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Study In Ukraine For International Students
Ukraine has become the top destination for quality and affordable university education in Europe, for either a graduate or postgraduate program.
There are more than 400 higher institutions, hundreds of courses and more than 80,000 international students all pursuing their academic dreams in Ukraine.
The admission process is straightforward with no complicated language tests. Students that satisfy the university admission requirements typically eligible for admission. Watch The Video Below For The 5 Main Reasons To Study In Ukraine.
- From Confusion To Clarity;
- From Endless Waiting To An Undergraduate Student;
- From Dreams To Reality.
We’ve assembled everything you will need, as well as actionable steps for your admission success.
Ukraine’s university admission process is straightforward.
A candidate would apply to a university, satisfy the university’s admission requirements, receive an admission/invitation letter for processing a study visa, then arrive Ukraine to start their studies.
Sometimes, however, it doesn’t go as smooth as it should. Universities may not respond timely to inquiries, and it may be difficult to find the right university for the selected course.
Compounded by the unfortunate reality that most Ukraine universities are not well staffed for international students’ recruitment, the admission process could be a real struggle for some candidates.
To make it easier, we split the admission process into 3 simple steps as shown below, for easy, quick and smooth admission-experience using our fast admission services.
Step 1 – Course selection whereby you select your choice course from the available list of courses.
Step 2 – Application process whereby you fill and submit the online application form for university admission.
Step 3 – Appraisal process to quickly establish your admission eligibility using current admission parameters.
Getting Started To Study In Ukraine?
There is quite a lot that goes into the entire admission and enrollment process to study in Ukraine. You’ll likely have a lot of questions, many how-tos, when, what-ifs, where, etc. Could be daunting.
We have prepared a getting started guide for you to address most of your likely concerns.
It provides detailed explanations of what to expect, the processes involved as well as the limitations so you can make a logical and informed decision. Click below.
Ukraine offers a wide variety of courses to study either for the Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate degree programs.
Some of the courses are available for study in English language, while the majority can only be studied in the local language. Of recent, there is a steady increase in the number of courses available in English language.
This is a one-year pre-admission academic program that is designed to prepare international students with the relevant language knowledge required to enrol into the main program.
Admission typically continues all year round, both for the September – November enrollment and the March enrollment.
Prices typically range from $1000 – $2000, depending on the university. Click the button below for the current tuition.
Medical programs are the most popular programs of study by international students in Ukraine.
Most of the medical courses are available in both English and the local Ukrainian / Russian language.
Ukraine’s medical degrees are recognized by just about all global medical organizations.
Click below for medical courses and how to study medicine in Ukraine.
Ukraine has age-long very competent technical universities, dating to pre-Soviet era.
Unknown to many, a lot of the Soviet’s achievements are not without immense input from Ukraine, including space exploration, aviation and rocket sector, metallurgy, pharmacology, electronics, etc.
Consequently, Engineering, technical and science courses are among the popular areas that international students study in Ukraine.
Social Science & Management
Social Science & Management courses have been traditionally only available for study in the local Ukrainian / Russian language.
It wasn’t so much popular among international candidates, until relatively recently.
A quite number of the courses were made available for study in English, which increased its popularity among international students.
Currently, there is an increase in the number of international students coming to study in Ukraine in the Social Science and management fields.
Arts & Humanities
Humanities and Art courses are still not very popular among international students.
Currently, almost all the courses are only available for study in the local Ukrainian / Russian language. Studying in the humanities will require undergoing the preparatory program.
Majority of the international students for the humanities field are nationals of the former Soviet republic, that are conversant with Russian language.
Postgraduate studies are available in Ukraine, although the admission process requires a notification exercise, which is an independent verification of the candidate’s certificates and result transcripts.
For candidates that had their Bachelors degree in Ukraine, this exercise isn’t required.
Admission into the postgraduate program takes place any time during the year. Click below for more details
Available Courses To Study In Ukraine Universities
Click below for some of the courses available for study as an international student.
Below is a list of some of the available courses, which is not exhaustive.
Engineering & Sciences
Some of the courses are available in Englis, although the majority are only available in the local Ukrainian / Russian language.
