This is no news that with every passing year, the number of students who are appearing for medical, engineering, and other entrance exams after 12th, is increasing by leaps and bounds. Yet, the number of colleges and universities almost remained the same since time unknown.
Agreed that you hear about some new colleges and universities are appearing from out of nowhere every now and then, but the ratio of aspiring students and institutions are getting poorer at a steady pace. And also, the lack of adequate funding to the education sector from the government is as meagre as it was at 20 years ago, considering the inflation. Most importantly, nearly all of those newly formed colleges and universities, except just a few, are privately funded.
While every field in education going through this grave situation, the current scenario of medical education in India is probably the worst of them all. Lack of colleges, lack of infrastructure, poor student to teacher ratio, lack of seats, and fierce competition – all of these are synonymous to Indian medical education.
A medical college is not just a big building; even some tiny and not-so-important equipment cost in crores – and building a full-fledged medical college with just the basic infrastructure which is required to get the MCI approval can cost up to more than a hundred crores of investment. The government can invest, of course, maybe not in every corner of a city, but definitely at least more than one medical college in every district throughout India is very much possible. However, as we have said already, it seems the government has more priority than to invest in the future of our country, in our education system.
So, the question arises, is there any option for the students who weren’t able to clear the medical entrance test? Is there any hope left for those who dreamed of that white apron as their only desired career option? Let’s find out the answer in this article –
MBBS in Ukraine:
Ukraine is a European country, specifically at the eastern part of the continent. Once a part of previous Soviet Russia (till 1954), It shares its borders with Russia, Poland, Moldova, Belarus, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Though not yet a member state of EU, it already signed an agreement with the EU and heading towards becoming one of the newest members of the EU in the near future. Being a former part of Soviet Russia, it boasts countless gorgeous soviet architectures and jaw-dropping display of historical urban landscape in every corner of the country.
You may wonder, why Ukraine? If you’re spending money to fly to a European country and have to stay there for 6 long years while spending for your expenses, then why not pursue an MBBS in any private medical college in India by paying that hefty capitation fee, wouldn’t that be more economical? No! Let me explain.
In India, the cost of getting an MBBS degree from any private medical college with decent infrastructure is no less than 80 lakhs rupees (yes eighty lakhs, it’s not a typo), many times it crosses even a crore (again, not a typo) depending on which college on which part of the country you select. This is just capitation fee we are talking about; regular tuition fee would be charged on top of that before every semester or every year.
Now, if we consider Ukraine – the picture seems unbelievably brighter and vibrant for any medical aspirants. Let’s take an example of the tuition fee. What if I tell you that you can complete full 6 years of “MD Physician” (equivalent to MBBS in India) course in Ukraine for a meagre tuition fee of less than 20 lakhs Indian rupees? Sounds thrilling, right? And it’s not yet started, there’s much more exciting information for you – keep reading.
At some cities in Ukraine, it’s so cheap that it’s even cheaper than an average and also than A1 Indian metro cities. Sounds unbelievable? Keep reading for more surprises.
Now, let’s talk about the most crucial part – the overall medical education system and its main features and why it’s a far better decision to pursue your dream medical career in Ukraine instead of spending crores in a private medical college in India – I’m going to explain that in a moment. If you’re not aware of the current status of medical education in Ukraine already, you’re in for a treat! I promised you more surprises, and here you go –
Everybody gets selected, there’s no admission or entrance test of any sort (forget about IELTS and TOEFL)
If you have passed your 10+2 with PCB with 50% marks, you’re very much eligible to get admitted in any of the private, semi-private or national medical universities in Ukraine. You have already spent countless nights without sleep only to prepare for the entrance exam here in India – it’s now time to start your actual medical studies without worrying about any further entrance test! You can apply to any university in Ukraine directly or can seek professional help from any reputable education consultancy agency, like Leverage Edu. They have offices in all major cities and towns all over India, and a team of more than 700 educational consultants who are eager to help you in every step from obtaining the invitation from university up to visa processing.
Absolutely zero capitation fee – zero, nada, zilch!
Unlike in India, medical colleges don’t charge any sort of lump sum amount in the name of capitation fee or donation. You’re only bound to pay the tuition fee, which starts from approximately 20 lakhs total in Indian currency for 6 years full time residential “MD Physician” program.
