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Sumy State University
Year found: 1948
Legal form State
Country Ukraine
City Sumy

Sumy State University (SSU) is situated in Sumy city in North-East of Ukraine and is a leading higher education establishment of the region of a classical type with a higher accreditation level. The University history started in 1948.


Sumy State University (SSU) conducts training on 59 specialties of 36 areas and 23 fields of knowledge (computer science; informatics; applied mathematics; mechanics; automatics and controlling; electronics; nanotechnology; electrical engineering; energetics; mechanical engineering; materials science; chemical engineering; ecology; quality, standardization, certification; economics and business; management; medicine; law; journalism; translation etc. )

About 22 thousand people are getting their education on different studying forms, educational and qualified levels.

According to the worldwide Internet rating Webometrics SSU takes 3rd position among Ukrainian institutes of higher education (in January, 2017).

The university takes high positions among Ukrainian institutes of higher education for its number of prize places , that were won by SSU students in All-Ukrainian Olympiads on educational disciplines, training areas, specialties (from 2004- prize places; 2008-09 year (a. y.), 2009-10 year – the 4th place).

For its number of prize places in All- Ukrainian Competitions of students’ research works SSU takes the leading places among Ukrainian institutes of higher education (2005-06 a. y., 2007-08 a.y., 2008-09 a.y., 2009-10 a.y.- the first place, 2006-07 a.y.- the third place).

International activities

SSU is a member of International Association of u_universities, European Association of u_universities, Eurasian Association of u_universities, World Health Organization and other international organizations.

About 1000 foreign students of almost 60 countries, including the USA, Western Europe, Australia, all regions of Africa and Asia, are studying in SSU.



Sumy was founded in 1652 at the bank of the Psel River (a left tributary of the Dnieper) as a Cossack fortress. It was intended to protect Slobjda Ukraine from the Crimean Tatar attacks. After their attacks discontinued and the territory was incorporated into the Russian Empire, Sumy evolved into an important economical centre. During the German occupation of Ukraine during World War 2nd (1941 – 1943), Sumy sustained heavy damage. The war over, destroyed parts of the city were rebuilt anew. Sumy has been a twin town of  Celle, Germany since January 17, 1990.


The city centre is dominated by the large cathedral of the Saviour's Transfiguration. It is a neoclassical structure of the 18th century, extensively repaired and reconstructed in 1858 and in the 1880s, when the 56 metre (180 ft) high bell tower was added. The interior features frescoes by Vladimir Makovsky and Klavdiy Lebedev.

The Cathedral of Holy Trinity was built in 1902-1914 on the same pattern as the Cathedral of St. Isaac in St. Petersburg. The author of the design was Sumy architect G. Sholts. It was built at the expense of Pavlo Kharitonenko, the local manufacturer and Maecenas who fulfilled his father’s last will. Icon-painting is by famous artist M. Nesterov. The work on the decorative design was not completed because of the revolutionary events of 1917.


The Sumy Regional Art Museum was opened in 1920. It was started from nationalized private collections of the town and district. Paintings of Taras Shevchenko, I. Shyskin, and Tetyana Yablonska are on display, including a beautiful Dutch landscape by a painter of Yan van Goyen's circle. Today the museum is one of the most outstanding art centres which contains unique paintings and works of applied art. The building of the early 20th century originally belonged to the State Bank.

The Chekhov Museum, located in Chekhov street is a unique architectural complex representing Lintvarev’s country estate of the 18th – 19th centuries. In 1888–1889 a great writer and dramatist Anton Chekhov was dreaming to settle in Luka forever but his dream did not come true. “Abbacia and the Adriatic Sea are wonderful, but Luka and Psiol are better” – he wrote in his letter from Italy to his friends in Sumy in 1894.


Sumy was formerly home to the Ukrainian First League football team FC Spartak Sumy (now defunct).

The Ukrainian Premier League footbalclub FC Kharkiv are currently leasing the city's state-of-the-art Yuvileiny Stadium.


Weather and climate

Sumy is located in the northeastern part of Ukraine. So its weather is similar to that in Kharkov. Sumy's climate is moderate continental: cold and snowy winters, and hot summers. The seasonal average temperatures are not too cold in winter, not too hot in summer: −6.9 °C (19.6 °F) in January, and 20.3 °C (68.5 °F) in July. The average rainfall totals 513 mm (20 in) per year, with the most in June and July.


