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Ukrainian and Russian State universities have study programs according to «Bologna Model»

What it gives to the student?

If you study at any Ukrainian (and some Russian) university  you can transfer to European university without additional exams. Students can transfer after 1st , 2nd, or 3rd year of education. So student can start Bachelor course in Ukraine or Russia and graduate in Spain or other country and have their diploma.  Also it is possible to get Bachelor degree in Ukraine or Russia and enter at European university for Master degree.This student mobility is possible due to EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM.


Bologna Process is a European initiative in order to bring the transparency and compatibility of the Higher Education across Europe. It defines three cycles of the Higher Education: Bachelor`s, Master`s, and Doctoral study. In June 1999 29 European Ministers of Education have signed Bologna Declaration with an objective to develop a European University system and to increase the competitiveness of the Europe`s educational position. The process has started on June 19, 1999 when 29 European Ministers responsible for the Higher Education have signed Bologna Declaration to create a European Higher Education Area that is planned to finish by 2010.


The main objectives of Bologna Declaration are to increase the mobility and employability of European Higher Education graduates, thus ensuring competitiveness of the European Higher Education on the world scale. Fully respecting the richness of the European cultural diversity, and thus the diversity of the Higher Education systems, Bologna Declaration seeks to articulate the European Higher Education around two main cycles. An employability of the graduates shall be ensured already after the first cycle. The mobility of the graduates around the whole European Higher Education Area will be possible, if the recognition of the degrees earned will be ensured. This is supposed to be done through the increased transparency of the Higher Educational systems, and the trust to the Higher Educational systems that in turn will be based upon the quality assurance of the programs and institutions.


By issuing the Joint European Diploma Supplement to all graduates and using the credit system (ECTS or compatible) the transparency can be reached. While the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in the past was used only as a credit transfer system from one university to another, now it should become a credit accumulation system. Besides the credit accumulation in regular Higher Education programs, this system shall also provide the possibility to gain credits within an informal and non-formal education, thus taking on board the lifelong learning. The aim of Bologna Declaration is to increase the mobility of both students and staff across the European Higher Education Area. This goal will also require an identification and the solution of a numerous social issues. The joint programs and degrees offered by institutions from different countries will help to reach several goals of Bologna Declaration, and will therefore be further developed.


An important aspect of the student mobility, giving the possibility to move to the different country for further degree, is a system of credits used to recognize degrees and to accumulate credits. It is called the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of the full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of the full-time study program in Europe is around 1500-1800 hours per year. So, one credit is equal to 25 to 30 working hours. The typical credit ranges are 180-240 units for the first (Bachelor`s) cycle, and 90-120 units for the second (Master`s) cycle; 60 or more units have to be earned during the second cycle. There is no credit range for the third cycle. All Master`s courses are assigned a certain value in terms of ECTS. The successful completion of the full calendar year (12 months) of the Master`s course accumulates 90 ECTS credits.