EESA would like to congratulate you on your decision to support your child in studying abroad. We believe that living and studying abroad is one of the most unforgettable and important experiences in a young person’s life. It’s a time of personal growth, forming a worldview, and making important connections across the world. Studying abroad has shown to have tremendous personal, academic and professional benefits. Those who studied abroad are always a step ahead of other job applicants for any position. Living and studying abroad gives benefits that no classroom setting can provide.
We understand that you are concerned about your child going abroad. We would like to assure you that EESA makes every effort to make your child's time abroad safe, exciting, educational and rewarding. Safety, security and overall wellness of all students are our highest priority. The staff at the EESA Kharkiv office follows strict security guidelines and is available on call for any health or safety emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The EESA office in Kharkiv receives updates from the U.S. embassy in Ukraine regarding U.S. citizen safety. The staff stays in close contact with local police department and other authorities for quick notification and response to any emergencies. The center has detailed plans for evacuating students should the need arise.
Our friendly and professional staff is trained to help with any questions regarding living arrangements, cultural adjustment, academics, personal issues or any other concerns that students may have. The EESA on-site staff consists of both American and Ukrainian citizens who are very familiar with local culture, institutions, infrastructure and the way of life. EESA strongly believes in the importance of extensive support network for students while abroad and ensures that students feel at home while studying with EESA.
To ensure the best medical treatment while abroad all students are required to have emergency and accidental insurance. The insurance is included in the program fee. All students will have access to a 24/7 traveler’s medical emergency response line.
If a student takes prescription medication, they are encouraged to bring enough for the entire stay abroad. However, if needed, most medications should be available in Ukraine.
Things that your child should bring:
- 1) Health records (i.e., surgical/illness history, drug-related or allergies, blood type, special medications, etc.)
2) International certificates (i.e., vaccination record.)
3) Copies of prescriptions (including eye glasses)
4) Supply of prescription medications in original sealed packaging
5) Personal travel health kit
6) Extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses (know your prescription!)
Highest levels of academics
EESA is committed to the highest levels of academics. Students will be attending one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Eastern Europe – Karazin Kharkiv National University founded in 1804. The classes are taught by some of the top professors of the university, who are highly regarded specialists in their field. EESA conducts academic evaluations on a regular basis to ensure the highest standard of education.
Knowledge of a foreign language is not a requirement to participate in the program, but many students are able to communicate in Russian or Ukrainian and even become fluent by the end of the program.
Make sure you frequently contact your child while he or she is abroad. Provide your child with all your contact information, including office and home phone numbers, e-mail, along with the contact information for a neighbor, close relative, and/or good friend who will be able to reach you in case of emergency.
Communicating about Health and Safety
Discuss with your child the importance of being mature while traveling and studying abroad. This should include safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad. Remember that your child is responsible for his or her own safety and well being. Have your child leave a flight itinerary with you. Ask your child if he or she plans to travel independently outside of the EESA program. The onsite staff in Ukraine will help organize your child’s independent travels. It is required to leave an itinerary with the onsite staff, and we encourage you to receive a copy as well. Keep informed about what is happening in Ukraine, as well as the other countries that your child will visit while studying with ESSA. State Department website provides specific information pertaining to an individual country and general information about travel and safety. Read the foreign press. Many foreign press websites now host an English-language version.
Know about the EESA program
Be informed and involved in your student's decision to enroll in the EESA program. Obtain and review the EESA program materials. Have EESA contact information easily accessible in case of emergency.
Passports and Visas
It is required to have a passport that is valid for 6 months after the end date of the program. Make sure you have a copy of your child's passport. Semester and summer students are not required to have a visa to study in Ukraine, however academic year students are required to obtain a Ukrainian visa. Refer to EESA's Passports and Visas page for further details about visa’s
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-970-584-3372.
Eastern European Study Abroad Staff.