Important information for incoming

 

ERASMUS+ admission procedure for incoming students

If you are student of our partner university and you were nominated to study in Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, you need to send us scanned copies of the following documents two months before the beginning of the semester (click to see the academic calendar) via our e-mail – mobilnist@kpi.ua:

  1. Passport with ID-page
  2. Matriculation diploma
  3. Learning Agreement signed by the coordinator in your institution
  4. Nomination letter
  5. Certificate of language competence
  6. Consent to personal data processing signed by you (CLICK TO SEE)

ATTENTION! Filling your Learning Agreement, note, that you should mention following data in the “Receiving institution” section: 

The same person should be mentioned as the contact person and the responsible person. 

After sending all above mentioned documents by e-mail, you should wait several days until your invitation will be ready. Academic Mobility Office will contact you immediately after receiving the invitation, send you the scan copy and then send you the hard copy. When you get the hard copy of your invitation, you can go the Embassy of Ukraine in your country and process all the documents needed to get the visa. After receiving the visa and after the purchase of the ticket, please, contact our Office via e-mail. All procedures after arrival to Ukraine are described in the section below.

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Procedures in the University during mobility period

JUST AFTER ARRIVAL

  1. TRANSFER. Students’ Academic Mobility Office of Igor Sikorsky KPI meets incoming students in the airport, bus or railway station and accompanies them to the dormitory. Please, contact us by e-mail or phone and inform us about your arrival (No of flight/train, date and time of arrival) in advance.
  2. ACCOMMODATION. Igor Sikorsky KPI provides all incoming students the room in the dormitory. You can live in 2-bed room for 1500 UAH per month or 1-bed room for 2490 UAH per month. Dormitory is the most comfortable place to live because of its low price and close location to the educational buildings. 
  3. REGISTRATION. The first working day after your arrival to Kyiv, you should come to Students’ Academic Mobility Office – SAMO (building 31, cab 1-13, address: 5-a, Metalistiv street, phone: +38 (044) 204 99 55). 

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    Then, with accompaniment of Office’s inspector, you will go to the Centre for International Education. SAMO will support you with all necessary help with filling forms and applications, thus, all the next procedures will be realized with the help of SAMO inspector. Firstly, you should fill the application form (Name, date of birth, registration, contact details) and sign documents, where you agrees with University’s internal regulations and policy. Notice that you should have: …, 12 photos 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm. Then, you will get the form of accomodation reference. This form should be filled and registered in the Student Administration Office (22, Yanhelya Str., dormitory № 3, room № 9) and you should pay the fee. After that you will obtain the permission for accomodation. Then…

    Payments in bank, passport to Migration Service

    Go through medical testing (3, Hetmana Str., 4th Floor, Room. № 413) – a blood test for HIV, fluorography, dermatologist examination, physician examination.

    Waiting for the results from Migration Service – UP TO ONE MONTH, then, you will go together with SAMO inspector to the Migration Service Office (4-a, Berezniakivska Str.) to receive your Residence Permit. Next day you should visit the Centre for International Education to sign the registration and receive back your passport.

DURING THE EDUCATION

  1. AQUAINTANCE. Students’ Academic Mobility Office (SAMO) will offer you the guide tour around KPI the first day as well as the guide tour around Kyiv some time later. At the beginning, you will visit the faculty where you will be studying and meet your coordinator, supervisor and professors. They will tell you about the educational process in Igor Sikorsky KPI and provide you the schedule of your classes. Also SAMO will provide you the information package with the map of campus and …
  2. CLASSES. You should visit all the lectures and practical lessons and meet all your professors. Get the e-mail addresses of all your lecturers in advance. If you will have any situation when you are not able to attend the lesson (need to process some documents or have the bad state of health), warn your professor and agree how could you work off the skip.

