Better future for your child
At the Academy, the child gets into the environment of selected peers — smart, motivated, ambitious. Students will explore Ukraine and the world together on expeditions.
What will your child be doing during the year?
The child will have a rich daily program, where he or she will develop in various ways, expand his or her horizons and implement his or her ideas.
- Professional orientation
- Top lecturers
- Financial independence
The child will become independent
The Academy offers an intensive schedule, which helps children work on self-discipline, as well as the ability to spend free time and take care of themselves in everyday life.
They learn how to communicate with the country's top officials and their peers, make important decisions and take responsibility for themselves and others in real-world contexts.
The child will decide on a profession
Your child will learn from the lecturers about entrepreneurship, financial management, philosophy, and psychology. He/she will create projects, train in organizations, enterprises and authorities, and at the end of the year will take a career guidance course. During the year at the Academy, your son or daughter will gain self-confidence, develop skills that will help him or her in any profession and accelerate career growth.
The child will travelThe students will have two expeditions abroad — to Israel and Europe. They will meet with the representatives of NATO, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the World Health Organization, etc. They will also travel to several regions of Ukraine, where they will be able to communicate with the representatives of local self-governments and businesses. During quarantine, students explore foreign countries online and travel countrywide by an individual bus and in compliance with all the safety requirements.
The child will learn from top speakersThe lecturers of the Academy are graduates of Cambridge and Oxford, entrepreneurs included in the Ukrainian Forbes list, heads of investment funds, editors of national media, former ministers and advisers to ministers.
The child will learn to earn moneyYour child will be able to add to his or her resume specific experience of implementing projects. Students do not just generate ideas, but learn to present them, seek funding with the support of mentors, local businesses and government. The Academy has a course in entrepreneurship and financial literacy, and at the end of the year, there is a business hackathon where students can get money to implement their ideas.
I was afraid that my son would not want to study at the university.
He passed the external independent testing well and even qualified for free tuition. It was difficult to explain to the family and friends the decision to leave everything behind and enter the Academy. However, while his studies, I understood that his decision was 200% right. At no time could I imagine that something like this was possible in Ukraine! There's a team of mentors — wisely selected versatile people who track the student's personal development. I had no idea that such a profound interest in children can be possible! I found my son to become a mature, shaped personality, who developed systematic thinking and gained skills in planning. He became independent: from the order in his belongings and dishes being washed — to strategic decisions being made. There is no higher education institution that is capable of changing the mindset to that extend. By the way, after he had graduated from the Academy, he passed the external independent testing with a better result and entered the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
The first question was if there would be an education certificate.
However, I recalled my shock when I started working and realized that real life is very different from what we had thought about it at university. That's a good idea to take a year to see how the adult world works. The most reassuring thing was that the child would be supervised, there would always be mentors who would give advice and support. My daughter has become more confident, mature, she has learned how to make her own decisions, and has formed her own worldview. It is reasonable to take this year to make the right decision than to study for 4 years and get disappointed. Currently, my daughter is studying management and they are learning the same things that she had practiced in the Academy.
We were worried whether the external independent testing results would be valid next year.
But everything turned out to be fine. It was appealing that the Academy combines intellectual, emotional, and physical development, as a person has to have a full-fledged development. I am a PE teacher and I know how education through team sports helps to achieve greater goals and build relationships with people. In the Academy, I saw a cohesive team of students who always help each other and know how to negotiate. Our daughter learned to value her time as in the Academy she was busy from dusk till dawn. If earlier she could not run a single kilometer, at the Academy she ran a half marathon! She became a way more organized and responsible. No other educational institution would give such a result!
I was worried about how to let the child go to another city for a long time.
Will she be supervised? Will not she develop some bad habits? But I was surprised how supervised and busy the students were. They didn't have any time for silly things. After I had lived a day at such a pace it became clear that she doesn't need an Academy diploma as she was getting something much more precious. After each lector, my daughter would call exclaiming: "Mom, you would never believe who we had today!" I remember Vika before the Academy and after graduation. She learned to manage her emotions, became more open and gained trust in herself. She knows that she will succeed, it's just a matter of time.
I was afraid that this year would be wasted.
We were shocked when our daughter entered a prestigious law university for free tuition and then she changed her mind. We were afraid that she would lose all her knowledge and there were so many private tutors! It seemed that the Academy would look like a year of non-stop entertainment vacations with some motivational courses. However, when I listened to Mykhailo Vynnytskyi and Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi, I understood the level and vigour of the teachers that work there! And when I saw how much she had to study, I understood that it was whatever but a vacation. Also, the Academy is a community of selected children — active and with high external independent testing scores. Later, my daughter consciously decided to study political science at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, she works as an assistant to a People's Deputy, does social projects in Eastern Ukraine, and says that she is happy.
Students live on modern campuses with spacious lecture halls, a dining room, a shower room, a lounge area and comfortable bedrooms. Each room is co-habited by 3-4 students. Students eat balanced meals three times a day.
