Living in Ukraine
Ukraine is a state situated in the center of Europe,it's a member of European Council.
Before 1991 it was in the USSR and in 1991 became dependent sovereign state.
Territory - 600 ths sq. km.
Population - 50 ml people.
Capital - Kyiv.
Climate - moderate, average temperature in January - -7 C, average temperature in July - +23 C. Religion - Christianity, Moslemism, Judaism.
Industry - metallurgical industries, mechanical engineering and instrument-making industrial aerospace, chemical and refining industries, Agriculture - production of grain, industrial crops and stark-breeding.
Kharkiv city is the second city in Ukraine after Kyiv according to its size and population. In 1917 - 34 it was the capital of Ukraine. Kharkiv city is a large industrial, scientific and cultural center of the country. It was founded in 1655.
Area - more than 300 sq. km.
Population - more then 1,5 ml people.
Industry - there are 270 industrial enterprises which produce airplanes, tractors, turbines, electric engines, tower cranes, software controlled machine-fools, electronic equipment, medicinal preparations, light and food industrious products.
Transport - there are: international airport, railway stations, bus and coach stations, the Metro and other means of transport.
Education - there are 26 state higher educational institutions here: among them: 11 academies; 14 universities; 1 institutes; 150 ths students including 5 ths foreign students from 50 countries of the world study here.
In order to live comfortably while you are in Kharkiv, you will need to have about $USD 1200 per year available for living costs, above the cost of your tuition. The cost of living is cheaper than any other cities in the European countries. It is difficult to give a precise figure because of differences in the student lifestyle. You will receive advice from financial advisers at the on how best to handle your money, but initially it is important to note that you should have some cash for immediate costs (e.g. airport costs or transport). You may need further funds in the form of travellers cheques which can be readily cashed. There are foreign exchange offices everywhere in Ukraine.
We strongly recommend that while in Ukraine you do not carry large amounts of cash on your person or leave cash in your room. We suggest opening a bank account as soon as possible after arrival. We suggest opening a bank account as soon as possible after arrival. There are four banks with branches in the campus area. There are numerous automatic teller machines that dispense cash 24 hours a day. Any major amounts of money may be sent in the form of a bank transfer, but electronic transfers are, in most cases, the most efficient method of sending funds to Ukraine. Payments can also be sent by western union or by Money Gram.
The cost of market basket with all the required products amounts to 200-250 $ US.
The prices of some food products are as follows:
1 kg of bread - $ 0,5-0,7;
1 kg of beef - $ 4-7;
1 kg of potato - $ 0,5;
1 kg of cheese - $ 5-7;
1 liter(litre) of milk - $ 1-1,3;
10 eggs - $ 1,5;
1 kg of bananes - $ 1-1,1;
1 kg of coffee - $ 12-15;
1 kg of oranges - $ 2-3.
All the products may be bought at supermarkets or agricultural markets. There are many products from the countries of Europe and America. The network of municipal transport is well developed - there buses, trolley-buses, trams and Metro (a single fare costs about $ 0,15). There are many restaurants, cafes, bars in Kharkov city.
A free time may be spent at museums, theatres, students clubs, and discos.
The cost of one ticket is:
for cinema - $ 3-5;
for disco - $ 10-20.
Kharkov is a students' center of Ukraine, ecologically pure city with numerous parks and squares. Kharkov City has all the necessary conditions for a comfortable life. There are many cult edifices in Kharkov. The religious rites one may celebrate in churches, mosques, Roman Catholic churches, and synagogues.