FAQ for students
Where is Ukraine located?
Ukraine is the second largest country in European continent after France and situated in the south-eastern part of Europe
What is the Capital of Ukraine and its population?
Kiev is the Capital of Ukraine, which has an overall population of 50 million (UN, 2004 data).
What is one of the major religion followed by the people in Ukraine?
Do Ukrainian universities and certificates have international recognition?Not all Ukrainian higher institutions have international accreditation and license to teach foreign students. However, the universities our agency represent and will recommend for studies, have international recognition and licensed to teach foreign students, as well as internationally recognized certificates.
What is the everyday language of communication in Ukraine?
The major communication languages in Ukraine are Ukrainian language and Russian language. Ukrainian language is the official language of Ukraine, but Russia language is widely spoken. The western part of Ukraine communicate mostly in Ukrainian language.
What is the teaching language in higher institutions?
The teaching language could be any of the of the three languages below
Ukrainian language, being the official language, is the default teaching language, a role Russian language used to play in the past. However, Russia language is also still used for teaching in many institutions. The use of English as a teaching language is relatively recent, and was introduced mainly to accommodate foreign students that do not wish to study in the native language.
Foreign students that wish to study in the native language will have to go through a one academic year of language learning course.
Is TOEFL and similar language tests mandatory for admission purposes?
For students from native English speaking origin, this is not mandatory. However, students without native english knowledge study in the native Ukrainian or Russian language. They are however, tested for knowledge of the native language at the end of the one year language learning program. This is specially organized to teach the students the basic native language and other related subjects as it relates to their chosen discipline.
Where are students accommodated during studies and what is the cost?
Students live in hostels provided by the university. The cost varies from one university to another, and also depends on the number of inmates in the room. On the average, it could cost anywhere from $100 - $750 per annum.
Are students allowed to live alone in a hostel room?
Students are allowed to live alone in the hostel room, but at an extra charge. The extra charge will be to offset the cost of the other supposed inmates for the room. Depending on the size of the room, the number of allowed inmates for a room could be either two, or three which is the maximum.
Are students allowed to live off-campus during studies?
It is advisable for students to live in the university hostel during studies, as it makes it easier for processing their residential registration documents and general security purposes. However, students can be allowed to live off university hostels, as long as they officially process their residential registration documents to reflect the correct address of the off-campus accommodation where they reside.
When is the best time to start processing admission to study in Ukraine?
From the beginning of May, it is already advisable to start the admission process to have enough room for general preparations.
What is the average monthly cost of living for a student studying in Ukraine?
This depends on the student's spending habit. Generally, a budget of anywhere from $150 - $200 will be adequate for a student's average monthly upkeep. However, students on special diet or special requirements might require a little more, depending on their specific requirement. However, conservative students might be able to have some savings from this budget.
Can I get Scholarship, Free of Cost Admission or Study Free of Cost in the Universities of Ukraine?
There is "NO FREE STUDY IN UKRAINE", "NO FREE ADMISSION" & "NO SCHOLARSHIPS" available for foreign students. You MUST verify the genuineness of people, Online Firms or Online Universities making SCHOLARSHIP" offers.
Are these Universities recognized or affiliated by any board of education or any other Educational Council?
Yes, they are recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education of Ukraine.
What is the duration of the program in Ukraine?
The duration varies between 2 - 6 years depending upon the courses of study.
What is the currency used in Ukraine?
The currency used in Ukraine is Hryvnia and the coins are known as Kopiyka. US Dollars are also acceptable. US$ 1 = 8.16 Hryvnia approximately (Please check current FOREX rates for latest update).
What is the language used in Ukraine?
The language is Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Polish and Hungarian.
What is the medium of instruction in Ukraine?
The medium of instruction is "ENGLISH".
Do we need to qualify any English test like IELTS or TOEFL for seeking admission into Ukrainian University?
No, it is not mandatory, but there are educational support programs available for those who need extra help in areas such as ESL or who have learning disorders.
Can we apply for the Work Permit after completion of the program?
Yes, you can apply for the Work Permit. Universities itself provides job placement in Ukraine and other western countries.
Does the student have to come back to his/her home country to apply?
No, it is not necessary.
Can we apply for Permanent Residence and citizenship of Ukraine?
