Lviv was one of TOP-10 cities worth visiting in 2014 as recommended by Rough Guides, which is a leading British travel guidebook and reference publisher. Lviv is called a small city with worldly aspirations, admired for its architectural beauty and a harmonious fusion of Eastern and Western cultures.
Lviv is rightly known as one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine and Europe. Built in 1256 by King Daniel of Galicia and named after his son Leo, the city boasts a long and eventful history. Walking down the narrow streets of the old city center, the guests of the city can’t help feeling how close they are to history and how irresistible the bittersweet aroma of the world-famous Lviv coffee is.
The architectural highlights of Lviv
The Opera Theater, the majestic Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth, the Market Square, Lviv City Hall, the High Castle and dozens of museums are only a few of the sites that Lviv has to offer to its guests.
The unique atmosphere of the streets and squares of Lviv isn’t the only reason why thousands of tourists flock to the city. They also want to taste authentic Ukrainian cuisine and pop into numerous sweet and coffee shops. And chatting with the locals is a whole different type of entertainment. They are infinitely proud of their city and will do everything in their power to make you love the city the way they do.
Getting higher education in Lviv
There are many higher education institutions in Lviv, that are popular in Ukraine as well as outside the country. The following institutions are the most famous:
- Lviv Polytechnic National University
- Lviv National Ivan Franko University
- Lviv State Academy of Finance
- Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Academy of Music
Lviv National Stepan Gzhytskyi University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology
Founded in 1844, Lviv Polytechnic National University offers 32 majors and is an alma mater for more than 30 thousand students.
Lviv National Ivan Franko University has been working since 1661. Today applicants can choose between 17 departments. The institution takes active part in international education programs and funds.
The benefits of studying in Ukraine: high quality, low price
Today over 60 thousand international students from 150 countries are getting their higher education in Ukraine. And this number is increasing every year. The popularity of Ukraine as a place for getting higher education is caused by a number of reasons. Ukrainian system of higher education includes institutions of three types: universities, institutes, academies. They prepare high quality specialists for a lot of different fields. Studying in Ukraine, not only do international students get a profound theoretical knowledge base, but also a lot of practical skills. Ukraine’s educational system widely implements advanced technologies into the educational process, which is another key advantage of studying in Ukraine.
Leading Ukrainian universities have long histories, and many of them are acknowledged in the whole world. Ukraine became a part of the Bologna process in 2005 and has common academic degrees and periods of study with 46 other countries, which increases the mobility of students and graduates.
All of these advantages of getting higher education in Ukraine are available for international students at a price that is substantially lower than in European, CIS, and North American countries.
Other attractive factors include flexible terms of entering Ukraine and the simplicity of becoming a student. There is a visa-free regime for citizens of the CIS and a number of European countries, Canada, Israel and Japan. Citizens of other countries can get visa support. International students don’t need to pass any tests or examinations to enroll in a Ukrainian university.
Students can choose the most suitable form of studying: full-time, part-time or distance learning. The instruction can be conducted in Ukrainian, Russian and English, and international students can choose the language they feel most comfortable with.
International applicants are offered preparatory courses, which last 6-10 months, during which they can learn Ukrainian or Russian and improve their knowledge of major disciplines.
Ukrainian universities offer a variety of courses: humanities, medicine, dentistry, IT technologies, economics, law, engineering etc. Students can enrol in a BA, MA, or a postgraduate program.
Dormitory rooms, which international students can rent at a very low price, are yet another advantage of studying in Ukraine. Living next to Ukrainian peers, international students get a great opportunity to improve their language skills and make new friends.