Management & Social Sciences
Below are some of the available courses.
Arts & Humanities
Below are some of the courses.
To get started with the admission process, click on any of the buttons below for either course selection, or begin the application process.
Advantages Of Studying In Ukraine
- Quality Education With Global Recognition;
- Comparatively Affordable Cost;
- Non-complicated Admission Procedures.
Numbers don’t lie. Below are the statistics of international students in Ukraine, which correlate the advantages listed above to real numbers. Notice a steady rise in the number of international students in Ukraine, which reached over 80,000 in 2019.
Statistics Of International Students In Ukraine
Number Of International Students In Ukraine
International Students’ Areas Of Study In Ukraine
Growth Of International Students In Ukraine
It should be noted that among the advantages listed above, the major comparative advantage Ukraine has over other European and non-European countries is the cost advantage.
It is the most significant factor, among others, driving international students in their thousands yearly, to study in Ukraine universities.
To fully understand this, let us analyze the cost of studying medicine in Ukraine in comparison to the UK, US, Canada & Australia. General medicine is deliberately used as it is one of the most expensive courses in Ukraine. Below is the comparison.
Comparison Of Educational Cost For International Students In Ukraine vs UK, US, Canada & Australia
From the comparison table above, it is evident that the cost of studying in Ukraine is only but a fraction of the cost in the other listed countries.
This means that students could avoid taking huge student loan that eventually becomes a big burden many years after graduation. This also means a lot less financial stress on parents, especially those with many kids of university ages.
This is one of the main reason that international students’ interest to study in Ukraine increases with each passing year.
Disadvantages Of Studying In Ukraine
Two of the flaunted disadvantages of studying in Ukraine are usually:
- Strict immigration laws;
- Alleged corruption.
On a closer look, penalties for laws only apply upon violation. So, a law-abiding student has nothing to worry about.
Also, the alleged corruption cannot be said to be representative only of Ukraine. There are different levels of corruption in many countries of the world.
The very major disadvantage that most of our candidates complained about is the inability to work while studying in Ukraine. Most international students are already adults and would love to earn some revenue even while studying.
Unfortunately, Ukraine’s laws have no provision for international students to officially work in Ukraine while studying. However, the meaning of a workplace has been so redefined in the 21st century.
People can now work remotely from their homes and across borders, without converging in a physical location. So, even this complain is fast losing its substance because some students now comfortably work online from their hostel apartments.
Study In Ukraine Cost
One of the most important considerations for studying abroad is the cost and accurate budgeting. University education in Ukraine is no different.
Usually, costing is the starting point and must be thoroughly analyzed before proceeding further. Prospective candidates must be sure of affording their academic and living cost in Ukraine.
The general cost and expenditures for an international student planning to study in Ukraine are divided into four parts, as explained below.
1: Admission Processing Cost
This is the cost for processing the university admission, visa support letter and delivery of the processed university invitation to the candidate.
It is paid upfront, to enable the admission process. The amount is available on the course selection page.
2: Academic Cost (Tuition, Accommodation, etc)
This comprises of the cost for tuition, accommodation, textbooks & stationeries, as well as other academic-oriented costs. This will be different depending on the course studied, language and the university enrolled.
The amounts for tuition and hostel accommodation are available on the course selection page and paid only upon arrival.
3: Registration / Enrollment Service Cost
This is the overall expenditure required for completing the university registration and enrollment process.
It includes costs for translations, notaries, medical tests, applicable insurances, residential permit costs, and other numerous miscellaneous costs incurred during the enrollment process.
Most of these expenditures are one-time payments.
This cost is included in our service cost, which is available on the course selection page.
Self-processing candidates will need to request this amount from their university of application as it varies across universities.
4: Cost Of Living
This refers to the amount for the student’s upkeep, such as feeding and other personal expenditure.
The cost of living in Ukraine is typically lower in Ukraine than most other European countries.
Typically, most students do get-by on a monthly budget of around $200 or a bit less.
Of course, depending on the individual’s needs, this amount is elastic and could be stretched or compressed based on personal preferences.
So, in essence, there is no upper limit. Students are free to budget as much as they require for their individual upkeep
Factoring in all the above costs, you will come up with a realistic budget for your university education in Ukraine, i.e., (total cost = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4).
