HMC Projects scholar’s comment – from Scotland, UK

We are delighted to publish the fascinating photos and the wonderful essay produced by one of this year’s HMC Projects scholars from Ukraine, sharing her firsthand impressions and genuine insights of the journey to Great Britain and her school in Scotland.


My first impressions of the life in Dollar Academy

From the moment I was offered a scholarship at Dollar Academy, I already knew that my life was going to change completely in the nearest future. I was asking myself a question: ‘How would it be, life in a boarding school?’ Now, two weeks since my whole world turned upside down, I think I have an answer.

And the answer is: it’s the best experience I could ever wish for. Of course, it requires lots of efforts: leaving your family and friends, packing all the stuff you have in your room into only 23 kilos you’re allowed to have in your suitcase, trying not to lose yourself and your documents at the airport… But this big adventure of yours is absolutely worth it because it’s the first step you take into the adult life.

My story starts on the plane, heading to the airport of Edinburgh. I’ve never seen such breathtaking landscapes before, even though I have travelled a lot. This pure, virgin beauty of Scottish Highlands made me realize that it’s time to give a birth to a new and definitely a very thrilling chapter of my life. ‘I’m ready, I told myself, and I’m capable of everything.’ There I was, accepting the biggest and the best challenge I’ve ever been given.

First of all, as cliché as it sounds, it’s all about meeting new people. So far, it has been the best part of my life in Scotland because it’s the people who make the place, and that’s what I found in Dollar Academy. Starting from my house parents, who are one of the kindest and most supportive people I’ve ever had a pleasure to meet, to my teachers, who are in love with their subject and who are ready to share this love with all the students. Thanks to them, studying has become a pleasure for me and even Mondays do not scare me anymore.

Secondly, it’s about experiencing unfamiliar things you’ve never done before: doing your tie, reading Shakespeare’s “Othello” in the original, auditioning for the school play, singing hymns in the assembly. And, believe me or not, you may find a lot of fun doing this.

Life in a boarding school is something that you cannot prepare yourself for, but once you’ve tried, it will be difficult to abandon it. In this short period of time I have already made many good friends from different parts of the world, designed my own pizza menu for my graphic communication class, strolled around the picturesque city of Edinburgh and fulfilled my dream to make an art project. And I know that it’s only the very beginning. Much more is waiting for me, and I’m looking forward to facing it.


HMC Projects Scholar from Ukraine (2018),

Dollar Academy, Scotland, UK

Proud of Our Alumni.

When taking part in the festive events dedicated to Freshman Induction Ceremony of the institute “Ukrainian-American Concordia University”, I felt like I was a former freshman of this noble institution of higher education. I was curious to watch the new students while recalling the day when I once entered the institute’s Congregation Hall, accompanied by my parents, a bit nervous about the yet unknown pathway toward the student life.

Today I am an instructor, a lawyer – imparting my knowledge and experience to students. Proud of the high praise of my capabilities I receive from the administration.

With enormous respect to my life teachers Oleksandr Oleksiiovych Romanovskyi, Yuliia Yuriivna Romanovska, and with appreciation of the title Honorary Doctor for Law, conferred upon me by Yurii Petrovych Bohutskyi, Adviser to the President of Ukraine.


Greetings from the President of Ukraine

Dear friends!

I heartily congratulate you on the beginning of the new academic year of 2018/2019.

It is a peculiar milestone for each of us, associated with ambitions and endeavors, hopes and further achievements.

And today, this milestone is very special: the implementation of progressive provisions of the new Law of Ukraine “On Education” is becoming extensive, opening up the path toward the long-awaited systemic changes and allowing to form an individual educational trajectory for everyone.

Despite Russia’s military aggression, it is a priority for the state to take care of the intellectual enrichment of young generations, on which the well-being and prosperity of the Ukrainian people and establishment of the European future that we have chosen depend.

I am convinced that the positive changes in the national education are going to be perceived by both those who will be crossing the school threshold for the first time and those who will continue mastering new knowledge or paving the way to professional development as students.

I extend my sincere gratitude to all those who teach and nurture us, whom their grateful pupils and students call the proud title of Teacher. May you have success and find joy in your noble work; and your trainees – victories and achievements.

I wish all of you sound health, peaceful skies, lavish fate and new accomplishments in the name of Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko

The official Opening of the Academic Year 2018-2019

The new academic year 20172018 was officially opened on Monday, September 3.

Every beginning of the academic year is very special for Ukrainian-American Concordia University.

Excited faces, plenty of questions, encouraging welcome speeches, applause, new friends, professors’ handshakes, dressed up parents, expectations of the first semester at university and, of course, tons of English language – we like it all. Remember to make it a great year.




Happy New Academic Year 2018/2019!

Dear ConcordiaUA freshmen, dear students, parents, faculty, alumni, colleagues and friends!

We are looking forward to meeting you on September 3, 2018 at 11.00 am to welcome ConcordiaUA family!

Address: 8/14 Turgenevska street, second floor, Assembly Hall

044-236-19-16, 050-331-42-95.

An eternal loss

We are saddened to say that, this year, the family of Ukrainian-American Concordia University has suffered an eternal loss: Kristina Marie (Torkelson) Gray, our beloved instructor, colleague, cordial friend, Honorary Professor of our university, passed away.

Our hearts and deepest sympathy are with Kenneth Gray, the colleagues at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and all of the friends and peers, who were lucky to know Kristina M. Gray and work with her.

“Contract negotiations – how to make a good deal” by Mr. Mathias Fiedler (Germany)

Dear Entrepreneurship Course Students,
Your first class “Contract negotiations – how to make a good deal” will be held on September 7, 2018 at 10.00 am. Room: 2-4.

Our Guest Lecturer is Mr. Mathias Fiedler – CEO and Lawyer at Central Association of German Consumer Cooperatives (Germany)

Be on time!