Students to attend 100% classes and lectures in their yearly academic program
Make advantages out of challenges
Students arriving to study in Ukraine from struggle with the concept of unlimited freedom
It’s undeniable that the first year a student spends abroad is expected to be the most difficult year throughout the entire period of their academic experience in that country they find’s themselves. For international students living and studying in Ukraine is no exception to this rule, no doubt that couple of challenges are to emerge during the first year in Ukraine, and we believe it’s important to form a picture of them before making the decision of joining a Ukrainian university, so we constructed this short introduction to the main three challenges to expect:
However, the system has its difficulties for new student, and none stands out like the 100% attendance requirement that requires all students to attend all classes and lectures in their yearly academic program. Even if a student skips part of the program in one subject, they’ll be obligated to prepare the material of the skipped classes and pass compensating classes, also known as doing “otrabotka” (Russian term) otherwise, they won’t be allowed to give tests and exams in the subject. The main advantage of the 100% attendance requirement is that it makes the student to read just to have at least the minimum accepted knowledge in any given part of a subject and not only depends on the tests and exams of the general evaluation.
So dear student, how to make it an advantage instead of a challenge?
By simply never skipping classes! But if you do (and unfortunately everyone is distained to!), apply Benjamin Franklin’s principle “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today” and make sure to attend the next compensating class in the same week of that you skipped and pass it successfully.
Although adaptation is part of our human nature, the process of adapting to a new environment and life is not easy for everyone. Living and studying in Ukraine, require students to learn how to interact with multicultural students community and co-exist with Ukrainian culture. This should be looked at as a great opportunity to enrich one’s own culture and generate the understanding of other nations and their cultures.
It’s understandable that the vast majority of people would prefer to interact with representatives of their culture, or near to it. However, it shouldn’t lead them to limit themselves to such pattern, so not to skip on the benefits of cultural diversity of the academic experience in Ukraine specially, during their first year of living in Ukraine.
Furthermore, such attitude might initiate a state of voluntary isolation from the surrounding community and constant cultural clashes, ultimately leading to failure in adaption to the local community in Ukraine and the international student community.
Surely emotional instability will be an expected result, and honestly unless the student learns how to expand their horizon, it won’t go away but build up. And that’s why it’s very important to approach this cultural experience opportunity with ease and opened mind so not to turn it into a handicap.
Sudden freedom also puts the student face to face with their lack of self-discipline, and latterly forces them to learn the necessary skills to develop and become more self-reliant and well organized, so as to balance their academic as well as social life in Ukraine, and no better time to start than their first year in Ukraine.
For students who chose to continue their higher education abroad in general or specifically in Ukraine, challenges do exist and facing them is inevitable. As part of our mission, we take it upon ourselves to provide the student with all the assistance and guidance they need to inhale all of their first years’ benefits, positivity and opportunities. It’s another advantage of using Ukrainian Universities Consultancy as your admission agent in Ukrainian universities.