BEFORE LEAVING UKRAINE

  1. EXAMINATIONS SESSION. Please, prepare for your exams to pass successfully. If you will have any problems with studying, immediately contact your coordinator, supervisor or SAMO inspector.
  2. CANCELLING THE REGISTRATION. You should warn the SAMO inspector about your leaving in advance – for about 15 days before. Then you should come to SAMO and receive the Bypass List form. It requires signatures and stamps of several services: Passport office, Campus Administration, dormitory’s superintendent, library, Dean’s office. Please, take your passport with you. You should pay the fee (for about 60 UAH) in Campus Administration to cancel the registration. After that, Campus Administration will pick your Residence Permit up. Some days later you should come to SAMO to get the copy of your Residence Permit and put the last signature in the Bypass List.
  3. TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS. Your faculty will give you the filled Transcript of Records with all the credits you have obtained. 
  4. LEAVING UKRAINE. Warn SAMO about your leaving in advance. Transfer to the airport, bus or railway station is optional (on your request).

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Important phone numbers, addresses and links

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Addresses and links of Embassies of European countries in Ukraine

 FLAG COUNTRY ADDRESS WEBSITE
флаг Republic of Poland  12 Yaroslaviv Val Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2300700 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Lithuania  21 Buslivska Street
(Vydubychi metro station)
Phone: +38044 2540920
WEBSITE 
флаг Republic of Latvia   6b Ivana Mazepy Street
(Arsenalna metro station)
Phone: +38044 4907030
 WEBSITE
флаг  Hungary 33 Reitarska Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2308001 
 WEBSITE
флаг  Czech Republic 34a Yaroslaviv Val Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2726800 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Federal Republic of Germany 25 B. Khmelnytskoho Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2476800 
WEBSITE
флаг  Grand Duchy of Luxembourg  9/2 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, off. 54
(Olimpiyska metro station)
Phone: +38044 4906590
 
флаг Kingdom of Belgium  4b Mykoly Rayevskoho Street
(Lybidska metro station)
Phone: +38044 5294141 
WEBSITE 
флаг  French Republic 39 Reitarska Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 5903600 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Kingdom of Netherlands 7 Kontraktova Square
(Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: +38044 4908200 
 WEBSITE
флаг  Kingdom of Sweden 34/33 Ivana Franka Street
(Universytet metro station)
Phone: +38044 4944270 
 WEBSITE
флаг  Kingdom of Norway 15 Striletska Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2812200 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Finland 14 Striletska Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2787551 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Turkey  22 Panasa Myrnoho Street
(Pecherska metro station)
Phone: +38044 2810750
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Cyprus 24 Bulvarno-Kudriavska Street, 2nd floor
Phone: +38044 4996451 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Hellenic Republic 10 Dobrovolchykh Batalyoniv Street
Phone: +38044 2545471 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Bulgaria 1 Hospitalna Street
Phone: +38044 2467237
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Croatia  51/50 Sichovykh Striltsiv Street
(Lukianivska metro station)
Phone: +38044 4898730
WEBSITE
флаг Italian Republic  32b Yaroslaviv Val Street
(Zoloti vorota metro station)
Phone: +38044 2303100 
WEBSITE 
флаг  Republic of Malta  13/1 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, off. 31
(Ploscha Lva Tolstoho metro station)
Phone: +38044 2340277
WEBSITE 
флаг Portuguese Republic   12 Ivana Fedorova Street, 2nd floor
(Olimpiyska metro station)
Phone: +38044 2875861
WEBSITE
флаг  Kingdom of Spain 46 Khoriva Street
(Kontraktova ploscha metro station)
Phone: +38044 3913024 
WEBSITE
флаг  Ireland 32b Khreschatyk Street
(Khreschatyk metro station)

Phone: +38044 2793200
WEBSITE

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Practical information about life in Ukraine

In this section you can find different useful practical information about life in Ukraine in common and during the mobility period.

PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR INCOMING

In this section we collected  several  important advice for incoming participants about registration procedure in Igor Sikorsky KPI and life realities in Kyiv and Ukraine. 
  1. FINANCES. Just after your arrival to Kyiv, Students’ Academic Mobility Office will meet you in the airport or station. You need to change money to hryvnias. It is better to change from dollars or euros, because the exchange from other currencies is more rare. Do not change money in the airport or station – the exchange rate there is very unprofitable. The best variant is the exchange in the bank.
  2. MOBILE CONNECTION. You need to buy the sim-card of one of Ukrainian mobile operators. There are three main operators – “Kyivstar“, “Lifecell” and “Vodafone“. You need it to communicate with all your coordinators and professors as well as many registration procedures (especially related to payments) tied to Ukrainian mobile numbers. However, if you will need to call somebody on the Kyiv landline phone, you can use payphones for free, you can find them in many city’s locations (LINK).
  3. PREPARATIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION. Make 12 photos 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm in advance – you will need it in Passport Office, in the Centre for International Education and some other offices.
  4. NAVIGATION IN THE CITY. To navigate in Kyiv and travel city easier, it is recommended for you to download the map of KPI campus (LINK), scheme of metro (LINK) and download “EasyWay” application (LINK). Be attentive: due to the decommunization, a lot of Kyiv streets and squares were renamed. Do not be confused: signs with old names are still on the many buildings, but all online maps show new names. Ukraine has right-hand traffic, house numbering is European – numbers start from the end of the street closest to the city center; odd numbers beginning from 1 on the left side of the road, even numbers beginning from 2 on the right side; houses located deep into the quarter have additional Cyrillic letter indexes (1- a, 1-b, 1-v, 1-g etc).
  5. TRANSPORT. Kyiv has a very developed transport infrastructure, it includes metro, buses, trolleybuses, trams, light rail (rapid tram), city train, funicular and marshrutkas. More about transport you can find on websites of “Kyivpastrans” (LINK) and Kyiv metro (LINK).
    • METRO has three lines. One trip costs 5 hryvnias (not unlimited by time, crossings from line to line are free). Entering station’s vestibule, buy the token in the ticket-office (one passenger can buy only one token) or the plastic card (for one month – unlimited number of rides or unlimited in time for 50 or less rides). Throw the token into the turnstile’s slot or put on the plastic card to turnstile’s yellow panel. All announcements (both text and voice) in metro are in two languages – Ukrainian and English.
    • BUSES, TROLLEYBUSES and TRAMS are the part of “Kyivpastrans” (Kyiv Passengers’ Transportation) operator. One trip costs 4 hryvnias. You can buy the ticket in ticket-offices located on several stops, but it is better to buy the ticket at ticketmakers inside the bus/trolleybus/tram. Ticketmakers wear red or green uniform, they are obliged to sell tickets and control whether all the passengers have tickets. Except ticketmakers, there are controllers – they wear grey uniform and they do not sell tickets: they should control whether all the passengers have tickets and fine those who have not. After buying the ticket you must validate it in the manual or, rarely, automatic bell-punch. The fine for the ticketless fare is 80 hryvnias. Funicular is type of tram that has only two stations and travels by the hill from Poshtova Square to Mykhaylivska Square. It also costs 4 hryvnias (You should buy the token at the station).
    • LIGHT RAIL (rapid tram) is also served by “Kyivpastrans”. It is similar to tram, but more separate from road traffic, thus has higher speed. Ticket costs 4 hryvnias, you can buy it in the ticket-offices at the light rail stations.
    • CITY TRAIN is the ring line system of trains. One ride costs 5 hryvnias, tickets are sold in the ticket-offices at the stations. It has big interval and operates only during rush hours.
    • MARSHRUTKA has the most developed infrastructure within Kyiv transport systems, it covers virtually all the city. Marshrutka is the type of transport typical to ex-Soviet countries – yellow-colored minibus for 40-50 people, that works in the mode of “On demand” stops. To catch the marshrutka, standing on the stop, you should wave your hand. Entering, you should pay 5-7 hryvnias to the driver (or pass your money to the driver if you entered the back door). Driver must give you the change. To exit marshrutka you should ask driver about that in advance by the phrase “Na zupyntsi, bud laska” (This stop, please).
  6. INTERNET. In the city you can find some points where you can catch the WI-FI connection (MAP). The most popular places are cafes and fast-foods. In Igor Sikorsky KPI you can catch WI-FI in the Library, Knowledge Square and at several points on the campus territory. “KPI Telecom” operator provides the Internet service for the dormitory. Also, all the mobile operators provide the mobile Internet connection – 2G and 3G. 
  7. HEALTH. During the registration procedure after the arrival, all incoming students should undergo the medical examination in the Hospital No 11 (3, Hetmana Street, phone: 456 40 66, working hours: 08:00 – 18:00). If any problems with health will appear, incoming student should inform Academic Mobility Office, coordinator on the faculty/institute and professors (if courses will be skipped). All foreign students are registered in the Hospital No 11, so they can use the service of this clinic. Also, the obligatory condition for incoming is the medical insurance. It is provided by one of Ukrainian insurance company and students can register and pay for the insurance in the Centre for International Education.  
  8. EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN UKRAINE AND KPI. The education system in Ukraine is following. School education is divided into Primary (1-4 forms), Secondary (5-9 forms) and High (10-11 forms). Students can leave school after 9th form and enter the college or continue to study and enter the university after 11th form. The Bachelor’s Degree programme lasts 4 years, Master’s Degree – 1.5-2 years.
    Igor Sikorsky KPI was one of the first Universities in Ukraine that adopted the ECTS grade system. At the same time, our university, the same as many other Ukrainian universities, uses the traditional grade system. These systems have the following correspondence:

