For those who dream of studying abroad, now is a real window of opportunity. Harvard, Oxford, Yale – the best higher educational institutions in the world have already introduced special scholarships for students from Ukraine.
Other foreign universities also announce special conditions for Ukrainians who want to enroll, and help those who are already studying, TSN says.
“My name is Roma, I am 23 years old. I am from the city of Chernivtsi. I finished my bachelor’s degree in law there, and then I enrolled in a master’s degree in Oxford, and now I live and study here,” says Oxford University student Roman Tokaryk.
In 2020, Roman applied to law school in Oxford. And after 7 months, the boy received an answer that brought his parents to tears. “At first I didn’t believe it, because the email came, I was sitting with my parents. We thought the answer would be very well formulated and veiled that you were a good candidate, but unfortunately we have to refuse you. But when we opened and they said, we congratulate you, you are enrolled,” says Roman.
Purposefulness, a large number of volunteer projects and a high level of English gave Roman a pass to Oxford. However, from now on it is much easier to become a student of the most prestigious university.
“There are 40 colleges in Oxford, and a gentleman named Lionel Tarasenko was appointed president of the 40th college. From his last name, you can understand that he has some Ukrainian roots,” says Roman.
Lionel Tarasenko has been a leading professor in the field of biomedical engineering for over 20 years. At the beginning of March, he sent requests to Oxford colleges with a request to provide scholarships to Ukrainians. “Within 24 hours, more than 20 colleges gave him a positive response that most of these colleges would be happy to provide more than 1,000,000 pounds to this scholarship, that is, he did a phenomenal job and right now 20 students from Ukraine will be studying for free at Oxford University – it’s time, free accommodation is 2 and a stipend of £7.5k a year to cover all pocket money, food and any other expenses, so it’s the most phenomenal scholarship Oxford has ever done,” says the boy .
You can still apply for admission, but Oxford is not the only place where Ukrainians are waiting. “It is offered, as from various discounts for education, for accommodation. So, I also noticed such a feature that a large number of universities now provide psychological support for Ukrainian students, as needed, of course… The tuition discount can be either 100% or partial, for example 50%, “- adds the expert on higher education Oleksandr Tarchenko abroad.
Special care is also felt for those students who are already studying in foreign universities. “The university should make sure that all our families, who want to come and can come to Slovakia, can also live near us for free. My brother came and they put him in a room,” says Anastasia Gres, a Ukrainian student in Slovakia.
Anastasia Gres studies at the Slovak Agricultural University. She felt concern for Ukrainians from the very beginning of the large-scale invasion. “On the 1st day, we were gathered, asked what kind of help we needed. Who is in need, who needs money, who needs to find a job. They were looking for work for us,” adds Nastya.
Slovakia is already preparing to enroll new applicants from Ukraine. The main thing is to send the documents in advance. “There is still an opportunity to enroll in studies from September, but many deadlines have already passed. Now many of our students can consider the winter beginning of their studies at foreign universities,” Oleksandra Tarchenko assures.
Despite the limited deadlines and red tape, the number of people willing to get a foreign education is growing. “Last year, during this same period, we could receive about seventy requests, and now it is about 200 requests per week,” Oleksandra says.
However, entering an educational institution is only the beginning of trials. No one makes concessions in education to foreign students, – say those who have already tried. “Here they set 800-900 pages before the English legal text seminar, which you need not only to read, understand, retell, but also to digest, form an argument from it, deny, criticize…” – says Roman.
“For students who want to enter here and in general, it is very difficult to study here…” – Nastya convinces.
For those who are not afraid of difficulties, the chances of getting a European education have really increased now. And the acquired knowledge and experience will be very useful for the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.
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