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Ukraine is definitely a destination to be discovered. It is the largest country in Europe with 0.41% of the world’s territory and 0.85% of the world’s population. It borders the Russian Federation, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova, with the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south.

Ukraine is a place with fabulous nature, architectural landmarks and golden-domed churches. It is on the crossroads between Central and Eastern Europe, between the north and south. It has mountain ranges – the Carpathian mountains are good for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. The coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers.

Today, Ukraine is a cradle of well-wishing people and a country of sunflowers and endless blue skies.

Official language:





August, 24, 1991


47 732 079


Hryvnia (UAH)

Time zone

GMT+2 (UTC+2)

Location: Central-Eastern Europe, part of the East-European plain, between 44”20′ and 52”20′ N and 22”5′ and 41”15’E.

Area: 603 700 km2

Climate: moderately continental.

Average winter temperature is from -8° to -12° C (from +17.6° F to +3° F). In the Southern regions average winter temperature is 0° C (+32° F).

Average summer temperature is from +18° to +25° C (from +64.4° F to +77° F), although maximum temperature can be more than +35°C (+95° F).

Best time to visit Ukraine: summer, late spring and early autumn.

Internet top-level domain: ua

International phone code: 380


  2. Student Life

Study in Ukraine. This is a place where studying goes beyond classrooms. Enjoy your multicultural life and get new experience every day! Learn from the best specialists and prosper as a globally demanded professional. Ukraine gives you this chance.

Student life in Ukraine does not differ a lot from that in other European countries. Students study, meet new people, hang out, learn new things, travel around Europe etc. Most students live on campus (some rent apartments). Hostel fee usually doesn’t go higher than USD 50 per month. Campuses have all the facilities for safe and comfort stay: libraries, hospitals, gyms, conference and concert halls, laboratories and other training facilities, security, etc.

The Ukraine has the Europe’s largest international student population, with nearly 20,000 students choosing to broaden their education and life experience in the Ukraine. Nearly 8% of all students enrolled in higher-level education are international students, and the numbers are growing. From the mid-1990’s, when international student enrollment was only just reaching 5,000, international education in the Ukraine has come a long way.

We look forward to helping students who, like you, are considering continuing your education in the Ukraine. You will find all of the tools you need to compile your necessary research in deciding if the Ukraine is the best place for you – we have gathered valuable information on educational, social, cultural and economic aspects of studying in the Ukraine.

For those of you who have already made the choice to study in the Ukraine or would like more general information about Ukraine and its education system, you are now faced with the task of matching your goals and needs with the right program. Answers to your research questions can be found here, from the information we’ve collected from educators to real-life stories from other non-Ukrainian students like you.

Many schools and programs offer international students great opportunities for learning and enrichment in the Ukraine, and we know that choosing one can be an extensive and exhausting process. Find out what program is right for you and make the right choice.

Universities provide students with books and relevant studying materials. Libraries with computer rooms are also available. Almost every university has sports teams, which compete in various disciplines with their peers from other institutions. The most popular sport is no doubt football. Many students are also involved in KVN games (a humorous contest between faculties, universities). Participating in this kind of activity usually takes a lot of time, but if your team performs well, the university administration will offer you some flexibility in attendance.

  1. Social life

Being a student in Ukraine means having an active social life, full of unforgettable activities, which will obviously become precious memories for the rest of your life. All universities have student unions which were formed to organize and enrich students’ social and academic lives.

There are numerous different activities, contests, and cultural clubs on offer at local student communities. Brainstorming competitions are popular in Ukraine and students also take part in scientific conferences to present their research.


In Ukraine, you can find any sport you like, with big university campuses having their own gyms and play yards. The most popular team sports are football, volleyball, basketball, soccer and cricket. Other sports on offer to students include tennis, badminton and chess. There are sports tournaments constantly being held all over Ukraine.

Sports culture in Ukraine is rapidly developing. Ukraine hosted the UEFA Euro 2012 in huge modern sports stadiums such as “Olimpiyskiy” in Kyiv, “Metallist” in Kharkiv and “Arena Lviv” in Lviv. In every city you can find a gym for a reasonable price not far from your place and don’t forget to ask about student discounts!


