Foreigners who plan to obtain higher education in Ukraine

According to the Ministry of Health, an adaptive approach to self-isolation / observation of Ukrainians and foreigners arriving from abroad has been introduced since June 15. Countries are divided into 2 zones, according to the number of active cases of COVID-19 per 100 thousand population.

From the red zone, where the rate is more than 40 active cases per 100,000 population, people will be sent for observation / self-isolation for 14 days after crossing the border. From the green zone, where the indicator is less than 40, they will be able not to pass self-isolation.

At the same time, if a person is a citizen of a red zone country but has supporting documents that he or she has been in a green zone country for the last 14 days, only the country of departure will be considered.

A COVID-19 health insurance policy will be mandatory for all foreigners who arrive.

The full list of countries can be found at the link.

Training of foreign citizens and stateless persons is carried out of the basis of the Law of Ukraine “On Higher Education”, “On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons”, “On Foreign Ukrainians”, “On Refugees and Persons Who Need Additional or Temporary Protection”, Decrees of the President of Ukraine from June 3, 1994 №271 “On measures to develop economic cooperation of the regions of Ukraine with neighboring regions of the Republic of Belarus and administrative and territorial regions of the Republic of Moldova”, Decrees of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine from September 11, 2013 № 684 “Some issues of recruitment for training foreigners and stateless persons” and from November 1, 2013 № 1541 “Some issues of the organization of the recruitment and training (trainership) of foreigners and stateless persons”, registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on November 25, 2013 under No. 2004/24536, the Decrees of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine from October 11, 2018, № 1096 “Conditions for admission to higher education institutions in 2019”

Foreigners, who are paid state grants under international agreements, general state programs and other international obligations of Ukraine, are enrolled to study on the basis of guidance of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine within the framework of the volume of public procurement.

Foreigners who come to Ukraine for participation in academic mobility programs or for higher education in accordance with educational programs agreed between Ukrainian and foreign higher education institutions are accepted for study, taking into account the relevant contractual obligations of the relevant higher education institutions.

Foreign Ukrainians who are legally based in Ukraine and whose status is certified by a certificate of a foreign Ukrainian, when applying to higher educational establishments of Ukraine, have the same rights to education as the citizens of Ukraine, with the exceptions established by the Constitution of Ukraine, laws of Ukraine or international treaties, the consent of which is binding according to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Foreign Ukrainians, whose status is certified by a  certificate of a foreign Ukrainian, can be enrolled for studying on state orders within the established quotas for foreigners for interviewing subjects envisaged by the Admission Rules.

Foreign citizens have the right to education regardless of gender, race, nationality, social or property status, type and nature of occupation, philosophical beliefs, membership in a party, attitude to religion, worship, health status, place of residence and other circumstances.

Training in NUFT is based on:

  • International agreements of Ukraine;
  • General state programs;
  • Contracts with legal or physical persons.

International relations of the University were established in 1948. There began training of the specialists for food industry from Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Mongolia, China, India, the Middle East, Cuba, Poland, Germany.

NUFT has the License (link: http://nuft.edu.ua/page/view/license) for the training of foreign citizens for the University accession and external testing

Nowadays, the University is engaged in training specialists for foreign countries, and offers foreign students a wide range of specialties in various fields of knowledge.

Invitation letter

All international applicants coming to Ukraine intending to study must obtain a student visa, which is only possible upon receiving an “Invitation to study” from the university they are applying to. The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine defines the standard of the invitation letter.

In order to receive an Invitation, the following documents must be submitted to the Admission Committee:

  1. Valid passport (2 copies with translation into Ukrainian)
  2. Documents on full secondary education (copy with translation into Ukrainian)
  3. Consent to the processing of personal data
  4. Power of attorney to receive an invitation, if the applicant does not take him personally, should be legalized in the country of citizenship of an applicant and translated into Ukrainian.


Students from countries which require a visa or have signed an agreement on a visa-free period of up to 90 days (tourist, private and business travel) shall apply for a long stay visa (type D) to Ukraine, which allows you to stay in Ukraine longer than 90 days.

Citizens of countries with which Ukraine has signed a visa-free regime agreement (Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia) do not require a visa to Ukraine, but shall provide an original or photocopy of the “Invitation to study” when crossing the Ukrainian border to verify the purpose of their visit to Ukraine.

To obtain a long stay visa (type D), a prospective student shall submit a series of documents to the consulate or embassy of Ukraine in their respective country as indicated on the embassy’s website. Regardless of where you submit your documents, you will always be asked to include the original “Invitation to study”. We would like to stress that the documents from your previous education must be officially certified before submission to the consulate. This can be done one of two ways: legalised by the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Ukraine in your country or certified by Apostille stamp and legalized at the Embassy of Ukraine in your country. These documents must be officially recognized in Ukraine for a Ukrainian university to be able to issue your diploma certificate upon graduation. Pay attention that foreign education documents for the recognition procedure are submitted to the competent authority before starting studying or during the first month of studies.(Сhanges in national legislation on the recognition of foreign educational qualifications)

All “Invitations to study” issued by universities undergo mandatory registration at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine before being issued to applicants. Ukrainian State Center for International Education performs such registrations on behalf of the Ministry and provides official confirmation of such registration to the Consulate of Ukraine in respective countries. The consul does not accept foreigner documents for the opening of a student visa without visa support.

