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Zaporizhzha State Medical University
Year found: 1903
Legal form State
Country Ukraine
City Zaporozhye

Zaporizhzha State Medical University

Year found: 1903
Legal form: State
Country: Ukraine
Awards: Bachelor Degree
                     Specialist Degree
                     Master Degree
                     Doctoral Programmes
City: Zaporozhye
Study language: Russian, Ukrainian, English


      The history of the Zaporizhzha State Medical University goes back to 1903.

      Now it is one of the leading Medical Universities of Ukraine. It has become a training center for medical and pharmaceutical specialists for Ukraine and for foreign countries.

      The main objective of the University is to provide higher medical education for Specialist’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as postgraduate training in internship, mastership, post-graduate study, residency and refresher courses for physicians and pharmacists.

      Zaporizhzha State Medical University takes the first place among the universities with foreign students admittance. Training of foreign citizens has been carried out at ZSMU since 1973. More than 50000 foreign citizens from 101 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America were involved in different forms of study. Over 35000 foreign students completed training in different specialities and got diplomas. Since 2002 foreign students are taught in English.

      The system of training at Zaporozhye State Medical University includes premedical, under-graduate and postgraduate periods of study. The premedical education is provided at the Preparatory faculty for foreign citizens and then foreign students are trained at the International faculty of the University.


Favorable climate and good location of Zaporozhye attracted people long ago. The ancient sites of early people in the river Dnieper valley refer to mid-paleolith. It is believed that in 972 prince of the Kievan Rus Svyatoslav I Igorevich died on the island of Khortitsa. The island of Khortitsa was known from the time of the Kievan Rus.

The history of the town Alexandrovsk (present day Zaporozhye) is linked with the construction of a New Dnieper fortified line of fortresses located between Zaporozhye and Berdyansk at the end of the 18th century. Alexandrovskaya fortress was the largest among them, its construction was finished by 1775.

Since its early years, the government tried to turn Alexandrovsk into not only administrative but economical center of the region. The settlement grew as well as its population. At the end of the 18th century, Alexandrovsk became an important transportation center. It was caused by the fact that goods for construction of Kherson and the Black Sea fleet were delivered via Alexandrovsk.

The importance of Odessa as a trade city grew and main trade directions changed in the region, Alexandrovsk began declining. In 1797, the Dnieper fortified line of fortresses was abolished due to loss of its military importance. In 1806, Alexandrovsk received the status of an uyezd town.

Construction of a railway crossing the town was a push to Alexandrovsk development. After construction of Lozovo-Sevastopolskaya railway was over, the town turned into one of the large transit freight points. Before the World War I, the population of the town was 63,600, water pipeline and a power station were constructed.

On March 23rd, 1921, Alexandrovsk was renamed Zaporozhye. Before the World War II, Zaporozhye turned into a large industrial city. The power station on the Dnieper (DneproGES) became a symbol of industrialization not only of Zaporozhye area but of the whole USSR. In 1939, the city became the center of a newly formed Zaporozhskaya oblast.

On August 18th, 1941, German troops approached the city. The dam of DneproGES was exploded because of the threat that German troops would enter the city. About 44,000 citizens and captives died during the occupation of the city. Reconstruction of the old part of the city, restoration and development of the new part (Sotsgorod) resulted in their joining in the 1960s.

Zaporozhye features

Because of the power, a large metallurgical industry developed, including Zaporozhstal iron and steel plant, factories specializing in high-grade steels made in electric hearths, ferroalloys, titanium and aluminum smelting.

Zaporozhye has one of the largest strip-rolling mills of Ukraine. Coke by-products supply is an important chemical industry of Zaporozhye. A range of engineering and light industries includes the manufacture of automobiles and electrical apparatus.

There are teacher-training, pharmaceutical and machine-building institutes in Zaporozhye.


Khortitsa Isle. It is the largest island on the Dnieper River located in the middle of Zaporozhye city. Since ancient times, this natural fortress served as a reliable protection for various tribes, the traces of which are preserved in abundance. In particular, burial mounds and stone statues of the Scythian times are the exhibits of “Scythian camp” complex.

In the 16th century, Zaporozhye Sich was founded here - a fortified camp of the Ukrainian Cossacks, which later became the center of the Cossack state. In 1965, the State (then National) Historic and Cultural Reserve was created on an island. Today the place is becoming a major museum complex. Address: Zaporozhye, Khortitsa Isle.

