Odessa State Medical University, Study MBBS in Ukraine

Odessa State Medical University, Ukraine

Odessa State Medical University was established in 1900. This university is a member of the European Universities Union and is the biggest Medical University in the Ukraine.

The university has 800 lecturers, 20 academicians, 105 professors and doctors, 407 assistant doctors and assistant professors.

In 2007, Odessa State Medical University was positioned 107. Place in the world’s universities list.

There are more than 4500 students in the university, and more than 1500 of this are foreign students from 57 different countries.

The course includes the equipment with the state-of-the art modern medical technologies.

The campus was built on a 27.000 m2 field and consists of 20 blocks, 48 clinics, 6 dormitories, a library which has about 1 million books, a publishing department, computer centre, sports centre and a modern guest house on the coast of the Black Sea.


1 September 1900, a significant event that left its mark in the history of medical education in Ukraine and for many years identified her perspective, was the opening of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Novorossiysk.

Faculty had bright prospects because great world-renowned scientists worked in it. Before the opening of the department was completed, major buildings and clinics were constructed with the latest construction and architecture. Admittedly this was the most prestigious faculty and medical establishment of the time.

However, this good start was suspended because of Russia’s war with Japan, the revolutionary events of 1905-1907 years, the First World War 1914-1920 years, the October Revolution of 1919 and the civil war. After the elapse time and the destruction of the old system of higher education, new foundations began to be making its ascent. The positive things that were founded in the pre-revolutionary times soon began to bear fruit.

1922 Medical Faculty University of Novorossiysk was reformed as an independent institution of higher education – Medical Institute, which again turned into a leading university of the south.

In the 20 years of the previous century, basic schools were actively formed which brought the Odessa medical institute worldwide fame. Of this, the Odessa therapeutic school based students SPBotkin – professors S.V.Levashovym, P.O.Valterom and their successors were L.P.Dmytrenko, MD Strazhesko, F.H Yanovski, NA.Yasinovka. One of the founders of the Odessa Ophthalmic School was professor S.S.Holovin. Continuing its development and worldwide fame associated with the name of academician V.P.Filatova.

Even in pre-revolutionary times emerging world-renowned school of pathologists, whose founder was the first dean of the Medical Faculty V.V.Pidvysotskyy. His closest aides and students were OO Bogomolets and Zabolotny, who later headed the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. At the same time formed a large scientific school scholar –V.V.Voronina pathologist. In his ideas formed the future prominent scientists V.P.Filatov, L.P.Dmytrenko, SI Vinokurov, L.O.Cherkes, M.O.Yasynovskyy, V.K.Zhhenti et al. Not to mention known morphologists – professors M.K.Lysonkova, M.S.Kondrat Prokofiev, F.A.Volynskoho, V.I.Bushkovycha et al. Their original work has received recognition worldwide.

Over the years of independent Ukraine, our university has developed into one of the leading medical universities with the IV level of accreditation. It is a member of the International and European Universities Association. The level of student learning and training is closest to international standards. Today, six faculties and 58 departments of the University have about 6,000 students and students, 1300 of them – the citizens of 52 foreign countries. Foreign students are taught in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

University Today

Today the Odessa National Medical University remains one of the leading medical universities in Ukraine. It is a member of the International Association of Medical Universities and the high standards of training at the institution is well recognized throughout Europe and America. The University consists of 58 faculties and has a student population of over 6,000 including foreign students from very different and diverse countries. Tuition is given in Russian, Ukrainian and English languages.

International faculty

In 1946 the first foreign student – citizen of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jang Soo has been admitted to Odessa Medical Institute (previous name of ONMedU).

In general, in the history of education of foreign people in the Odessa State Medical University have three stages.

The first – from 1946 till 1961.- Training of doctors for the people’s democracy.

The second – from 1961 till 1991.- Training of medical personnel mainly to Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the third – since 1991 till now. This period of training on contract basis all interested foreigners, including citizens of the CIS.

At the first stage of training was carried out on the basis of intergovernmental agreements, on the second – on the basis of intergovernmental, inter-party coordination and communication between NGOs and trade unions, the third stage is associated with the collapse of the USSR and the CIS inability to perform the former arrangement.

At the initial stage, not numerous students from European countries changed the organizational structure of the educational process. Foreign students entered into existing groups and studied together with Soviet students.

The emergence of students from Asia, Africa and Latin America resulted in significant changes in the education of foreign students, so in 1964 has been created the dean dedicated to work with foreign students and later the Department of Russian Language (1969).

In 1979 the position of vice-rector for international relations has been introduced.

In 1990 the faculty is preparing graduates – foreign nationals in the internship, masters, postgraduate, doctoral studies. This year started training courses for foreign citizens.

In 1992 the preparatory department for foreign citizens, where students are trained in Russian and Ukrainian language, improve basic training in physics, chemistry and biology has been created.

After passing the final exams students receive state certificate and can be credited to the first course chosen specialty Odessa National medical university or other institution of higher education in Ukraine.

Since 1996 the university opened training of doctors English and later French study.

Foreign students acquire knowledge and skills of the newest medical technologies: endoscopic, laparoscopic, maxillofacial, plastic surgery, transplantation, tissue therapy, implant dentistry and others.

