Studying with us is a chance to find yourself
With us, you will learn how to work in a team, achieve goals, create projects, take responsibility for your life and your country’s destiny, and will make a conscious choice of education and profession.Become a student
What are the benefits of studying at the Academy to students?
The Academy is a space for experiments and the discovery of your talents. You will get a truly useful experience that will help you listen to your guts.
- Circle of like-minded people
- Awesome encounters
- Future profession
- World and Ukraine
- Adult life
You will be surrounded by like-minded people and will make friends for a lifetime
One year at the Academy will empower you with a community of peers from all over Ukraine who strive for self-development and getting from life the utmost it can provide instead of sitting at a school desk. Even now, our graduates support each other in finding their dream jobs and creating cool initiatives together.
You will meet awesome people
You will be taught by lecturers from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and UCU, graduates from Cambridge and Harvard, former ministers and members of the Verkhovna Rada, editors of well-known Ukrainian publications, directors of investment funds, and entrepreneurs.
You will decide on education and future profession
You will learn from the lecturers about entrepreneurship, financial management, philosophy, and psychology. You will have a chance to try yourself in SMM, design, and project creation. You will undertake an internship in organizations, enterprises, government authorities and communicate with people from various vocational fields: state officials, businessmen, scientists, media people, and artists.
You will see Ukraine and the world
You will explore Israel: you will see innovations, a progressive economy in the desert and you will learn the identity of a country at war. You will get to know the most influential institutions of the European Union: the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, NATO Headquarters, the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and you will get the opportunity to talk with their representatives face-to-face. You will also travel to several regions of Ukraine, where you will meet active citizens, local governments and entrepreneurs.
You will learn to live like an adult
Write a letter to the ambassador, meet with the minister or find the money for a project — you will perform practical tasks in which you will take responsibility, take serious challenges, and achieve ambitious goals. You will gain responsibility, trust and support to make your steps into adulthood more confident.
Why study at the Academy is useful and interesting as well?
An opportunity to become more conscious about yourself
At the Academy, you will deepen your strengths, learn to understand your emotions and get to know yourself better. You will see new opportunities and understand that the world is not limited to your village, city or region. And you will see that there is definitely an area where your knowledge and abilities are important, and you can really change the world around you.
Education beyond stardards
Instead of sitting at a desk taking notes, you will have discussions with lecturers at the same level as your opinion is important. We do not have bureaucracy and grades, but there is valuable feedback for self-improvement. We do not have the principle "if you want to do something good — do it yourself," because teamwork is important in the Academy. You can make mistakes, experiment and come up with bold ideas that you will be supported in.
You will have a personal mentor with whom you will set goals, consult, and who will support you. Our mentors are former IT specialists, scientists, military, business managers, members of NGOs. Each of them is only a few years older than you, but has a unique experience of his or her own victories and defeats, and is ready to share to help you grow faster.
You will live on campus during the whole school year. These are modern buildings with spacious lecture halls, a dining room, cosy bedrooms and a lounge area. Another 40 teenagers from different regions will live next door with you.
Your campus will be in another region of the country so it will help break a lot of stereotypes. You will immerse yourself in the life of the community and help solve its problems. In a year, this new city can become your second home.
To implement your intellectual potential you need a healthy body. Therefore, sports at the Academy are a full part of students' lives rather than an extra activity. You will regularly take part in team sports and go running almost every day. We want students to start loving sports, not seeing it as a chore. At the end of the year, most students are willing to run a half marathon, and sports remain a part of their lives after graduation.
At the Academy, students develop their intellect, body and feelings. The schedule is arranged in the way that this harmonious development was in your life every day.
