Ukraine is the second largest country situated in Eastern Europe having its own government, national emblem, flag and national anthem. Until the end of 20th century, Ukraine was divided among different countries and empires and was a part of Soviet Union until 1990. In 1991 Ukraine became an independent European country.
In today's date, Ukraine has a population of 46 million people, with a maximum number of people from ethnic Ukraine origin. It is bordered by various countries like Russia, Byelorussia, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Poland on land; and Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey on the sea. Ukraine is famous for the Crimean Mountains in the Crimean peninsula and the Carpathians in the west. The longest Ukrainian river is Dnieper which is also one of the longest European rivers and one of the republic's main sources of hydroelectric power. The average winter temperature varies between -20 Centigrade in the north to -3-5 in the south. Summer is quite hot and dry, with occasional showers and thunderstorms.
Ukraine is a producer of almost all types of transportation vehicles and spacecrafts. Antonov airplanes have become a symbol of Ukraine. As an active participant of global space exploration, Ukraine has launched a number of satellites.
The favorable climate conditions are one of the main reasons of attraction for many students from across the globe. Ukraine has the second largest army in Europe and has the lowest crime rates which makes this country as one of the safest places in the world.
Ukraine has less than 1% of the world's population. Inspite of that, this country comprises 6% of the world's physicists, mathematicians, computer programmers and other highly trained professionals. Around 60% of the universities in Ukraine have graduates with majors in Science and medicine.
Football is undoubtedly the most popular and loved sport in Ukraine. FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar are well known football players from Ukraine. FC Shakhtar won UEFA Cup trophy in 2009. The national team of Ukraine made its debut in 2006 FIFA World Cup and went as far as quarterfinals. Andrei Shevchenko not only is the most honorable football player of Ukraine but is also one of the brightest players of European soccer history. After football, boxing is another popular sport in the country. Klichko brothers (most titled boxers today) have made Ukraine proud in boxing.
Music has been a major part of Ukrainian culture. Nowadays the music industry in Ukraine varies from traditional folk to contemporary rock and experimental. Elements from Ukrainian folk made their way to western music and are often recognized in song and plays of other Slavic nations.
Student Life in Ukraine
Ukraine is a country where students get the opportunity to enjoy the intercultural life. Here study is not just limited to the classrooms and labs, students are given full freedom to learn through experiments and activities also which makes them more confident and professional.
In Ukraine, the student life is not much different from other European countries. The accommodation in Ukraine for students is quite cheaper as compared to other countries in Europe. The hostel fee doesn't go higher than $50 per month. The facilities in the campus make a student's life much easier. The campuses have all the facilities for safe and comfort stay: libraries, hospitals, gyms, halls for concerts and other gatherings, laboratories and other training facilities, security, etc. The students are provided with the books and study material from the university. A lot of students are 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, university administration will offer you some flexibility in attendance.
Here are few facts that explain a student's life in Ukraine:
- Cost of Living: The cost of living in Ukraine is much cheaper than in other European countries.
- Stationary and Books: The stationary needed for student costs very low and the curriculum books are provided by the University Library (included in tuition fees).
- Food: The quality of food is very good and the rate is very low. A student can easily get good standard food in very low prices.
- Travel: The students in Ukraine get a special travel pass on which they get up to 40% discount on travel in the country.