Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WES Credential Evaluations for Ukrainian Students

By Lily Jandreska
World Education Services

Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe with a high literacy percentage rate of 99.8 percent. The official language of instruction is Ukrainian, but some programs are offered in Russian and English to accommodate foreign students. The academic year runs from September to June and the Ministry of Education and Science administers Ukrainian education.


The Ukrainian education system is comprised of pre-school education, comprehensive or secondary education, vocational-technical education, and higher education.

Compulsory Education
  • Pre-school
  • Primary school
  • Basic (general) secondary education 

Non-compulsory Education
  • Upper general secondary education
  • Vocational and technical education
  • Higher education 

Higher Education (University)
The most common university credentials evaluated at WES include:

  • Diploma of Junior Specialist (Dyplom Molodshogo Spetsialista)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Dyplom Bakalavra)
  • Diploma of Specialist (Dyplom Spetsialista)
  • Master’s Degree (Dyplom Magistra)
  • Doctor of Sciences (Kandydat Nauk) 
Read below for more information on these credentials and their equivalency to U.S. and Canadian credentials:

Diploma of Junior Specialist (Dyplom Molodshogo Spetsialista)
  • Two—three years of full-time study after completion of secondary education
    • U.S equivalency: associate of applied science degree
    • Canadian equivalency: diploma (two years)
  • Three—four years of study after incomplete secondary education
    • U.S equivalency: high school diploma and associate of applied science degree
    • Canadian equivalency: secondary school diploma and diploma (two years)
    • Grants access to bakalavr or diploma of specialist 
Bachelor’s Degree (Dyplom Bakalavra)
  • Four years of full-time study after completion of secondary education
    • U.S. and Canadian equivalency: bachelor’s degree (four years)
    • Grants access to magistr and diploma of specialist  
Diploma of Specialist (Dyplom Spetsialista)
  • Five years of full-time study after completion of secondary education
    • U.S. and Canadian equivalency: bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • One—two years of study after Dyplom Bakalavra
    • U.S. and Canadian equivalency: master’s degree
    • Grants access to magistr and diploma of specialist 
Master’s Degree (Dyplom Magistra)
  • One year of full-time study after diploma of specialist or two years of study after bakalavr
    • U.S. and Canadian equivalency: master’s degree
    • Grants access to doctorate program
Candidate of Sciences (Kandydat Nauk)
  • Minimum of three years of full-time study after magistr or diploma of specialist
    • U.S. and Canadian equivalency – earned doctorate
    • Grants access to Doctor of Science
If an applicant wants to evaluate incomplete study of higher education, WES offers an option to evaluate this credential and gives an open-ended equivalency stating the major and the exact number of years of study.

For more information on U.S. and Canadian degree equivalencies, please use our degree equivalency tool. To further understand the WES grade conversion scale for Russian credentials, please visit our Country Resources page.  To calculate what your GPA will be worth, try our iGPA Calculator. 

WES Required Documents
Here are the required documents you will need for your evaluation:
  • Secondary Education: Certificate of Completed Secondary education verified by the Information and Image Center ENIC under the Ministry of Education and Science.
  • Higher Education: Degree certificate and academic transcript verified by the Information and Image Center ENIC under the Ministry of Education and Science. 
All documents must be sent directly to WES by ENIC.

For more information on which documents are acceptable for a WES evaluation, please visit the required documents section on the WES website.


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Lily Jandreska works as a credential analyst for the evaluation departm

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