IVANO-FRANKIVSK National Medical University is a top medical university listed in the WHO Directory of Medical Schools and in the US FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED).

Aside from the various general post-graduate degrees offered by the university, it also offers MDS in English.

The State

There are a lot of magic corners in the world and, without a doubt, one of them is the Carpathians. It is a pearl in the treasure trove of Mother Nature. On visiting our Ivano-Frankivsk region you will be convinced of this
– it is a land with unique history and culture and interesting people.

The Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast is located in the west of Ukraine. It is bordered by the Lviv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and Trans-Carpathian Oblasts. For 50 km the southern edge of the Oblast serves as the state border between
Ukraine and Romania. The border with the Trans-Carpathian Region goes along the Carpathian Ridge. For centuries, up until 1945, it also served as a border – once with Hungary, once with Czechoslovakia.

Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University is listed in

World Health Organization (WHO): Directory of World Medical Colleges

International Medical Education Directory (IMED): IMED acaccreditation is recognized by Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for eligibility of graduates to obtain certification & Licensure

Ukrainian State Centre of International Education (USCIE): Directory of Recognized Educational Institutes in Ukraine

Students of Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University are eligible to apply for certification and licensure in over 150 countries in the world including: US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, UAE, Saudi Arabia and etc.


Six year course leading to Degree of “Doctor of Medicine” or “MD”. This is equivalent to “Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery” or “MBBS” degree awarded by commonwealth countries such as UK, Australia, India etc. Admission to the course is after a contract is signed between the Student and University. Fees for international students are denominated in US $ and remain constant over the contract’s duration.

The Medium of instruction is English for all six years for International students. The course is offered in Russian /Ukranian for local candidates. Candidates studying in English medium for all six years are given language classes for the first two years so they may be proficient in the local language for conversing with patients and everyday use.

The Curriculum taught in the University is approved by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health of Ukraine.

Candidates are formed in small groups of 6 to 10 students for teaching. Due to the small size of the student group – individual attention is possible for each student. For the first two years the students are taught in class. From 2nd year onwards, students are also taught clinical subjects and given clinical training in Hospitals for practical experience.

A student needs to read the text and do self preparation before attending class. Notes are provided for this. Students can borrow books from the library or purchase their own books for this. Students need 100% class attendance: If absent; they have to rework the class in the weekend, after due permission from the course teacher.

Each class session is graded. There are internal examinations to be passed. Each year of education is important and must be passed before the student is permitted to graduate. In addition to the University’s internal examination, the Student has to pass State Test (external examination) before graduation in the 3rd and 6th year of education. In the year of graduation; the student is tested on practical proficiency on clinical discipline at the patient’s bed (Practical Test) and on scientific and theoretical proficiency (Theoretical Test) both have to be passed before graduation is possible.

After graduation, the student can practice or enroll in over 20 specializations offered by the University such as cardiology, clinical medicine, oncology, radiology, public health etc.


The Oblast covers a territory of 13.9 thousand square kilometers. The Oblast is divided into three distinct relief types: plain, foothills, and mountains. The relief gets higher from northeast to southwest. The plain is situated in the southwest and adjoins the Dnister River. Here is situated the Oblast center – the city of Ivano-Frankivsk (255 m above the sea level).

The central part consists of rolling hills (400-600 m high). The mountain region is occupied by the Eastern Carpathians, which are divided into four ridges: Chornohora, Horhany, Hryniava, Chyvchyny. In the Chornohora ridge there is Mt. Hoverla (2061 m) – Ukraine’s highest peak.

Students and graduates of Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University are eligible to participate in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) & receive ECFMG certification. ECFMG certification requires all graduates to have passed USMLE Step 1 & 2 (both sections), submit a final transcript and provide a copy of the graduate's diploma for verification. Once ECFMG certification is granted; graduates are eligible for Postgraduate Medical education (Residency Training) in the United States of America. Prospective & current students of Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University wishing to practice in the USA are encouraged to educate themselves on the licensure policies in respective states. Information can be obtained by going to the Federation of State Medical Boards of United States (FSMB) website and from related sources


Post Graduate Degrees are offered in the below disciplines in English Medium

1. Cardio surgery 2. Cardiology 3. Dermatology 4. ENT
5. Family medicine 6. Forensic Medicine 
7. Gastroenterology 8. General Medicine 9. Gynecology 10. Intensive care medicine 11. Internal diseases 
12. Neurology 13. Neurosurgery 14. Nuclear Medicine
15. Oncology 16. Ophthalmology 17. Orthopedics 
18. Pediatrics 19. Plastic Surgery 20. Public Health
21. Pulmonary Medicine 22. Radiology 23. Social Medicine 24. Surgery 25. Therapy 26. Urology 
27. Urosurgery

MDS - MASTER OF DENTAL Master of Dental Science

A two year Clinical Residentura (Clinical Residency) course is offered in English Medium for International Students in “Oral Surgery”.