Among them, cost of living, academic cost, residential permit renewal cost, medical tests and insurances are annual ongoing costs. With the above information, you are able to make a more accurate cost projection for studying in Ukraine.
Favourite Cities Where International Students Study In Ukraine
Ukraine has many cities that are not just beautiful but friendly and welcoming to foreigners, with warm hospitality. International students live and study in these cities and enjoy full liberty as guaranteed by the law.
Some cities, however, seems to have attracted more students for reasons such as the number of higher institutions there, administrative centres, etc. Below are some of those cities that appear to be international students’ favourites.
Kharkiv is a modern cosmopolitan city, the first capital of Ukraine and the second-largest city in Ukraine.
It’s a beautiful European city that was founded in 1654 and dotted with beautiful architecture, both modern and historical, with a population of around 1.5m residents.
Among its many unique features is the “Ploshad Svoboda”, which translates as the “Freedom Square”. This is the largest square in Ukraine and Europe, with an area of 22.5 thousand square meters, right in the heart of the city.
In Ukraine, Kharkiv is among the highly industrialized regions, with hundreds of industrial companies in the city and around. Among them are globally important giants like the Morozov Design Bureau and the Malyshev Tank Factory (leaders in world tank production in the 1930s through 1980s); Khartron (aerospace and nuclear electronics); and the Turboatom turbines producer.
Kharkiv’s cultural significance in Ukraine is well entrenched, with such monuments as Famous Ukrainian Poet Taras Shevchenko, the Mirror Stream fountain (an architectural landmark of the city), both of which are part of the seven wonders of Kharkiv. The city is also home to 20 museums and 10 theatres.
Kharkiv is an educational, scientific and research hub, with about 30 higher institutions of learning, 60 scientific institutions, and about 80 libraries. This is why the city is also called “StudGorod”, which translates as Students’ City.
It is also home to the highest number of international students in Ukraine, who come from different parts of the world to benefit from the advanced education and learning facilities of the city and her qualified lecturers.
Among the many universities in Kharkiv are Kharkiv National University, National Technical University “KPI”, Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Kharkiv National Aerospace University “KhAI”, Kharkiv National Medical University and many others totalling 13 national universities, numerous technical and private education institutions, with many faculties and research professionals.
The city prides itself of its national science centres such as Kharkіv Institute of Physics and Technology, Institute of Metrology, 62 Institutes for Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine.
Other research institutions include 20 national research institutions of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, such as the B Verkin Institute for Low-Temperature Physics and Engineering, Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine, State Scientific Institution “Institute for Single Crystals Usikov Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics Institute of Radio Astronomy and others.
About 26,000 scientists work in these research and development centres.
The city is also home to one of the daring football clubs in Ukraine, the Metallist football club, that plays in the country’s division-one league. Numerous other sporting facilities and extra-curriculum activities are readily available in Kharkiv, such as for indoor/outdoor exercises, recreation and fun.
Kyiv, formerly spelt as Kiev, is a contemporary city with ancient artefacts, and the current capital of Ukraine, with a current population of about 3 million residents.
It is one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe and is believed to have been founded around the late 9th century, or around 482 AD. In 1982, the city celebrated its 1500th anniversary, which means that the city is currently more than 1500 years old
As the capital of the country, it is expected to be a beautiful city, and Kyiv ticks all the dots to this regards. There are lots of modern architectural designs, a well-connected surface and underground transport network and a beautiful streak of River Dnepr that transverse the city.
Kyiv pride itself of many monuments & architectures of historical significance such as St. Sophia Cathedral and the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), which are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Other noteworthy historical architectural landmarks include the Mariyinsky Palace (designed and constructed from 1745 to 1752, then reconstructed in 1870), Michael’s Cathedral, St. Andrew’s, St. Vladimir’s, the reconstructed Golden Gate and several Orthodox churches.
One of Kyiv’s beautiful and strategic modern landmarks is the highly giant “Motherland” statue made of titanium standing at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War on the Right bank of the Dnepr River.
