Getting International Students Acclimated

Nov 3, 2019

Let’s be honest, Ukraine is a full package. You are probably wondering what I am talking about. Well, I’m talking about studying in Ukraine. How is Ukraine a full study package? Let me give you some facts and let you decide if I’m right or wrong.

  1. The Country: Ukraine is a large country situated in Eastern Europe and Kyiv (or Kiev) is its capital. Ukraine is filled with amazing history and culture and known for its interesting architecture. What’s more, they are one of the most educated countries in the world with the average Ukrainian speaking two languages (Ukrainian and Russian). With a population of over 42 million people, Ukrainians are known to be hospitable and their cuisine is superb. The local currency is Hryvnia.
  2. Academia: There are different types of tertiary institutes in Ukraine among which are Universities. Ukrainian universities offer great value to students with high standard of education, knowledgeable lecturers, great method of teaching, top-notch facilities, and rich curriculum which is recognized by international organizations like WHO, UNESCO, European Council, MCI, ECFMG etc. There are lots of universities with the highest level of accreditation (level IV) and most of these schools welcome international students. In fact, the population of students in Ukraine is filled with people from diverse countries and cultures eg people from India, Nigeria, Morroco etc. Because of this, courses are offered in different languages including Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Most universities are positioned in cities and in the North-Central, and Western Ukraine far away

  1. Tuition: Most Ukrainian universities have affordable tuition. How cheap? Well, let’s say it costs at least half of what come American or European universities cost. I am talking about tuition from about $2000 to $5000 per year for undergraduate studies with science, aviation and engineering courses ranging higher in cost. Postgraduate studies are usually $1000 to $2000 higher than undergraduate tuition fees. All fees can be paid on arrival.

If you do the calculations you will see that the one-year tuition of the average American or European universities will cover tuition, accommodation, feeding, and transportation fees in Ukraine. Which brings me to my next point.

  1. Accommodation: Accommodation is also affordable in Ukraine whether it is an hostel or apartment although I would advise you to spend at least the first year in an hostel. This is because staying in an hostel will help you understand the place and form the necessary connection that you need before isolating yourself. Hostels range between $500 to $1500 yearly depending on standard, size and number of people living in the room. Apartments and rental flats cost higher with a range $200 to $500 monthly depending on standard, size and location – apartments in Kyiv cost more than apartments elsewhere. However, you can get a roommate with whom you can split the costs.
  2. Cost and Standard of Living: Ukraine has the accepted European standard of living with all amenities present and few ghettos present. However, unlike most developed countries, the cost of living is low. The average student can live comfortably with $100 to $200 monthly (feeding and transportation). This cost can be higher or lower depending on your lifestyle. Before I forget, Ukraine has one of the best transportation system in the world and it is also cheap, cheaper still with the student card transport discount. Therefore, if you’re staying close to school, you’re looking at an average cost of $20 spent monthly on transportation.
  3. Admission Process: Ukrainian universities offer a wide range of courses and multi-level programs. The best part is that there is no screening and application process but the whole application and admission is simple (made easier by Demeraldstudy) and can be done online. Moreover, there is no need for you to do a language test or exams like SAT and Jamb. All you need is your high school certificate with the required grades (most likely 5 credits in related subjects). When you get your invitation letter, you can use it to apply for a long-term student Visa (if your country needs one). It is the Visa stage that some people usually have a problem with. However, all’s not lost. You can do it or get help (more on this later).

Enough of all the boring (albeit important) stuff, let’s go to the juicy deals.

  1. Visa Bonus: Apart from the transportation discount mentioned earlier, the Visa allows you to work while you study. Not juicy enough? How about the opportunity of gaining permanent residence? Yeah, you can thank me later.
  2. Fun: There are a lot of fun things to do and cool places to visit in Ukraine. Fun things include hiking, ice skating, skiing, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain trekking, paragliding, cave exploration, and river rafting. Cool places includes beaches, waterfalls, monasteries, castles, opera houses, or visiting any of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are bound to be lots of recreational facilities and extra curriculum activities in your school as well. After all the fun, you can just chill at one of the most busiest McDonald’s in the world or one of the thousands of cafes.
  3. Explore: Although there will be lots of responsibilities, studying in Ukraine offers the opportunity to be independent and self-reliant, not to mention the opportunity to explore a whole new culture and learn a new language. Ukrainian is the third most beautiful and second most melodic language in the world. These things are what give you an edge when looking for employment.

I could really go on and on and on but I need to give you space to breathe. So, what do you think? Is Ukraine a full package? Am I right or am I right? If you’re still doubtful, you can do some research or go to ask some questions online, all you will find is that I may have understated some features so as not to overwhelm you with awesomeness!

The popular courses studied in Ukraine includes Aviation, Medicine, Nursing, Economics, Engineering, and Computer Science. All these courses are available in Bachelor’s, Masters and other post graduate programs.