Yes, you can apply but after 2 years of regular stay in Ukraine as per Ukrainian Law.
Are Ukrainian degrees valued globally?
Yes, they are valued and recognised globally.
How is the accommodation arrangement and what are the charges?
The University Hostels are available for accommodation and it is included in the fee package.
Can we pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, you can pay the fee in installments only starting from 2nd year.
Do we need to pay the books and exam fee separately or is it included in the fee?
It is included in the Tuition fee.
Any other facility like pick up, bank account opening, etc. is provided by the college?
Yes, it is included in the fee package.
Can we travel to any other countries while studying in Ukraine; Which countries, when and for how long?
Yes, you can travel to other countries like UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Poland, etc. during summer and winter vacations.
In which languages do the teachers teach?
Studies are provided in Ukrainian , Russian or English languages.
What services renders Star Education Consultants, Ukraine for foreign students?
Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine gives international students all the information about the Ukrainian higher education system and offers consulting support right from the time of your first contact with reference to the higher education in Ukraine till the end of the educational period of 2-6 years. Further to this, following could be considered some of the services that are offered by Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine to the foreign students who wish to study at the higher educational establishments of Ukraine:
Information about the different higher educational establishments of Ukraine.
Processing of the students documents with the chosen University for the chosen specialty.
Processing of the admission letter and the visa support letter from the University.
Assistance in issuance of the Immigration, health and life insurance.
Meeting the students on their arrival at the International airport and accompanying them to the University and the hostel.
Assistance in their hostel accommodation.
Assistance with the registration, and documentation at the University.
Assistance in opening the bank account and in sending facsimile and electronic messages.
Consultation and help in all the regards during the education with the University, teachers and fellow students.
Transferring the students from one University to the other and all related documentation.
Communication with parents with regards to the academic and other behavior of the children during the educational period.
All assistance and guardianship during the complete educational period.
What is the visa invitation for education?
The invitation for education is the official document, which is processed by the department of passport-visa service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. It confirms that the student is admitted to a particular University. It specifies your passport details and the full name of the University. This invitation support letter is required by the Ukrainian Embassy to stamp the visa on your passport. Generally, it takes around 3-4 days for the visa invitation to be processed at the Ministry of Education and process. The invitation is valid for 3 - 6 months days from the date of its issuance and you need to apply to the Ukrainian Embassy for a visa during the validity of the invitation issued.
What is the immigration card?
The immigration card is the document which testifies that the student has crossed the border of Ukraine. It is an obligatory document for the further processing of the student registration and hence is an important document. Without the immigration card the registration on the territory of Ukraine cannot be done and the student would be deported back to the home country. The immigration card is handed out by the flight attendant on the plane or is also available at the airport on arrival at the immigration department. The card consists of 2 identical parts, which are necessary to fill. At the immigration of the International airport, the immigration officer stamps the both parts of the card and retains one while the other part is handed over to the student. Before leaving the immigration desk, it is important that you check that you have received the stamped part from the officer. It is important and obligatory to retain the migration card till the departure from Ukraine.
How much luggage is allowed to be brought?
While there is no general restriction in the weight of the luggage is brought from your hometown, it should be noted that the airlines allow 20-25 kgs of luggage to be carried free of cost. All excess luggages are to be paid on a Kg basis and may prove expensive. It is recommended to bring only the necessary things that are required and which you feel may not be available in Ukraine. All other things could be purchased in Ukraine. It is recommended to carry with you warm cloths like coat, boots, cap, gloves scarf etc, things of personal hygiene. For your journey in the period of September – October, you could carry with you an easy jacket, jeans, socks, sport boots while during the winter months of November – December you would need to carry a warm coat, a sweater, warm trousers, boots, cap, and gloves.
Will I have to incur some additional expenses upon arrival in Ukraine?
Upon arrival, the student must bring full tuition fee package for first year as advised, it includes every minor expenditure. The student will be spending anything apart from that.
What will be my average month expenses?
Usually the expenses for first month of staying in Ukraine are more than those of the subsequent months. You’ll need about 500 USD for the first three months of staying in Ukraine. This is due to the reason that the student would need to pay the registration charges, purchase items of necessity etc. Subsequently, the average monthly expenses for food are about US$ 100-US$ 150.
