Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there an admission exam to the Ukrainian universities?

Ukrainian universities require to pass a test of English for students wishing to study in English and skip the preparatory year

Can you apply for study at Ukrainian universities with secondary certificate (baccalaureate) obtained a three or more years ago?

Yes, you can apply with a secondary certificate (baccalaureate) obtained a three or more years ago, Ukrainian law does not specify the duration of certificates

Is it necessary to pass the TOEFL or IELTS?

Not required to obtain a certificate of passing the IELTS or Tofel

What is the duration of the study in Ukraine?

The duration of the study varies according to the specialization, type of study and degree (Bachelor – Master – Phd) , which will be obtained by the student and ranges from two years for specialization as (air navigation) to 6 years.

What is the currency in circulation in Ukraine?

Grivnia is the national currency in circulation and tie (25-26) Ukrainian Grivnia is one US dollars.

What languages are used in Ukraine?

Ukrainian, Russian and English among young Ukrainians recently.

What is the language of instruction in Ukraine?

The study is available in Ukrainian languages, Russian and English.

Is it possible to get permission or authorization to work after the completion of the study?

After you finish university and get a degree in your specialty you can get a permit and work in Ukraine.

Are Ukrainian certificates recognizing internationally?

Yes, globally recognized

Does the university provides student residence ?

University accommodation is always available and annual fees for university accommodation are affordable in the range from US $ 300 to $ 1200 a year depending on the university and the city, also the student can live with an Ukrainian family or rent an apartment.

Where is the payment of tuition fees of the university?

Tuition fees payment for the university by the student himself after his arrival in Ukraine when registration procedures at the university .

You could pay the tuition fees for university in installments?

Yes, it is possible to pay the university in installments.

Is there a fees for books and fees for exams?

Tuition fees, including books and exams fees.

Is it possible to open a bank account for the student?


How parents can send expenses and money for their children students?

You can transfer money through a normal bank transfer or through the famous financial conversion like Western union and Money grams systems.

What is the Major communities in Ukraine ?

There are communities in a large quantity including Syrians ,Jordanians  ,Moroccans ,Palestinians , Iraqis ,Nigerians and other communities.

What is the preparatory year and what its usefulness?

Preparatory year is mandatory for students who want to study in Russian or Ukrainian, and those who wants to access to graduate studies, and is not mandatory for students who want to study in English, and  we advice everyone to complete the preparatory year before university.

What are the conditions required to obtain the visa ?

Documents required for visa extraction in all the Ukrainian embassies almost similar:

• Original invitation.

• Valid passport for at least one year.

• Secondary school certificate authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country or the country of residence.

• Birth certificate authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country or the country of residence.

• Medical examination certificate (AIDS,etc…)  documented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country or AIDS  office.

• Escrow bank account of the student or guardian.

Is it difficult to pass the preparatory year?

Preparatory Year is the prettiest and easiest year in student life, student learns Russian or Ukrainian language and learn Ukrainian traditions, habits and recognize the most famous places and tourist attractions in Ukraine and get used to the university and other positives that are not countless.

When are the school holidays during the school year?

Winter vacation begins in the fifth and the twentieth of December and ends after Christmas on the twentieth of January, start summer vacation in late June and ends on the first of September of each year.

What are the conditions required to gain admission to the school ?

• A copy of the secondary school certificate (BAC)

• A copy of the page of marks

•  University degree (graduate students)

• Image of the first page of a valid passport

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Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to join an Intrepid trip?

Today, Intrepid is taking a necessary step to remove our global vaccination requirement, effective December 31, 2022. This means that as of January 1, 2023, travellers will no longer be required to present their proof of vaccination to travel on Intrepid tours.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ukraine?

The visa requirements for traveling to Ukraine can vary depending on your nationality and the purpose and duration of your visit. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, many countries have visa-free agreements with Ukraine, allowing their citizens to travel to Ukraine for tourism or business purposes without a visa for a limited period of time. These visa-free agreements typically range from 30 to 90 days.

