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Lu asks: Would my letter to my aunt in Dniprodzershynsk have been delivered to her Matrosova address since the city name change? I have not had a reply in almost a year and am concerned due to health issues. Thank you for any insight.
Expert's answer:
Changing the name of Dniprodzerzhynsk happened relatively recently, in May 2016, about 3 months ago. So if you sent her a letter a year ago, it was to be delivered long time ago, otherwise it was probably lost. Usually it takes several weeks to deliver a letter to Ukraine from almost any country. You can send her another one, this time use the new name of the city.
Emmanuel asks: Ive got my legs shivering in my boots simply because my Ukrainian student visa interview is on monday so please would you mind assisting me on questions I'll br asked during the interview, I'd appreciate, I'm from Nigeria. Thank you
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately, I don't have any info about exact questions, but probably they will be about your reasons to study in Ukraine, the university where you are going to study, your future profession and plans, etc.
Marcus asks: Can I travel to any other countries in Europe like England, Sweden, France, Germany, etc. with my Ukraine student visa or immigration card while studying in Ukraine during vacations?
Expert's answer:
At the moment, it is not possible. But in the coming years it is likely that Ukraine will be able to agree on visa-free regime with the countries of the European Union, so the situation may change.
Felix asks: How much will be the living cost for 10 days in Ukraine including accomodation, food, transport and partying? I am planning for 5 days in Kiev and 5 days in Lviv?
Expert's answer:
The average rate for a three star hotel in Kiev is about 700-1,000 UAH per day, in Lviv - 500-700 UAH. The cost of travel from Kiev to Lviv by train is about 500 UAH. And for food, partying, etc. you will need a sum of about 8,000-10,000 UAH (of course it may vary greatly depending only on you). In total, you will need about 20,000 UAH or 800 USD. It is a very rough estimate.
John asks: What is the average cost of living for a family of 3 in Kiev per month?
Expert's answer:
In July 2016, the average salary in Kiev was about 300-400 USD per month. So for a family of three the budget sufficient for life begins from the amount of about 600 USD per month if there is no need to rent an apartment, otherwise you need additional 300-400 USD.
Roshan asks: I am an international student. I am going to study medicine in Ukraine. Can you please tell me if I get a part time job, how much can I make in a week?
Expert's answer:
International students need to get a work permit or residence permit to work officially in Ukraine. In 2016, the average salary in the country is about 200-250 USD per month for a full-time job, so it won't be an easy task to earn more as a student employed part-time.
helen asks: How long will it take to fly from USA to Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
The flight from New York to Kyiv takes about 10 hours.
John Downey asks: I would like to visit Berdyansk. Is it safe to visit Berdyansk? Thank you.
Expert's answer:
Berdyansk is located relatively far away from the conflict zone, the distance to Mariupol is about 80 km. From this point of view it is quite safe to visit this city. Of course you should follow standard precautions: don't walk alone at night, especially not in the central part of the city, avoid conflicts with locals, use MasterCard/Visa to keep your money, not cash, etc.
Tim Morris asks: I would like to come to Ukraine sometime between July and December of this year 2016. If I stay a month what would it cost me just stay in Zaporozhye for one month total combinations by that I mean comfortable and safe my travel expenses and other expenses housing accommodation what I need give me some idea please whenever you can offer information would be greatly appreciated thanks.
Expert's answer:
Currently (the summer of 2016), the average salary in Zaporozhye is about 250-300 USD per month. The cost of renting an apartment with one living room is about 100-150 USD per month. In general, I think that the sum starting from about 1,000 USD will be enough to live one month in Zaporozhye as a foreigner.
Joyce Rosenhek asks: Was Kolomyya ever part of Austria?
Expert's answer:
In 1772, after the first partition of Poland, the Habsburgs gained control of the town of Kolomyya. In 1781, the town was included in the Stanislavsky District. It was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the First World War.

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