The priority task of the university at the present stage is to expand direct contacts with foreign countries based on mutual agreements, which is aimed at further integration into European and global health structures to learn best practices in medical education and scientific research development.

Since 1946 the faculty received training over 7,000 foreign citizens from 58 countries worldwide. Many graduates have become leading specialists, heads of medical institutions, regional services, and educational institutions.

At present time at the university more than 1000 foreign students have the opportunity to use high-quality and modern information services, new student library, study books that are written by professors of the University and published in ONMedU. Continuing the tradition of educational work with foreign students in ONMedU operates a comprehensive approach to learning and international education fully developed personality, which aims to create a friendly atmosphere, good conditions for learning and a comprehensive and mutually enriching review of our countries, their history and culture. Medical degrees were more than 7 thousand people.

The current educational work with foreign students has been repeatedly identified Diplomas Office for Youth Policy, Office of European Integration of Odessa City Council, diplomas Department on Nationalities and Religions of the Odessa Regional State Administration, as well as representatives of diplomatic corps in different countries.



  • General Medicine
  •  Paediatrics
  •  Medical Prophylaxis
  •  Dental
  •  Postgraduate Education


Under Graduate Courses

Odessa State Medical University offers following undergraduate courses to the foreign students:

General Medicine

The UG course in General Medicine is of 6 years duration and is conducted in English / Russian / French medium. Those who adopt for course in Russian medium shall undergo Preparatory course (Russian language course) of one year duration, which is in addition to 6 years. After completion of 6 years of UG course student is conferred with “MD Physician” degree, which is equivalent to M.B.B.S. in India.

Dentistry / Stomatology

The UG course in Dentistry / Stomatology is conducted in Russian medium only. The course duration is of 5 years plus 1 year Preparatory course (Russian language course).


The UG course in Pharmaceutics is also in Russian medium only. The course duration is of 4 years plus 1 year Preparatory course (Russian language course).

The academic session of undergraduate courses commences from 1st of September. For new students of I year the last date to join classes is 15th of November.

Post Graduate Courses

The Odessa State Medical University is conducting post graduate courses in 91 specializations (list mentioned overleaf). Presently OSMU is the only university in Ukraine, which is offering post graduate courses in different fields of medical science in English medium. Admissions to these courses are open around the year on the availability of seat.

PG courses are clinical training programme, which are conducted in hospitals and clinics under the supervision of guide (teacher). Thus, in order to communicate with the patients and Para-medical staff, which is generally Russian speaking; the candidate is taught Russian language during the first six months parallel to PG course. By the end of PG course the candidate has to write a thesis on a particular topic, which is chosen by the candidate with the help of his/her teacher.

There are following post graduate courses:

Short term Advanced Certificate Course – Duration of course is from 3 months up to 12 months. These courses are conducted in Russian and English medium in various specializations on specific topics / techniques.

Masters Course – Duration of course is 2 or 3 years and is conducted in Russian and English medium.

Senior Residency – Duration of course is 3 years and is conducted in Russian and English medium.

Ph. D. – Duration of course is 4 years and is only in Russian medium.

PG courses in Dentistry (MDS) – Duration of course is 2-3 years and in conducted in Russian and English medium. University is conducting PG courses in English medium in following specializations of dentistry:

  • Orthopaedic Stomatology (Prosthodontics)
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Stomatology (Dentistry)
  • Stomatology
  • Surgical Stomatology / Oral Surgery
  • Therapeutic Stomatology / Conservative Dentistry

Documents required for visa:

  • Filled Visa Application Form
  • International Passport (valid not less than one year)
  • Original Invitation Letter from University through UHECAS
  • Birth Certificate (should be with Apostille stamp or legalized by the Ministry of Foreign affairs and translated into Ukrainian language)
  • Original School Certificates (O level/ SSCE/ HSSC , Bachelor or Master’s Degree if available) (should be with Apostille stamp or legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated into Ukrainian language)
  • General Medical Fitness Certificate (should be with Apostille stamp or legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated into Ukrainian language)
  • Letter of approval from Education Ministry (For West Africa Nigeria )
  • General Health- Medical Certificate issued at least two months prior the entrance in to Ukraine. Translated into Ukrainian and legalized by Notary Public or Ukrainian Embassy (Must be legalized by Health Ministry for West Africa , Nigeria )
  • Medical Certificate showing absence of Aids/HIV (should be with Apostille stamp or legalized by the Ministry of Foreign affairs and translated into Ukrainian language)
  • Health Insurance covering one year/ for some countries only for Traveling period
  • Sponsorship Letter from the Parents/Person who is going to bear the expenses for student during stay/ studying in Ukraine. (It is not a condition for all Nationalities)
  • Bank Statement to prove financial ability. (It is not a condition for all Nationalities)
  • 8 passport size photos (3.5 x 4.5)
  • To and Fro Air ticket valid for one year.
  • Visa Confirmation letter sent to the Embassy from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
  • The student needs to check with Ukrainian Embassy in his/ her country of permanent/ temporary stay. Ukrainian Embassy does not require Russian/ Ukrainian translation for some Nationalities.



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