Study Medicine in Ukraine
Updated on Oct 21, 2015 - 11:36 a.m. IST by Team Careers360
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Study Medicine in Ukraine
- Ukraine is one of the most popular destinations for pursuing medicine, especially for international students. Students from the UK, India and Germany are lured by the medical education in the country due to affordable university tuition fees, low cost of living and quality education. For instance, Danylo Halytsky lviv National Medical University tuition fee ranges between USD 3100 to USD 4800, which is compartively cheaper compared to universities in either US or UK. 


What makes Ukraine a preferred destination to study medicine is that most of the medical institutes in the country make students feel at home and are especially accommodating towards foreign students. English being one of the languages of instruction at all the top institutes also helps in attracting foreign students to study medicine in Ukraine.

What makes Ukraine a natural choice for pursuing medicine?

There are several reasons. Here we bring you some of the most compelling ones:

  • Along with the low cost of education, students who study medicine in Ukraine also benefit from the exchange programs which many institutes frequently conduct with other top universities in Europe and elsewhere.

  • Foreign students can get admission to most institutions in Ukraine without having to sit for an entrance examination.

  • Students earning a medical degree from top universities are secure as the degree is recognized by bodies like UNESCO, WHO and IMED.

  • Making the admission process pain free, students are exempted from appearing in examinations like TOEFL and IELTS.

  • Upon completion of medical degree from top medical colleges in Ukraine, students are permitted to appear for international licensing exams like USMLE (USA) and PLAB (UK). 

  • Medical institutes like Kharkiv National Medical University go a step further as they offer a home away from home experience for students by offering cuisine from different country. 

Medical programs and course duration

Important medical courses in the undergraduate level include MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree in General Medicine and Pediatrics. Other undergraduate degrees include Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS), Bachelor of Pharmacy and Nursing (RN). An MD is a 6-year program, whereas BDS and Bachelor of Pharmacy are 5-year programs. Nursing, meanwhile, takes up to 3-4 years.


Post-graduate courses are offered across all the medical disciplines with the course duration being 2-3 years.

The medium of instruction for all these courses is English and Russian.



General Medicine

6 years


6 years


5 years


5 years


3-4 years

Eligibility and admission criteria:

Before students can apply for a medical course in Ukraine, they should have passed high school  from a recognized institution with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as subjects. 


Document checklist:

Original Letter of Invitation

Based on their high school mark sheets and a copy of their passport, name and date of birth, students will be issued “Letter of Invitation.” This document is mandatory for applying for visa at the Embassy of Ukraine.

Apart from the letter of invitation, other important documents needed to study medicine in Ukraine include:

  • Original school certificates

  • Birth certificate

  • General medical certificate which shouldn’t be issued two months before your arrival

  • HIV –AIDS negative certificate

  • 10-12 photographs 3 x 4 cm each

  • A to-and-fro flight ticket to the student’s home country (i.e., open ticket)

  •  Photocopies of your passport and the Ukrainian visa, which you can collect from the Ukrainian Embassy.

Course fee and cost of living:

The average yearly tuition fees for English medium medical courses in Ukraine lie anywhere between $3500 and $4500, which is way cheaper than those charged by medical institutes in other countries. For food and other expenses, students need to keep aside a budget of $1200. And if we take into account hostel accommodation charge, which is around $1000, the overall annual budget comes to below $10000. So without a doubt, it is an economical alternative and a great place to pursue medicine in Ukraine.

Top MCI-approved Institutes in Ukraine where you can apply:

  • Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University

  • M.Gorky Donetsk National Medical University

  • Zaporozhye State Medical University

  • Lugansk State Medical University

  • Kharkiv National Medical University

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