Organizational and Educational Work at the Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Citizens

Educational work at the Preparatory Faculty is an essential part of the educational process aimed at forming positive motivation for gaining knowledge, skills, and abilities among foreign students, and developing a highly educated and socially active person capable of self-improvement. The comprehensive system of the educational work of the faculty is aimed at facilitating adaptation of foreign citizens to the new conditions of living and studying, and developing mutual understanding and respect among citizens of different countries.

Educational events organized at the Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Citizens take into account national peculiarities, mentality, religious beliefs, culture, etiquette, and cover all aspects of student life. The events also deal with the life in campus; they include helping to resolve domestic issues, conducting medical and preventive measures, holding conversations on various issues related to the organization of the life of foreign students in Ukraine, and arranging educational trips to local and national museums, as well as organizing sporting events and holding themed evenings, concerts, contests, etc.

The faculty tradition consists of multiple annual events, such as "Let's Get Acquainted!", "Winter Fairy Tale", "Spring of Love", "Day of Humor", "Contest of Ukrainian and Russian Language Experts", as well as the sight-seeing city tour and trips to the Museum of the Academy, Art Gallery, Poltava Museum of Local Lore, Museum of the Poltava Battle, Museum of Ukrainian Pottery (in Opishne), Mykolaiiv Church in V. Kochubey’s Manor and Lilac Grove (in Dykanka).

At the beginning of each academic year, students are surveyed on their talents, preferences, sports skills, and wishes regarding extracurricular activity. Depending on the answers, various events are organized: sporting events, chess tournaments, football games, evenings at the skating rink, trips to the Observatory or Museum of Fire Protection, Manors of I.P. Kotliarevskyi, P, Myrnyi, V.G. Korolenko, trips to Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, or Zaporizhzhia, visit of Poltava Regional Academic Ukrainian Gogol Theater of Musical Drama, Philharmonic Society or modern city cinemas, essay contests, national cuisine evenings, etc.

A.L. Lazarenko, Head of the Dormitory No. 1, holds monthly Best Room contest and recurring Days of Cleanliness. All these events, as well as other student life activities are highlighted in the faculty wall newspaper and the academy website.


Іноземні студенти активно залучаються до участі в художній самодіяльності та спортивному житті академії: вони виступають на міжвузівських та міських святкових  заходах, студентських конкурсах, спортивних змаганнях міського та всеукраїнських рівнів.


Foreign students are actively involved in amateur art and sports activities of the academy, perform at interuniversity and city festivities, student contests, and local and national sports competitions.

Students also visit Poltava Boarding School No. 1 for orphans, children from incomplete families and children deprived of parental care, where they share stories about their countries, hold concerts, contests, and games, and give presents.

The work of curators of academic groups at the Preparatory Faculty for Foreign Citizens is one of the main strategic directions in educational work. Curators assist students in solving difficult adaptation issues: unusual environmental conditions, nutrition, housing in a dormitory, self-organization, study and leisure time, communication with peers of other nationalities and locals. Curators help foreign students in preparing concerts or contests, going on trips, holding thematic and individual talks on various issues of the life of a foreign student in Ukraine. The curator at the faculty is like a caring mother who supports and helps.

This is why our faculty is often called a great international family. Lecturers gladly meet, talk on the telephone, and communicate online with graduates of the Preparatory Faculty from all over the world. They tell about their success in learning, personal affairs, achievements in work. Our graduates like to recall their first year in Ukraine, when they wrote their first Ukrainian or Russian letters and words, when they first took a microphone on the big academy stage, or when they cooked the Ukrainian borsch for the first time alongside their curator. Every year, lecturers share their heart and soul with students, and students give it in return.