Things you should keep in mind before applying for MBBS in Ukraine

Things you should keep in mind before applying for MBBS in Ukraine
MBBS or equivalent degrees are among the most sought-after qualifications for young students. Every year thousands of students from India travel to Ukraine to enroll in globally approved medical courses.
Studying MBBS in Ukraine has become an option for many Indian students as the number of seats in the medical colleges in India is grossly inadequate in comparison to the number of aspirants and Ukraine offers a viable alternative with underlying benefits to study medicine in its renowned universities for international students.

But, is Ukraine MBBS valid in India

The medical universities in Ukraine offer 6 year MD course to undergraduate foreign students which is equivalent to MBBS in India. The courses in many of these medical institutions are approved by the Medical Council of India(MCI) as well as by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNESCO, and other world bodies. But as per the MCI guideline, MBBS or its equivalent degree holders from foreign universities have to pass a screening test (FMGE) to be able to practice in India or apply for jobs or higher study. This applies to medical graduates from Ukraine as well.
However, the Medical Council of India is set to be replaced by a new regulatory authority called the National Medical Council and the FMGE test will be replaced by a new test called NEXT from 2022. It’s important to note that passing NEXT will be compulsory for even the MBBS from India who wishes to pursue higher studies.

Things you should check before opting for MBBS in Ukraine

Eligibility criteria

Ukrainian degrees are recognized globally (even by UNESCO, WHO, European Association of Universities, and European Union) and accepted as equal with degrees of other EHEA countries such as Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, to name a few.
Degree offeredMD (Doctor of Medicine), equivalent to MBBS in India
Course duration6 years (3 years pre-clinical + 3 years clinical)
EligibilityHigher Secondary or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English with 50% marks aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Is NEET required for MBBS in Ukraine?Yes, NEET_UG qualify marks are also required. Some universities ask for around 200 NEET marks.
Annual costNearly $3500 to $5000 tuition fees per annum +$450 for hostel cost. 100% bank loan possible from India.
Medium of InstructionEnglish
Are TOEFL, IELTS requiredNo

List of MCI Approved Medical Universities in Ukraine

  • Poltava State Medical University
  • Vinnitsa National Medical University
  • Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine
  • Uzhhorod National Medical University, Ukraine
  • Ternopil National Medical University, Ukraine
  • Odessa National Medical University, Ukraine
  • Lugansk State Medical University
  • Sumy State University, Ukraine
  • Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University
  • Kyiv Medical University of UAFM
  • Kharkiv National Medical University, Ukraine
  • Ivano Frankivsk National Medical University
  • Donetsk National Medical University
  • Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy
  • Danylo Halytsky Lviv State Medical University
  • Bukovinian State Medical University
  • Bogomolets National Medical University

MBBS admission process in Ukraine universities

  • Select a university and apply for “Invitation to Study”.
  • After receiving the “Invitation to Study” apply for a “D” type student visa to a Ukraine visa application center located in major cities in India.
  • Appear in the “Consular Interview” which is a part of the Visa process.
  • Receive your Student Visa delivered to your address within a maximum of 30 days.
  • Buy your flight ticket, keep your documents ready and inform the concerned university about the date, time, and place of your arrival 3-4 weeks back so that they can arrange to escort you from the airport to the hostel accommodation booked against your name.
  • Take admission to the University within 3 days from your arrival by submitting all the necessary documents and all fees for the 1st year

Accommodations, food, and transport in Ukraine

The cost of living in a respective country generally includes the cost of accommodation, transport, food, etc.
As long as students stay in the hostels their boarding charges form the hostel charges. However, should there be any reason to leave the hostel, there are plenty of different types of accommodations available @$150 -$600, both in single occupancy and dormitory systems at rented flats or PG accommodations.
Ukraine has a very good transportation system that allows students to travel all over the country. While long-distance travel can be accomplished by buses, trains, and flights, for local transport one can avail buses, taxis, trams, trolleybuses, metro rail, etc in the city.
Ukraine has a rich variety of farm and dairy products with diverse cooking traditions. Plenty of different types of foods are available in the shops, supermarkets, and agricultural markets at affordable prices.

How is the climate in Ukraine?

In most parts of Ukraine, the continental climate persists throughout the year, with freezing winters and reasonably warm summers. Cities like Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, etc, will be pretty cold in the winter. As you move towards the south, you’ll find the weather progressively becoming warmer. The southern region, especially along the coast of the Black Sea, has milder weather in winter. So Odessa offers a comparatively warmer winter.
If you have any questions regarding the cost of living in Ukraine, fee structure of universities, hostel feel, eligibility criteria, travel health insurance, admissions form, or visa application form for studying in Ukraine, feel free to get in touch with our experienced staff to guide you with any queries you might have regarding study & work in Ukraine.