Dear student, we are so excited to meet you soon! Ukraine is a very welcoming and peaceful European country. Besides, it has relatively cheap prices, many touristic spots to visit and great hospitals to check! You will definitely enjoy your stay.
Ukraine is the largest all-European country and the 44th largest country in the world. It's located in Eastern Europe and shares borders with Poland, Belarus, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Russia. The capital city is Kyiv (Kiev). Other largest cities are Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. Ukraine is not part of the EU and, therefore, Schengen zone.
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
These years are very special for Ukrainian medical care - the country is switching from the govermental funded "free" medical care to an insurance-based system. Besides, Ukrainian ambulances, which have previously had a doctor on them, now are switching to the paramedical concept. Thus, it may be very interesting to see and experience these changes on your own, as this will allow you to compare them both with your native one.
Ukrainian medical universities offer 6-year medical programs. After getting a diploma, postgraduate students have an opportunity to continue their clinical specialization (residency) and research projects during 1-3 years of postgraduate training and obtain the Medical, Dental or Pharmaceutical specialties or Ph.D. degree, under the guidance of experienced professors.
Ukrainians mostly use public transport - subway, trams, buses. When we are in a rush or it is late at night, we usually call a taxi. There are many different companies available including Uber. Many people have their own cars or bikes, driving is allowed only for persons older than 18 years.
All the must sees are already included into our social program!:)
In general in depends on where you are from. You will notice that the lifestyle is very different in different parts of the country, so it is hard to note some particular traits:)
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
It is important:
- to check if you need an adapter for our electrical plugs;
- to let your host know if you have some allergies, diet restrictions or fears (like height or darkness);
- to create your personal "to do" list for Ukraine and rock each bullet point of it!