Perhaps, Kyiv is also home to the most notable public square in Ukraine, the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (“Independence Square”). This served as the centre of the “Euro-movement” protest and revolution in 2014 that led to the led to the removal of the then President, Viktor Yanukovych’s.
Kyiv is a strategic educational hub and a favourite destination for international students and tourists. It is next to Kharkiv, with the second-largest number of international students.
Among the many universities in Kyiv are Taras Schevchenko National University, National Aviation University, O. O. Bogomolets National Medical University, Kyiv National University Of Construction and Architecture, Kyiv National Economic University and Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (National Technical University of Ukraine Kyiv).
Other universities in Kyiv include Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, National University of Food Technologies, KROK University, National University Of Life & Environmental Science of Ukraine, Kyiv National University Of Trade & Economics, and many others.
Kyiv is also fast becoming the Silicon Valley of Ukraine, as many international and multinational companies are establishing their presence in Kyiv, creating even more opportunities for practicals, internship and training environments for students.
It must be mentioned that Kyiv, as the capital city, is the leading industrial, commercial and administrative centre in Ukraine, and therefore understandably more expensive than all other cities in Ukraine, which also includes universities in Kyiv and cost of living for an average student.
Odessa is the third-largest populated city of Ukraine and located to the south of the country on the north-west shore of the Black Sea.
With a population of about 1 million residents and its seaport location, it is of strategic significance to the country’s naval security architecture while enjoying high tourist patronage.
It is known for its great beaches, a thriving winery, unusual museums, beautiful modern and historical architectural edifices, and unforgettable experiences of evening stroll at the shipyard Harbour.
The city is the largest commercial seaport of Ukraine, which is of immense economic and security significance to the country. Underneath lies a huge network of tunnels known as the Odessa Catacombs, which is a big part of the city’s history, having been a refuge for Soviet Partisans during World War II.
Odessa is a top destination for many international students, especially those interested in the maritime fields, Engineering and Medical studies.
Among the numerous universities in Odessa are Odessa National Medical University, Odessa National University, Odessa National Polytechnic University, Odessa National Economic University, Odessa National Maritime University, National University Odessa Maritime Academy, Odessa State Agrarian University, Odessa National Academic Of Food Technologies, and lots more.
Odessa, a friendly host city with warm hospitality, has a lot of benefits for both international students and tourists alike.
Lviv, also spelt as Lvov, is a modern European city, in Western Ukraine, which was founded in the 13th century. The city’s historic city center, “Rynok Square”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It has a diverse history of being occupied at different times by different nationalities, including Polish control in 1349, Cossacks in 1648 and the Swedes in 1704. On the first partition of Poland in 1772, it was given to Austria, and occupied by Russia in 1914–15.
Today, Lviv is regarded as one of the main cultural centres of Ukraine, and a successful blend of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicist architecture.
The city is a major tourist centre, due to its unique and diverse cultural backgrounds.
The city boasts of many educational institutions such as Ivan Franko National University Of Lviv, Lviv National Medical University, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv National Music Academy, Lviv National University Of Veterinary Medicine & Biotechnologies, and more.
Thousands of international students from around the world enjoy the serene and beautiful environment of Lviv during their academic period in Ukraine.
Lviv is also home to many world-class cultural institutions, including a philharmonic orchestra and the famous Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
On September 2006, Lviv celebrated its 750th anniversary. Its closeness and affinity to Western European flavour has earned it the nickname as the “Little Paris of Ukraine”.
Ternopil, an administrative, economic and cultural city, is located right in the centre of Western Ukraine and believed to have been founded in 1540.
It is one of the most interesting cities in Western Ukraine and located in the centre of Galicia. Consequently, the beauty of the city combines the unique colour of Galicia with Austrian architecture, the beauty of Podillya and the peace of Volyn. A rare combination that makes Ternopil a uniquely beautiful city.
The city is quiet and incredibly lush with green flora giving it a unique atmosphere, dotted with natural bright-coloured historical and architectural sights.
Among the historical and significant artefacts of Ternopil is the old castle, which is the oldest building in the city, under which there is a whole underground system. This castle was protected from Turks and Tatars many years ago and serves as the residence of local rulers.
