Student Life, that’s the living and learning that takes place outside of the classroom and it’s a big part of your college experience.
It includes where you live, how you make connections, and that hard-to-define essence, or culture that separates Ukraine from other countries. Ukraine has its own ambience.
The friendly attitude of your professors and peers, and the companionship you feel when people call you by name. It takes a whole community to graduate a student.
Student life in Ukraine does not differ a lot from that in other European countries. Students study, meet new people, hang out, learn new things, travel around Europe etc. Most students live on campus (some rent apartments). Hostel fee usually doesn`t go higher than USD 50 per month. Campuses have all the facilities for safe and comfort stay: libraries, hospitals, gyms, conference and concert halls, laboratories and other training facilities, security, etc.
Universities provide students with books and relevant studying materials. Libraries with computer rooms are also available. Almost every university has sports teams, which compete in various disciplines with their peers from other institutions. The most popular sport is no doubt football. Many students are also involved in KVN games (a humorous contest between faculties, universities). Participating in this kind of activity usually takes a lot of time, but if your team performs well, the university administration will offer you some flexibility in attendance.
About language, Students should start learning Russian after coming here and by the end of first month they would be able to buy things from markets, greet people, use public transport, etc.
Russian and Ukrainian Languages should be compulsory subjects in student’s first 2 years in Ukraine and after finishing those two years they will be able to communicate about any topic nicely. Learning a language is not easy and it depends on how much time you give to learn it. You will have some friends who will be speaking Russian just like any other native and you’ll also have some friends who would still ask someone else to order a taxi for them even after living there for 5 years. Being friends with native speakers is the most effective to learn any language.
Public transportation in Ukraine is great. Yes it varies from city to city, for example if you are in big cities you have many options like Shuttle buses, trams, trolley buses and even metro in Kiev and Kharkov but even in the smaller cities you can use it on daily bases to get around.
Taxis are relatively cheaper than other European countries and if you use them they won’t burn your pocket. If you are rich you can buy a car to move around.
Student life in Ukraine is noticeably cheaper than life in other European countries:
Depending on a city and lifestyle, average monthly budget may vary from € 150 to € 300 ($200 -400). To get an idea of the costs for various things, here are some examples. Jeans of a good quality will cost € 15-40 ($ 20-60), entrance to the night club €3-10 ($ 5-13), a cinema ticket € 2-5 ($ 3-7), meal at a fast food restaurant € 3-5 ($ 4–7), vegetables and fruits € 0.7-2 ($1- 3) per kilo, train ticket inside the country €5-12 ($10 – $25). Right after admission to the university, the student is issued an international student card, which gives a discount of up to 30% for airfare and train tickets.
Studies usually take 80% – 85% of the students’ time. The rest is spent on fun activities and socializing. If you are a “social butterfly” type of individual, it will be better to look for a university in a modern city (Kyiv, Kharkov, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Odessa, etc), with lots of pubs, night clubs, theatres, cinemas, shopping malls, etc. Those who want to combine studying and exploring of the country with its culture and traditions may apply to a University in Kyiv or Lviv. These cities are among the oldest in the country. Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. It is a center of economical, political and cultural development. Students who come to study in Ukraine and settle down have best job prospects among all. Lviv is a “western capital” of Ukraine, influenced a lot by Western European culture and lifestyle.
Apart from education, Ukraine offers great entertainment opportunities. During the past years the country was visited by major world artists: A-Ha, Depeche Mode, Rammstein, Limp Bizkit, Anastasia, Christina Aguilera, Placebo, to name a few. Our nightlife offers various options for an unforgettable time. Starting from night long discos, led by top DJs; and finishing with mountain climbing, sky and scuba diving, laser gun fighting, 3d movies and auto quests. Traditional entertainment is also available. Boys can learn to ride a horse in a traditional Cossacks manner, ladies try weaving; learn how to make clothes from straw and master traditional dancing.
Foreign students coming to study in Ukraine, experience language difficulties right after arrival in the country.To help newcomers overcome such challenges, each university has special “welcome team”. This is a group of international students who already study in Ukraine. They spend a few weeks together with the newcomer, giving him/her an introduction into students’ life at their particular university.
At the same time the most effective tool in avoiding complications is mastering the Ukrainian or Russian language. This can be done at the preparation courses during the first year of staying in the country, as well as with the help of Ukrainian peers, who are usually very eager to help students from abroad to learn the language.
Nothing is more challenging in life than life itself…
Although adaptation is part of our human nature, the process of adapting to a new environment and life is not easy for everyone. Living and studying in Ukraine, require students to learn how to interact with multicultural students community and co-exist with Ukrainian culture. This should be looked at as a great opportunity to enrich one’s own culture and generate the understanding of other nations and their cultures.
It’s understandable that the vast majority of people would prefer to interact with representatives of their culture, or near to it. However, it shouldn’t lead them to limit themselves to such pattern, so not to skip on the benefits of cultural diversity of the academic experience in Ukraine specially, during their first year of living in Ukraine.
Furthermore, such attitude might initiate a state of voluntary isolation from the surrounding community and constant cultural clashes, ultimately leading to failure in adaption to the local community in Ukraine and the international student community.
Surely emotional instability will be an expected result, and honestly unless the student learns how to expand their horizon, it won’t go away but build up. And that’s why it’s very important to approach this cultural experience opportunity with ease and opened mind so not to turn it into a handicap.
Freedom Teaches Responsibility
Studying and living away from home gives students large portion of freedom that might seem unlimited sometimes, it’s very important to understand that with such freedom larger responsibilities should emerge. From our practical knowledge and experience, it’s clear that students who arrive to study in Ukraine from higher controlled environment struggle more with the new concept of unlimited freedom than their peers from less controlled environments, this is why it’s our message to parents everywhere to encourage their children to take more responsibility for their actions and enlarge the freedom space around them with practicing less control, so as to avoid the destructive effect of sudden disappearance of such high control on the children when the opportunity to study abroad arises.
Sudden freedom also puts the student face to face with their lack of self-discipline, and latterly forces them to learn the necessary skills to develop and become more self-reliant and well organized, so as to balance their academic as well as social life in Ukraine, and no better time to start than their first year in Ukraine.
For students who chose to continue their higher education abroad in general or specifically in Ukraine through ‘TheRightTurn’, challenges do exist and facing them is inevitable. As part of our mission, we take it upon ourselves to provide the student with all the assistance and guidance they need to inhale all of their first years’ benefits, positivity and opportunities. It’s another advantage of using Ukrainian Universities Consultancy as your admission agent in Ukrainian universities.