Kiev, Ukraine, 30th of November, 04:15am. A peaceful student demonstrating against the official course of the state policy is brutally (and bloodily) cracked down in the middle of the night, when most of the young protesters were having a rest. Dozens of injured, even more arrested and seized for questioning. And all are students – the future of the nation. Beat with a truncheon, dragged over the cold bricks of Maidan Nezalejnosti square, persecuted and intimidated months after…
Bear truth is always sad. The most promising and the most thinking segment of Ukrainian society faced the most violent aggression on the part of local authorities since the enunciation of independence. Hence, an astoundingly acute question arises:
Is there at least any future for Ukrainian students in their homeland? Or maybe it’s high time to seek one’s fortune abroad?
Nowadays, nearly 40% of students in Ukraine set forth to study abroad. Some start since the very young age of 4. Some after the high school. Some to earn a Master’s degree. All of them are different and pursue different goals in life, which nevertheless can be arranged into the following 10 highlights. Shall we proceed to the point number one?
1. Studying a foreign language as well as practicing it with native speakers
Knowing more than one language is a sign of a well-rounded individual. Besides, having a good command of English or German, or French grants a many key to many doors in life. A higher salary, for example, or better career opportunities.
2. Meet new people and establish connections with like-minded keen
A friend in court is better worth a penny in purse, right? The more people you know, the better. Moreover, there are thousands of Ukrainians studying abroad so interacting with each other, helping out and socializing creates a very, very tight emotional bond that lasts for years.
3. Personal growth and cultivation of one’s spirit, worldview
Leaving a usual way of life you’re so accustomed to is supremely challenging. But it forges the spirit and makes you stronger. Each difficulty you tackle and each obstacle you overcome makes you less vulnerable and more adaptable.
4. Soak up another cultural background and gain a new perspective on things taking place in Ukraine these days
Studying abroad is like a hard reboot for your PC. The whole system of broken values gets into shape once again. But this time, it’s stronger. This time, it’s ironclad. Thus, with new ideas, knowledge, skills and thrice as more determination, young people return to Ukraine.
5. Break the rusty chains of post-soviet patterns in favor of a civilized democratic lifestyle
Many Ukrainian students stay in Europe and the US after graduation. They simply don’t want to return to their native country where the rule of law and common sense are next to extinct. Nevertheless, many come back to Ukraine replete with commitment to fight on changing things for better.
6. Earn a degree that is verified in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world
Now this one is rather peculiar. The thing is a Master’s degree obtained at one of the Ukrainian universities (even at a renowned Taras Shevchenko National University) is verified… only on the territory of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). So another year of attestation abroad is needed.
7. Receive a more prestigious and quality education with a practice-centered approach
In Ukraine, Russia and Belarus they teach you so much theory (relevant and massively irrelevant) that you forget it right the next day after you graduate. Thus, they give very little practice. In Europe and the United States things are opposite – practical knowledge is at the head of the process.
8. Gain up-to-date knowledge and insights into such highly sought fields as Business, Marketing, and IT
Ukraine is rich in talents. Therefore, to increase one’s awareness in the field, gain a deeper insight into the subject and keep up with the latest trends of an industry, students give their vote in favor of international education where they’ll have more opportunities and options.
9. Acquire better career opportunities both abroad and back in Ukraine
Local employers are more determined to hire an applicant with a degree of a European university. Moreover, such career prospects as freelancing, online writing and self-employment are more accessible for applicants with a Western diploma, mentality and mindset.
10. Get married to a decent man (widely preferred by girls)
It might sound unusual but Ukrainian girls dream to have an “oversea” husband. Hence, female students in Ukraine travel to study abroad to both earn a degree and, perhaps, meet a dream-guy who’ll protect them from disasters of a native country.
To sum up, the reasons why Ukrainian youth prefers studying in Europe, Canada or even Australia are related to social, economic, and cultural reasons. And it seems like the tendency will continue in future, unless the government takes a number of crucial actions. But as it has been recently seen, today authorities have quite an opposite point of view. So much the worse for them.