Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv


Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is today a classic university with a distinct research profile, and the leading contemporary academic and educational hub of Ukraine. With the independent Ukrainian nation arising, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is facing new challenges and responsibilities. The academic experts of the future can be identified by a thorough professional knowledge and the ability to think creatively, with an understanding of the massive responsibility to be taken when working at the leading-edge of academic thought. Only a university with a long tradition of achievement and success both in teaching and in research could cope with such a mission. On 21 April 1994, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv was granted the status of «National» by Leonid Kravchuk, the President of Ukraine by Decree № 176/94, and… on 25 November 1999 a further Decree, № 1496/99, of Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine at that time, significantly expanded the autonomous status of the university.

Decree № 412/2008, of Viktor Yushchenko, then President of Ukraine, on 5 May 2008, further stipulated the conversion of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv to becoming the main principal educational and scientific centre of Ukraine for the education of academic and teaching staff with higher qualifications. Then on 29 July 2009 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with Regulation № 795 granted Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv the status of being a self-governing and autonomous national research university, while providing increased funding for the future development of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

The high status of a classical research Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is underpinned by the numerous academic achievements of its staff. The staff at the University have a broad range of formal achievements recognised, in particular with the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Awards from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and branches of the national academies of sciences, Orders of Merit, Orders of Saints Cyril and Methodius, awards of the honorary title of Honoured Educationalist of Ukraine and Honoured Lawyer of Ukraine, also Awards by the President of Ukraine for young academics and Awards by the Ukrainian Parliament to the most talented young scientists in basic and applied research, and scientific and technological development.

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv awards Junior Specialist’s, Bachelor’s, Specialist’s and Master’s degrees, Higher Qualification Post-graduate degrees and Doctoral degrees. Training and retraining programs are provided in 14 specialties of Junior Specialist qualification, 55 fields of Bachelor training programs, 49 areas of Specialist training programs and 98 fields of Master training programs. More than 26 thousand students study at the University. Approximately 1,645 postgraduate students and 125 PhD students are working for higher qualifications at the University.

Over 350 doctoral and higher postgraduate theses are submitted annually at the university. Courses are provided by 198 Departments. The academic potential of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is today demonstrated by more than 60 full members and corresponding members of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 626 members of staff with Doctor’s degrees and 1,645 staff with higher postgraduate degrees.

Today Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv has bilateral partnership agreements with 227 foreign educational and scientific institutions from 57 countries. 180 foreign academics and lecturers from 32 countries visit the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv annually to collaborate in research, attending conferences, and giving lectures. Each year more than 1500 lecturers, researchers and students travel abroad to 59 countries. Two-thirds of those take overseas trips in 2013 travelled abroad for academic purposes (conferences, training, and research).

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv has become more proactive in the foreign citizens recruitment process. At present, the number of foreign students enrolled at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is 935. The Russian and English training programs set up to enable the number of international students increase.

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv ranked in the top 421-430 brackets in QS World University Rankings (Great Britain) in 2014-2015.

Our doors are open to all who seek and spare no effort to work for the welfare and prosperity of Ukraine!


    • Faculty of Economics
    • Faculty of Chemistry
    • Faculty of Computer Science and Cybernetics
    • Faculty of Geography
    • Faculty of History
    • Faculty of Information Technology
    • Faculty of Law
    • Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
    • Faculty of Philosophy
    • Faculty of Physics
    • Faculty of Psychology
    • Faculty of Radio Physics, Electronics and Computer Systems
    • Faculty of Sociology


    • Institute of Biology and Medicine
    • Institute of Continuing Education
    • Institute of Geology
    • Institute of High Technologies
    • Institute of International Relations
    • Institute of Journalism
    • Institute of Management State Guard of Ukraine
    • Institute of Philology
    • Military Institute


    • Geological Exploring College
    • Optical and Mechanical College
    • Ukrainian Physical and Mathematical Lyceum


    • Preparatory Department


    • • Academic Mobility Office
    • • Accounting Department
    • • Astronomical Observatory
    • • Athletic and Health Center of the University
    • • Center of Ukrainian Studies
    • • Department of Communications
    • • Department of Physical Culture
    • • Information & Computer Centre
    • • KNU Language Center
    • • Learned Society of Students and Postgraduates
    • • Maksymovich Scientific Library
    • • Office for International Cooperation
    • • Primary Trade union organization
    • • Primary Trade Union Organization of Students
    • • Publishing and Polygraphic Centre “The University of Kyiv”
    • • Scientific and Research Department
    • • Special Training Department
    • • Student Parliament
    • • Training-research center of radiation safety
    • • Youth center of cultural and aesthetic education


The pre-university training program will fill the «gaps» that are inevitable when transitioning from your educational system to Ukraine’s one, and successful completion of the curriculum will ensure you become a full-fledged student of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv or any other higher educational institution in Ukraine.

