About Ukraine

Rich of culture and history, with amazing architectural sites and a landscape ideal for trekking, Ukraine is a wonderful place to spend your abroad studies. You will receive a real high quality education  supported by tha fact that Ukraine actually produces the fourth largest number of post-secondary graduates in Europe.

UkraineUkraine welcomes you to a country spiring of culure and gastronomic specialties. Quality higher education and postgraduate studies alongside skiing slopes, wild rivers, vast mountains and great plains of colored by golden grass. Combining your education with the adventures of a lifetime, Ukraine will give you experiences to remember for a very long time.



Ukrainian Adventures

Ukrainian AdventuresThe many adventures luring all around Ukraine are well worth taking a short break from you studies. Offered to you is everythign from skiing and river rafting to cave exploration and mountain trekking.

Skiing in Ukraine is fairly inexpensive and there are various runs steeps to choose from in the popular ski resorts of Bukovel, Dragobrat and Slavsko. if you are an experienced skier looking for something extra you can simply not miss out on the chance of an organized skiing tour or camp. These tours are similar to hiking trips taking you to some of the best skiing sites inUkraine, places you would never have found without a giude.




Rafting is another adventurous sport highly appreciated in Ukraine. The most well known river is South Bug River, known all over the world for its ecxellent rapids and stunning beauty. Sitting on the side of an inflatable raft you will swish through the Ukranian rivers filled with adrenalin, leaving with an experience of a lifetime.





Trekking in Ukraine

The plain Ukranian "steppe" accompanied by the Carpathian Mountains to the west and the Crimean Mountains to the south makes for a great trekking ground. Many companies offer costum or even guided hiking routes reaching from a day to over a weeks time, these might be a good idea if you are totally new to Ukraine and want to go directly to the greatest spots.

However, if you are really keen on adventure it is no problem getting out on your own, just don't expect any luxury treatment or resort-like facilities on your way. Rather you can most likely expect to camp during overnight hikes or if you are lucky, you will find space in one of the log cabins that dot the mountain sides. Making it well worth it is the stunning sight of the mountains rising up through the Ukranian clouds.

Aside from the stunning landscape you will most certainly come across a wide range of wildlife and maybe even stumble across a few rural villages. The best seasons for trekking in Ukraine are May-June and September-October, it will be a real life adventure that you will never forget.

If river rafting, skiing and trekking is not your cup of tea, Ukraine also offers paragliding, horseback riding and rock-climbing, and much more, whatever suits your needs.

Architecture of Ukraine

Architecture in UkraineGood examples of modern Ukrainian architecture include the reconstruction of the Maidan Nezalezhnosti in central Kiev, despite the limit set by narrow space within the plaza, the engineers were able to blend together the uneven landscape and also use underground space to set a new shopping centre. Marking it from a far is the Monument of Independence on a high white pole in the  middle of the square.

Another one is the major project that will take up most of the 21st century, the construction of the Kiev City-Centre on the Rybalskyi Peninsula. When it is finished it will include a dense skyscraper park amid the picturesque landscape of the Dnieper.

Ukranian Traditions & Customs

Ukranian culture in general is to a large extent based on cristian customs and has over time been heavily influenced by Russia. Ukranians are generally very polite; Men hold the door open for a woman and stands up when she enters a room, if you are a woman reaching one of the more rural areas of Ukraineyou might even experience the traditional kiss on your hand. If you aim to meet these high standards of politeness, here are some things to remember: Always buy an odd number of flowers as a gift unless it is a funeral, in which case an even number is more appropriate. A young unmarried man and woman should never be seated at a corner table. An you may not chake hands when standing at a threshold.

ukraine_31The strong traditions of Ukraine also include dancing; More specifically the Kalyna and other regional dance styles. Dressed in colorful embroided costumes both men and women participate in the traditional dances, some fast and som slow greeting dances.

Ukranian Cuisine

Food in ukraineFood has a significant role in Ukranian culture, especially on cristmas and easter which are the two important holidays. The food made on chistmas and easter is not made at any other time of the year. At christmas a twelve-course meal is served and dinner is never quiet but a lively social affair.

The average Ukranians diet includes fish, cheeses and a variety of sausages like the "kolbasa". Bread is always an important part of the meal. Some of the best known Ukranian dishes are: Salo (salted pork fat with garlic), Borshch (a cabbage and tomatoes based soup, usually with beets and beef or pork meat), Holubtsi (cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and meat usually), Varenyky (large stuffed dumplings, filled with meat or fruit or curds), Pampushky (small baked breads, often with garlic), Okroshka (cold vegetable based soup where liquid is mixed with sour creme).

Even though it is not even eaten but just for decoration, one must not forget to mention the traditional Ukranian easter egg; "pysanky". This particular egg has long roots in the country, dyed in various patterns and used as a decoration in the middle of the table during easter. In 2000, the museum of Pysanka was built in the city of Kolomya, a place well worth a visit during your time in Ukraine.