Medical universities in Ukraine, be it national, semi-private or private, are recognized by international bodies like WHO and UNESCO, Medical Council of India (MCI), medical councils of most of the European Union countries, and many other medical councils from other countries. You will be eligible to practice medicine as a recognized and authorized practitioner in not only Ukraine or India, but in most of the parts of the world.
The Medium of Instruction in all the Medical Universities is English
There is no need to learn Russian or any other languages to study medicine in Ukraine, ability to follow instructions in English is good enough. Teachers are proficient in English and they take special care of international students so you will have no problem following your course there.
Living expenses are dirt cheap compared to the USA, UK, Australia, most of Europe, sometimes even India
I have already told you the price of some essential commodities above. Now, you can include apartment rental, internet bill, cable tv connection, laundry, medicine, transport, and groceries. Everything you need to live a decent lifestyle is much affordable compared to those countries.
Ukraine has the “European Credit Transfer” (ECTS) feature in its education system
This feature alone is enough tempting to get you thinking seriously about pursuing your medical degree in Ukraine. Once you get admitted to your desired medical university in Ukraine, in your later years, you can seek out for opportunities to get transferred to any leading Medical college or university in any EU member country, provided you fulfill the criteria to get admitted.
You can have scholarships
You can have scholarships to even lower the tuition fee: Based on your merit and the criteria of the university, you can be eligible for scholarships to help yourself with the already-low tuition fee in Ukraine.
You can work part-time
You can work part-time beside your study to cover your daily expenses: You can earn up to 500 USD per month by working part-time there in Ukraine while you’re studying your medical program.
Paid internship and employment in Ukraine
As an MD physician student in Ukraine, you’ll get opportunities for a paid internship there. And after successful completion of the course, there’s a good chance that you’ll be offered a job in any hospital or clinic in Ukraine with a lucrative salary. Or if you want to pursue your career in any other EU countries, you’ll get plenty of such opportunities.
One of the best student-teacher ratios
Can you believe that Ukrainian medical universities have 8:1 student-teacher ratio? Let alone India, even some of the first world countries haven’t been able to achieve this ratio so far. This alone explains how much attention and importance the medical education system enjoys there by the Ukrainian government.
By this agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, a student who completed the “MD Physician” program from any Ukrainian university, is allowed to continue his post-graduation in any EU countries.
In Ukraine, they follow an international standard curriculum in their medical colleges, making you extremely eligible to get acquainted in anywhere in the world as a medical practitioner.
Distinguished Medical Universities you can approach to get admitted:
- Dnepropetrovsk State Academy of Medicine– It is one of the highest accredited institution in Ukraine which provides courses like clinical ordinatura, where the foreign citizens can accumulate both practical and theoretical knowledge skills in fields like internal medicine, family medicines, neurology, oncology, gynaecology, general surgery, etc. the same courses are available for the master degree also.
- Kyiv Medical University of UAFM– Located in the Kyiv city, the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv Medical University of UAFM is the place where courses like Faculty of general medicine, Stomatology and Preparatory Faculty, by the dynamic members of the institution.
- Ternopil State University of Medicine- This is a very reputed college and old college (since 1957) which offers General Medicine degree, which is similar or equivalent to MBBS degree.
- Black Sea National University- This reputed university provides training at departments of medical rehabilitation Medical systems and devices. Mr Gorky Donestsk offers a personal invitation for applied ones. The high fundamental environment provides the training and as well as seminars.
- Kharkiv International University of Medicine– One of the top University which will make you feel like home which makes children take important decisions. A reputed set up from planning to organization shows the discipline of this university
- Sumy State University– One of the institutes of higher education rank 4th worldwide offer the positive influence over the society sports and working conditions shows the development of the institution
- Zaporozhye State University of Medicine– One of the self-governing modern multi-profile higher educational institution offer military medicine and intense care with educational facilities.
Final words for students interested to get admitted in medical universities of Ukraine:
As per MCI rules, students who got their degree in medicine from an MCI recognized university of any foreign country – must appear on and pass an eligibility test (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination or FMGE) conducted by the NBE (National Board of Examination) before they are allowed to practice medicine as a recognized practitioner. This exam takes place twice in a year.
No doubt Ukraine is one of the best countries to pursue MBBS, but with so many international students aiming for limited seats to do MBBS in Ukraine, it is very important to make your profile stand out. Need help in identifying your story and making your ‘doctor dream’ come true? Get in touch with Leverage Edu ( +91-8826200293) today and take the first step today!