    ECTS – A (95-100) – Traditional: excellent (5)
    ECTS – B (85-94) – Traditional: very good (4)
    ECTS – C (75-84) – Traditional: good (4)
    ECTS – D (65-74) – Traditional: satisfactory (3)
    ECTS – E (60-64) – Traditional: sufficient (3)
    ECTS – Fx (<60) – Traditional: unsatisfactory/fail (2)

    The autumn semester in Ukraine traditionally starts in the first days of September and lasts until the end of December, with examination session after holidays – during January. The spring semester starts in February and lasts until the end of May, session – during June.
    The classes schedule is very different from one university to another. Igor Sikorsky KPI has adopted following schedule for all faculties and institutes:

    1 class – 8:30-10:05
    2 class – 10:25-12:00
    3 class – 12:20-13:55
    4 class – 14:15-15:50
    5 class – 16:10-17:45

    Students usually have from 1 to 4 classes a day.

  9. LEISURE. Kyiv, as a big capital city, offers a lot of opportunities to spend the free time for everybody – whether you like the active leisure or relaxing, you will be pleased with Kievan attractions a lot. To find your type of spending the free time, visit the link: http://mobilnist.kpi.ua/en/about-kyiv/#leisure-kiev
    Being a Igor Sikorsky KPI student you have the chance to visit different events, organized by the Students’ Council (LINK). One of the biggest fests is “Radio Day” – annual disco and DJ event in May, when the Faculty of Radio Engineering celebrates its birthday. Also, Students’ Council organizes different other sportive and cultural events. Don’t miss the chance to take part in the active student life in Ukraine!
  10. GENERAL ADVICE AND FACTS. Finally, we collected some other little, but very useful advice for you:
    • Learn Ukrainian or Russian language on the basic level, or use Phrasebook or online translators to communicate with locals. Many young people in Ukraine speak English, but the opposite situation with people who are a little bit older. Ticketmakers and drivers in transport, many policemen and other workers do not speak English at all. And at the same time, local people are very hospitable and will definitely help you.
    • If you are from Southern warm countries, you should think in advance about warm clothes. Winter in Ukraine can be very cold, so you should be ready to meet this climate and not to fall ill.
    • Students’ Academic Mobility Office, as the modern department, uses social networks to contact with Igor Sikorsky KPI students. We advise you to add the pages of our Office in Facebook into your list of friends to communicate with us faster.
    • If you need to wash or iron your clothes or bed sheets you can go to the nearest laundry.  Two places where you can find laundromats on the territory of campus of Igor Sikorsky KPI are 8th and 19th Dormitories (LINK).
    • Note that it is illegal in Ukraine to take any items of historical importance (badges, medals, icons, historical paintings etc) out of the country; The legal drinking and purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18; Drinking and smoking in public is not allowed; Carry adequate identification at all times – keep your passport with you, local police may ask to see your passport and visa at any time; Always cooperate with local authorities; Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict; There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol; Carry crisp bills, as well-worn or used U.S. banknotes may not be accepted. Except these advice, you should remember, that due to the decommunization law, it is forbidden to use Soviet symbolic (mottos, anthems, emblems etc). Also, due to Russian agression, it is strongly recommended not to use Russian symbols (waving flag on the street, singing anthem, carry the yellow-black ribbon).
    • Try not to publicize the fact that you’re a foreigner or flaunt your wealth: by clothing or otherwise. As in any other country, the possibility of petty theft exists. Make sure to guard your bags and person because pickpocketing is very common, especially in crowded metro stations. Debit and credit card fraud occurs. Pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others during payment processing. The use of on-street automated banking machines (ABMs) is not recommended. Be aware of potential Internet fraud by persons claiming to live in Ukraine who offer goods for sale or profess companionship, romantic interest or marriage proposals. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk. Also, it is highly recommended not to eat the street fast food from kiosks, especially on the railway or bus station – you can be poisoned, the food there can be cooked in poor sanitary conditions. Travel by road can be hazardous: pedestrians should be particularly careful, do not assume that it is safe to cross while the green man light is illuminated, because cars can still cross your path. It is better not to walk around the dark places after 9:00 PM, especially in far districts. 

