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Study in Ukraine

If you’ve ever visited Ukraine on holiday, you’ve probably experienced the majestic architecture of the many cathedrals and monasteries and the adventure-packed (though relatively modest in terms of height) mountain ranges – whether you went skiing, hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing (and you definitely have to do at least one of those in Ukraine!).

Ukraine is also home to over 800 institutes of higher education and has a varied economy, concentrated mostly in and around big cities such as Kiev, Zaprozhye, Dnepropertrovsk, Lviv and Odesa. It also has significantly lower tuition fees than many countries, both in Europe and worldwide. So whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or a future entrepreneur, opportunities to study in Ukraine could be just what you’re looking for.

Fast Facts

  • Ukraine is a semi-parliamentary, semi-presidential republic with constitutional law.
  • The president is head of executive power; the prime minister has legislative power and heads parliament (the Verkhovna Rada).
  • The largest country entirely within Europe at 603,628 sq km
  • 24 oblasts (provinces or territorial divisions) and one autonomous republic (Crimea)
  • Partially bounded by two bodies of water, including the Black Sea
  • Capital city: Kyiv (Kiev)
  • Population: 42.5 million people (2016 estimate)
  • Currency: 1 hryvnya = 100 kopiykas
  • Official language: Ukraine (Russian is also widely spoken)
  • Major religion: Christianity (Eastern Orthodox)
  • Odessa, Sebastopol, Nikolayev, Kherson and Kerch are main ports.
  • Highly developed industry, culture and agriculture with very fertile soils
  • Main exports: Military equipment, metals, pipes, machinery, petroleum products, textiles, agricultural products
  • World’s third-largest grain exporter, due to fertile soil
  • Temperate continental climate with cool winters and relatively hot summers
  • Borscht is the national soup of Ukraine.
  • Traditional Easter celebrations include pysanky – drawing on eggs with wax and dyes to create a pattern.
  • Internet domain: .ua
  • International dialing code: +380