How do my parents can send me money for my expenses?
Parents can send the money to the student’s bank account in Ukraine by the way of a wire transfer. The student is recommended to open a bank account as soon as the process of registration is completed, which normally takes around 10-15 days. After the registration is completed the student is required to come to the office of Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine, where one of the representatives would assist him / her to open a bank account where the parents could transfer the money. For opening a bank account, the student would be required to deposit an initial deposit of US$ 25.
Are Immigration, life and health insurance are necessary?
Immigration insurance is mandatory for some Universities from year 2010. It is to provide legal assistance to the student. The immigration Insurance Company provides assistance to University in deporting the student if found in illegal activities or illegal immigration. Sometimes the universities or Ministry of Education can demand the student ( Applies usually for Mature students or for some Nationalities) to pay for immigration insurance with invitation letter.
The health insurance guarantees that the student gets the required medical aid in times of illness according to the program of the insurance cover. The insurance policy mentions the names and the telephone numbers of the doctors and the hospitals. The insurance company also informs Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine of the illness of the student who apply for the medical help. Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine therefore is in a position not only to monitor and supervise the condition of the student’s health but also to inform the parents of the student and keeping them informed about the progress of the student’s health. Without the life and the health insurance it is not possible to process the registration of the student. Therefore, the life and the health insurance is necessary and obligatory for all foreign students wishing to study in Ukraine.
What is the preparatory faculty and what is it for?
The preparatory faculty is a special educational program with duration of 1 academic year (6-10 months). At the preparatory faculty students study Russian and or Ukrainian language and the special disciplines required depending on the future specialty chosen (language of science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, geography, history, and literature). After completing the preparatory faculty the student pass through an examination. In case of a successful passing of the examination, the student receives the Certificate of the preparatory faculty. This certificate gives the student a right to enter any Ukrainian university without entrance examinations. But if the student chooses training in English or French language he/she does not need to study at the preparatory faculty, he/she enters directly the first year of the degree course until 30th November. Studying at the preparatory faculty starts on the September, 1st and can be joined until February 02nd every year depending on the formation of groups. (5-8 students in group). After completion of preparatory faculty, the student can join major programs in Russian or Ukrainian. Study of major programs in Russian or Ukrainian is cost effective
Is it difficult to study at the preparatory faculty?
The program of the preparatory faculty is worked out for an ordinary level of complexity. The student who attend all the classes, carry out practical and home tasks, do not face any problems with studying in this faculty. If the student does not manage to successfully complete the preparatory faculty, he/she will have the opportunity to repeat training at the preparatory faculty at the same or other university in the next academic year. Repeating the preparatory faculty means that the student would be required to pay the tuition fees again.
Will my parents be informed on my academic progress?
Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine constantly supervises the process of studying and receives the information on the student’s academic progress on a regular basis. The representatives of Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine speak to the professors about the behavior and progress of the students. The received information is sent to the representatives of Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine in your country, who in turn give it to the students’ parents.
How can I get the information on the University where I’ll continue my education after the completion of the preparatory faculty
In the months of April — May every year, Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine organizes an educational exhibition for the students of the preparatory faculty. Students can come to the office and get the information on the universities most suitable for studying according to the specialty chosen. Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine managers give the information on the universities, cost and duration of studying, help students to make a correct choice, legalize the necessary papers; carry out transfers and admission to other Universities. The fifteen-year operational experience and high professionalism of Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine guarantees performance of all the necessary procedures connected to the admission of the student for studying in any of the universities in Ukraine according to the specialty chosen. Acknowledgement of quality of work is the high reputation of Educational Fulfillment Consultants, Ukraine among foreign students and the state universities of Ukraine.
When is the beginning of vacations in the Universities in Ukraine?
At the preparatory faculty, the program of studying is not divided into semesters; therefore winter vacations are not stipulated. At the end of January the students who have successfully passed all tests have one week of rest. Students who have academic debts try to pass through their tests again. Summer vacations last 2 months, from July, 1 till August, 31 every year. As for the degree course (4-5 years), winter vacations last 2 weeks from the last week of January till the first week of February every year. Summer vacations are the same as at the preparatory faculty — from July, 1st till August, 31st every year.