Here are some of the top Universities in Ukraine with affordable tuition fees and for international students.

  1. National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (NTUU KPI)
  2. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KRUSH)
  3. Sumy State University
  4. Ivan Franco National University of Lviv (IFNUL)
  5. Ternopil National Economic University (TNEU)
  6. National Aviation University (NAU)
  7. Kharkiv National Economics University (KhNUE)
  8. Kyiv National Economic University (KNEU)
  9. Odessa National Economics University (ONEU)
  10. Donetsk National Medical University (DNMU)

Today, these universities and the majority of Ukrainian universities are open for international students – universities in Kyiv being one of the most diverse and populated. Therefore, you can study in Ukraine from Nigeria, India, Russia, Morroco, etc.

I am not fibbing, neither is there any scam involved. Studying in Ukraine is that good and easy, and cheap.

If all this really got you interested (pfft, like you wouldn’t) go to demeraldstudy.com, the best study abroad company for you. If you don’t believe me, check out the statistics and testimonials on our website.

Why DemeraldStudy?

DemeraldStudy is a consulting firm that provides lots of valuable services to students who want to study abroad. We help you ensure a smooth and stress-free application process and enable you to get your admission and visa into Ukraine at an affordable rate and without any tricks.

We act as your guide and will be with you from the moment you call until you finish your university application. Here are a few benefits of letting us be your “Study in Ukraine” companion.

  1. We have years of experience and have gotten a wealth of knowledge that we can use to help you or advise you on universities that will suit you best.
  2. We act as a middleman between universities and you which means that you will be assured of easier admission process and regular update on related news.
  3. Our goal is to help you successfully gain admission and visa and to guide you through your travel and university registration.
  4. We want you to be part of the thousands of students that we have helped throughout the application, visa, travel and final screening process. We don’t want you to be among the ones who fail at some point due to avoidable mistakes.
  5. We are partners with a number of Ukrainian universities so if your choice is one of these universities, we can provide even more in-depth information that will help you in your study.
  6. You have a 100% guarantee of invitation letter if you’re an eligible candidate with all the necessary documents.
  7. We help you prepare for your Visa interview and also through your pick up from the airport so as to avoid being deported.
  8. We have a blog that will provide tips and information that will help you with admissions and throughout your study.
  9. We provide all the necessary information and terms upfront so you will not be scammed or asked for hidden charges like some other educational agencies.
  10. We are totally budget-friendly and our helplines are always open for you. So, you can ask us anything related to your university application.

As a proof of our concern and care for you, here are a few tips to guide you through the admission process to your first class.

  • Pick a number of universities to apply to in order to increase your chances.
  • Pick schools based on their rank in your field of study, global and country ranking comes next.
  • Carefully read and understand the application process that will be stated on the website. Take note of all the requirements and deadlines. You may also be required to provide translations of documents.
  • Start all applications early, at least two months before the deadline, so that any unforeseen circumstances won’t affect you.
  • Fill the online application form and be sure to check all the numbers and names.
  • Gather, scan and send all relevant documents i.e., SSCE, international passport, passport photograph etc for undergraduate study) and make sure to double-check for quality and accurate spellings. If you’re applying for postgraduate study, you will need certificates and transcripts of your undergraduate study.
  • Constantly check your dashboard or mail for any information.
  • Do some more research to understand the basics like the exchange rates and closest supermarket or drugstore etc.
  • When you get your invitation letter, it’s then that you can apply for visa. For this, you will need your statement of account (or that of your sponsor), original invitation letter, international passport (valid for the course of study), two-way plane ticket, medical, HIV and Tuberculosis screening results (approved by your country’s Ministry of Health).
  • Interview questions will be centred on what you want to do in Ukraine.
  • Visa may take a while but there are some packages that will speed things up (for a price).
  • Tuition fee is almost always paid on arrival so don’t fall victim to scam artists.
  • After you have gotten your visa, keep your school (and study consulting firm) up to date on your travel details weeks before travelling.
  • Make sure you have all your travel documents (international passport, tickets, Student’s Visa etc).
  • Make the necessary changes to your bank account and phone plans (you should create a backup for all contacts if you don’t already have one.)
  • Have some money in the local currency that should get you through a week (first weeks are usually the most trying anywhere).
  • When you get to the Ukrainian airport, you need to be cleared by your pick up who will guide you through the process to get your migration card and also university registration after which you will get your residential permit.
  • Keep all documents safe and make photocopies.
  • Attend orientation, take note of the dos and don’ts, and make friends.
  • Find out about school programs – even non-academic ones – that will benefit you.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, don’t lose your phone or forget to call home.

Create a plan and follow it. Don’t lose focus, stay healthy and stay awesome.

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