Ukraine is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about pursuing a higher education in a European university. However, the country’s institutions of higher learning deserves some serious consideration.
English is a widely-accepted form of communication in academic circles, even as its official language is Ukrainian. Russian and Crimean Tatar are also used. This makes it easier for international students to adjust to life in this country.
It is hospitable to foreign students. The Ministry of Ukraine, in 1998, approved the “Clause about admission of foreigners and persons without citizenship for training in institutions of higher education,” which outlines the procedures for admission of foreigners to Ukrainian schools.
Ukraine’s private and government-funded universities confer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accordance with the Bologna process, which means that the quality of academic degrees follow the standards set by the European Higher Education Area. This assures students that the Ukrainian degrees they hold are compatible with those from other European countries. That’s almost equivalent to getting higher education from France and Germany without the stratospheric tuition fees, miscellaneous and living costs.
Students interested in enrolling in a Ukrainian university may start their search with those listed below. All known for providing quality education, these have friendly policies towards foreign students and offer an extensive array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
National Technical University of Ukraine
Already known for its technical and technological courses, this university also has very good policies for international students-widely evident in the diversity of students enrolled at the university. Its graduate programs are also world-renowned. Its rector, Michael Zgurovsky, enumerated the university’s strong points: “students’ diversity, distinguished faculty, strong academic curriculum, and outstanding research.”
4icu, a website specializing in university rankings, placed it on top of the Ukrainian university heap. It was also conferred with the Order of Lenin, one of the highest recognitions for a learning institution in Ukraine.
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
One of only thirteen autonomous universities in Ukraine, this university has received the government’s highest level of accreditation. It is part of the European University Association and is active in international academic collaborations.
Although quite small when compared to other universities in the country, it boasts of one of the most highly competitive entrance examinations for an educational institution in Ukraine. This assures that only the most intellectually-gifted students can join and also helps maintain the stringent standards of instruction that it has for students.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it is the fourth best university in the country. It is one of Ukraine’s best in the fields of economics, law, and humanities.
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
This university has one the largest numbers of faculties and departments in varied academic fields in the country. It is quite known for encouraging progressive thinking.
It is particularly renowned in the field of literature and the arts. The university’s research programs is nurtured by its strong links to various international research institutes. In fact, it has one of the highest research papers output in the country.
Its standing in Ukraine’s educational hierarchy has been proven time and again, being consistently included in top university rankings. 4icu currently ranks it at position number 3, just behind NTUU KPI. It was the number one university in a recent independent ranking of 228 universities which was performed by the independent Compas.