This article is broken into sectional requirements and concluded with a seven step admission procedures to tie them all together.
The requirements are further broken into four categories namely: academic, financial, traveling and visa requirements.
Every international student planning to study in Ukraine must undergo these processes before listening to his / her first lecture.
All four categories are discussed in this article, and concluded with the entire 7 admission steps to tie them all together.
Many international students seeking university admission in Ukraine start off with little to no background information, and end up shooting blind, with the attending time wastage and mostly blind results.
Being better informed guides the prospective student to decide whether it is a worthwhile venture or not. Read below, a summary of the requirements and the entire procedures.
To qualify for admission into a specific course, the student will have to satisfy the academic requirements for the particular course.
Basically, this boils down to a minimum of five (5) credit passes in subjects related to the chosen course of study for undergraduate students.
Postgraduate students will need to provide result transcript with course composition and certificate of a completed four years graduate program.
Transfer students provides their result transcript with course outline and composition.
For students that will be studying in Russian language, a credit pass in English language is not necessary as these students will have to undergo a language preparatory program.
However, for students of courses offered in English, sound knowledge of English language is required.
Until recently, all universities that offered English medium programs accepted students without a test of English language proficiency level.
However, some universities are currently introducing a language proficiency test, and students that fail the test will have to join the language program and study in the native Ukrainian or Russian language.
During admission period, qualified candidates are offered provisional admission by the university for the program requested.
The provisional admission offer is communicated to the student via an invitation letter, which also doubles as the admission letter.
Although Ukraine is comparatively less expensive for international students seeking admission abroad, it however is not without some financial outlay.
The three basic financial requirements are:
- Tuition, hostel accommodation and
- Personal upkeep.
There are also one-off payments such as the following:
- Processing of the university invitation / admission letter,
- Visa support letter, courier postage
- Student registration on arrival.
For an idea on how much these will be, read the Courses & Tuition publication for the current fees.
A four or five years university program requires accurate financial planning in order to eliminate frustrations arising from lack of funding in-between the program.
Some international students have been given the impression of assured jobs and income opportunities by their recruiting agents.
Bearing that in mind, these students make financial provision only for the first or second year of study, hoping to augment the remaining years with expected income from anticipated jobs.
With the expected jobs not forthcoming and the consequential challenge of not meeting with the financial requirements, these students are faced with frustrations, leading to dropouts, wastage of valuable time / resources and sometimes even deportation.
It is very important that international students planning to study in Ukraine have a dependable source of funding for the entire study period in Ukraine.
Students from visa-free countries to Ukraine only need to arrive Ukraine, by any means of transportation convenient to them. Upon arrival, they complete the university registration process and are ready for academics.
However, students from non visa-free countries do need to process a study visa to enable them travel to Ukraine and begin their academic program. Read the article study in Ukraine admission overview for links to visa-free countries to Ukraine and Ukrainian consulates around the world.
It is vert important to communicate the arrival date, time and flight number, at least one week before arrival to the consultant or the university to arrange for meeting the student at the airport.
Students without a receiving representative at the port of arrival might have a hard and unpleasant time with the immigration, and may sometimes be deported.
In order to process a study visa to Ukraine, an international student will need an invitation letter from the university of study.
Besides the invitation letter, a visa support letter is also sent through the ministry of external affairs to the Ukrainian consulate of the student’s home country, or country of visa application.
Until the visa support letter arrives the destination embassy, visa application and processing will be on hold.
Armed with the invitation letter, the student submits a visa application to the Ukrainian embassy of the home country, or country of close proximity.
Embassies have in-house requirements which students are expected to meet in order to qualify for a study visa.
These requirements could vary from country to country depending on the diplomatic ties between the country in question and Ukraine.
International students are advised to visit the office of the Ukrainian consulate in their country or their website to familiarize themselves with the prevailing embassy requirements.
Visit the Ukrainian embassy in your home country or their website to find out the applicable required documents for visa application.
This entails everything from securing university admission, to sitting in the lecture room for the maiden lecture. This can be accomplished by either of two options: self-processing or assisted-processing.
Whichever option the student chooses, the steps are the same. While the student individually goes through the entire process when self-processing, he /she is guided by an admission consultant when taking the assisted-processing route.
Below are the seven steps / procedures for processing admission to study in Ukraine.
Seven Admission Steps And Procedures To Study In Ukraine.
- Decision on the choice course
- University selection
- Contact the university to verify their requirements. Check the list of Ukraine universities
- Check and satisfy the university requirements and apply for admission
- Receive admission / invitation letter to study in the university
- If required, apply for a study visa and satisfy embassy requirements
- Finalize traveling arrangements and inform the university or the consultant of proposed arrival date for airport reception.
In a nutshell, above are the seven steps admission procedures to study in Ukraine. It is important to note that the use of assisted-option or an admission consultant is not compulsory. With determination, all these steps can be accomplished individually by the student.
Of course, it is more efficient and faster using a consultant, but not without the cost.
For students that may be cash-strapped, and cannot afford the services of an admission consultant, there is no reason not to take on the processing individually.
This post is meant to provide such a candidate with a clearer guide on how to accomplish that. We have an admission checklist that is free to download and helps the candidate manage the admission processing properly.