Welcome to Ukraine
Ukraine is situated in the south-eastern part of Central Europe. It occupies the territory of southern-west part of East-European Plain, part of the Carpathians and the Crimean Mountains. From the north to the south Ukraine stretches for 893 km, from the west to the east - 1316 km. Ukraine’s territory lies in the temperate belt and is washed by the Black sea and the Sea of Azov. The geographical position of Ukraine between Eastern and Western peoples and cultures has made a great impact on the history and modern development of Ukraine. Ukraine has inland and marine borders of 7590 km. The inland border extends for 5631 km to the south, west and east. The length of the marine border is 1959 km. Ukraine borders on Russian Federation (inland border of 2063 km), Republic of Belarus (975 km), Republic of Poland (542,5 km), Republic of Slovakia (98 km), Hungary (135 km), Romania (608 km) and Republic of Moldova (1194 km).
The territory of Ukraine is equal to 603,700 sq. km or 5,7% of European territory and 0,44% of the world. Ukraine is bigger than France (544,000 sq. km), Spain (505,000 sq. km), Sweden (450,000 sq. km), Germany (356,300 sq. km), Poland (312,700 sq. km). The territory of Ukraine consists of the Autonomy Republic of Crimea and 24 regions (oblast).
There are 490 districts, 446 cities, 907 towns and 10196 villages in Ukraine. Kyiv and Sevastopol are the cities of special status. Like any other country in the world Ukraine has big cities; among them are Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine; Kharkiv, which used to be the capital of Ukraine and now it is an important industrial and cultural centre; Donetsk, a coal-mining and chemical centre; Odesa, a big sea-port, Lviv, a large scientific and cultural centre.
The population of Ukraine is 43 million people. Ukraine is the 5th country in Europe (after Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France) and the 21st in the world.
Ukraine is a member of the UNO, Council of Europe, UNESCO and nearly 40 other influential international organizations, such as The International Bank of Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization, etc.
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv with about 3 million inhabitants. Since early 13th century it has become one of the largest European cities. Today Kyiv is a large modern city, an important political, administrative, cultural and scientific center of the country.
Higher education in Ukraine has always been and still preserves high quality of education. Over 10 years of independence the country has built a well-developed, competitive and ramified system of national education in the European educational area.
Ukraine entered the III millenium promoting its own education policy and strategy and its main principle of education corresponding to those of highly developed countries.
At the moment Ukraine runs over 1000 higher educational institutions of all accreditation levels and forms of ownership: universities, academies, institutes, conservatories, colleges, technical and specialized schools.
The academic year in higher educational establishments in Ukraine starts on the 1st of September. It is divided into two terms, the first term is from September to the end of January and the second begins in February and ends in June. Each term lasts 17-18 weeks, followed by a 3 week examination period.
The national currency of Ukraine is hryvna. All payments on the territory of Ukraine are made in national currency. But any foreign currency can be exchanged for hryvna and vice versa in any bank or currency office.
Ukrainian higher educational establishments welcome everybody giving them an opportunity to obtain education of the international level.
Ukrainian people are well known as a hospitable nation and we are sure that any visit to our country will be useful, interesting and exciting.