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Kyiv for students

Kyiv is the capital and largest city of Ukraine and an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Eastern Europe.

Kyiv is home to a large number of higher education institutions, including the second-highest ranked in UkraineTaras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv.

English-taught courses are available, but you’ll still need to practice your Ukrainian in order to navigate daily life in the city! 

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Best universities in Kyiv - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 118th

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Kyiv?

It’s affordable

Kyiv ranks 20th this year for affordability, with low tuition fees for international students and a relatively low cost of living for international students.

The culture

Mixing the old and the new, Kyiv’s culture is a unique blend of traditional and modern. This influence is seen in everything, from its architecture to its people. 

The employment prospects

Kyiv is a major industrial and cultural center, with economic, scientific and cultural ties with cities around the world. This means it has excellent employment prospects for graduates looking to stay in the city.

The landscape

Kyiv is surrounded by hills, forest, green parks and lakes, making it ideal for students wanting to be close to nature, while also benefiting from city life.

Cost of studying in Kyiv

Kyiv is ranked 20th in the affordability category of the Best Student Cities index, with much lower living costs than many other European cities.

A one-bedroom apartment in the city center will set you back US$585 per month according to Numbeo and a single person living in the city will only need US$425 per month for living costs.

Those looking to study in the city will be pleased to hear that tuition fees for international students are also low, costing only US$2,900 each year on average.

Life and culture in Kyiv

Kyiv is known for its beautiful religious architecture, reflecting its heritage as a holy center for Eastern Orthodox Christianity. The Saint Sophia Cathedral and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, each feature gold-domed churches and are significant religious and historical sites.

Kyiv’s history goes back at least 1,400 years and it is now a city where old and new coexist, with a large range of museums (including a History of Toilets museum).

The city has changed significantly since Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, with new Western-style residential complexes, classy restaurants and modern nightclubs opening in the city center.

As well as its noted architectural and historical landmarks, Kyiv is considered one of the greenest cities in Europe, with two botanical gardens and various large and small parks.

Kyiv also has a diverse cultural scene and nightlife, with an impressive range of theaters to suit all tastes, plus cinemas and exhibition centers.

As one student, commenting in our student survey, told us: “It's a big city and you can find a lot of things to do here. As it's the capital of Ukraine, it's the center of cultural, sport and art events.”

Career in Kyiv

Kyiv is the administrative and economic center of Ukraine and as a result has a plenty of jobs available for those looking to stay in the city after graduating.

Roles in finance, business and teaching are frequently looking to hire expats, so graduates should explore these options when searching for jobs.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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