However, it’s important to note that visa policies can change over time, and it’s always best to consult the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine or the nearest Ukrainian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa requirements for your specific nationality.

Additionally, even if you are exempt from obtaining a visa, you may still need to meet certain entry requirements, such as having a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay, and a return ticket. It is recommended to check the entry requirements for Ukraine before your trip to ensure a smooth travel experience.

Is tipping customary in Ukraine?

Yes, tipping is customary in Ukraine, particularly in the service industry. While it may not be mandatory, it is generally expected to leave a tip as a token of appreciation for good service. Here are some general guidelines regarding tipping in Ukraine:

  1. Restaurants and Cafes: It is common to leave a tip of around 5-10% of the total bill in restaurants and cafes. Some establishments may include a service charge in the bill, in which case additional tipping may not be necessary, but it’s always a good idea to check.
  2. Bars: Tipping in bars is not as common as in restaurants, but leaving a small tip for good service is appreciated.
  3. Hotels: It is customary to tip hotel staff such as bellhops, concierges, and housekeeping. The amount can vary, but leaving a small tip of a few hryvnias or more is generally appreciated.
  4. Taxis: Tipping taxi drivers is not obligatory, but it is common to round up the fare or leave a small amount as a tip for good service.
  5. Other Services: Tipping is also customary for services like hairdressers, tour guides, and spa services. The amount can vary, but a tip of around 5-10% is generally considered appropriate.

Remember that tipping customs can vary among individuals and regions, so it’s always a good idea to consider the quality of service received and use your discretion when determining the tip amount.

What is the internet access like in Ukraine?

Ukraine has generally good internet access, particularly in major cities and urban areas. The country has seen significant improvements in its internet infrastructure in recent years, with the expansion of high-speed broadband services and the development of 4G and 5G networks.

In urban areas, you can expect to find a wide range of internet options, including wired broadband, Wi-Fi networks, and mobile data services. Many hotels, cafes, restaurants, and public spaces offer free Wi-Fi access, making it convenient for travelers to stay connected.

However, in more remote or rural areas, the internet access may be slower and less reliable. It’s important to keep this in mind if you plan to travel to less populated regions of Ukraine.

If you require consistent and reliable internet access during your stay in Ukraine, you may want to consider obtaining a local SIM card with a data plan or using a portable Wi-Fi hotspot device. This will allow you to have internet connectivity wherever you go, regardless of Wi-Fi availability.

As with any destination, it’s a good idea to check with your accommodation provider or local sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding internet access and connectivity options in the specific areas you plan to visit in Ukraine.

Can I use my mobile phone while in Ukraine?

Yes, you can use your mobile phone while in Ukraine. The country has a well-developed mobile network infrastructure, and most international mobile operators have roaming agreements with Ukrainian mobile operators. However, it’s important to check with your mobile service provider to ensure that your phone is compatible with the networks in Ukraine and to inquire about roaming options and charges.

Alternatively, you may consider purchasing a local SIM card upon arrival in Ukraine. This can provide you with a local phone number and data plan, which may be more cost-effective for extended stays or if you require extensive data usage.

What are the toilets like in Ukraine?

In Ukraine, the toilet facilities can vary depending on the location. In urban areas and modern establishments such as hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and tourist attractions, you will typically find Western-style toilets with flush systems and toilet paper available.

Can I drink the water in Ukraine?

n Ukraine, the tap water is generally considered safe to drink in urban areas and larger cities. The water supply is typically treated and meets the local health standards. However, the quality of tap water may vary in some regions or rural areas.

If you are staying in a hotel or a well-maintained accommodation in an urban area, it is generally safe to drink tap water. Many locals also drink tap water without any issues. However, if you have concerns or a sensitive stomach, you may choose to drink bottled water, which is widely available in stores and supermarkets.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Ukraine?

Credit cards are generally accepted in many establishments in urban areas of Ukraine, especially in larger cities like Kyiv, Lviv, and Odessa. It is common to find businesses such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, and larger stores that accept credit cards.

Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted credit card networks in Ukraine, but you may also find establishments that accept other major credit cards like American Express and Discover, although they might be less common.

What is ATM access like in Ukraine?

ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) are widely available in Ukraine, particularly in urban areas and larger cities. You can find ATMs in banks, shopping malls, airports, and other convenient locations throughout the country.

Most ATMs in Ukraine support major international networks such as Visa, Mastercard, and Maestro, allowing you to withdraw cash using your debit or credit card. Some ATMs may also accept other international card networks like American Express and Discover, although they might be less common.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

It is highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before traveling to protect yourself and your belongings. Travel insurance provides coverage for a range of unexpected events that could disrupt or impact your trip, such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations or interruptions, lost luggage, and other unforeseen circumstances.

What public holidays are celebrated in Ukraine?

Ukraine celebrates a number of public holidays throughout the year. Here are some of the major public holidays observed in Ukraine:

  1. New Year’s Day (January 1st): Celebrated as the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year with fireworks, festive events, and family gatherings.
  2. Christmas Day (January 7th): Celebrated according to the Orthodox calendar, it is a religious holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
  3. International Women’s Day (March 8th): A day to honor and appreciate women with gifts, flowers, and special events.
  4. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (variable dates): Celebrated according to the Orthodox calendar, Easter is a significant religious holiday, observed with church services, Easter eggs, and festive meals.
  5. Labor Day (May 1st): A holiday honoring workers and the achievements of the labor movement.
  6. Victory Day (May 9th): Commemorates the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, with parades, ceremonies, and memorial events.
  7. Constitution Day (June 28th): Celebrates the adoption of the Ukrainian Constitution in 1996, with various cultural and civic events.
  8. Independence Day (August 24th): Marks the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, celebrated with parades, concerts, and fireworks.
  9. Christmas Eve (January 6th): The evening before Orthodox Christmas, it is a time of fasting, family gatherings, and traditional meals.

Apart from these major holidays, there are other regional, religious, and cultural holidays celebrated in specific areas of Ukraine. It’s important to note that some holidays are observed on different dates based on the Orthodox calendar.

During public holidays, government offices, banks, and many businesses may be closed or have reduced operating hours. Public transportation may also have altered schedules. It’s advisable to plan accordingly and check specific dates and local practices for each holiday when visiting Ukraine.

Is Ukraine a safe destination for LGBTQI-travellers?

Ukraine is generally considered to have a mixed record in terms of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) rights and acceptance. While there have been positive developments in recent years, it’s important to be aware of the local context and exercise caution when traveling as an LGBTQI individual.

Homosexuality is legal in Ukraine, and there are legal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, societal attitudes towards LGBTQI individuals can vary, and open displays of affection or public discussions of LGBTQI issues may not always be well-received, particularly in more conservative and rural areas.

Public LGBTQI events, such as pride parades or demonstrations, have faced challenges in the past, and there have been incidents of violence and intolerance. It’s advisable to stay informed about the local situation, including any planned events or demonstrations, and follow the guidance of local LGBTQI organizations and community resources.

To enhance personal safety while traveling in Ukraine as an LGBTQI individual, consider the following:

  1. Research and connect with local LGBTQI resources: Look for local LGBTQI organizations, support groups, or community centers that can provide advice, information, and support regarding LGBTQI-friendly establishments, events, and areas.
  2. Exercise discretion: While it’s important to be true to yourself, it may be wise to exercise discretion in public spaces and avoid overt displays of affection that could attract unwanted attention or potential hostility.
  3. Stay informed: Stay updated on local news, social attitudes, and legal developments related to LGBTQI rights in Ukraine. This can help you navigate the local environment more effectively.
  4. Be aware of local customs and norms: Familiarize yourself with the local customs, cultural norms, and expectations to avoid unintentionally offending or drawing unnecessary attention.

As with any travel destination, it’s always advisable to take common-sense precautions, stay vigilant, and trust your instincts regarding personal safety. If you have concerns or specific questions, reach out to LGBTQI travel organizations, forums, or embassy/consular services for additional guidance and support.