Ukraine, the go-to place for witnessing breathtaking architecture, cathedrals, monasteries, and mountain ranges has everything an adventure junkie would want. Skiing, hiking, rock climbing, you name it. But, did you know that Ukraine is also home to more than 700 higher educational institutions and possesses a varied economy? Its biggest cities are Dnipro, Kyiv, and Lviv. Currently, more than 75,000 international students are studying in Ukrainian higher educational institutions. These students are from 154 different countries. This article covers some of the best scholarships available in Ukraine that can help you finance your educational journey in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Universities offer degrees in the following languages:
The higher educational institutions of Ukraine mainly teach in Ukrainian, Russian, English, and French. Applicants from outside of Ukraine will have to prove their language proficiency in either one of these languages if their native language is not one. Applicants may also choose to take up a language program in Russian or Ukrainian for one year if they want to pursue their study programs in one of these languages but are not fluent.
What is the Average Cost of Living in Ukraine?
The cost of living in Ukraine is one of the lowest in the world. In fact, it is one of the reasons why it is such a hotshot country among international students. A person with a modest lifestyle would need 1200 USD to 1500 USD per year to live comfortably in Ukraine. The rent or accommodation accounts for most of the expenses. The prices of utilities, groceries, and transportation are pretty low.
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Can students work in Ukraine?
International students in Ukraine are granted a residence permit and not a student visa. If they want to work alongside studying they will have to apply for employment. Upon getting a job they will have to apply for a work permit. Once they get a work permit they can work for up to 40 hours a week.
Best Ukrainian Universities:
The universities in Ukraine have made their way into some of the best university rankings in the world, including the QS World university rankings. Some of the best higher educational institutions of Ukraine are the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Sumy State University, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and National Technical University of Ukraine Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
2021 Scholarships in Ukraine:
There are a number of scholarship programs in place for helping international students fund their studies in Ukraine. Most of these scholarships are country-specific and are funded by the government of Ukraine and the International Education Council of Ukraine. These scholarships are pretty generous and are focused on the education of the Ukrainian language and culture.
#1 Language Institute in L’viv and University of Kansas Awards:
The University of Kansas is offering language courses in Ukraine, at the Language Institute in L’viv. The students currently enrolled and studying at the University of Kansas can take up a summer course in Ukraine. The recipients can stay in Ukraine with a local Ukrainian family and study the Ukrainian language, and policy.
There are some other American scholarships as well which offer studies in Ukraine for a semester or for two months (usually in the summer). Students who want to pursue those programs can apply for these scholarships.
#2 The IREX Program:
The IREX is a Ukrainian welfare organization that organizes and supports research programs in Ukraine using funding from the local and federal governments. This funding is usually for up to nine months in which time the researchers conduct researches about the foreign policy of Ukraine.
#3 School of Russian and Asian Studies Grants:
The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) offers scholarships to those students who are pursuing one of the listed programs in one of the listed countries. It is open to students from Asia and Europe. One of their scholarships is in the field of foreign policy and the Russian language which is being offered in the city of Kyiv. The total value of the award per recipient is 5000 USD which will go toward offsetting the tuition fee. There is another award for students who want to work in the museums and NGOs of Ukraine alongside their studies in culture and arts. The value of it is 750 USD.
#4 The Boren Awards:
These scholarships are awarded to those pupils who want to take up a higher education program in a country that is vital for national security. Among that list of countries, Russia and Ukraine are also included. The studies of Russian and Ukrainian languages are preferred and possess more worth.
The scholarships and fellowship of this program are very competitive and generous. These are worth 20,000 USD and 30,000 USD respectively. The recipients are given scholarships on the condition that they will work for the Ukrainian government after the completion of their studies. The students are expected to work with either one of the following departments; Defense department, department of state, Homeland, and National Security.
#5 The Gilman Awards:
This Gilman scholarship is for those students who have received the Pell grants and wish to study in a foreign country. It is exclusive to American students, students who are studying in a two-year program, and the students who are physically disabled. Ukraine is one of the listed countries. The value of the award is 5000 USD. If a student picks to study a language that is in the list of preferred languages, he or she will be eligible to receive another 8,000 USD. If you choose to study the Russian language not only you will be able to receive that extra award, you will also be able to stay longer in Ukraine, as there is a huge demand in Ukraine for people who are fluent in Russian.