Ukraine has hundreds of higher education institutions and these can be divided into six categories: universities, specialised academies, institutes, conservatoires, colleges, and technical schools. The country has both public (roughly 90% of all students) and private (roughly 10% of all students) higher education institutions. Corruption has long been a problem within the Ukrainian higher education system, HEIs in Ukraine are under constant review and 76 HEIs were deprived of their educational licenses in 2015 alone. More than 440 higher education institutions are open to international students and students from over 150 countries arrive in Ukraine to study each year. The number of international students in the country has been growing since 2017 and there were 75,000 international students in Ukraine in 2018. The top countries sending students to study in Ukraine are India (20%), Morocco (10%) and Azerbaijan (8%).
Ukraine joined the Bologna Process in 2005 and in 2016 it abolished its Specialist degree and introduced a standardised system of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Sciences degrees. Bachelor’s programmes usually last for four years and Master’s programmes usually last for 1-1.5 years. The Candidate of Sciences degree usually requires at least three years of study after a Master’s degree and requires the defence of a thesis. A number of students then progress to the Doctor of Sciences level, which requires a period of further study and a dissertation that must make an original contribution to the student’s chosen field.
Courses in Ukrainian institutions are offered in Ukrainian, Russian or English. International students who choose a course in Ukrainian or Russian may choose to complete a foundation year of language courses before commencing their studies. Medical programmes are popular among international students, about 45% of all international students in Ukraine are studying within medical fields such as Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. Scholarships are available for international students, prospective students are advised to check the official government website at http://studyinukraine.gov.ua/universities/scholarship/ for more information. International students are advised to contact their institution of choice directly, after choosing a course, and also to ensure that their chosen institution has the appropriate license and accreditation.
Fees for international students range from $1200 to $5000, depending on the programme and the institution. Courses in English and medical courses typically cost more than other courses.
Information for International Students
The admission process for international students usually considers previous examination performance and often includes an interview component. The institution will assist students with their visa applications if they require them, and students will need to provide a copy of their passports and all relevant educational diplomas. On arrival in Ukraine, students will need to provide copies of the following documents: medical certificate, birth certificate, HIV test certificate, and medical insurance policy. Students are advised to contact their institution immediately after their arrival, as the institution is legally obliged to register foreign citizens with the local authorities within three days.