Ukrainian companies providing consulting services in the area of higher education abroad, post the standard list of required application documents on their web-sites for those willing to study in European universities. The president of the Corporation “Ukrainian-Polish Centre of academic exchange” Aleksey Moskalenko says that the application procedure for international students is a resource and time-consuming issue. “Yes indeed, there is a standard list of documents for international students. First of all, it is the certificate of basic education. For instance, if the prospective student applies for the Bachelor programme, he has to present his basic education diploma; if he enrolls for the Master degree, both school and Bachelor diplomas are required. All the documents need to be translated into Polish not by Ukrainian but Polish expert translators, because it is a legal document and they cannot rely on Ukrainian text”, says the expert. Mr Moskalenko says that the translation of Ukrainian documents is a complicated process. To find a proper interpreter and provide him with all the originals is only a halfway through. The main difficulties are to get the final result which takes up to two weeks minimum. There is more to come! “Despite the Ukrainian-Polish agreement on academic recognition of all education certificates and equality of degrees, the Polish party requires Apostille on every document!” says the expert.
Thus those willing to study in Polish universities have to submit their diplomas to the Ministry of Education of Ukraine for the Apostille certification. Only after receiving the stamp on the document you can go to Poland and search for the Polish expert translator. “Without the Apostille no one will take the documents for translations! The restriction is aimed at avoiding documents falsifications. It is a preventive measure”, explains Mr Moskalenko.
A lot of problems may arise with regard to the time constraints. According to Aleksey Moskalenko, the deadline for applications is the end of July; in August the professors go on vacation. “Our students receive diplomas in the end of June, beginning of July. The Apostille certification takes up to 40 days in the Ministry of Education. This means that during this time a student cannot apply to any Ukrainian university without the originals (as a back-up alternative to Polish universities).The document with the Apostille students receive in the beginning of August. To submit it to the application committee is not an option, because it has to be translated first which takes 2 weeks until it’s done. Besides bringing the documents for translation and waiting for it you will have to take care of accommodation and food for these days (at least a week). In average it costs 50 dollars a day in a hotel”, shares the expert.
The way out of this situation is hard to find. An option is to register at the Polish university and submit the copies of the documents, thus reserving a spot for yourself. In this case you will have to pay the registration fee, around 200 euro. The problem is solved if the university turns a blind eye to the absence of the documents and agrees to wait until the student finally delivers the required originals.
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