Today Ukraine is an independent nation. It gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. There are more than 110 different nationalities living in Ukraine, which is located in the central part of Europe and bordered by Poland, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania and Russia.
These are the average high and low temperatures in Kiev for the months of June, July and August:
The Ukrainian Adventist Center of Higher Education (UACHE) buildings formerly served as a communist youth ideological training and retreat center. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the property was abandoned. The campus was able to be purchased with funds provided mainly from church members of the Southwestern Union of Seventh-day Adventists in the United States and the Canadian Union of Seventh-day Adventists in Canada.
The official opening of the college took place in October 1999. The college is located 15 miles west of Kiev at Lisova Bucha. The campus consists of 35 acres of forested land with eight main buildings. On campus, there are four dormitories, one administration building, a spacious library, main auditorium with 600 seats, one conference hall, cafeteria, mini market, gym, multi-functional building as well as volleyball and football fields.
UACHE is a mission-oriented college offering four year undergraduate degrees and Master's degrees. Emphases are in English, Business Management, Economics and Pastoral Ministry. The Institute has received accreditation from the Ukrainian Government and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The college offers a great variety of dishes popular in different regions of the country. American dishes will also be available to those who need familiar food. Bread is provided from the campus bakery.
Numerous historic museums (61 in Kiev alone) cover a broad spectrum of the history of the Slavic nation, allowing visitors a chance to feel the spirit of Ukraine's dramatic and interesting past. Those who are interested in architecture will have the opportunity to visit the marvelous churches and cathedrals such as St. Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and Monastery, St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Lifestule of Ukraine. This immersion in history and culture will create a natural atmosphere for learning the language. The ACA students will also be able to go to Odessa that is one of the port cities of Ukraine which also has many interesting and beautiful sights.
How to get to the campus
Students can travel to the Kiev Borispol International Airport directly from countries outside of Ukraine. A Notice of Arrival Form is available online and it should be completed at least one week in advance if transportation from the airport is needed. Students may call the campus from Borispol Airport at 04597-49-725. Please e-mail or fax the information to the ACA director at the school.
Citizens of US, Canada, Japan, European Union Countries, Norway, Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, Iceland, Swiss Confederation and Liechtenstein, DO NOT require a visa for up to 90 days stay. However, you will need a valid passport that will cover 3 months more than your stay abroad.
The Summer program
During the summer program, students will receive 120 hours of formal instruction and 9 quarter hours of college credit. There are three levels of instruction: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Classes are offered during the mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the afternoons, students can study, engage in recreational activities or visit local museums and cultural sites. Students will attend worship each morning. Church services in Russian and English translation will be offered.
Tours will allow students to enjoy Slavic culture. Several visits will be made to Kyiv when students will be able to see the Cathedral of St. Sophia, St. Michal Golden-Domed Monastery, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra and Monastery, the Museum of Miniatures, the Museum of Traditional Clothes, the Museum of Historical Treasures, the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Lifestyle of Ukraine, the Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum, Kyiv Zoo, etc. They will also be able to travel to Odesa and Lviv.
All students must participate in the outgoing designating as cultural tours. These tours are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken and specific assignments given. Student's completion of these assignments and positive participation in the tours will affect their overall grade in courses from which they are enrolled.