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PRICES

The prices in Ukraine are lower than in Europe. The national currency – hryvnia, UAH (click to see) – is only legal currency for payments. You can change the currency in the bank or exchange desk in the city, but we don’t advise you to change the currency in the airport, hotels or railway stations. Below you can find the currency converter for you comfort:

Загружаем курсы валют от minfin.com.ua

For example, the average full lunch for the one person in the student’s canteen is for about 50 UAH, in cafe – from 60 to 200 UAH. The price for 1 fare on public transport in Kyiv is from 4 to 7 UAH, ticket for a train from Kyiv to other cities costs from 150 to 2000 UAH, for a plane – from 2000 to 6000 UAH. 

For many services you can pay via your credit card, but notice, that there is no such possibility in the students’ canteen, markets, coffee points , transport etc, so take the cash with you going to the city.

In 2018 British travel agency “Hoppa” put Kyiv on the first position in the list of the world’s cheapest travel destinations https://www.hoppa.com/en/discover/most-expensive-and-cheapest-holiday-destinations-in-the-world-2018

Here you can see the infographic made by Kyiv Tourist Portal comparing the prices in Kyiv and other cities of the world:

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CLIMATE AND ECOLOGY

The landscape of Ukraine consists mostly of fertile plains (or steppes) and plateaus. Ukraine’s various regions have diverse geographic features ranging from the highlands to the lowlands. The country’s only mountains are the Carpathian Mountains in the west, of which the highest is the Hora Hoverla at 2,061 metres (6,762 ft), and the Crimean Mountains on Crimea, in the extreme south along the coast.
Inadequate supplies of potable water, air- and water-pollution and deforestation, radiation contamination in the north-east from the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant are the major issues for Ukrainian ecology, but in general, ecological situation in Ukraine is quite good. Two-thirds of the country’s surface land consists of the so-called black earth, that has made Ukraine one of the most fertile regions in the world and well known as a “breadbasket”. Ukraine has a mostly temperate climate, with the exception of the southern coast of Crimea which has a subtropical climate. Average annual temperatures range from 5.5–7 °C in the north, to 11–13 °C in the south. There are more than 30 Natural reserve parks. One of the most famous is “Askania Nova” – the reserve that consists of a zoological park, a botanical garden, and an open territory of virgin steppes. The virgin forests of Carpathian Mountains were included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Also, there are a lot of dendrological and botanical parks at the territory of Ukraine, like Holosievo in Kyiv, Sofiivka in Uman and Alexandria in Bila Tserkva.

Despite the effects from Chernobyl Catastrophe, nowadays, Kyiv is ecologically safety. With the great number of parks, forests and squares, Kyiv is very green and blossoming.

