Study in Ukraine
Graduate programs in Ukraine
The ancient country of Ukraine – first inhabited in 32,000 BC – is the largest in Europe and is bordered by Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. It is famed for its Black Sea region, and its literature, architecture and culture is strongly influenced by Eastern Orthodoxy – its dominant religion and one of the oldest faiths in the world.
A little known fact about Ukraine is that it is the country where the Easter egg originated – it’s a tradition so old that it predates Christianity in the country!
Population: 49.49 million
There are around 800 Higher Education institutions in Ukraine, all of which are either state-funded or private.
The Law of Ukraine On Higher Education, which came into force in 2014, has allowed greater freedom for Higher Education institutions, including the right to implement their own educational and research programmes and give more power to student governments.
There are three different types of graduate programs in Ukraine:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Science
As in the majority of countries, masters degrees in Ukraine follow on directly from bachelors degrees, and usually last one or two years.
A PhD comes after a masters degree and often takes a number of years to complete. Students must pass exams and defend their thesis at the end of the first year in order to progress further.
International students who do not speak the language that the university in question teaches in (usually Russian or Ukrainian) will usually have the opportunity to take preparatory courses on campus before officially beginning their program.
Immigration and visas in Ukraine
Foreigners who come to Ukraine to study are required to submit the following documents:
- questionnaire and application form
- copy of passport
- copy of birth certificate, notarised
- Copy of education document with details of subjects and exam results (translated into Ukrainian)
- a medical certificate
- a certificate confirming the absence of disease in HIV infection, issued in Ukraine
- 10 color photos, 3*4
- file folder with binder
- a copy of a return ticket with open date within one year
Life in Ukraine
As in most countries, rural areas and smaller cities (such as Lviv and Ternopil) are more affordable than the capital. However, the cost of living in Kyiv - Ukraine’s capital - and in the country overall is much cheaper than in the majority of other European cities. International students should also be issued a discount card, which can give discounts of up to 30% for train and plane tickets.
The main advice given to international students is to learn the local language, as this will make day to day life easier and help them to integrate.
Current political tensions mean that the situation in the east of Ukraine is extremely unstable. Whilst the situation is calmer in western cities, such as Kyiv, events are currently moving quickly and international students as well as visitors are advised to monitor the news closely and make sure they are aware of any changes that might affect them.
As with any country international students should be vigilant about their surroundings and not take unnecessary risks. Areas where demonstrations or large public gatherings are taking place should be avoided, even in the western parts of the country.
Working in Ukraine
International students who want to work whilst studying in Ukraine should obtain a work permit from the Police and Border Guard Board. To do this they will need to present a written confirmation from the university they’re studying at.
Having a part-time job is common for students in Ukraine, and students should be prepared to email, present a CV and attend an interview.
International students in Ukraine may be able to live on university campuses, which are likely to include facilities such as gyms, libraries, laundry and security services. Students renting apartments off campus will pay much less to do so than they would in other European cities.
Climate in Ukraine
The majority Ukraine has a continental climate, although the south coast has a subtropical climate. Black Sea areas are cool in winter whilst other areas are likely to be much colder, and rain is common in the west and north.
Rail transport is well established in Ukraine, connecting the majority of urban areas and neighbouring countries. Air transport is also developing quickly.
The currency of Ukraine is the hryvnia.
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