List of foreign diplomatic establishments in Ukraine http://mfa.gov.ua/en/about-ukraine/dip-in-ukraine/missions-list



Key to the high performance

The foreign students should regularly attend classes, do their home assignments in time, enjoy sports and outdoors activities, have regular refreshment and rest, and take part in the cultural University’s life.

Students also should study at home, attend language-labs and consult with professors and tutors at classes.

Students should observe their class schedule, never miss classes without justifying reasons or be late. Every student should know that regular work during the academic semester will make the exam preparations easier as well as savehis/her time.

A student who has missed 20% or more classes without any good reason is to face problems while terminating the course or even may be expelled from the University.


Disobeying of Academic Regulations, Penalties

Students, which miss classes without any good reason or fail to observe the Code of Conduct during classes or whilst in dorms are liable under the Code of Conduct.

If a foreign student violates the Law of Ukraine, she or he shall be punished according to the decision of the Acting Court of Ukraine of the respective jurisdiction.

The one guilty in the breach of the University Code of Conduct or the University Academic Code may be reprimanded or rebuked. In compliance with the terms of Individual Contract for studying, a student may be expelled from the University after 3 rebukes or reprimands that had been issued.

The cessation of the Individual Contract for studying entails immediate cessation of the accommodation in the students’ dorms, and the person found guilty shall immediately leave the hostel.

If the expelled individual refuses to leave Ukraine, she or he shall be deported to the country of origin under the Law in force, with the formal recognition of the above as a «Person non grate»; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine shall report to the Embassy of her or his country.


Daily routine and exams

The classes begin and finish according to the schedule. A class lasts 80 minutes. After every 80-minutes class there is a break. The students should be present in the auditorium before classes start. During the lessons they shall not visit the Dean’s office, canteen etc. The Dean’s office receives students after 2 p.m.

Students may consult with their professors during and after classes.

Student’s records are determined on the basis of tests, labs and individual work, credits and exams earned. Taking exams is allowed after passing of all mandatory tests, labs and tutorials. During the winter session students pass exam of the Russian (Ukrainian) language (written and oral) and credits of all other subjects. During the summer session (in June-July) they pass exams of Russian (Ukrainian) (written and oral), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Economical Geography and credits of Engineering Drawing, Political Science, and Informatics. These exams are considered as the entrance exams to the University.

Student’s individual rating manifests on the 100-point scale, where:

  • 1-59 points – unsatisfactory mark (under the ECTS it corresponds to the «F» mark (from 1 to 34 points) or «FX» mark (from 35 to 59 points));
  • 60-74 points – satisfactory mark (under the ECTS it corresponds to the «E» mark (from 60 to 66 points) or «D» mark (from 67 to 74 points));
  • 75-89 points – good mark (under the ECTS it corresponds to the «C» mark (from 75 to 81 points) or «B» mark (from 82 to 89 points));
  • 90-100 points – excellent mark (under the ECTS it corresponds to the «A» mark).

In case the student earned an unsatisfactory mark, she or he is considered to have failed an exam.

The students, who have passed final exams successfully, may continue their studies at our University or elsewhere if she or he so desires.

During the examination session, students are required to be present at the exam in time according to the schedule. If they are late, they are not allowed to take the exam.

Late taking an exam is considered as an exceptional case, and may be allowed by the Dean in case all documents proving the reason for not taking an exam in time are submitted.

Students who have missed exams without any good reason may be expelled from the University.


Liquidation of the academic arrears

Students are obliged to pass examinations and tests by the deadline determined by the Dean’s office.

In case of failure at the regular examination scheduled within an exam session, a student has to retake the exam within a two-week period after the session in question.

If a student has received three consecutive unsatisfactory marks, she or he is not allowed to retake these exams one more time, and shall be dismissed from the University because of the academic arrears.

The Dean’s office may allow a student to retake the exam in such cases:

– if a student has not pass tests or examinations because of the valid good reason;

– if a student has not pass only one or two credits or examinations or a credit and an examination.


After submitting control, graphical or laboratory assignments, a student will be allowed to pass a credit or an examination in a given subject.

To take an examination after the Dean’s office deadline, a student should submit the application requesting to grant her or him admission on retaking an examination.

In case of failure a student is expelled from the University and is obliged to leave the country according to set terms. The Dean’s office sets the final date of departure.


Order of Addressing the Sector for Work with Foreign Citizens and Dean’s Office

In the course of studying a student may need to solve her or his personal problems: getting permissions, travel visas, different information, or obtaining assistance in choosing specialty, etc.

In every case, when the Dean’s office or Sector for Work with Foreign Citizens have to issue a document or address any other institution, a student has to write a formal application indicating the name of the applicant, country of origin, academic group of the applicant and the matter of the request.

If there are doubts in filling the application, a student of the Pre-University Department should ask the staff of the Department dealing with foreign students to help.

Students’ applications and requests are considered by the Dean and the head of the International Relations and Academic Mobility Department.


The Dean’s office is open from 14:00 till 17:00 every day, except for Saturday and Sunday.

Care of educational equipment and the University’s property

Students have to handle books, equipment and furniture of the University with care, keep the territory, workplaces and auditoriums in cleanness and due order. In case of damaging University’s equipment, a student should buy and return to the University the same item under the deed of conveyance.

In case of major violation, a student will be expelled from the University after having compensated for the damage.

During the laboratory or practical classes, students should strictly obey all orders of an instructor or lab-assistant. Switching on or turning on any equipment is allowed only after teacher or lab assistant’s permission has been given.