Education System in Ukraine

Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe. It is positioned between seven countries in the east, north and south regions and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov on the south and south east region.

Ukraine has a temperate continental climate due to its coastal location. Areas closer to the sea experience a humid subtropical climate. Some areas receive a very heavy rainfall as compared to the rest of the areas.

The Education System of Ukraine is divided into five levels:
  • Pre- School
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Higher Education
  • Post Graduation
Schooling begins at the age of six and eleven years of Education is mandatory in Ukraine. Both the government and the cities provide funds for Educational Institution in various cities of the country.

Primary Education in Ukraine

Education in the Ukraine is compulsory from age 6 to age 15. The first 4 years are spent at elementary school. This introduces students to school subjects in which they learn art and sciences so that they will be able to use them too in life.

Middle School Education in Ukraine

Lower secondary (osnowna serednia shkola) middle school is for students aged 10 to 15, following which they may qualify for their lower secondary school leaving certificates. The curriculum includes the Ukrainian language and literature, a foreign language, algebra, biology, chemistry, geography, geometry,  history, physics, music, art and physical education.

Secondary School Education in Ukraine

Thereafter 3 years may be spent at starsha serednia shkola or upper secondary school leading to a matriculation school certificate. In the process, school students take a series of independent government tests, culminating in a final one that examines their  /knowledge of Ukrainian language and literature, English / German / French / Spanish, as well as biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics and physics.

Vocational Education in Ukraine

If students do not go on to upper secondary school, then they may opt to study further at own expense at a vocational secondary school. Programs take up to 4 years to complete, and result in a hierarchy of technical qualifications that fit them for a meaningful working role in Ukrainian society.

Tertiary Education in Ukraine

The ministry of education manages higher education, including vocational schools, colleges and universities. These may be privately or state funded, but all charge fees. Subsidized housing is usually available to assist those from out of town. Two levels of degrees are awarded: bachelors after 4 years, and masters after a further 2. Further students can pursue research program.
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