In 2017, researcher Philipp Gärtner compared and analyzed satellite images of different European cities and identified Kyiv as the greenest city in Europe within cities with more than 2 million inhabitants – https://philippgaertner.github.io/2017/10/european-capital-greenness-evaluation/

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LANGUAGE,  CULTURE, RELIGION

  • LANGUAGE. Ukraine has one official national language – Ukrainian, Eastern Slavic language with Cyrillic script. The second most spread language is Russian that is widely spoken in big cities and in Eastern and Southern regions of the country. Polish, Jewish, Crimean Tatar, Hungarian, Belarussian, Romanian, Slovak and Bulgarian are among other languages of ethnic minorities.
    Ukrainian alphabet is Cyrillic with 33 letters. All official documentation, education process, diplomatic and parliamental debates are on Ukrainian only. The language situation in Kyiv is very ambiguous. For many centuries, due to Russian policy in Ukraine, the main language in all big cities, including Kyiv, was Russian. The situation changed only after receiving the Independence. Ukrainian became more popular in the capital because of restoration of its prestige and status of the national language. Also, many students and workers from Western Ukraine came to Kyiv, so Ukrainian-speaking population in the city increased. But many affiches and advertisements are still in Russian, as well as many locals use Russian as the language for everyday conversations.
    Except Ukrainian and Russian, exists the mix of these two languages, so called ‘surzhyk’, which is very spread among people from countryside. Also, there are many dialects of Ukrainian, especially on Western Ukraine, where Poland, Hungary and Romania exchanged a lot of traditions and words with local Ukrainians.
    Click the LINK to find the Ukrainian and Russian phrasebook, that can be useful for you during your stay in Ukraine.
  • CULTURE. Ukrainian culture is very rich and begins from ancient times. Ukrainian customs are influenced by the Eastern Orthodox Church and traditions from Slavic mythology (MORE ABOUT UKRAINIAN CULTURE).
    Ukrainian names, as well as Russian and Belarussian, consists of the surname (family name, often derived from names of professions), name (mostly from Slavian and Greek origin) and patronymic (name of father with suffix “-vna” for women and “-vich” for men). To friends Ukrainians appeal by name (or its derivatives), to senior or higher-standing people – by name and patronymic (the most polite form of appeal). Second names almost not used. National holidays in Ukraine include:

    New Year – January 1
    Orthodox Christmas – January 7
    International Women’s Day – March 8
    Easter – April-May
    International Workers’ Day – May 1
    Victory Day – May 9
    Pentecost – May-June
    Constitution Day – June 28
    Independence Day – August 24
    Day of Defender of Ukraine – October 14
    Catholic Christmas – December 25

    Except these days, some traditional holidays (mostly related to Orthodox religion or ancient Ukrainian customs) are celebrated, like Maslyana (similar to Mardi Gras in France, day when people farewell with winter, eat pancakes and jump over bonfire), Ivan Kupala Day (related to the fest dedicated to good August harvest), Kolyada (Christmas eve tradition with sources from ancient pagan traditions, but rethought as the day when people walk around village with carnival, singing songs and hail the birth of Christ) and many others.

  • RELIGION. From ancient times, territories of modern Ukraine were inhabited by Slavian tribes. On the first stage of its existence, Kievan Rus had the Slavian pagan cult. Main gods were Perun, Yarilo and Dazhdboh. Kievan Rus was baptised into Christianity in 988 by Prince Vladimir the Great in Kyiv’s river of Pochayna. Nowadays, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Greek Catholicism and Roman Catholicism are the three most widely practiced religions in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the largest in the country. Faithful of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the second largest, practice Byzantine rites, but are united with the Roman Catholic Church. Enterring the Orthodox church, men should take off their headwear, and women vice versa – wear the shawl. It is forbidden to speak loudly in churches and take photos with the flash. Judaism is practiced by Jews throughout Ukraine, Islam is practiced mostly in Crimea and Kyiv by Crimean Tatars. During the Soviet time atheism was very spread due to state antireligious policy, so a lot of Ukrainians in modern Ukraine still follow this philosophy. By statistics, 67.3% of Ukrainians are Orthodox, 18% are atheists or agnostics, 12% are Catholic, 2.5% are Protestants, 0.1% are Jews and 0.1% are Muslims.

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CRIMINAL

Despite the restless situation on Ukrainian East, Kyiv is the safety city. Hostilities are conducted on the distance of more than 700 km from Kyiv, so there is no occasion to worry. Ukraine is the state of law, Ukrainian police works to decrease the level of crime in cities, and it is it quite safety to walk Kyiv’s streets. Except this, there was not any act of terrorism in Kyiv.

