Why Ukraine?

If you would like to receive a quality university education at an affordable price in a major European country, you should consider studying in Ukraine! Approximately 66,310 international students from 147 countries are enrolled in higher education programs in Ukraine at 249 universities, institutes and academies across this incredible country. Over 27,000 foreign students per year begin study abroad programs in Ukraine, which is the largest country that is totally in Europe. The top source countries for international students who are studying abroad in Ukraine include Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – among many others. Ukraine has a good reputation for welcoming foreign students and is known for having affordable, quality higher education programs (particularly in medical and technical fields) that are taught in English, Ukrainian and Russian by outstanding international faculty, as well as its interesting culture and history.


Study Abroad in Europe’s Largest Country!

Ukraine is the largest country that is completely located within Europe (Russia is the biggest country in Europe, but most of its territory is actually in Asia) and is ranked #46 in the world for its size. Situated in the central section of Eastern Europe, Ukraine is bordered by Russia in the north and east; Belarus directly to the north; Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the west; and Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea are found in the south. This incredible country of diverse landscapes has an area of 603,628 square kilometers (233,062 square miles) which includes the scenic Carpathian Mountains in the western region; plateaus and fertile plains; mighty rivers (such as the Dnieper, Bug and Dniester rivers); peaceful forests; majestic lakes; beautiful beaches; and abundant wildlife. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities or life in the big city, you will have the time of your life studying abroad in Ukraine!

This vast country is divided into 27 regions, 24 provinces (called “oblasts”), an autonomous republic, two major cities that have special status, and 490 smaller districts (called “raions”). The population of Ukraine is around 45 million and its 10 largest cities include:

     1.   Kyiv/Kiev (population 2.9 million) in north-central Ukraine

     2.   Kharkiv/Kharkov (population 1.4 million) in northeastern Ukraine

     3.   Odesa/Odessa (population 1 million) on the Black Sea at the southern tip of Ukraine

     4.   Dnipro/Dnipropetrovsk ­­(population 979,000) in central/eastern Ukraine

     5.   Donetsk (population 929,000) in eastern Ukraine

     6.   Zaporizhia/Zaporozhye (population 758,000) in central/eastern Ukraine

     7.   Lviv (population 727,000) in western Ukraine

     8.   Kryvyi Rih (population 655,000) in central Ukraine

     9.   Mykolaiv/Nikolaev (population 499,000) in southern Ukraine

     10. Mariupol (population 487,000) in southeastern Ukraine

Kyiv/Kiev (population 2.9 million), the national capital of Ukraine, is situated along the Dnieper River in north-central Ukraine. This dynamic city is famous for its beautiful golden-domed churches (such as St. Michael’s Golden Monastery), has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (St. Sophia Cathedral and the Monastery of the Caves), and is known as a green city because of its many trees, parks and botanical gardens. Maidan/Independence Square is a lively location in the heart of Kiev with many cafes, restaurants and clubs and is a top spot for the city’s nightlife, particularly in the summer. There are approximately 200 higher education institutions throughout Kyiv, including the highly-rated Taras Schevchenko National University, National Technical University of Ukraine (also known as the “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”), and Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (KNUTE), giving international students many options to choose from.

Kharkiv/Kharkov (population 1.4 million) is Ukraine’s second largest city and is located in northeastern Ukraine. The large student population and many restaurants and clubs help to create a youthful vibe in Kharkiv. This city is also known for its dozens of museums, theaters and art galleries, as well as the music and cinema festivals (such as the annual Kharkiv Lilacs international film festival normally held in May). Kharkiv is home to the top two most popular higher education institutions for international students in Ukraine: Kharkiv National Medical University (5,471 foreign students) and V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (4,273 international students).

Odesa/Odessa is the third largest city in Ukraine (population over one million) and is found along the Black Sea coast at the southern tip of Ukraine. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, Odesa is a warm-water port and major transportation hub. One of the city’s famous landmarks is the Seventh-Kilometer Market (located seven kilometers outside of Odesa) where approximately 150,000 shoppers visit around 6,000 merchants daily. Odesa is also known for its sunny Black Sea beaches (such as Arkadia Beach) and other entertainment options, which attract many tourists and locals throughout the year. The Humorina Carnival/Festival of Humor, held on April 1st, is one of the major events hosted in Odesa. The Odesa National Medical University has the third largest number of international students (3,543) enrolled in Ukrainian study abroad programs.

Dnipro/Dnepr (formerly known as Dnipropetrovsk) is Ukraine’s fourth most populace city, with 979,000 residents, and is situated next to the Dnieper River (which runs through the middle of this scenic city) in central/eastern Ukraine. This is a major industrial city in Ukraine, with the aerospace and metallurgy industries among the top business sectors. Dnipro is one of the country’s leaders in higher education and has two of Ukraine’s top 10 universities, including the Dnipropetrovsk Medical Academy of Health Ministry of Ukraine (with 1,807 foreign students attending). Dnipro is also home to several museums (such as Dmytro Yavornytsky National Historical Museum), theaters, parks and other points of interest.  

These are only four examples of some of Ukraine’s major cities. There are , of course, many other great places to live and study in Ukraine that are also attractive to international students, such as Zaporizhia and Lviv (Ukraine’s “cultural capital”). The team of AbroadEd professionals can evaluate your best options to study abroad in Ukraine and then guide you through the application process for your selected educational program and student visa to Ukraine.

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