- work with books
- meetings with role models
- analysis and discussion of lived experience (reflections)
- teamwork (self-governance and projects)
- lectures on emotional intelligence and psychology of relationships
- general physical training
- team sports
- lectures on anatomy and body physiology
- fitness test
Students have classes 6 days a week. Your normal day at the Academy will look like this:
- 06.45 – 7.00 AM Wake up
- 7.00 – 8.00 AM Morning exercises + shower
- 8.00 – 9.00 AM Breakfast
- 9.00 – 9.45 AM Morning meeting (news/TEDx/articles/organizational issues)
- 9.45 – 11:15 AMLectures /trainings/discussion of texts
- 11:15 – 11:30 AMBreak
- 11.30 – 1.00 PM Lectures /trainings/discussion of texts
- 1.00 – 2.00 PM Lunch
- 2.00 – 3.30 PM Individual work/reading/projects
- 3.30 – 3.45 PM Break
- 3.45 – 5.15 PM Community events/volunteering
- 5.15 – 5.30 PM Break
- 5.30 – 7.00 PM Sport
- 7.00 – 8.00 PM Dinner
- 8.00 – 10.00 PM Reflections
They will be surrounded by like-minded people and will make friends for a lifetime
What do our graduates say?
At that time nobody heard about the Academy: there was no website, no graduates. That time, Roman Tychkivskyi and former Deputy Minister of Education of Israel Erez Eshel visited Kharkiv. They were so inspiring when talking about the Academy as Hogwarts in Ukraine, about the successful experience of Mechinot in Israel, that my parents and I believed them. And the Academy turned out to be a real fairy tale! We became ambassadors of Ukraine to Europe during an expedition to the Netherlands. We listened to the lecturers of the sky-high level: Yevhen Hlibovytskyi, Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, Yunona Lototska. Every day they conducted fact-checking of news and together we laughed at fakes about the Academy on Russian TV channels. Here I met Nataliia Popovych, the founder of One Philosophy, and I have been working as her assistant for three years now. I gained inner confidence, I consciously switched to Ukrainian and really understood why I love Ukraine.
The Academy helped me to reestablish contact with Ukraine. For 6 years I have been studying abroad — at the age when the personality is formed. At the Academy, I listened to the lectures of Yaroslav Hrytsak and Orysia Demska, co-organized a marathon named after the fallen soldier Igor Branovytskyi and talked to his fellowmen, talked about identity issues with peers. It reverted me to my roots. The course of financial literacy with Mykhailo Kolisnyk and meetings with entrepreneurs were of great value. One day we were given a non-trivial math problem and I was the first to solve it. It was the moment when I realized that I was really interested in finances. After that, I decided to become a financial expert, and now I work as an analyst in Horizon Capital investment company. My mission is to help Ukrainian companies conquer international markets and make them business champions.
"Never did I think you would do that," said the mentor barely keeping his tears when he saw our film about the Academy at graduation. Is was so inspiring! I have spent a year shooting short videos to capture our emotions and edited them together with my friend. So, a week before graduation, I decided that I wanted to become a director. This is still my goal. When studying at the Academy, I came up with the name of my future YouTube channel — "A Christian or a villain?". My father is a Greek Catholic priest, a Doctor of Canon Law, and I learned how to make videos. We are talking on provocative topics: is it OK to do the washing up on Sunday, is it necessary to wear a headscarf to church, is it possible to kill Putin? We have 4 thousand subscribers so far. This idea was born in the Academy — my whole current life is rooted in the Academy!
I came from occupied Crimea and I didn't know Ukrainian well. The Academy helped me to integrate. I got into the Ukrainian-speaking environment, was able to prepare for the external independent testing, and enter the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Thanks to the lectures of Mykhailo Vynnytskyi I understood that I want to study society, so I chose sociology. At the Academy, I understood that it entirely depends on me which benefits I can bring to my country. I was surrounded by very cool peers and mentors who became my family and keep inspiring me. I remember our night reflections with nostalgia — after these conversations, I began to treat myself and the world differently.