Below you can see the info graphics with comparison of the level of crime in Kyiv, London and Paris. Thus, we can state that our city is much more safe than other big European capitals.

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However, you should always be attentive. Do not walk at night in the dark quarters and districts, especially those far from city centre; do not travel by the empty transport after 10 PM; do not believe people on the street who ask you for help – it can be a criminal, who can easily rob or attack you. Last years, online and mobile frauds are very spread, so be attentive and always check the information. Avoid places with many drunken men (especially avoid walking at night at Friday or Saturday). We collected for you the list of addresses and phone numbers of all police departments in Kyiv city (FILE).

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TRANSPORT, TRAVELLING

About transport in Kyiv visit the link: http://mobilnist.kpi.ua/en/about-kyiv/#transport
About ways how to get to Kyiv from Europe visit the link: http://mobilnist.kpi.ua/en/about-kyiv/#howtoget

If you want to travel Ukraine and enjoy more cities and places of our wonderful country, you may use different types of transport:

  1. CARS. You can travel Ukraine by thumb, last years the hitchhiking became popular within young people in Ukraine. It can be tiring and sometimes thoughtless, but at the same time it is a cool adventure. You can also rent a car if you have the international driver license, know Ukrainian Trafic Regulations and have enough money. Visit links to find the best variant: https://www.sixt.com/car-rental/ukraine/kiev
    https://www.europcar.com/location/ukraine/kiev
  2. BUSES. The roads in Ukraine are in fair conditions, but last years, Government try to invest more into road repair. You can travel by bus around all Ukraine, but be attentive, check the operator company (http://bus.tickets.ua/en). The prices are low, but the comfort conditions can be poor. If you want to travel on short distances from Kyiv by bus, the only variant is suburban marshrutka that goes from one of metro stations to different villages and nearby cities. There are several bus stations in Kyiv, the main is Central Bus Station on Demiivska square.
  3. RAIL. Trains are the most popular transport for travelling throughout Ukrainians. Ukrainian national railway operator “Ukrzaliznytsia” (UZ) serves large amount of national railway routes. Trains are grouped by Night Rapid, Express and Suburban. Suburban train is called “elektrychka” it travels from large cities to nearby stations (not farther than 150-200 km). Night Rapid trains are the most widely spread. There are three tipes of classes – “SV” (very comfortable, two people in one compartment), “cupee” (the most popular, four people in one compartment, two lower and two upper beds) and “platzkart” – the cheapest one (without walls and doors, with additional side-beds).
    Expresses are the trains of “INTERCITY+” system. There are many routes from Kyiv to other country’s centres, like Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipro etc. Modern trains equipped by European standards and run at the higher speed, up to 350 km/h.
    For more details about travelling by trains visit the link: http://uz.gov.ua/en/passengers/
  4. AIR. Travelling by air in Ukraine is fast and safety. The main national airlines “Ukraine International” serves the majority of national flights (LINK). There are 9 international airports in Ukraine – Kyiv (KBP), Kyiv (IEV), Kharkiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Odesa, Chernivtsi and Zaporizhzhya. Usually, all the airports have comfortable connection with the city.Visit websites of Ukrainian international airports to find more information about travelling Ukraine by air:
    https://kbp.aero/en/
    http://iev.aero/en/
    https://hrk.aero/en/
    http://dnk.aero/en/
    http://www.lwo.aero/en
    http://www.odessa.aero/en
    http://airportchernivtsi.cv.ua/en/
    http://www.avia.zp.ua/en/
  5. DESTINATIONS. In this section we collected several popular Ukrainian destinations to travel.
