• Helping talented Ukrainian students to get world class education 

  • Online Application

    Application for 2016 is now closed

  • Application Process

    The application deadline was March 31, 2016


    Students meeting the following criteria can apply to our program: 

    • You are a Ukrainian citizen or a resident of Ukraine studying in a Ukrainian school or FLEX student from Ukraine currently studying abroad
    • You are in 8-11th grade. Students in 8-10th grade can apply to preparatory schools first. Students in 11th grade apply to colleges and universities
    • You are an excellent student and have high GPA
    • You have good knowledge of English 
    • You have a long impressive list of extra-curricular activities or hobbies
    • You are passionate about one or more subjects 
    • You dream about studying in world's best establishments and are ready to work very hard to get admitted

    Documents for submission 

    In 2016, we require all students to apply online by filling out our online application, which will be launched on January 9th. You can view our application as well as instructions here or by clicking "Apply Now' button above.


    Our application is long and time-consuming, so please plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute. For your convenience, we list the required application items here:

    • Pictures or scans of final year grades for the past 3 years
    • List of extracurricular activities, hobbies, significant awards and achievements for the past 4 years
    • Essay answering the following questions: What do you really want to do in the future? Forget about what your parents, teachers and others tell you about an ideal profession. Tell us what you really want to do, professionally and personally. 3000 characters (500 words) maximum.
    • Answer to 3 short questions, about 150 words each:

    a. Tell us about the most significant challenge you have faced in your life and how you dealt with it

    b. Please briefly elaborate on one of your favourite extracurricular activity. Why is it special to you?

    c. What matters most to you, and why?

    • EIT (ЗНО) results if applicable 
    • If you have taken TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, SAT II, ACT or similar test before, please submit your scores


    2016 application deadline is 23:59 Kyiv Time, March 31st, 2016

  • Selection Criteria

    Our program is extremely competitive, and choosing between students often feels difficult and unfair.  We review each application extremely carefully and ultimately select students who are most likely to get admitted to world's best universities with our help. We consider the following factors when making our final decision:

    Student's ability to score high on standardized tests

    Ideally, after our training sessions students should be able to score on par with students admitted to world's best universities.

    Student's application attractiveness

    Special talents, extracurricular activities, skills, ability to present oneself well on paper etc. The more impressive student's achievements are in any area of studies or extracurricular activities, the more chances they have to get admitted to our program and eventually to a Western prep school, college or university.

    Student's ability to work hard and carry through the admission process 

    Admission process to the Western colleges usually lasts more than 6 months and demands absolute concentration, determination and hundreds of hours of hard work. Not every student can survive that. 

  • About the program

    Ukraine Global Scholars is a non-profit initiative established to assist most talented, intelligent and ambitious Ukrainian students to get education in world's best colleges and universities, usually located in the United States.

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA

    Ukraine Global Scholars is run by its alumni students who were successfully admitted, graduated or are currently studying at world's best universities, such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton, MIT and many others.

    We help high school students (8-11 graders) with the application process in hope of raising the number of young capable Ukrainian leaders who would have a positive impact on the development of Ukraine and the world. Specifically, we do the following:


    • Acquaint students with the Western educational system
    • Help with the whole cycle of application process
    • Assist with SAT, SAT II, TOEFL and other standardized test preparation
    • Provide information on financial aid and scholarships
    • Pay for selected students' TOEFL, SAT, SAT II exams
    • Provide support and guidance every step of the application process
    • Introduce students to the network of high-potential young Ukrainian leaders studying abroad

    As a result of our efforts, Ukrainian students are able to get into world's best institutions with full financial aid packages that cover all student's expenses for the duration of their undergraduate studies. The program is highly competitive as we select only 5 to 10 students from Ukraine each year. Read below more on our application process and selection criteria.

  • 2015 Progress Statistics

    This is what we have achieved in under 6 months:


    unique website visits


    likes on facebook


    followers vkontakte


    student applications


    finalists selected from all over Ukraine


    received in donations

  • It is possible to study at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Penn, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, University of Chicago and others.

    We have done it, and so can you!