The Academy is a window of opportunities. The main thing is not to be afraid of using them wisely. I would always do my best to be active and ask a million questions during the classes. Some courses actually have changed my mindset. Once, I had a long talk with Valerii Pekar about integral dynamics and he offered me a job! That's when my life has changed forever. At the Euroindex Exhibition Company, I worked with large educational conferences and forums. After the Academy, I realized that I saw myself in educational management, so I continued working at the Lviv Business School of UCU, and later at the Lviv Educational Foundation. I am grateful to the Academy for showing direction for personal development and a community of value-based like-minded people. Here my values were formed, which are still my road map for life
"Reinterpret and do not become hostage to the situation," these words of Andrii Zelinskyi sank into my mind. I used to blame someone or something, I thought that "We are not like that but life is such". After the Academy, I clearly understood that everything was up on me. I had a narrow mind: I just wanted to become a programmer, because they earn a lot. At the Academy, I understood how diverse the world is. I became a fan of my small town in the Ternopil region, because I met people who love their cities. I want to come back to Berezhany, join the executive branch and do my best to make the city an attractive tourist destination.
I studied to become a translator, I was excited about learning, but not about the environment. At the Academy, I found a community of the same teenagers who were striving for development. At the Academy, I was able to do my favourite thing — translate and do it in public, as we went to Auschwitz or watched a movie at 3 a.m. when the Ambassador of Belgium or the former Deputy Minister of Education of Israel visited us. At no time did I have such a practice even at university!
One day a former security guard who painted ostrich eggs visited our Academy. He told us about exhibitions, collectors, how he makes a living doing that. It turns out that you can do such things and you will be appreciated! Thanks to these meetings, I understood that no matter who you are, there would always be a place for you in the world. There is no bureaucracy in the Academy. You feel like a human being, not a cog in the system. You don't take notes because you have to, but you listen to interesting people. The Academy stands on curiosity. You are not obliged to do anything. After this year the world seems to be bigger, but you have grown up as well and you can take it by storm.
I studied IT and already worked as a system administrator, but with time I lost my interest. I wanted to understand who I am and what I want and the Academy gave me a push. One day during some event, my mentor gave me her camera to take pictures. All followed by my first ever experience of shooting and editing a video from our trip. This is how I became a videographer of the Center. I loved it so much that my parents got me a camera. A few months after graduation I got the first commercial order from my Academy peer who worked for Valerii Pekar. It was wow! I have been doing photography for three years now and it has become my favourite hobby and the main source of income. At the Academy, I learned to communicate with different people so now I find it easy to talk to my models.
A manager of my Center once said, "It is less important to know the formula than to be able to find it." The Academy didn't provide answers but taught to find them through conversations with mentors and discussions with peers. Every morning I woke up with people who had goals. I can still remember our morning jogging among the pines in Pushcha-Vodytsia, motivating conversations during breakfasts. I learned to listen, trust, delegate and really work in a team.
During each expedition, I saw cool initiatives and fantastic people! I am talking about the young people, who created the "Friends" space and do something in Kostiantynivka daily, the town left by the majority of the population. I am talking about the guide from Chernihiv, who is raising money to restore the 11th-century church. I discovered Ukraine because I used to see only the western regions. I mustered project activities as I organized a three-day event for 800 teenagers — I was engaged in activities related to partners, location, advertising, external communications, logistics. It was a frightening, responsible challenge and I had to work hard. I gained the skill of critical and analytical thinking, as well as complex problem-solving.
At the Academy, I developed a desire to help people through projects and be socially useful. While studying at the Poltava Center, we organized a healthy lifestyle festival: we gave lectures and discussed nutrition, providing an opportunity for Poltava citizens to try different sports. I was so pleased when I saw how grateful the participants were! I learned to work on ideas, project formats, present them to partners and fundraising. These are the skills I am using now while organizing a "Molodvizh" forum in Lviv for 2 thousand participants. The Academy has broadened my horizons. When I'm involved in various community projects and startups in Lviv, I see the big picture now.
