About Ukraine

Geographical Position of Ukraine

Ukraine is situated in the Eastern Europe. In the South, it is surrounded by the Black and Sea of Azov . Ukraine is a country with highly developed industries, science and culture. Its population is about 50 million people; it takes the first place among European countries by its territory. It is one of the Republics of the former Soviet Union. In 1991, Ukraine declared itself an independent country. At present, it is a contender for membership in the European Union Nations.

Ukraine is one of the peaceful and most stable among the ex-USSR countries. It is acknowledged as offering high quality of life. The Ukrainian nation is widely known for hospitality. The Ukrainians are always glad to welcome guests who feel here at home. The international airport of Borispol is the air gate of the country. Besides Borispol airport you can take international flights from Khakiv, Simferopol, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk. International railway connections are with Bulgaria, Check, Slovak, Germany and Poland. International bus routes are from Poland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. By ship you can get from Turkey. Ukraine has a well developed transport system. So there will be no problems to get to any part of the country. You can travel all over the country by Air, train or bus. The fare for the distance of 500 km is about US$15-20. Tickets for train you can buy in advance either at the railway station or in the city. For air travel within the country you can buy tickets from the local travel agencies. Flight cost for a distance of 500 km is about US$100.

Local transport includes metro, buses, trolleybuses, trams. The fare is US$0.20. You can buy monthly passes at the counter.

  • Kiev is a Capital of Ukraine
  • Language spoken – Russian ,Ukrainian ,English,
  • Population – 45 million,
  • Territory – 6, 03,700 sq .km,
  • National currency is Hryvnia (UHR).1 USD = 24,60 Hryvnia (17/07/2016)
  • Border countries – Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova.

You can change foreign currency in banks, money exchanges, in the international airport. In the airport the currency rate is the same as in other places. Payment for purchasing and services is done in Hryvnias. You can use credit cards of international payment systems. They can be used in all shops, malls, hotels, transport companies, clubs and restaurants. In cities the network of exchange machines is well developed including the most popular banks. Here you can save money both in foreign currency and Ukrainian Hryvnia. Banks are situated in all regions of the country. It makes it easier to transfer money through companies like Western Union and others.

  1. UKRTELECOM Company provides excellent telephone communications both in Ukraine and all over the world.

Excellent mobile network with approx no cost and good coverage provided by-Life, MTC, Kyiv star, Utel, Golden telecom etc

All the universities/Hostels provide access to Internet for their students. There are also a lot of Internet-cafes.

You can use Courier services represented by DHL, Federal Express, UPS, TNT and other companies.

History of Ukraine

The territory of Ukraine was a key centre of East Slavic culture in the middle Ages, before being divided between varieties of powers. However, the history of Ukraine dates back many thousands of years. The territory has been settled continuously since at least 5000 BC, and is also a candidate site of the origins of the Proto-Indo-European language family. By the last quarter of the 9th century the ancient Rus state had been formed with the centre in Kyiv and under the leadership of Rurikovitch dynasty. Between the two centuries 10-11 Kiev Rus experienced a great development of culture, arts and written languages. At the end of the 12th century Kiev Rus was split into many small reign areas. As the result the process of the development of education and written language was impeded. Further development of Ukrainian lands was connected with the history of other countries and made influence on their culture and education. On the other hand, European traditions in education influenced the process of establishment of the first higher school in Kyiv in 1632 Collegiums and Lvov University, founded in 1661. Kyiv professors were among the most respected scholars. Many of them were invited to Moscow and Zagorsk and other scientific centers of the Russian empire. The 19th century was marked by the establishment of several universities, that Ukrainian education took pride in. In 1805 The University in Kharkov was founded (Eastern Ukraine), 1834 in Kyiv, and 1865 in Odessa. Rapid development of industry, agriculture and trade in Ukraine promoted the system of higher education. Technical and agricultural universities started to appear. Scientific researches were among priorities. The language of education was Russian.

Getting education in Ukrainian language became possible only in the twenties of the 20th century. The programme of liquidation of mass illiteracy that took place at the period made the education more democratic and accessible. During the Soviet Union times Ukraine was one of the most developed countries. Its economy demanded a great number of highly qualified specialists for implementation of scientific researches results in industry. These demands were met due to the big number of universities and institutes. Ukrainian scientists were the authors of new achievements in the area of air-space technologies, welding, IT, etc.

