Universities in Ukraine

Ternopil State Medical University


I.Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University ranks third in Ukraine among the higher medical schools of the IVth accreditation level according to the latest rating list of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.In the latest rating list of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine I.Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University.

Almost 600 international students from 35 countries of the world study at the University.

Languages of instruction: Ukrainian, English, Russian.

Agreements on cooperation have been signed with universities from 7 countries of the world.

12 years’ experience of teaching medicine in English.

Listing Details

Acronym – TSMU
Accreditation – IV
Status – State
Established – 1957
Teaching staff – 549 (86 Doctors of Sciences, Professors, 336 Candidates of Sciences)
Students trained – 4000+

The university contains the following faculties: Medicine (6 years – MD program), Dentistry (5 years), Pharmacy (5 years), and Nursing (2–4 years). Postgraduate programs are also offered in different fields.

The theoretical departments of the faculty occupy four educational scientific institutes, which are independent structural-functional subdivisions of the University: Institute of Morphology, Institute of Biomedical Problems, Institute of Modeling and Pathologic Processes Analyzing, and M. Skakun Institute of Pharmacology, Hygiene and Medical Biochemistry. There are 12 clinical departments, based at city and regional medical establishments in Ternopil.


Medical Faculty
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Dentistry
Postgraduate Training Faculty
Faculty of Foreign Students

Teaching staff

The pedagogical staff numbers 408 teachers, including 71 Doctors of Science, 59 professors, 124 associate professors, and 261 Candidates of Science. The staff includes one Corresponding Member of AMS of Ukraine, 8 Honored Workers of Science and Technology of Ukraine, 3 Honored Inventors of Ukraine, and 4 Honored Physicians of Ukraine.


The student population of the faculty is over 3000, including more than 1000 foreign students.[1] Classes usually consists of 8-12 persons. There are 10 lecture-halls equipped with modern demonstration apparatus. Practical classes and seminars are held in the laboratories and thematic classrooms, while clinical training takes place in the wards and the laboratories of functional and instrumental diagnostics. Since 2006 the “Z-system” of training has been introduced, by which students in their first years learn clinical aspects together with theoretical subjects. Different departments are located at different locations around Ternopil city.

A typical class is held from 9 to 3 pm. Languages of instruction are Ukrainian, English, and Russian.


Ternopil State Medical University is listed in the FAIMER (International Medical Education) directory under ECFMG and the WHO (World Health Organization) directory of Medical Universities/Schools. TSMU’s degree is recognized by WHO, US Education Department, General Medical Council of England, and in EU countries.

Since 2005 students are assessed according to the European Credit Tes
t System (ECTS) credit-module system, which will allow the diplomas granted by the University to be converted in all countries of the European Union.

Postgraduate education

Postgraduates can study for a Master’s Degree or a PhD.

Other continuing education includes a Training Internship Program, and provision for clinical specialization.

Foreign students

More than 1500 international students from 53 different countries are studying in Ternopil State Medical University.[3]

The University collaborates with a number of foreign institutions.

Ternopil State Medical University is the first university in Ukraine to adopt the American Nursing Program. In the American Nursing School and International Nursing School, teaching follows the American Nursing School curriculum. TSMU collaborates with the University of South Carolina Upstate (USA) to exchange academic programs for nursing students.[4] The Nursing School offers two degrees:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) – two-year program
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – four-year program (or two years for those who already have a nursing degree)

After graduation students are eligible to take the National Council License Examination (NCLEX) and Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for registered nurses to start working and living in USA. After obtaining associate degree, students can transfer to USA for bachelor’s degree.