10 Best Ukrainian Universities for Foreigners

Ivan Franko university in Lviv

In the span of the last several years, Ukraine has been getting recognition in various world ratings concerning business, life quality and security. What about education, though? Ukraine has many high-rated institutions that accept international students, so we prepared a list of the most popular universities.

What do you need to study in Ukraine?

Before choosing a university in Ukraine, it's necessary to know the application rules for international students first. According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine website, foreigners can enroll in higher educational institutions with accredited educational programs in the following ways:

  1. twice a year for the degrees of Junior Bachelor, Bachelor and Master, before and at the beginning of the academic semester;
  2. during the year for postgraduate studies, doctoral studies, clinical studies, medical residency, the preparatory faculty program and the academic mobility program.

Students from countries that have signed a visa-free regime with Ukraine — Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia — don't need a visa for study, however, need to provide an Invitation to study which we will talk about later.

As for other countries, students need to obtain a D-type visa for long-term stay, which can be issued at local Ukrainian Embassy or Council. You can read more about the application process on the official website of the State Migration Service of Ukraine.

In any case, a potential student needs an invitation to study — an official document from the university one applies to. It demands submission of a valid passport copy and an officially certified copy of a document from a previous educational institution through the site of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. An invitation to study typically takes from one to four weeks to be issued and is valid for up to 6 months. The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine website also has detailed information about scholarships for international students in Ukraine.

The Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

The Taras Shevchenko National University of KyivThe Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is one of the highest-ranked and prestigious educational institutions in Ukraine. It had been founded in 1833 as Saint Vladimir Royal University of Kyiv, and then it changed its name many times in the course of history. Currently, the Taras Shevchenko National University is a classic research-based institution and leading scientific and educational center of Ukraine.

The university includes 13 faculties, 8 educational institutes, Ukrainian Studies center, geological and zoological museums, a museum of University History, Linguistics museum, information and computation center, an astronomic observatory, publishing office and scientific library. The studying programs are available in Ukrainian and English.

As for the tuition fee, the cost of study at Taras Shevchenko National University is generally a bit higher than in the rest of Ukraine. To give an idea, total expenses for the first year of an English medium in Civil Engineering, Architecture Engineering, Computer Sciences and Networks, Computer Engineering, Economics, Business Management make USD 5300. The second year and onwards, including accommodation, costs USD 3800. You can find more information at knu.com.ua.

The Bohomolets National Medical University

The Bohomolets National Medical UniversityThe Bohomolets National Medical University is one of the most popular Ukrainian universities for international students. Since its foundation in 1874, it has been staying in the top-200 of educational institutions in Ukraine and provides the best medical training and practice opportunities for future healthcare professionals.

Foreign students can apply to study in English at three faculties: Faculty of General Medicine, Faculty of Stomatology and Faculty of Pharmacy. Ukrainian MBBS college degree is recognized by world organizations like MCI, WHO, IMED and UNESCO.

Besides, the Bohomolets National Medical University demands no entrance exam or donation from future students. Students can also apply for an on-merit scholarship or earn up to USD 500 per month while studying. As for the tuition fee, a total package for an English medium is USD 9520 per year. The package includes tuition fee, hostel fee, one-time charge as well as Indian food/mess cost per year. You can find more about the Bohomolets National Medical University at bogomolets-nmu.com.

The Karazin Kharkiv National University

The Karazin Kharkiv National UniversityThe Karazin Kharkiv National University is the key higher education institution in Eastern Ukraine. The university offers various levels of study starting from Bachelor's to Ph.D. in a wide range of specialties: for instance, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Informational Technologies, International Relations, Natural Science, Biology, Chemistry and Bioengineering, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics. Some programs are available in a full-time or part-time mode.

The course medium at Karazin Universtiy is Ukrainian or English. In 2018-2019, the tuition fee for foreign students is USD 1500 for full-time Bachelor programs and USD 1100 for part-time Bachelor programs per year. Masters' costs USD 2200 for a full-time program and USD 1700 for a part-time one.

The Karazin Kharkiv National University also has a preparation center for international students who wish to study in Ukraine. Students, teachers, and businessmen are offered intensive courses of Ukrainian or Russian depending on their choice. You can read more about the education process at start.karazin.ua.

The Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

The Ivan Franko National University of LvivThe Ivan Franko National University of Lviv is one of the most popular universities in western Ukraine. It had been founded in 1661 and follows the latest educational trends while keeping the traditions. The university is a partner of such famous programs of international student exchange as Erasmus+, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus and Horizon 2020.

Exchange students and Erasmus+ participants can pick a course in several faculties: Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Chemistry, Economics, Financial Management and Business, Foreign Languages, International Relations, Journalism, Pedagogy, Philosophy and Physics.

Tuition fee for international students at IFNUL in 2018-2019 is USD 1500 for full-time Bachelor's program and USD 1050 for a part-time Bachelor's program. Master's level costs USD 1695 for full-time study and USD 1187 for a part-time study. You can find more information at international.lnu.edu.ua.

