MBBS/Medical in Ukraine

To study medicine in Ukraine universities is truly a rewarding investment of time, finance and career acquisition. Ukraine is a country well known for quality, affordable medical education. Ukraine the European country that has the achievement of 100% of literacy is the best place for studying medicine in the world. 

Although little known to many, Ukraine has one of the best Medical Universities. The all-time number of international students trained as medical doctors in Ukraine runs into hundreds of thousands. Practising medical doctor, trained in Ukraine's different medical institutions, already have well over 25 years of professional practice in their different fields of specialization and career. Whether practising in the public sector, the private sector or as consultants, medical practitioners that studied medicine in Ukraine are known to have established their presence and professional expertise wherever they found themselves. As a country with a favourable geographical position (situated between Asia and Europe), Ukraine was always viewed by foreign investors as a country with better economic conditions, than other republics of the Soviet Union. The country is free of nuclear weapons. It is considered one of the safest places in the world with the second largest army in Europe and one of the lowest crime rates on Earth. As far as Indian students are concerned, the cost of studying MBBS in Ukraine is low compared to the private medical colleges in India. The medical universities in Ukraine are recognized by WHO and MCI. So once they complete their course, they can work anywhere in the world. The privilege or guided decision to study medicine in Ukraine has been a life-changing and fulfilling experience for many. Geography

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is located in the heart of Europe. Ukraine is bordered by Belarus to the north, Russia to the east, the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea to the south, Moldova and Romania to the southwest, and Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland to the west. In the far southeast, Ukraine is separated from Russia by the Kerch Strait, which connects the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea. It has an area of 603,500 km2, making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after the Russian Federation and world's 44th largest country. Ukraine, being a large European economy, has a well-developed industrial base, the rich farmlands, highly trained labour and a good education system.


The current population of Ukraine is 43,847,593 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates. Ukraine’s population is equivalent to 0.57% of the total world population. Ukraine ranks number 33 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

Capital and Largest City

Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine. Kiev is one of the biggest cities in Europe. It is a bustling capital of independent Ukraine, its administrative, economic, scientific, cultural and educational centre. This scenic city with a population of over 3 million people is located on the shores of the Dnepr River. Other large cities of Ukraine are Kharkov, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporozhe, Lviv etc.


The climate of Ukraine can be described as dry and continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around 0°C. In summer daytime temperatures reach 25-30°C, but sometimes quite higher, 35°C or more, especially in the inland areas. Generally, the weather is best May-September, when days are warm and the nights are cool, although it rains more in Spring than in summer. Autumn and Winter are usually a little chilly and wet along with the coastal areas of the Black Sea, and dryer further inland. Language

The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian, an East Slavic language which is the native language of 67.5% of Ukraine's population. Russian is the native language of 29.6% of Ukraine's population (mostly urban areas) and the rest (2.9%) are native speakers of other languages.


Ukrainian Orthodox-Kyiv Pariachate 39.8%, Ukrainian Orthodox -Moscow patriarchate 29.4%, Ukrainian Greek Catholic 14.1%,Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox 2.8%, Protestantism 2.4%,Roman Catholicism 1.7%, Islam 0.6%, Judaism 0.2% and others 9%.

Literacy Rate

Ukraine it has, according to UNESCO, an adult literacy rate of 99.97%. While the male literacy rate is 99.99%, for females is 99.96%.In contrast with other neighbouring states is the second place in the literacy rate ranking. The literacy rate has increased in recent years. Currency

The currency of Ukraine is the Ukrainian Hryvnia. has been the national currency of Ukraine since 2 September 1996. The hryvnia is subdivided into 100 kopiyky. It is named after a measure of weight used in medieval Kievan Rus. Time Zone

Time in Ukraine is defined as UTC+02:00 and in summer as UTC+03:00. Locally it is referred to as the Kiev Time. Advantages of studying in Ukraine Ukraine Government is very keen on the improvement and development of medical education in the country. The medical universities get constant help from the Ukraine government for maintaining the standard of education. Ukraine has become one of the most preferable destinations for aspiring students who want to study MBBS in abroad. Some of the advantages of studying MBBS in Ukraine are listed below:

  • The country is known for its medical programs, which it offers. Indian students can gain the advantage of studying medical programs in Ukraine. As the class size is small you can easily clear your doubts and increase your knowledge of the subject. The classrooms are practically oriented which increases the interests of the students in the subject.
  • Ukraine's medical universities are distributed in the different regions of the country and are mostly stand-alone medical universities. Courses offered range from general medicine to specialized medical courses and other medical related courses like Pharmacy, Nursing etc.
  • Educational standards are controlled by the Ukrainian Ministry of education and Science and monitor strict compliance with set standards. Students that study medicine in Ukraine are sure to receive quality and international standard medical education.
  • the universities have international recognition from international organizations like WHO, UNESCO, ECFMG, MCI etc.
  • Teaching language for the course in Ukraine is the Ukrainian language (National language), Russian Language or English Language (Optional mainly for foreign students). Nearly 25% of the people in Ukraine understand and can speak in English.
  • The cost of accommodation is very low as compared to other countries like USA, UK and many European countries. Apart from this, travel for students in Ukraine is very cheap. Students get special discounts for travelling within the country.
  • The tremendous advantage of studying medicine in Ukraine is that you do not have to sit for any entrance test. The admission is on the basis of marks obtained in class 12th. No sooner you complete your degree just apply for a screening test to get a license to practice.
  • Ukrainian medical universities are certainly the premium and the best choice for any student who is interested in studying medicine and hopes for a career into it. 

Eligibility Criteria

Getting admission in a medical university in Ukraine is very easy. The applicants are not required to take any exam like TOEFL or IELTS. For getting admission in MBBS in any of the Universities or college in Ukraine, the student must fulfil the following criteria:

  • The student shall complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.
  • The candidate must secure 50% marks in their 12th standard from Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in CBSE / ISC or any other Equivalent Board of Examination.
  • As per the latest notification issued by MCI in accordance with the decision taken by Delhi High Court, students aspiring to enrol in Foreign Medical Universities in 2019, and did not qualify / register / appear in NEET - 2019; should produce an Eligibility Certificate issued by Medical Council of India at the time of admission to Foreign Medical Universities.

Affordability Depends on the student's spending habit a budget of anywhere from $150 to $200 will be adequate for a student's average monthly upkeep. However, students on a special diet or special requirements might require a little more, depending on their specific requirement. However, conservative students might be able to have some saving from this budget.

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