Success in Ukrainian education drew attention of foreign students, since 1940 preparing was underway in Ukraine. Nowadays, Ukrainian graduates take leading positions in foreign companies spanning Asia, Africa and Latin America. You can see them among state officers, doctors, engineers etc.

The end of world confrontation and establishment of Ukraine as an independent state opened new perspectives for Ukrainian education and its integration into the academic world. Nineties are characterized by deep changes in the national system of education. The changes in structure and content of education started as the result of the development of new marketing relations. Labor market demanded new skill standards. Management, marketing, law, financing and computer engineering were among priorities. At the same time with the state sector private institutions had started to be developed. Foreign languages such as English, German, French, and Spanish were the main part of the curriculum that built favorable conditions for successful preparation to International Language exams.

Ukrainian universities take an active part in the work of European educational bodies as well as European Association of International Education. Ukraine was one of the countries that signed the convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in Europe (Lisbon, 1997). In 1999 the Parliament of Ukraine ratified the convention. Bilateral cooperation between Ukrainian and foreign universities is intensively developed. Ukrainian universities are active participants of the European Union Programme TEMPUS. Nowadays, popularity of Ukrainian higher education is growing.


This includes first level technical and vocational schools, second level technical and vocational colleges, and universities, which are considered the third level. In this write up, we will focus on university education, so the term “higher education in Ukraine” will mean university education. Higher education in Ukraine starts with the successful completion of the secondary education and passing the university entrance examination. It is coordinated and supervised by the Ministry of Education and Sciences Ukraine. Degrees awarded on successful completion include Bachelors degree, Masters Degree and Doctorate. Although there are some other degrees awarded in between, the afore mentioned three are the strategic ones. The minimum duration of the university education that will merit a degree is four academic years for a bachelors degree program. Medical courses requires longer duration, up to six years. MSc. and Phd. programs attract additional time, from one year to five years or more, depending on the program, the course, degree pursued and student’s commitment.

Teaching language is either of the following:

  • Ukrainian Language (national language)
  • Russia Language
  • English Language (optional mainly for foreign students)

Ukraine nationals study in their national languages, while foreign students have a choice of either the native language or English. This is subject to the availability of the program in English. Foreign students that opt to study in Ukrainian or Russian language undergoes a one year preparatory language course, during which they undergo a study of language and preparatory courses related to their future discipline. On graduation, they receive an additional certificate of proficiency for the language, which compensates for the additional year. Students studying in English language skip this preparatory stage, but studies the language as an independent course in the course of their academic program.

An academic year runs from 1st of September to 31st of June. This is split into two semesters having a brief two weeks winter break in January, and a long vacation from 1st of July to 31st of August. For foreign students arriving Ukraine for the first time, their academic resumption date is dependent on the chosen language of study. If the student will be studying in English language, then it is inevitable that the student arrives early enough to be ready for academic activities come September 1st. However, students that will have to go through the language learning program are allowed to arrive a bit later, but not later than October 15th, to start language classes.

Foreign students are subjected to the same regulations and guidelines governing higher education in Ukraine. The only addition is that foreign students are expected to legalize their certificates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on graduation. This confirms that the certificate was actually issued from a bonafide and accredited Ukrainian university. Failure to do this might put the certificate under additional scrutiny, and in some cases, rejected or invalidated when tendered.

Ukraine has a teeming population of students undergoing higher education, in different fields and specialization. Among this population is a growing community of international students, arriving Ukraine annually for educational purposes. Higher education system in Ukraine accommodates foreign students integration, with the award of certificates of international recognition, on graduation. The certificates are further legalized in the Ministry of Foreign affairs, for validation. If the students home country maintains a diplomatic mission in Ukraine, they also append a consular stamp to the certificate and the result sheet, for further authentication.

Unlike many other European countries higher education in Ukraine is comparatively cost effective. As a young sovereign nation, Ukraine is socially stable, with warm hospitality to foreigners. It is indeed, recommended for anyone seeking for quality and affordable education abroad.