Ternopil was a religious centre, with representatives of various religious organizations including the Roman Catholics, Ukrainians – Orthodox or Greek Catholics, Jews – Jews and many other religious and spiritual centres. Due to these, there are many ancient religious architectural constructions that grace Ternopil’s landscape.
Due to its beauty, serenity and multi-cultural component, Ternopil is among the top destination for foreign students, even though it doesn’t boast of numerous higher institutions like Kharkiv and Kyiv.
Among the universities in Ternopil are Ternopil State Medical University, Ternopil National Economic University, Ternopil National Technical University, Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University, Ternopil Institute of Social and Information Technology, Ternopil Institute of Interregional Academy of Personnel Management and others.
Ivano-Frankivsk is an important economic and cultural centre in Western Ukraine and was known as Stanislawow until 1939. Between 1939 – 1962, it was called Stanislav, the name of the Polish founder of the town called Potocki.
Within its lifetime, it has experienced different administrative regimes, from Polish founder to Austria (1772 to 1919), and to the Soviet Union (1939 – 1941), German Nazi occupation during World War II (1941 – 1944). The city was retaken by the Soviet forces in 1944 and stayed under the communist rule of the Soviet Union.
In 1962, it was renamed to Ivano-Frankivsk in honour of the Ukrainian political activist and writer, Ivano Franko, during the celebration of 300th anniversary of the city, and has been part of an independent Ukraine since 1991.
It’s not a particularly large city, and is just about 120 sq km, with a population of around 250,000 residents. This compactness of the city is one of its major highlights and attractions, as everything is within reach.
The Carpathian mountains are only about 100 km from Ivano-Frankivsk and offer beautiful picturesque scenery and a great outdoor destination. Like most of Western Ukraine cities, the climate is moderate continental with warm summers and fairly cold winters.
Ivano-Frankivsk region has a rich cultural and historical heritage and monuments such as St. Panteleimon’s Church (XII century), Maiava cell (XVII century), wooden Hutsul and the famous Boyko churches.
Other cultural institutions of importance include the Kolomyya Museum of Folk Art of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttia named after Kobrynski and “Pysanka” museum with unique architecture (which looks like an Easter egg), priceless treasures of the local art and crafts.
Among the educational institutions in Ivano-Frankivsk are three very popular universities, the Ivano-Frankivsk National University of Oil & Gas, Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical Unversity and Precarpathian National University.
The city’s compactness, administrative convenience, beauty and its priceless ecologically healthy environment, make it one of the top destinations for international that study in Ukraine.
Top 10 Cities In Ukraine - International Students's Favourites
To get started with the admission process, click on any of the buttons below for either course selection, or begin the application process.
I Can't Find My Choice Course. How Do I Continue?
If the course isn’t listed in our course list, it is likely we may not be recruiting actively or at all for it.
You can still continue and fill the online application form and indicate your choice course.
In the comment section, inform us that your desired course is not on the list.
Alternatively, you can simply contact us via our contact us page, or via Messenger.
What Happens After Filling The Online Application Form?
After filling the application form, we will send you an email confirmation with the guideline to undergo the appraisal.
We will also be sending you additional admission guidelines to help you successfully complete your university admission process.
Do I Absolutely Need The Online Appraisal & Why?
Yes, you do.
The appraisal system is as important to you as it is to us because it serves the interests of both of us.
When you receive the appraisal report, upon completion, it already serves as a first temporary contract that holds us accountable, in the unlikely event that it becomes necessary.
Most importantly is converging your valuable time. The appraisal system helps you quickly check your admission eligibility status, before making any commitment.
We have received complains from candidates who made payment to companies for university admission only to be told later that something wasn’t right.
Meanwhile, the candidates were authorized to go ahead with payment prior to that, even after their admission documents were already sent, and should have been verified by the companies.
The truth is that, during the admission season, many companies receive a lot of admission application requests.
About 7o% of those applications won’t end up as clients. Most companies, therefore, use payment as a filtering mechanism.
For many companies, the payments are non-refundable. So, when an unqualified candidate makes a payment, the process of getting a refund might not be a pleasant experience.
To avoid that, we developed the appraisal system, to mutually protect both us, and you as a candidate.
So, for our admission services, it is absolutely needed.