The Academy has Family Days, when close ones can look at living conditions and immerse themselves in the program. We are constantly in touch with the parents of students and even started a separate course for them with our lecturers.
Living on a campus is the best way to try independent living
Living on campus with other students is a compulsory part of a study in Oxford and Cambridge. Even during quarantine, British students listen to lectures online, but they still live together. Students of the Academy also gain important experience in building relationships with peers, resolving conflicts and living together.
Each student will have a personal mentor
A mentor is an experienced advisor a few years older than a student. Each of the Academy's mentors has unique experience in various fields: education, IT, business. The mentor will always be with the teenager to support, help to gain self-confidence and cultivate self-discipline. Throughout the year, you will be free to talk to a personal mentor and find out what is happening to your child.
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.
Tuition fee is UAH 35 000
Повна вартість навчання однієї молодої людини в Українській академії лідерства становить 300 000 гривень. 92% цієї суми ми покриваємо завдяки внескам благодійників — підприємців, компаній, міських рад, держави, українських та міжнародних інституційних донорів. Студенти за увесь рік програми платять лише 35 000 гривень.
What is included:
in modern campuses
Our graduates study at leading universities in the country and the world
After the Academy, graduates enter the best educational institutions of the country: National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukrainian Catholic University, NTUU of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Lviv National University named after Ivan Franko, etc.
They also study abroad: Minerva Schools at KGI, London Arts University, Warsaw School of Economics, University of Ottawa.
Our graduates work in prestigious companies and organizations
The skills and experience gained in the Academy help them master any profession, take leadership positions and develop their careers faster.
My IT company is in the top 3 in Ukraine with 6,000 employees. I am a senior recruiter and I help people find a project they like, build a dream team to ensure business growth.
My job is a constant movement and development that makes me happy. I first tried myself in HR at the Academy — before that I had studied journalism, in which I no longer had seen myself. My responsibility was to help recruit new students and then mentors. I liked selecting, watching people, and organizing the processes.
Later, a lector offered me the position of a recruiter in the !Fest Holding of Emotions, and later I received an offer in IT area. It was like a magic! It was the Academy that gave me this profession.
When I was 21, I applied for the position of publishing editor. I heard about the vacancy from my peer in the Academy. And I got the job! No doubt I have gained faith in myself in the Academy if I dared to apply :) I didn't have any experience back then, but I was hardworking.
At the Academy, I developed resistance to stress and flexibility, because we were taught to be ready for anything: either to sort out quickly when something goes wrong in the project or to suddenly gather in the middle of the night for jogging. Now it helps me to react quickly to the news and be placid when publishing material that 5 or 10 people had been working on.
I have learned to communicate with different people and gained friends in different industries, who will always recommend an interesting speaker. My work inspires me, as people get high-quality information, and the authorities respond to our materials.
"Who wants some Kyiv sunshine," shared an opening in Projector a Deputy Manager of my Center on his Facebook page. He studied graphic design and marketing and was a great ambassador of this school.
I saw the post, applied and now I am the Head of Sales and Support Department. I am 19 years old and I am the leader of a team of 7. During our studies at the Academy, there were many projects which required me to work in a team, apply my strengths and creativity — now I rely on this experience.
At the Academy, I developed managerial skills and learned not to be afraid of responsibility. Projector provides with a lot of practice, so our graduates are in great demand on the market — and that's inspiring.
When I was 14, I realized that I wanted to develop security and defence to get my home and Donbas back. I was born in Sevastopol, my father served in the Anti-Terrorist Operation and Joint Forces Operation. At the Academy, I learned more about the Maidan, communicated with the military and veterans a lot.
From the Academy Facebook community, I learnt that the Veteran Hub — a space where veterans are provided with free legal, psychological support, and occupational advice — was recruiting new team members. I am currently working on a Mobile Office project so that veterans could receive quality services even in remote villages.
At the Academy, I learned to work with government agencies, with documents, learned to negotiate with tough entrepreneurs, which is very helpful now.
I deal with the corporate social partnership projects of Astarta-Kyiv. Astarta-Kyiv supported the emergence of the Academy Center in Poltava. It was then that I got acquainted with this company and received a job offer.
In particular, I run educational projects for rural youth, initiatives in partnership with the UN Global Compact. I get an insider's view of how business cooperates with international donors. And this experience will definitely help to realize my dream in the future — to become a good diplomat.
I evaluate the work of higher education institutions as an accreditation expert. My aim is to get rid of plagiarism in our higher education institutions so that students would not face corruption starting from the student years. For this purpose, I study the reports and talk to lecturers.
I can talk to a doctor of technical sciences at the same level, as the Academy has given the experience of communicating with cool people: the former Minister of Economy explained about GDP to me in layman's terms! We discussed fundamental topics with the lecturers, and this helped us to become more mature and expand our horizons.
I have learned to work in a team, asserted myself in my values and got the tools required to improve society.