When you grow up in a small village, it seems that politicians and stars are unreachable super-people. The Academy erased this border as I talked to many famous people, did an internship in the Cabinet of Ministers, and recently, as a graduate, moderated the Academy's meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister. I broke the entrenched stereotype that you can only be successful with wealthy parents or with a Harvard diploma, and I have gained faith in myself. For myself, I discovered running, reflection, conscious tourism, and found my best friends. I learned how to create projects and tried myself in communications and that's how I gained the skill that now I am paid for since I work as the Head of the Communications Department at EdEra.
At the Academy, I got interested in news. The state was no longer something abstract but appeared to me as clear mechanism. We got acquainted with the work of the Cabinet of Ministers, the National Bank, the Verkhovna Rada. I developed critical thinking, the ability to discuss and express my own opinion. At the Academy, we mastered the culture of debate, and we communicated with the lecturers on an equal footing. We always planned everything, that's how I learned time management, and I have recently become a coach on this topic for the Red Cross. I am currently studying programming and I already work as a developer in a leading IT company SoftServe. At the Academy, I understood that I want to work with people and develop in IT exactly as a project manager.
At the Academy I was inspired by me peers! One girl was on the FLEX project and had already created a business project for students at schools before she entered the Academy. There was a scout who despite her age was already raising young followers. Another student was engaged in cybersecurity. I felt so uplifted with every new story! I mastered my public speaking skills, as we were taught to speak fluently without cliché in front of an audience. At the Academy, I learned to listen to myself and keep going no matter what.
If formal education provides knowledge in the form of "the lector is reading and you are taking notes," the Academy pays attention to communication while solving common problems with community peers, or while talking to mentors or debating with lecturers. We practised determination and built team spirit through sport. We thought over and gained experience through reflection. The Academy gives soft skills that are required for any profession. I'm studying engineering. This is a project job that requires teamwork, which is exactly what we learned at the Academy.
I used to think that I wanted to live abroad because medicine, education, and security are better there. But at the Academy, I met the founder of Prometheus, saw how Dozorro and Prozorro, and the Charitable Foundation Enjoying Life work — all these cool things are created by Ukrainians! I understood that Ukraine is a land of opportunities. Even when I was studying at school, I organized several visits to disabled people and launched an English Club in my home town Ladyzhyn. I understood that I can make some influence, but I felt lonely along this way. I made friends at the Academy who became my support and power. We created the "Dobrodvizh" project and involved hundreds of people in good deeds! We keep implementing important initiatives together after graduation.
I want my village Dariivka in the Kherson region to become the most developed one in Ukraine. This is the mission that I formed in the Academy. Back in school, I fulfilled some projects in my village, but I lacked mission-level work and like-minded people. I had all that at the Academy where I have upgraded my managerial and planning skills and leant how to leave my comfort zone. I am currently studying social work. It may not sound too sexy — I would not have even considered this profession before. However, the Academy gave awareness and the ability to see deeper, rather than chasing a wow name. I am happy with my choice as I am studying practical instruments to ensure the functioning of the community. After graduation, I will definitely come back to develop my village.
After school, I didn't know what I wanted to study. My close ones suggested foreign languages, physics and mathematics, law. But the experience of projects at the Academy let me realize that I want to study management. I mastered public speaking as I had to speak in public a lot, I learned how to manage social networks, read books thoughtfully. Also, I became more confident in my decisions, and together with assertiveness in life values, I gained a community of people, with whom we still keep in touch.
There were a lot of my "first times" at the Academy. My first trip abroad, to the Western and Eastern Ukraine, and my first trip by plane. My first public speech in front of a large audience, my first attempt to organize projects and fundraising. I learned to work in a team, listen to others and find compromises, accept and give useful feedback. I had studied computer sciences, but when at the Academy I understood that I wanted to work with people, so I am developing as an IT manager. I wanted to try myself in state service to bring a young value approach. Through the Academy Center I found out about an opening at the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption and now I am working there in the IT Department.