There are only 5 (five) seats in total available in this course in the English Medium.

Students can be admitted to other specialities in Russian / Ukranian medium. For admission in Russian or Ukrainian medium, international students are advised to first join a 10 month preparatory course.

Post Graduate Students are given practical training in various techniques of Oral Surgery. They Observe and assist in the operations; but not permitted to conduct an actual operation as they are do not hold the required qualification or experience. The professors explain the process to the student and answer questions.

This is a two year course in pure Clinical practice

University Address
Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University
Galytska Str. 2,
76018, Ivano-Frankivsk

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IFNMU is among the six top higher medical educational establishments of Ukraine and about 1000 foreign students from all over the world study at IFSMU every year. As part of the Euro Integrating process, IFNMU has been providing English medium education since 2004.

Modern lecture halls and labs, library, computer classes with Internet connection, gym with the training equipment, swimming-pool, rest camp on the Black Sea and in the
Carpathian mountains are at the foreign students” service. All rights and freedoms are guaranteed to the foreign students according to the Law of Ukraine and University Statute.

Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University is one of the oldest and leading medical higher institutions of Ukraine and former USSR. The University was founded in 1945.

All the educational programs of the University are regulated and approved by the Ministry of Education & Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Degrees and diplomas issued to International students by the Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University are legalized by the Ministry of heath of Ukraine and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Students from India are eligible to sit for the National Board of Examination (NBE) and to register with the Medical Council of India (MCI); after obtaining an “Eligibility Certificate” from the MCI prior to sitting for the Competency test conducted by the NBE and complying with any other guide-lines of the certification authority.
Similarly, students /graduates of Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University are eligible to sit for the licensure & certification examinations of many other countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UAE, Singapore etc. All students & graduates should educate themselves on the licensure policies in their respective home countries and countries where they propose to practise and prepare accordingly - in terms of: Education, documents, attestation immigration, subject competency exam, language competency examination and residency and work permit laws.

Courses offered by Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University follow the “Bologna Process” with the objective of establishing a European Higher Education Area by 2010. A process driven by the 46 participating countries and the Council of Europe. The primary goals are as follows: 
• Easy to move from one country to the other within the European Higher Education Area – for the purpose of further study or employment;
• Increase attractiveness of European higher education so many people from non-European countries also come to study and/or work in Europe;
• Provide Europe with a broad, high quality and advanced knowledge base, and ensure the development of Europe as a stable, peaceful and tolerant community.


Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University possesses an excellent system of hostel accommodation. It owns three hostel buildings with capacity of over 2000 students.

Rooms are fully furnished and consist of an apartment like system with a two bed and a three bed room with an attached toilet. On each floor there is a common hall and a common kitchen for cooking. On the ground floor there is a gym cum recreation center including a table tennis table.

Hostel rooms come furnished with beds, mattress, pillows, blanket, two side tables, one cupboard per room and one table and chair per room. Occupants get a weekly change of bed-sheet and pillow case. Hot water is available in designated hours. All rooms are centrally heated. A plumber, carpenter and electrician are available on call.

Admission to the Hostel is competitive. It is based on first come-first serve and subject to availability. Students residing in the hostel sign an annual contract and are expected to follow the rules of the hostel; which include closing of the hostel gate at 11.00 pm, registering all visitors to the hostel, not making noise and showing consideration to fellow residents in the hostel.

The main hostel is located about 2 kilometers from the Deans’s office and the City center. Many buses cover this distance or it is a pleasant 20-25 minute walk. Supermarkets and grocery shops are within 2-3 minutes walk from the hostel.

Off campus housing / flats are available to students who can rent rooms or flats in private apartments. These are at various prices ranging from $ 150 to 350 per month dependent on size and location of the flat. International Students who live outside the hostel are required to notify the Foreign Dean’s office in writing of their address so that the address changes is informed to the Foreigners Registration office as required under the laws of Ukraine.