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Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
Year found: 1834
Legal form State
Country Ukraine
City Kyiv

Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University

Year found: 1834
Legal form: State
Country: Ukraine
Awards: Bachelor Degree
                     Specialist Degree
                     Master Degree
                     Doctoral Programmes
City: Kyiv
Study language: Russian, Ukrainian


Kyiv National University is an institution of higher education that trains specialists in many fields of knowledge and carries out researches. Although this description can be applied to any other institution of similar kind but it is the number-one Ukrainian university, and a major centre of advanced learning and pro-gressive thinking. It consists of more faculties and departments than any other University in Ukraine and provides training of specialists in a greater number of fields than any other comparable Ukrainian educa-tional institution.

Kyiv University is named after Taras Shevchenko, a major figure in Ukrainian arts. The Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University is a world wide known establishment of higher education. Since the time of its foundation, a hundred and sixty years ago, the University has been generating progressive ideas, shaping Ukrainian intellect, and providing champions of upheld national liberation activity in Ukraine. It has always upheld the Ukrainian freedom-loving spirit.

Kyiv University dates back to the first half of the 17th century. The Kyiv Mohyla Academy, founded in 1632, provided the foundation upon which Kyiv University was subsequently built. This Academy, whose history spanned almost two hundred years, was the first establishment of higher education in Ukraine. Among its students one may find prominent figures of Ukrainian cultural development: Hryhoriy Skovoroda, Feofan Prokopovych, Meletiy Smotritskiy and many others.
Today, the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University is a multidisciplinary educational and scientific com-plex, which comprises 14 faculties (Faculties of Biology, Geography, Geology, Economics, History, Cybernet-ics, Mechanics and Mathematics, Radiophysics, Social Sciences, Physics, Philosophy, Chemistry, Law, and the Preparatory Faculty), 5 institutes (Military, International Relations, Postgraduate Studies, Linguistics and Literature), Centers of Qualification and Requalification of Foreign Citizens and Center of Ukrainian Studies, the Institute of Research and Development in Physiology, Botanical Garden, Zoological Museum, M.Maksymovych Scientific Library, the IT Center, an Astronomical observatory, and a Publishing-polygraphic center. The University is also the co-founder of three institutes and two colleges, where over 30 thousand of students study.

The University realizes training and re-training of specialists of 63 naturalistic and socially-pertaining to the humanitres specialities and 157 specializations according to degree system- bachelors (4 yrs.), specialists (1yr.) and masters (1.5-2 yrs.). The yearly competition to the University exceeds 3 persons per place and at some faculties up to 6-11 persons per place.

Kyiv National University employs more than 2000 of academic and about 1000 scientific staff at 158 de-partments. 82% of the lecturers have an academic degrees and academic statuses, in particular 24% of the lecturers are Doctors of Sciences or Professors. Every year the staff of Kyiv National University publishes hundreds of monographs, textbooks and scientific articles in scientific journals in Ukraine and abroad.

Considering the high level of teaching and received knowledge, the graduates of Kyiv National Universty are eagerly invited to continue their studies as postgraduate students, or to work at various academic, public and business establishments in Ukraine as well as throughout the world.

In order to provide comfortable conditions for students, there is the campus area with morern dormitries, dining halls, computer clubs, a fitness center and cafes. In order to ensure rest and recreation of the students and staff, the University runs a health resort center and recreation centers in Crimea and on the banks of Dnipro River.

Kyiv National University maintains contacts with many universities and research centres throughout the world.

The newly acquired independence of and changing situation in Ukraine have put forward new requirements to Kyiv National University which is contributing to the all-Ukrainian effort to create a radically new political, social and economic structure in the country. Kyiv University is obliged to improve its system of training specialists since its graduates are to work in various segments of the political, social and economic system of the independent Ukraine. Kyiv University graduates are expected to be highly qualified, patriotic and aware of the tasks and challenges facing the new Ukraine; they must be open to the national ideals, and feel respon-sible to what they do; they are expected to be able to demonstrate a creative approach in solving the pressing problems of today and tomorrow, and to think in terms of long-term and wide-ranging reforms. In other words, we are striving to achieve a truly universal character in the training of our specialists. We believe this can be achieved through engaging the most talented minds into the University’s educational system; we should involve the most talented scholars and scientists in the academic process at the same time providing them with adequate means by which to sustain their selfless efforts and endeavour; we must do our best to protect them from unnecessary and at times incompetent control on the part of certain government bodies. To do this successfully, Kyiv University has to acquire the status of an independent educational establish-ment. We are going to do our best to achieve this goal.

The doors of Kyiv University are open to anyone who is eager to devote himself or herself, to enhance the intellectual potential and to develop the arts and economy of Ukraine.




