It is essential for all international students to obtain a student visa.
Applicants should check with the nearest Ukraine Embassy or Consulate whether they require a visa to enter Ukraine. Visas are not required for citizens of the following countries: Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Mongolia and former USSR countries except for LITHUANIA, LATVIA, ESTONIA.
The invitation or admission letter is issued by the University's, International relations department.
- A copy of the international passport (page with the photograph, date of birth and passport validity (date of issue and expiry),
- Certificate of Completed Higher Secondary Education.
If there are no problems with the documents, you will get an invoice for study course and other payments.
After that, you have to send a letter of confirmation of your coming for enrollment, a copy of the bank statement that confirms your payment.
We will send you Original invitation by Courier service.
INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
AND INTERMEDIARY COMPANIES
Please read all the information carefully. If you do not follow the instructions described below your application
will not be accepted or you will be denied visa. This page will be updated periodically.
It is advisable that a prospective student personally makes basic research on Ukraine, its traditions and lifestyle, a city where s/he is going to stay, his/her school and the course of study. To live and study abroad, in a different part of the world is the experience of life and an advantage in itself. Ukraine is a large European country with rich history and culture worthwhile to explore and understand, but for someone unprepared such a change can cause major culture shock and frustration, and lead to quitting studies. Hence young people travelling from West Africa to East Europe are expected to have some basic familiarity with the country of destination.
To apply for student visa a prospective student has to obtain an original of an invitation. According to the Ukrainian legislation there are only two legal ways to obtain such an invitation: (i) directly from a school; or (ii) through intermediary companies (not private persons, but companies) which signed an agreement either with the Ukrainian Centre for International Education of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine or with a particular school. If an agreement is signed with a school the latter must send a copy of such an agreement to the Ukrainian Centre for International Education for registration. The reverse side of each invitation should be filled by an inviting school stating name of an intermediary company and its certificate number.
Please be informed that intermediary companies cannot guarantee visa under any circumstances. Nobody has any influence on the decision made by a consular officer. So if you are asked to pay for positive decision you are being fleeced. An intermediary company can only consult you on a selection of a school and a course of study, receive an invitation, assist with preparation of the documents necessary for application for student visa, provide other consulting services. Refuse to pay for positive decision on your visa application, for forge of the documents with the view to comply with the requirements (on fake documents and other grounds for refusal to issue visa read on a separate sheet), for jumping the queue, for issuance of visa in your absence (personal interview is absolutely obligatory).
Applicants for student visa have to submit the following documents:
(i) E-passport (machine-readable passports are not accepted anymore) valid for at least for one year after an expiration of visa Please, allow at least one empty page for visa;
(ii) application form. It is free of charge to download an electronic version of an application form from the web-site of the Embassy or to obtain a paper version at the Embassy. If you choose to collect a paper application form at the Embassy and submit it on the same day, please, keep in mind that you have to fill in it carefully, clearly and precisely, so you may wish to spend some time for this purpose. Application form must be filled in and signed personally by the applicant;
(iii) original invitation and a photocopy of the invitation (both sides). When you receive an invitation make sure there are no mistakes and typos: your name, date of birth, passport number should be identical to those indicated in your passport you submit for visa;
(iv) copies of the educational credentials (testimonial, the grades obtained (WAEC, NECO – if not yet issued then printouts from the WAEC or NECO official web-sites can be used), and if an applicant goes for the Master’s – the first degree too), each legalised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. Ministry does not legalise originals, hence photocopies must be legalised and submitted WITH the originals. Don’t laminate those photocopies! All the documents must be translated into Ukrainian*;
(v) eligibility letter issued by the Ministry of Education of Nigeria stating that an applicant has completed secondary education at a recognised school in Nigeria and s/he is entitled to pursue his/her Bachelor’s degree at any higher educational institution in Nigeria. If an applicant intends to go for the Master’s the letter should state that an applicant obtained his/her Bachelor’s degree at a recognised higher educational institution in Nigeria and is entitled to pursue his/her Master’s degree at any higher educational institution in Nigeria. The letter must be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. The letter must be translated into Ukrainian*;