Museum of History of Zaporozhye Cossacks. The museum dedicated to the history of the Ukrainian Cossacks is located in the northern part of Khortitsa Isle, which offers the most scenic view of the DnieproGES dam. There are exhibitions devoted to ancient times, the period of Kievan Rus, the Cossack era, recent history of Zaporozhye region, Orthodoxy in Zaporozhye lands.

There are four dioramas: “Battle of Kiev Prince Svyatoslav of the Dnieper rapids”, “Military Council in Sich”, “Construction of DnieproGES”, “Liberation of Zaporozhye October 14, 1943”. Nearby there is a large mound of the Scythian times. Address: Zaporozhye, Khortitsa Isle. Opening hours: 9:00-17:00, day off - Monday.

Zaporozhye Sich. Historical and cultural complex “Zaporozhye Sich” on Khortitsa Island is a reconstruction of an old Cossack fortress of the 16th-18th centuries. Sich (fortification) was a military and political center of Zaporozhye Cossacks, the capital of the Cossack lands. In those days Khortitsa Island was a strategic point in the way of the Tatars raids in Ukrainian lands. Also the political influence of Poland which was controlling most of Ukraine was minimal here.

The beginning of the Sich is associated with the name of D. Vishnevetsky (legendary Baida). In the first half of the 16th century, he founded the first fortification on the island of Malaya (Small) Khortitsa (Baida Island today). Later, in different places in the rapids of the Dnieper River, one after another, there were eight fortresses, united by a common name of Zaporozhye Sich - the capital of Cossack land.

At the end of the 16th century, increasing national and religious oppression in Rzeczpospolita (Poland) turned the area into the center of the Ukrainian people liberation struggle under the leadership of B. Khmelnitsky. At the end of the 18th century, Zaporozhye Cossacks were oppressed by the Russian government. The Sich was abolished in 1775.

In 2005, the reconstruction works began. Today there is a reduced copy of Cossack fortress surrounded by a moat, rampart and a palisade with several towers. In the center of the fortress there is a church. The complex was officially opened in 2009 despite the fact that some objects were not finished. The guided tours are available. 




Specialities/courses by faculties:

• General Medicine. MD. Period of study is 6 years.
• Pediatrics. MD. Period of study is 6 years.
• Dentistry. MD. Period of study is 5 years.
• Laboratory diagnostics. Bachelor. Period of study is 4 years.
• Pharmacy. Master of Pharmacy. Period of study is 5 years.
• Technology of perfume - cosmetic preparation. Master of Pharmacy. Period of study is 5 years.
The University has its own clinic, in which practical classes are conducted and medical aid is delivered.

Post-diploma education includes training in the internship, training for Master`s degree, clinical studies, postgraduate courses in 29 medical specialties and
refresher courses for
doctors and pharmacists.

Zaporizhzha State Medical University looks like a student campus. The campus and hostels are equipped with the means of video surveillance and control.

The hostel buildings are of a modern block type and consist of the rooms for 1-2-3 persons with all the conveniences. There are Internet halls in the hostels for foreign citizens. There is a can-teen at the University with Indian cuisine which is very popular with foreign students.




When student arrive to airport he/she will be met and transferred to university. At university student have orientation and welcome brief. After orientation student will be placed at university hostel. During all time of studying at university foreign students are supported by qualified team of International Department. All their needs will be satisfied with pleasure. There is very helpful consultancy for students who have educational difficulties.

All university hostels are secured and have time restrictions for guest to ensure safety and good condition of living.

The Ukrainian people are philosophical and peaceful. The most recent example being the Orange revolution, a completely peaceful demonstration by the people looking for political change. You will find that Ukrainians are very amicable and have good sense of humor. There is no racism at all. Strangers will be extremely friendly with you and be impressed that you made the effort to visit their country over their more visited neighbors.



The University is situated on the picturesque bank of the Dnieper river. There are five academic buildings, five hostels, scientific and belletristic literature libraries with reading halls and computer rooms, beauty studio, medical centers, student`s sanatorium-dispensary, several canteens and cafes, internet-café on the territory of the campus in the park area. A stadium with a track and field sectors.

There is an amateur art club for students who are keen on singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Ukrainian historical and cultural parties, festivals of international friendship, competition parties are held at ZSMU.

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