Pre-University training consists of two parts: language training and study of general disciplines; and is carried out in four directions: humanitarian, engineering, economic, and medical and biological. The total number of study hours is 1134 hours per each direction per year.


Studying Ukrainian, Russian or English takes place throughout the pre-university training curriculum. Depending on the chosen direction of study, the minimum number of suggested study hours spent on language learning is 720, that ensures the level of language proficiency at B1 level.

According to the pre-university curriculum, for the first 11 weeks, you are studying the language only for 30 hours per week, and only after the acquisition of the required level of language general disciplines are added to the curriculum, the number of language hours is gradually decreasing.


Starting from the 12th week of training according to the direction you have chosen, the following curriculum will be added: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Drawings, Geography, Fundamentals of Economics, Basic Informatics, Economic and Social Geography, basics of Ukrainian and Foreign Literature, History of Ukraine, etc.

By studying all these disciplines, you deepen your knowledge of these subjects and learn special terminology in Ukrainian, Russian or English, that is the next stage in learning a language as it is.

On average, 60 hours are spent on studying each of the general disciplines in Ukrainian, Russian or English.


Student accommodation is provided by a campus with comfortable halls of residence, computer clubs, sports facilities, cafeterias and dance halls. To promote a healthy lifestyle, the University has both health spa and sports facilities on the banks of the river Dnipro.

All the rooms are provided with the Internet access, TV set and telephone. There are bathrooms, lavatories and kitchens for students in the hostels. The campus area is equipped with a gym, a large number of shops and entertainment centers.
Usually, students use accommodation facilities on the sharing basis. All students’ hostels are safe and secure as they are under the protection of the police during 24 hours.
Educational process does not only consist of exams and tests. Students’ life is a unique world, full of hopes and joy, exciting events and fascinating new acquaintances. The university is a so-called city within the city, which has everything one might need.


Kiev is one of the more beautiful and one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe and has played a pivotal role in the development of the East Slavic civilization as well as in the modern Ukrainian nation. Founded 1500 years ago, Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and Kiev region.

The name Kiev is said to derive from the name of Kiy (also Kyi), one of four legendary founders of the city (brothers Kiy, Shchek, Khoryv, and sister Lybid). They founded the city in the 5th century A.D. The legend is widely recognized as a source of Kiev’s mythology and, accordingly, urban naming.

Currently, Kiev is the traditional and most commonly used English name for the city, but in 1995 the Ukrainian government adopted Kyiv as the mandatory romanization for use in legislative and official acts.

Kiev is situated on the picturesque banks of the Dnieper river. It is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. One half of Kyiv’s territory is occupied by parks and gardens. One of the biggest cities of Europe, Kiev has a population of 3,14 million and occupies an area of more than 840 square kilometres.

Kiev’s most famous historical architecture complexes are the St. Sophia Cathedral, where the princes of Kiev were crowned in the years of Kiev’s grandeur, and the Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves), has two 11th-century cathedrals on its grounds, in addition to its world-famous catacombs, which are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Also of interest are the ruins of the 11th-century Golden Gate, once the main entrance to the city. Kiev is the site of several universities, most notably the University of Kiev (founded in 1834). The Ukrainian Academy of Sciencesand its Central Library, Ukraine’s largest library, are located in Kiev. Kiev is a modern city with many monuments, more than 100 museums (including the National Museum of the History of Ukraine (1899), the National Museum of Natural History, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Pirogovo), 33 theatres (including a Music Conservatory, National Opera of Ukraine), zoo and a large sports stadium.

Being the largest city of Ukraine, Kiev is a leading industrial and commercial center of the country. Kiev’s major industries include: food processing (especially processing of beet sugar), metallurgy, manufacture of machinery, machine tools, rolling stock, chemicals, building materials, and textiles. The development of Ukrainian economy gave impulse to business activity of the city. There are a lot of new office centers, banks, trade exhibition centers and other commercial enterprises appearing in the city nowadays.

Kiev is known as the most green city. The area of the green zone covers 43,600 hectares (making up 168 sq.m per one resident), more than half of which is taken up by woods, public gardens, two botanical gardens, parks and tree-lined boulevards. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 Kiev was the only CIS city to have been inscribed into the TOP30 European Green City Index.

Kiev is served by a good transportation network. Trunk railways and all-weather roads link Kiev to Moscow, Kharkiv and the Donets Basin, southern and western Ukraine, and Poland. Within Kiev city itself there is efficient subway, rail, and bus service. The Dnieper River is navigable about nine months of the year, and Kiev’s Boryspil airport operates flights to other Ukrainian cities and to cities in Europe, Asia, and North America.

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