We pioneered it in Ukraine’s international students’ recruitment sector, and we’re very glad to have done that, as it has helped us and our students immensely.
I Completed The Appraisal. What Next?
You will then need to send your admission documents, to support your appraisal.
Email instruction will be sent to you to that effect.
Once we receive your admission documents and everything is OK, you will then be required to make payment for admission processing to process the university invitation letter.
Can I Apply For Admission Without An International Passport?
No, your international passport is required for processing the university invitation letter.
The invitation letter contains your international passport number and full name exactly as it’s reflected in your international passport.
My Results Are Not Yet Ready. Can I Still Apply For Admission?
No, you can’t process university admission without your result. Your result is required to check your admission eligibility for the course you plan to study.
How Do I Make Payment For Admission Processing?
We will send you a payment invoice with available payment options, either bank transfer, online means or by Western Union.
What Happens After Successfully Making Payment?
We will send you an admission contract, based on your appraisal report, and continue processing your university admission invitation letter, after we both sign the contract.
Can I Process My Admission Myself?
Sure, you can. Ukraine’s admission procedures allow international candidates the option to process university admission directly from the university.
What Are My Chances Of Success If I Decide To Self-Process My Admission?
You have every chance of success.
It may not be that easy, because some of the universities do not have the mechanism for international students recruitment, but nevertheless, the chances for success are still considerably high.
Using Your Professional Services, How Long Is The Admission Processing?
Within 5 – 12 working days, after providing all admission documents and signing the admission contract.
Does Your Services Also Include Guaranteed Visa?
We do not offer any visa guarantee, as that is the exclusive duty of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission.
Visa success is determined by a combination of factors, most of which will depend on the ability of the candidate to satisfy the visa requirements, both administrative and consular.
Of course, we will provide you with all the necessary guidance, but a lot of the factors will ultimately depend on you.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Your Services?
The main benefit is that the job gets done, with minimum stress on your part, and responsibly.
Our support and guidance for our students isn’t only about the ease of processing the university admission, airport reception & prompt university registration and enrollment, but continues well into the student’s educational life in Ukraine.
Our students are like an extended family.
That’s why we sometimes turn down students, once we reach an optimal number of students so we’re able to provide adequate attention for each of our students.
Do You Offer Any Form Of Warranty?
Yes, we offer 90 days full refund policy if we fail to process the university admission, as agreed in the admission contract.
That’s how confident we are.
Can I Study In English Language In Ukraine?
Yes, for courses that are available for study in English language.
Bear in mind that not all courses are available for study in English. For such courses, a preparatory program will be required.
My Choice Course Is Only Available In Ukr / Rus Language. What Do I Do?
You can only study such courses after undergoing a one-year language preparatory program.
Upon completion, you can then enrol and study the course in either Ukrainian or Russian language.
Can I Work While Studying In Ukraine?
No, Ukraine currently has no provision for international students to work while studying.
Can I Split My Tuition Payment Per Semester?
Yes, most universities allow international to split their tuition payment into semesters. However, this excludes the first year.
How Much Does It Cost To Study In Ukraine?
Compared to tuition cost in the rest of Europe, America, Canada & Australia, Ukraine’s cost is only but a small fraction.
For the actual cost, we have a detailed post about it.
Click to visit Study in Ukraine Cost For International Students for detailed explanations.
Is Ukraine A Good Place To Study?
Sure, Ukraine is not just a good place, but it is one of the best and most affordable destinations to study in Europe.
Of course, there are also some downsides, but no country is without its own fair share.
As An American Or EU Citizen Do I Still Need A Visa?
EU & American citizens do have a 90-day visa-free window to visit Ukraine for tourism, meetings, or a brief business conference.
However, studying in Ukraine as an EU or American citizen will require a longer duration residential permit, which is based on “Category D” type of immigration visa.
So, for a short visit that’s less than 90 days, an EU or American citizen may not need a visa. However, for studies, a visa is likely to be needed.
Nevertheless, please contact the Ukrainian consulate in your location for the most up-to-date information on this. Considering the possible changes in regulations and laws, the embassy is the most competent authority to provide you with a reliable answer on this topic.