Ukraine: Student Visa
Studying in Ukraine at the graduate or postgraduate level is one of the best ways to hone your knowledge and abilities. In our last article, we talked about what makes Ukraine a great study destination. Now, we will take a look at what you need to do to be well-versed with the procedures of applying for specific programs. There are a lot of things to keep in mind to ensure that your experience of going to Ukraine as an international student is as effortless and enjoyable as possible.
DECIDE ON YOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM:
Universities in Ukraine offer many academic programs and tracks, so take the time to figure out exactly what you want to study. Next, find the University that is best suited for your degree of choice. Search through university lists, verify what the specific requirements of each University are, and clarify any doubts you have. Once you are sure of your choice of university and academic programgo ahead and apply for admission.
In order to receive an invitation letter (an official document that verifies that you are traveling to Ukraine as a student), you need to first make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the specific program you are applying for. For undergraduate students, you need to have at least five credits in all of the subjects which are directly related to your program. If you are a postgraduate student, you need to have your graduate certificate on hand. Now that you have fulfilled the eligibility criteria; you need to provide the university in question with some information via e-mail. You need to fill out an application which will contain details such as your name, citizenship, date of birth, place of birth, sex, date of issue and expiry of your passport, permanent address, phone number, and e-mail address. You should also include a copy of your passport and educational certificate. After all of your information is processed, you will be sent an invitation letter- a document that’s required in order to receive a student visa to Ukraine. This invitation letter will contain your name, passport number, date of birth, as well as the program and university to which you have applied. Once you have received the invitation letter, you need to apply for a visa.
APPLYING FOR A VISA:
As already mentioned, getting an invitation letter is absolutely necessary in order to successfully apply for a visa. If you live in a country whose citizens do not require a visa to travel to Ukraine, then you can skip this step. Just make sure that you arrive on time with all of the necessary documents. However, if you live in a country where you require a visa to travel to Ukraine, please apply for a long term visa well beforehand by contacting the Ukrainian embassy in your country. Most embassies accept and issue visas between July 15th and November 15th. When you apply for a visa, you may have to answer a few questions regarding your program of study and the duration of your study, your reasons for choosing the university you did, whether or not you plan to stay on in Ukraine after completing your studies, and whether you have adequate arrangements to cover tuition cost, accommodation, etc.
You must have the following documents while applying for a visa:
- Your original invitation letter.
- Original education certificate – legalized by your country’s Ministry of Education.
- Original birth certificate.
- Original health certificate – which should be approved by your country’s Ministry of Health and should be issued within a month of your visa application.
- Original HIV-AIDS negative certificate – which is also only valid for one month.
- Passport sized photos (at least 12).
- Bank statement – as proof that you are able to handle financial costs. You will need a $3000 or higher balance for you to successfully apply for a visa.
Your visa application will take a minimum of one month to be processed.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
After you get your visa and have fixed your arrival date and time, be sure to inform your university of these details. Also, give them your flight information. This is a necessary step. If you need someone to meet you, or if someone you know is picking you up, you need to mention this to the University as well, as they will need to arrange accordingly. The University will send these details to border control before your arrival. After you arrive, you may have to be interviewed during border control procedures so that officers can verify your authenticity. If you follow the above steps, you will be well prepared to study abroad in Ukraine. Remember to prepare well and have all of the required documents with you.
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