    • KYIV OBLAST (REGION). There are several interesting sights near Kyiv. Many extremals visit one of the most famous and moody place in the worls – the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl. There are tours organized from Kyiv to abandoned cities of Chernobyl and Prypiat (visit the website – LINK). Some kilometers to the South East from Kyiv located “Manufaktura” outlet city – shopping centre architecturally designed in the old North European cities style (LINK). At the same direction form city you can visit the “Kyivska Rus” Park – the real-size model of the ancient Ukrainian town, where different festivals take place (LINK). To the South from Kyiv there is a big town Bila Tserkva with amazing “Oleksandria” Gardens, and nearby is the village Buky with its stunning park. Dozen kilometers from Kyiv Oblast to the south you can find the town of Uman, famous for its “Sofiivka” Dendrological Park and as the holy place for Hasidims. To the north from Kyiv city, in the village of Petrivtsi, located “Battle for Dnipro” diorama and the residence of President-escaper Viktor Yanukovich – “Mezhyhirya” Park.
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    • NORTHERN UKRAINE. The ancient city of Chernihiv is located in 150 kilometers to the North from Kyiv. Chernihiv was very important city of Kievan Rus, it is the big region centre with rich history. The same as Kyiv, it offers tourists many beautiful parks, panoramic views on wide river, as well as ancient monasteries, churches and mansions. You can take the bus to Chernihiv from “Chernihivska” or “Lisova” metro station. Also, not so far from Chernihiv, you can find old residence of Cossack Hetmans – town of Baturin.
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    • EASTERN UKRAINE. Despite the dangerous situation in Eastern part of our country, there are several big and safe cities, popular for tourists from different countries. The major city of Eastern Ukraine is Kharkiv – the historical capital of Soviet Ukraine. Kharkiv is famous for its massive Soviet constructivism architecture, blossoming parks and rich culture. Kharkiv metro, the same as Kyiv metro, is the example of rich marble and granite architecture.
      The other one big and beautiful city of Eastern Ukraine is Dnipro (formerly Dnipropetrovsk). The city has the reputation of the major business centre of Ukraine. The same as Kharkiv, Dnipro has a lot of examples of massive and rich Soviet architecture, but at the same time there are a lot of modern business centres, as well as mansions from XIX century. One of the longest embankment in Europe is located here – it is really worth seeing. You can take the “Intercity” express train from Central Railway Station in Kyiv to Kharkiv or Dnipro every day. Not so far away from Dnipro, there is another old city – Zaporizhzhya – the historical centre of Sich, country of Ukrainian Cossacks, with its capital on the Khortytsia island.
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    • SOUTHERN UKRAINE. Ukraine is located on the shores of wonderful Black Sea and possesses many summer resorts. One of the most beautiful cities in all Ukraine, so called “Pearl on the seaside” is the worldwide famous city of Odesa. Odesa is known for its incredibly beautiful architecture of XVII-XX centuries, dizzy Potyomkin stairs from high city centre to the seaside and unrepeatable cultural mix of Russians, Ukrainians and Jews. Together with Lviv, Odesa is the most popular destination for holidays throughout many Ukrainians. You can take the “Intercity” express train from Central Railway Station in Kyiv to Odesa every day.
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    • WESTERN UKRAINE – LVIV. Lviv is the capital of Western Ukraine. In old times it was the major centre of Red Rus – the western part of Old Ukrainian state. Nowadays, Lviv has unique architectural style: each nation that ruled the city contributed into its atmosphere, so now Lviv is the mix of Polish, Austro-Hungarian, and Ukrainian. Except the stunning architecture of XVI-XX centuries, Lviv possesses incredible culture, its famous for its numerous cozy cafes and restaurants, fragrant coffee and very delicious chocolate. It is definitely worth visiting! You can take the “Intercity” express train from Central Railway Station in Kyiv to Lviv every day.
      Except Lviv itself, you can take the guided tour around the Lviv oblast. There are a lot of ancient towns with breathtaking panoramas and old massive palaces, castles, and cathedrals.
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    • WESTERN UKRAINE – CHERNIVTSI. Western Ukraine offers many different places to visit and travel. The another one is the snug city of Chernivtsi. Sometimes, people call Chernivtsi as Little Lviv, because this city also has example of perfect old architecture. The most famous sight in Chernivtsi is UNESCO-protected heritage: Residence of Bukovina Metropolitans, now – Fedkovich National University of Chernivtsi. Also, you can take the tour from Chernivtsi to nearby towns of Khotyn and Kamyanets-Podilskyi, where located really impressive massive old castles. You can go to Chernivtsi by air or by night rapid train.
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