SYSTEM OF EDUCATION
The system of education provides good quality and is well developed. One of the most important tasks for central and local authorities is to give equal possibilities in getting a top quality education for all citizens of Ukraine.
7% of Ukrainian professionals who teach 11 million students (22% of the population) are involved in the area of education and upbringing.
There are 18400 institutions for pre-school preparation. According to the Constitution secondary school takes the central part in the system and is free and quite accessible. 7 mln students attend 21900 schools. The private sector in secondary education is insignificant. Totally, there are 200 private schools (1% of all the amount of students).
The transition of secondary school from 10 (11) to 12 level system, according to European standards, is taking place now. Moreover, there is no difference in the content of Ukrainian (post-soviet) secondary education from standards of secondary school of other European countries.
You can take vocational education in 1003 technical institutions on the base of lower secondary education and upper secondary education. In the Ukrainian system of Education College of Further Education refers to the lower part of higher education.
Having more than 1 million, student institutions of higher education in Ukraine form a system which considers being one of the biggest in the world. In Ukraine, you can get higher education in universities (academies, institutes) accredited on the 3-4th level. After 4 years of studying you can get Bachelor degree, 5 years is for specialists, five and a half or 6 years Masters Degree. Among all the enumerated degrees Specialist is the most popular.
You become a student of a university according to the results of entrance exams in July August. The academic year beginning on the 1st of September lasts up to the end of July and consists of two terms. All the students go on holidays between two terms: the first term (September – January) and the second one (February – June). Summer holidays last for two months. At the end of each term, the student takes 3 or 5 examinations and 3 or 5 tests. Successful pass of examinations and tests guarantees the possibility of getting to the second term. Students have classes every day except weekends. They attend lectures, tutorials, work with materials in libraries and resource centers.
Higher education course includes a work placement when students have the possibility to gain experience. Recognition of qualification gained is the priority of the state. In case of successful graduation of university students get them. Diploma no matter what form of property it refers to. The transcript of the subject list with marks is attached to the Diploma. Although the state guarantees the conformity to standards of qualification, the employer takes into consideration how authoritative the university is. Today, you can get the education in 313 universities, academies and institutes of Ukraine of the 3-4th level of accreditation. Among them, there are 220 state institutions, 93- nonstate. 54,9 % of state universities students get a free education.
International students get their higher education in universities, academies and institutes that are not only accredited but also have a special license to teach foreign students. All the universities from this Guide possess the license. The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine controls the quality of educational services done to foreign students.
International students start their studying with a foundation year.
It includes a course of Ukrainian (Russian) language and some of the comprehensive subjects according to the future profession. Further education is continuing together with Ukrainian students. ( English medium is also available, however)