(vi) medical certificates** of general fitness and of HIV negative status of an applicant (can be one medical certificate or two separate certificates, but HIV negative status must be stated directly and easily identified, no expressions like “Retroviral test” or “ART test” should be used). This certificate must be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. It must be also translated into Ukrainian*. Medical certificates are valid for TWO MONTHS, which means an applicant has to enrol to his/her institution within two months since medical certificates were issued;
(vii) original of birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission and a copy legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria. Birth certificate must be translated into Ukrainian*;
(viii) application forms for legalisation of each document mentioned in (iv)-(vii). One form for one document. The form can be downloaded from the web-site of the Embassy;
(ix) receipts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria for payment for legalisation of the documents mentioned in (iv)-(vii);
(x) original and a photocopy of medical insurance covering medical aid and repatriation of the body, valid for one year. No need for legalisation or translation of medical insurance;
(xi) original of a sponsorship letter in a form of a court affidavit signed by the sponsor PERSONALLY, which must include a full name of a sponsor, his/her address, landline and mobile telephone number, email (if any), and obligation of a sponsor to cover expenses of an applicant (amount of money needed for tuition fees and daily expenses should be stated in US dollars);
(xii) a photocopy of good quality of a data page of the sponsor’s passport or his/her National Identity Card;
(xiii) original of recent PERSONAL bank statements of a sponsor (for the past six months); minimum amount should be sufficient to cover all applicant’s expenses during his/her first year in Ukraine (tuition fees and daily expenses);
(xiv) open return ticket valid for one year and its photocopy;
(xv) any other documents which can strengthen an application (if there is a gap after applicant’s last study exhaustive evidence of what an applicant did during that period must be submitted. If an applicant continued his/her studies but have not graduated, was employed, or did charity, or travelled or was involved in self education or the like, STRONG proofs should be presented (transcripts from university, letter of appointment, letter from employer, payslips, ID cards, photographs, receipts etc etc). This is an applicant’s responsibility to prove by any means his/her genuine intentions to study, to finish his/her course of study and not to breach immigration rules of Ukraine. So bring to the interview any documents you can suggest can strengthen your application.
Prospective students from Ghana, Benin, Togo and The Gambia applying for student visa at the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria, submit the same documents listed above issued by appropriate authorities of their countries and legalised by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of their countries AND by the embassies or high commissions of their countries in Nigeria.
Fees and terms:
Be advised that the Consular Office of the Embassy of Ukraine does NOT offer 1 (one) business day visa processing. We offer up to 30 business day for regular visa processing and rush processing for up to 15 days.
Visa application processing fees
Normal (16 to 30 workdays, depending on workload)
Express (15 workdays, depending on workload)
Processing of an application for legalisation of one document
Legalisation (per document)
Certification of translation (per page)
* Machine (computer) translations from English into Ukrainian are NOT ACCEPTED.
Before entering, please, make sure that your documents are complete and organized in this strict order:
- international passport
- receipt for payment of application fee
- visa application form with one recent photograph attached
- invitation – original
- invitation – photocopy
- testimonial – original
- testimonial – legalised photocopy
- testimonial – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of testimonial
- WAEC/NECO results – original
- WAEC/NECO results – legalised photocopy
- WAEC/NECO results – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of WAEC/NECO results
- first degree (if applicable) – original
- first degree (if applicable) – legalised photocopy
- first degree (if applicable) – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of first degree
- letter from the Ministry of Education – legalised original
- letter from the Ministry of Education – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of the letter from the Ministry of Education
- general fitness medical certificate – legalised original
- general fitness medical certificate – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of general fitness medical certificate
- HIV status medical certificate – legalised original
- HIV status medical certificate – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of HIV status medical certificate
- birth certificate – original
- birth certificate – legalised photocopy
- birth certificate – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of birth certificate
- letter of attestation of birth – legalised original
- letter of attestation of birth – Ukrainian translation
- application form for legalisation of the letter of attestation of birth
- receipts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria for payment for legalisation
- medical insurance – original
- medical insurance – photocopy
- sponsorship letter in a form of a court affidavit – original
- sponsor’s ID – photocopy
- recent bank statements of a sponsor – original
- open return ticket – original
- open return ticket – photocopy
- any other documents which can strengthen your application
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