Kyiv's history spans over 1500 years. It is the cradle of Slavonic culture. Today, Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. With a population of 2,5 million and an area of 820 kilometers, Kyiv is well suited to be the political center of Ukraine. The President and his administration, the Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, and other government institutions are centered in the city. As the scientific and cultural center of the country, Kyiv is home to the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences and academic research institutions which include institutes of chemistry, welding, cybernetics, steelwork, microbiology and virology, economics, history, philosophy, literature, art history, folklore and ethnography, and law.

Most of Ukraine's institutions of higher learning are located in Kyiv. These include Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, National University "Kyiv - Mohyla Academy", National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", Bogomolets National Medical University, the National Aviation University, Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, Glier Kyiv Music College, the National Academy of Painting and Architecture, the Kyiv National University of Building and Architecture, the Kyiv National Linguistics University, the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Dragomanov Ukrainian National Pedagogical University, and others. Kyiv has many cultural and educational institutions: libraries (of which the largest are the Central Scientific Library of the Ukrainian National Academy of the Sciences and the Scientific Library of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University), cultural centers, cinemas, the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Society, theaters (of which the National Opera, the National Academic Drama Theatre, and the Theatre of Russian Drama are best known), and the National Circus. The National Symphonic Orchestra and national folk choral and dance ensembles reside in Kyiv.

Kyiv is home to history, painting, folk and ornamental art, book and publishing, folk architecture and life, and memorial museums. There are a number of unique architectural sights in Kyiv. The Sofiyskyy Sobor (1037), the remnants of the Golden Gates, the Mikhailivska Church of the Vydubetsky Monastery (1070 - 1088), the remnants of the Uspensky Sobor (1073 - 1078), the Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra (11th century), the Kyrylivska Church (12th century), the Kyiv Academy (8th or early 9th century), the Andriyivska Church (1747-1753), the Mariinsky Palace (1750 - 1755). There are also many newer buildings in the city, such as the Volodymyrskyy Sobor (1862 - 1882), the National Opera (1901), the State Bank (1902 - 1905), the Bessarabskyy Covered Market (1910 - 1912), and others.

Many stadiums, swimming pools, gyms, shooting galleries, parks, cafes and restaurants offering both Ukrainian and international cuisine are available to Kievans and city guests.

Kyiv is the central railway junction and a crossroads for land, air, and water routes.

Public transportation within Kyiv is provided by a subway system, buses, trams, and taxis.

Welcome to Kyiv!



Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University realizes training to the following specialities:

Faculty of Biology:

- biology.

Faculty of Geography:

- geography;
- hydrometeorology;
- tourism;
- geodesy, cartography and organization of the use of land.

Faculty of Geology:

- geology.

Faculty of Economics:

- economics;
- economical cybernetics;
- enterprise economics;
- finances and credit;
- stock and audit;
- management;
- international economics.

Institute of Journalism:

- journalism;
- publishing and editing;
- advertising and public relations.

Institute of International Relations:

- international relations;
- international law;
- international information;
- international economic relations;
- international business.

Institute of Philology:

- philology: Ukrainian language, literature and foreign language;
- philology: folkloristic;
- philology: Czech, Ukrainian language and literature;
- philology: Polish, Ukrainian language and literature;
- philology: Croatian, Ukrainian language and literature;
- philology: literature art, Ukrainian language and literature;
- philology: classical and west-european languages and literature;
- philology: Russian language and literature, foreign language;
- philology: English, Spanish, German, modern Greek, French languages and literature and translation;
- philology: translation (from English, Spanish, Italian, German and French languages);
- philology: Azerbaijan, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Turkish, Japanese languages and literature and translation.

Faculty of History:

- history.

Faculty of Cybernetics:

- applied mathematics;
- information science;
- systems analysis;
- program engineering.

Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics:

- mathematics;
- statistics;
- mechanics.

Faculty of Psychology:

- psychology;
- social works.

Faculty of Radiophysics:

- applied physics;
- computer engineering.

Faculty of Sociology:

- sociology.

Faculty of Physics:

- physics;
- optic techniques.

Faculty of Philosophy:

- philosophy;
- religion;
- political science.

Faculty of Chemistry:

- chemistry.

Faculty of Law:

- law.



Comfortable rooms of sectional type are offered for students. There are 12 dwelling blocks on every floor. In every block there is a hall, two rooms (for 2 and 3 people), toilet with a washstand and shower room with a shower stall and a washstand. Every student has his individual furniture set: a bed, a wardrobe, a table, a chair. There is a fridge in every room.

On each floor of the dormitory there are exercise rooms for studying, kitchens where students can cook, rooms with clothes washer. For those students who are going to enter conservatories and other musical educational institutions, there are special rooms where they can practice musical exercises on the piano and other musical instruments.

On each floor round the clock there is a person on duty who keeps order. A student can turn to him on any question at any time.

In the dormitory № 12 on the ground floor there is a dining room-cafe, a hall with the TV, an Internet club. In the dormitory № 13 on the ground floor there is a sports club with sports halls and training appa-ratus, halls for table tennis and billiards. Visitors of the sports club can use sports bar and services of the masseur.
About the dormitoties there are athletic fields where it is possible to play basketball, volleyball, football.