Bachelor courses in English:

  1. Medicine
  2. Management
  3. Marketing 
  4. Computer science


Master courses in English:

  1. Management
  2. Marketing 
  3. Computer science

Bachelor courses in Ukrainian:

  1. Mechanical engineering
  2. Machine engineering
  3. Energy machine engineering
  4. Heat and power engineering
  5. Engineering materials science
  6. Ecology, environmental protection and conservation of nature
  7. Mechanics
  8. Chemical technology
  9. Applied mathematics
  10. Informatics
  11. Computer science
  12. Electronic devices and systems
  13. Micro- and nanoelectronics
  14. System engineering
  15. Electrical engineering and electrotechnics
  16. Philology
  17. Journalism
  18. Advertising and public relations
  19. Law
  20. Economics of enterprise
  21. Marketing
  22. Finances and credit
  23. Management
  24. International economics
  25. Telecommunications
  26. Sport
Master degree courses in Ukrainian:
  1. Mechanical engineering technologies
  2. Hydraulic machines, hydraulic drives and hydraulic and pneumatic automation
  3. Equipment for chemical production and building material plants
  4. Metal-cutting machines tools and systems
  5. Tool production
  6. Compressors, pneumatic units and vacuum technologies
  7. Refrigerating machines and plants
  8. Energy management
  9. Applied materials science
  10. Ecology and environmental protection
  11. Computer mechanics
  12. Quality, standardization and certification
  13. Applied mathematics
  14. Informatics 
  15. Information technologies of design
  16. Electronic instruments and devices
  17. Electronic systems
  18. Computerized management systems and automation
  19. Electrotechnical systems of electricity consumption
  20. Translation
  21. Journalism
  22. Law
  23. Economics of enterprise
  24. Marketing
  25. Finances and credit
  26. Management of organizations and administration
  27. General medicine
  28. Preventive care
  29. Dentistry
  30. Project management
  31. Environmental economics and natural resources
  32. Business administration
  33. Financial and economic management
  34. Administrative management
  35. Public service
  36. Innovation management
  37. Media сommunications
  38. Information and communications technologies
  39. Physics and biomedical electronics
  40. Chemical technologies of high-molecular compounds
  41. Exchange business 

Foreign students who study at Sumy State University live in hostels. They are provided with the comfortable living conditions and all the needments. An experienced psychologist and highly professional specialists work with the foreign students helping to adjust to their life in Ukraine and in the hostels in particular. As the representative about 70 nationalities live in the hostels of SSU the university popularizes a friendly treatment of the people of different nations and religion, respect to their traditions and customs.


All students have their personal passes they use to enter the hostel. The hostels are guarded, the workers stay in the hostels from 8.00 a.m. till 11.00 p.m. These measures help to prevent an unauthorized access to the hostels.


At the beginning of the classes different meetings take place. The participants of these meetings are: the students, the vice-deans of the faculties for work in the hostels, hostel administrators, hostel workers, the heads of the student councils in the hostels. The students obtain information about their rights and duties, the rules of behavior in the hostels and information about leisure time organization.


Every September the elections of student councils of the faculties and hostels are carried out. The meetings of the students’ councils in the hostels take place every week where the questions about students’ life and leisure time are discussed.


Students’ self-government system is developed.

27 kinds of sport are cultivated in the university. There are record-holders and prizemen of world, European and Ukrainian championships among SSU students.

There are 2 People’s ensembles and about 15 circles of amateurs’ performances, schools and clubs at SSU.

SSU School Club for the Lightheaded and Quick-witted (CLQ) consists of SSU teams and School league of CLQ.

SSU Department of Extracurricular Activities conducts various events, games, competitions, discussions, round tables, calendar and holiday parties (“Autumn Ball”, “Music fests”, “Cossack’s glory”, “The Student’s Day”, “New Year mosaic”, “St. Valentine’s Day”, “Tatyana’s Day”, “Comic assortment”, “Victory Day” and others) for students. The excursions to cultural centers of our town – theatres, philharmonic societies and museums are rather interesting. In spring and autumn the Department organizes local history excursions of students to the sights of our region and country.

Numerous educational and mass cultural events are held for foreign students, in particular, “Mister Foreign Student”, “’The Ways of Friendship”, “National Cuisine”, “Tourist Hiking”, “Cheerful Start”. Common sport-education and mass cultural events promote friendly relationships between foreign students and Ukrainian ones.

Moreover, the Department controls work of circles: regional ethnography circle, law circle, literary society, intellectual circle, journalism etc.


Student Local Trade


Students Local Trade of Sumy State University represents and protects educational, social and economic rights and interests of its members. Joining the Students Local Trade conducts on a voluntary basis, without any limitation due to nationality, gender, party affiliation or religious beliefs, irrespective of the form of study. To become a member of the union, you must apply trade union organizer group or contact the student union committee.

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