Ukraine has fertile soil and beautiful nature, which has always been a great treasure for conquerors. Every region of the country has it’s unique natural and man-made attractions and tourist spots. You can find numerous museums, nature parks and reserves you surely will be impressed with.


The largest cities of Ukraine are Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa and Kharkiv. Graceful architecture, cozy cafes and restaurants, and a variety of cultural facilities make Ukraine a fascinating destination.

There is a small city in the Kyiv province called Pereyaslav, which is a known as a “living museum” and is one of the biggest history and ethnography reserves in Ukraine. There are over 20 different museums, and the city hosts various exhibitions and ethnic festivals. Western Ukraine has a charming European spirit you should experience: ancient churches, old castles, waterfalls and breathtaking mountains. Carpathian cities like Bukovel, Slavske and Pylypets are well known skiing resorts in the area. The Shatsk lakes in Volyn are one of the biggest in eastern Europe. The coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers, the river trip from Kyiv to the Black Sea coast promises remarkable sights.

  1. Cost of living in Ukraine

National currency in Ukraine is Hryvnia (UHR). 1 USD = 27 Hryvnia. Payment for purchasing and services is done in hryvnias, nevertheless, some companies take payments in USD.

The cost of living is a lot cheaper than most other European cities. To live comfortably in Ukraine, an average student can survive on $150 to $250 dollars a month. This includes but not limited to food, transport and clothing.


Hostel facilities for students are readily available at relatively cheap prices but very comfortable. The rent varies basically depending on the location of the hostel, the number of rooms and the number of people who would share a room. On the average, a student might pay as rent between $500 to $700 dollars per year


  • The terms of entering Ukraine are very flexible for foreigners. Citizens of the CIS and European countries, Canada, Japan, and a number of other countries don’t need to get a visa to live and study in Ukraine. Those who do need to get a visa to enter Ukraine can get visa support.
  • International students don’t need to pass any tests or exams to enroll in a Ukrainian university; TOEFL or IELTS are not required either.
  • Ukrainian higher education institutions offer a wide range of courses within exact and natural sciences as well as humanities.
  • Ukraine has signed the Lisbon Recognition Convention and is a part of the Bologna process, which means that Ukrainian degrees and periods of study are common throughout Europe and are recognized all over the world.
  • Students can enroll in a BA, MA or postgraduate program. They can also choose the most suitable form of learning – full-time, part-time or distance learning.
  • The tuition fees in Ukrainian higher education institutions are substantially lower than those of European and North American universities.
  • International students can choose the language of instruction (Ukrainian, Russian or English).
  • Most of Ukrainian universities have a preparatory course for international students, during which they can learn Ukrainian and Russian as well as improve their knowledge of future majors. The course usually lasts 6-10 months.
  • Students of Ukrainian universities are offered accommodation in inexpensive dormitory rooms.
  • Medical degree recognized by WHO, UNESCO, PLAB(UK), USMLE(USA), throughout EU and Various International Organization
  • No Entry Test
  • Tuition fee is paid on arrival
  • Worldwide Acceptance of Ukrainian Method of Teaching AND English Medium of Instruction
  • Moderate Climate around the year
  • One of the Best Transportation systems in Europe


Guide to higher education in Ukraine

 Ukrainian education is considered to be one of the best in the world given it’s long and rich history. Higher educational institutions in Ukraine were first established in the 17th century and even then attracted students from all over the world. Experienced teachers and professors, a great diversity of specialties and European standards of quality make Ukrainian education popular among students worldwide.

In 2005, Ukraine joined the Bologna Process which is a positive step towards integrating Ukrainian education into the European Higher Education Area.

Ukrainian higher education institutions provide courses in Ukrainian, Russian or English. International students have the opportunity to study in more than 240 higher education institutions and gain specializations in different scientific fields. Every year, higher educational institutions welcome students from more than 150 countries.

Ukrainian higher educational institutions provide the following levels of higher education:

First level:

Junior Bachelor

Second level:


Third level:

Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Science


Foreigners can enroll in higher educational institutions with accredited educational programs the following ways:

1) twice a year for the degrees of Junior Bachelor, Bachelor and Master, before and at the beginning of the academic semester, that is until 1 November and until 1 March respectively;

2) during the year for postgraduate studies, doctoral studies, clinical studies, medical residency, the preparatory faculty program and the academic mobility program