  • Meet Our Team

    We are a group of students from Berdyansk to Kyiv from Severodonetsk to Odesa who got or currently getting our education in the following universities and other top schools:  

    Harvard University

    University of Pennsylvania

    Yale University

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Yuliya Sychikova

    Berdyansk, University of Pennsylvania 11’ (B.A. Economics), Entrepreneur, CEO at Mitten

    Mikhail Lemesh

    Zaporyzhia, Deerfield Academy 08’, Harvard University 12’ (B.A. Economics), Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, Wharton School 17’ (MBA Candidate)

    Roman Yevstihnyeyev

    Poltava, Choate Rosemary Hall 11', Harvard University 15' (B.S. Applied Mathematics with focus on Economics), Analyst in the Securities division at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

    Anna Levina

    Kharkiv, St. Mark’s High School 08’, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 12’ (B.S. Chemistry), Harvard University (Ph.D candidate)

    Vladyslav Vykhodets

    Odesa, Yale University 19’ (B.S. candidate, Computer Science and Economics-Mathematics)

  • Our History

    Ukraine Global Scholars (UGS) was founded in 2015 with a mission to break stereotypes and help capable young Ukrainians to obtain best education for free and contribute to the development of Ukraine and the world.

    Many of UGS founders are alumni of the USA/USA Program. USA/USA was created by Dr. Bohdan Oryshkevich and Dr. Olena Prokopovych in 1992. Since then, Dr. Oryshkevich has run the program pro bono. He has been committed to his vision to educate young Ukrainians at top American institutions on full scholarships, in order to supply intellectual talent for Ukraine. USA/USA has been supported by a number of establishments, including the Coordinating Committee to Aid Ukraine (USA) Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. The program has had 60 alumni who won scholarships to prestigious American institutions, including Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Stanford.

    In 2009 when the seminars stopped for some period of time, participants have sought ways to continue empowering young Ukrainian students. The thought process led to the creation of Ukraine Global Scholars. Founders of UGS gained much from their experience at USA/USA and aim to give back to individuals and organizations that provided unmatched educational opportunities for them.

    In its mission, UGS encourages its students to use the knowledge they gain from training and abroad studies to make a positive change in Ukraine.

    UGS via fair competition works to gather talented Ukrainian students who have the potential to succeed at the best American colleges and preparatory schools. The program welcomes the support of those who would like to contribute to Ukraine’s talent growth, whether with ideas or financial means.

    UGS wants to create scientists, activists and leaders able to cooperate and be a forefront example of success for other young individuals in Ukraine. Eventually, UGS aims to become a center of connection for Ukrainian leaders globally.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you guarantee admission to any college or university?


    No. We do not guarantee admission to college or university. We work individually with every student and do our best in preparing them, but the final result ultimately depends only on a student.


    Do you have an affiliation with any college or university?


    No. Besides having studied in some of the best U.S. universities, we do not have any affiliation with those establishments and cannot impact the decision of their admission committee.


    Why are you helping me? What are you getting from this?


    It might be hard to believe, but we are indeed doing this because we feel it is important for many more Ukrainians to get the best education possible. We truly believe that Ukraine will benefit (directly or indirectly) from a greater number of young, smart, and ambitious professionals. Once we were helped by other alumni, and now we would like to give back.


    Where are you getting money to pay for Program's expenses?


    We are collecting money on a voluntary basis from Ukrainian alumni of top western schools as well as other individuals who would like to help our mission.


    Can one pay the money to get into your program?


    Absolutely not. We do not accept money from prospective or current participants of the program. You may donate money only after you graduate from a top school to help our mission.


    Who pays for students' education abroad?


    We select only the most talented students who will be eligible for scholarships from universities in the United States. Each university or college decides whether to cover education and expenses of each applicant. Usually, each of us were able to get full financial scholarships for full duration of attending a preparatory school/undergraduate program that covered our education and living expenses.


    What is the difference between a college and a university?


    Both refer to higher educational establishments equivalent to Ukrainian institute or university. College usually offer only undergraduate (Bachelor's) programs while universities offer both undergraduate and graduate (Master's, PhD) programs.


    Can I apply to your program twice?


    Yes, and if we notice significant progress you have made in your professional and personal development over the year, we are more likely to accept you into the program.


    What if I don't get admitted to any U.S. college or university?


    U.S. admissions offices are not straightforward, and it is hard to say why some students get admitted and some don't. If you don't get admitted on the first attempt, we recommend that you reassess your application, try harder and apply next year. We know a few cases when students got admitted only after three years of trying. You will continue being a part of our program for all years you decide to re-apply.

  • Support our students and organization by donating via our GoFundMe page

    All collected funds will go toward supporting our students through their application process and coveruigthe direct needs of our organization. Specifically, we will spend the donated money on the following:

    • Students admission tests (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, SAT II) and score report cards
    • Necessary prep books, essay guides and other educational materials 
    • Shipping costs of those materials
    • Marketing campaigns, website maintenance
    • Legal and accounting expenses

    We appreciate your support!