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The Bukovinian State Medical University

The Bukovinian State Medical UniversityOne more popular institution among Ukrainian universities for foreigners is the Bukovinian State Medical University. It had been founded in 1944 in Chernivtsi and throughout its existence was included in numerous ratings of the best higher educational establishments of Ukraine. International students can apply to study at Faculties of General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Pediatrics.

There is also a preparatory department for future international students. The university provides practical training at medical institutions and pharmacies in Chernivtsi and Khmelnitsky regions. The tuition fee depends on the course of studies. To give an idea, General Medicine / MBBS costs USD 6500 for the first year and USD 4700 for the second and the following years. You can find more information at bsmu.com.ua.

The Ukrainian Catholic University

The Ukrainian Catholic UniversityThe Ukrainian Catholic University is a private higher educational institution located in Lviv. UCU has historical roots that date back to the 1920s and follows the academic traditions established by Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky. The study programs include Theology, History, Computer Science and Technology, Culture Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Journalism, Data Science, Management, Psychology and Philology.

Lviv Business School is a notable institution on the basis of UCU where classes are taught by 23 foreign teachers and part of the programs are taught either exclusively in English language, or in two languages. UCU collaborates with more than 100 universities and research centers including such famous institutions as Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Notre Dame, University of Toronto. To give an idea about tuition fees, in 2017-2018 the fee for all specialties except for the specialty “Computer Science” was USD 3500. More information is available at vstup.ucu.edu.ua.

The Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Politechnic Institute

The Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Politechnic InstituteThe National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", founded in 1898, is one of the largest Ukrainian universities for home and international students. Its 160-hectare territory provides opportunities for studying, sports and leisure. Since the foundation of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, more than 230 000 engineers have graduated from this institution.

Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute National Technical University of Ukraine consists of 18 faculties, 7 scientific and educational institutes (including a military one), joint machine engineering faculty, branch in Slavutich town and constructional bureau. The buildings of the Institute campus are notable for sophisticated architecture and some of them are even assigned a status of an architectural monument.

International students can apply for study at one of the numerous faculties for Bachelor's, Master's or Ph.D. in Ukrainian/Russian or in English. Besides, KPI also has a preparatory department for foreigners with programs in Ukrainian/Russian or English as well. In 2017-2018, tuition fee ranged from USD 2500 to USD 5000 for English medium and USD 2000 to USD 5000 for Ukrainian/Russian. More information is available at istudent.kpi.ua.

The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

The Kyiv-Mohyla AcademyThe National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is one of the oldest schools in Europe. This educational institution was founded in 1615 as Kyiv Brotherhood School. In 1632, it merged with Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and was named after Kyiv Metropolitan Petro Mohyla. In 1658, the school became the first Orthodox educational institution in Eastern Europe that was assigned a status of Academy. Nowadays it is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in Ukraine.

Full-time programs, like Bachelor's and Master's, are carried out mainly in the Ukrainian Language. However, Health Сare Management program and German and European Studies Master’s programs are available in English. Besides, there's a list of courses - Humanities, Economics, Law and Social Sciences - taught specifically in English. The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy also partners with Erasmus+ program. You can find more information about available programs and fees at dfc.ukma.edu.ua.

The Sumy National Agrarian University

The Sumy National Agrarian UniversityThe Sumy National Agrarian University is often recognized as one of the highest-ranking higher educational institutions where you can get agrarian education. The university has been founded in 1977 and remains a non-profit public higher education institution. International students can complete courses in full-time studies like Bachelor's and Master's degrees, Ph.D. as well as pre-bachelor degrees like certificates.

Research and scientific work are conducted in 19 research laboratories and the university offers 26 specialties for postgraduate students. Faculties and institutes include Biotechnological Department, Civil Construction, Veterinary Medicine, Food Technologies, Agrotechnologies, Engineering, Law and Economics. You can find information about fees and availability at snau.com.ua.

The Zaporizhzhia State Medical University

The Zaporizhzhia State Medical UniversityThe Zaporizhzhia State Medical University is a great option for medical study in Ukraine. Foreign students can obtain higher education for the Specialist's and Master's degrees in the following fields: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Technology of Perfume-Cosmetic Preparations. The Zaporizhzhia State Medical University also is a participant of the Tempus international student program.

The University fulfills the international program “Establishment of the Supra-Regional Network of the National Centers in Medical Education, focused on PBL and Virtual Patients” and collaborates with educational establishments in Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and others.

The tuition fee depends on the faculty and the medium. To give an idea, General Medicine and Pediatry cost USD 4000 for 1-4 years of study and USD 4500 for 4-6 years of study in English and USD 3100 (1-4 years) and USD 3450 (4-6 years) in Ukrainian. Clinical studies specialty has the same tuition fee regardless of the language - USD 3200. You can find more information at int.zsmu.edu.ua.

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