When student arrive to airport he/she will be met and transferred to university. At university student have orientation and welcome brief. After orientation student will be placed at university hostel. During all time of studying at university foreign students are supported by qualified team of International Department. All their needs will be satisfied with pleasure. There is very helpful consultancy for students who have educational difficulties.

All university hostels are secured and have time restrictions for guest to ensure safety and good condition of living.

The Ukrainian people are philosophical and peaceful. The most recent example being the Orange revolution, a completely peaceful demonstration by the people looking for political change. You will find that Ukrainians are very amicable and have good sense of humor. There is no racism at all. Strangers will be extremely friendly with you and be impressed that you made the effort to visit their country over their more visited neighbors.


Information about «Hurt» sport club

«Hurt» sport club is situated on the ground floor in dormitory #13.
There is a gym with modern simulators in the club. Trainings are conducted by experienced trainers. Both individual and group lessons are available.
Group lessons are conducted for:
• fitness;
• pilatess;
• yoga.
Changing room and shower are available.

Billiards, table tennis (ping-pong).

In the billiard room it is possible to play pool or snooker. For learning to play billiards or ping-pong train-ing service is available.
Sport bar
In sport bar protein, kreatine, fresh juice are offered. It is also possible to have dinner or supper here.


Hand massage and massaging devices are offered. There is also a rest room with TV and satellite. Opening of tennis courts are planned.

Additional information about university

Throughout its 170-year existence, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University has been an important center of education and progressive thought.
The University opened its doors in 1834 with 62 students studying at philosophical and law faculties. The College of Medicine opened in 1841. In the beginning, the University was named after the Kievan prince, Volodymyr. In 1939, it received the name of Taras Shevchenko, a remarkable Ukrainian poet, painter, and public figure.

The Ukrainian Presidential Decree of April 21st, 1994 granted Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University the status of a "national university", i.e. a state institution of higher learning free to act autonomously in ac-cordance with its own statute.

Today, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University is a complex educational and research institution comprising 14 faculties (biology, geography, geology, economics, history, cybernetics, mechanics and mathematics, preparation for university studies, radiophysics, sociology and psychology, physics, phi-losophy, chemistry, and law), 5 institutes (journalism, international relations, philology, military, and post-graduate education), a center for training and further qualifying foreign specialists, a center for Ukrainian studies, an academic research institute of physiology, a botanical garden, a zoological museum, a science library, a computer center, an astronomical observatory, a publishing center, the Kanev State Nature Reserve. The University is co-founder of three institutes and two specialized secondary schools. Over 30 thousand students study at these schools.

The University trains and further qualifies specialists in 157 areas of specialization within 63 majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. At Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, a bache-lors degree can be earned in 4 years, a specialists in one year, and a masters in 1,5-2 years

Each year, over three applicants compete for one spot at the University, and in some faculties, 6-11 appli-cants, for one spot. This is evidence of Kyiv Universitys high reputation and quality

The University has over 2000 teaching and 1000 research employees working in its 158 departments. About 82% of the teaching faculty have advanced degrees; 24% of the faculty have doctoral and/or profes-sorial status.

Each year, the Universitys research and teaching employees publish monographs, textbooks, study guides and academic papers locally and abroad
The University trains specialists in both fundamental and applied sciences, including astronomy, biology, geography, geology, economics, information systems, history, cybernetics, mathematics, mechanics, pedagogy, law, psychology, radiophysics, sociology, physics, philology, philosophy, and chemistry

In order to meet the current needs of academia and industry, the University yearly opens new majors and areas of specialization and begins teaching new languages

The Universitys scholars, faculty, and students are recipients of national awards and prizes

The University works actively with foreign educational institutions, funds, and associations. It maintains contacts and partnerships with 80 universities in various countries.

Due to the Universitys reputation for high standards in teaching and the resultant level of knowledge acquired by students, its graduates are readily invited to enter graduate programs or to work in research and educational institutions or for public, private, or international enterprises.

A campus with comfortable dormitories, computer laboratories, sports grounds, cafeterias, and discos has been built to accommodate students.

For students needs, The University has sanatoria and treatment facilities in Crimea on the shore of the Black Sea and in the Kyiv area on the bank of the Dnieper.


Tuition fee:

- Preparatory course (Ukrainian or Russian): USD  3000 (1 year)

Degree courses:

Bachelor degree (in Russian or Ukrainian): USD 2000-3500 per year (depending on speciality)

Master degree (in Russian or Ukrainian): USD 3500-4500 per year (depending on speciality)


Other expenses:

- Accomodation fee: USD 90 per month
- Medical insurance: USD 180 per year
- Living Expenses: from USD 300 per month
- Airport trasfer: USD 100



Please note, tuition fee could change (1-3%) due to exchange rate.                                                 02/07/2015 update