine is situated in the south-eastern part of Europe.

Q: What is the capital of Ukraine?
A: Kyiv (also spells as Kiev) is the capital of Ukraine.

Q: What is the population of Ukraine?
A: According to UN 2008 data, Ukraine has an overall population of 46 million.

Q: Which is the major religion of Ukrainian nation?
A: Christianity.

Q: Are Ukrainian Universities governmental institutions or they belong to a private sector?
A: All the Universities teaching international students are government bodies.

Q: What is the duration of the program in Ukraine?
A: The duration varies between 2 – 6 years depending upon the courses of study.

Q: What is the medium of instruction in Ukrainian Universities?
A: The medium of instruction for foreign students is on his/her choice. They may take ENGLISH, Ukrainian or Russian as their medium of instruction.

Q: Do we need to qualify any English test like IELTS or TOEFL for seeking admission into Ukrainian University?
A: No, it is not mandatory, moreover there are educational support programs available for those who need extra help in areas such as ESL or who have learning disorders.

Q: How do I know that I am qualified?
A: Just send the following documents: Photocopies of your International passport, Birth Certificate and Secondary School certificate to our email for assessment. After checking your documents we will send you an assessment of that. It’s free.

Q: If I am qualified, how long will it take me to get the Invitation letter?
A: It takes one to two weeks to be ready.

Q: Is there any fee for student-visa Invitation?
A: Yes, it’s not free.

Q: If I am in another Country (not the native), can the processing be done for me?
A: Yes, it doesn’t matter, where ever you are in the world, the processing can be done for you and the Invitation letter will be sent to you.

Q: What is the currency used in Ukraine?
A: The currency used in Ukraine is Hryvnia and the coins are known as Kopiyka.

Q: What is the language used in Ukraine?
A: The common use languages are Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Q: Can we apply for the Work Permit after completion of the program?
A: Yes, you can apply for the Work Permit. Universities themselves provide job placement in Ukraine and other western countries.

Q: Does the student have to come back to his/her home country to apply?
A: No, it is not necessary.

Q: Can we apply for Permanent Residence and citizenship of Ukraine?
A: Yes, you can apply, but after 2 years of regular stay in Ukraine according to the Ukrainian Law.

Q: Can we pay the tuition fee in installments?
A: Yes, you can pay the fee in installments, But only from the second year of your education in respective University.

Q: Do we need to pay the books and exam fee separately or is it included in the fee?
A: It is included in the Tuition fee.

Q: Can we travel to some other countries while studying in Ukraine? Which countries, when and for how long?
A: Yes, you can travel to other countries like UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Poland, etc. during summer and winter vacations.

How To Apply ?

First Step

In order to apply for admission and to receive “student visa invitation to Ukraine” a student should provide good quality copies of the following documents through our local office or directly to us by sending them to our e-mail address or through courier service.

  • International passport main pages;
  • Educational documents (at least secondary school certificate, and other if any);
  • Application form filled and signed (both sides).

Note: To apply for visa your average grade point must be more than 50%.

If you are eligible you will receive confirmation of admission.

Second Step

A student should provide the receipt of paid application fee.

This amount covers:

  • Application fee and correspondence charges;
  • Official fee for student placement confirmation letter issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine to the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Ukraine;
  • Official fee for visa support letter issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to the Ukrainian embassy in respective country.

Issuance of official invitation letter takes 5 to 10 working days. When the official Invitation is ready, first we send a scan copy of it to a student’s email address and then the original invitation through courier post.

Third Step

When a student gets an invitation from us, he/she should contact the Ukrainian embassy in his/her country in order to apply for a student visa.

List of the documents necessary for Ukrainian student visa:

  1. Filled visa form;
  2. Original invitation letter;
  3. Visa support letter from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. (This document is to be sent directly to the Ukrainian embassy);
  4. Original educational documents;
  5. Document evidencing the absence of HIV-infection;
  6. Medical certificate of general health verified by an official health care authority of issuing country;
  7. Birth certificate;
  8. Six photographs of 3 x 4 cm;
  9. Bank statement (of parents or guardian – showing sufficient funds at least for one academic year );
  10. Round trip air ticket valid for one year with open return date.

The documents indicated in the paragraphs 4, 5, 6, 7 should be certified pursuant to the legislation of issuing country and legalized pursuant to the established order (Ministry of Foreign affairs), unless otherwise provided for by international agreements of Ukraine.

The list of required documents can vary a bit. We insistently recommend you to contact the corresponding Ukrainian embassy and re-check all details of visa application.

Final Step

A student must inform about his/her arrival details (flight details and arrival time) at least 3-5 days prior to arrival. We would greatly appreciate if you will forward us soft copies of air-tickets and visa.

According to the Rules and Regulations of the Ukrainian Immigration Department if the Immigration Authorities do not have the confirmation of arrival of a student by the Ministry in prior, and in case if a student is not picked up by the official invitation issuing body on his/her arrival to Ukraine, the Immigration Authorities may deport a student back to his/her country.

A student must bring full tuition fee, accommodation fee and other charges in cash or travel cheques for whole academic year.

A student can be required by the Ukrainian Immigration Authorities to provide confirmation of enough funds for one academic year. A student should have some extra money for personal needs as well.

Documents required to go through Ukrainian Customs and Immigration:

  1. International passport / travelling document with Ukrainian visa on it;
  2. Original invitation letter;
  3. Birth certificate, translated into Ukrainian and legalized by the Ukrainian embassy (and all other translations required by the embassy while visa issuing, if any);
  4. Original school certificates, Bachelor or Master Degree (if available), translated into Ukrainian and legalized by the Ukrainian embassy;
  5. General health medical certificate issued not more than two months before arrival to Ukraine, translated into Ukrainian language and legalized by the Ukrainian embassy);
  6. HIV- AIDS negative certificate issued not more than two months before the arrival, translated into Ukrainian and legalized by the Ukrainian embassy;
  7. Health insurance covering one year( for some countries only for travelling period);
  8. Sponsorship letter from student’s parents/guardian who are going to bear the expenses of a student during his/her stay and studying in Ukraine (required in some cases);
  9. 24 passport size photographs (3 * 4 cm);
  10. Return air ticket with an open return date, valid for one year.

Migration card must be filled in by student on arrival to Ukraine and kept saved during stay in Ukraine. The student must produce it to Immigration Authorities when returning home or travelling out of the country.

Admission Requirements

FOUNDATION PROGRAM :

10th Grade
O’ Level
Secondary School Certificate – SSC,
Matriculation (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, etc.),
BEPC (Brevet d’études du premier cycle),
or equivalent.

Grade point average should be more than 50 %

Age Limit: 25 years

12th Grade

Higher Secondary School certificate – HSSC
A’ level 
Intermediate (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, etc.)
Baccalauréat (le bac)
Études Secondaires,
or equivalent.

Grade point average should be more than 50 %

Age Limit: 27 – 28 years depending on the nationality.

Bachelors,
la Licence,
or equivalent.

Grade point average should be more than 50 %

Age Limit: 30 years.

PhD:

Masters

Grade point average should be more than 50 %

Age Limit: NO age Limits