The International activities of the Ukrainian Catholic University aim to strengthen the university, to search for and create new academic opportunities, to ensure additional scientific growth of its employees and students, to increase national scientific and educational standards, and to promote a positive image of Ukraine and Ukrainian academic in the world.
Since the beginning of its educational activities, UCU built up and continues to develop a network of contacts with foreign experts in various fields – theology, philosophy, history, philology, journalism, and other humanities and social sciences – to establish a fruitful international university cooperation. In the teaching and research exchanges sphere, the University collaborates with teachers from many other countries, in particular, a number of professors of Polish, American, Italian and German universities.
The Ukrainian Catholic University is a member or actively collaborates with a number of prestigious international educational foundations, with many Ukrainian and foreign universities within the framework of bilateral or multilateral projects, including projects supported by the European Council (More). Over forty bilateral agreements on cooperation have been signed at various levels with foreign universities and research institutes (More).
In the framework of the Bologna process and the development of partnerships with European universities, UCU develops programs of student and teacher mobility and creates opportunities for participation in international symposia, conferences, seminars and workshops. Thus, in recent years, students of the Philosophy and Theology and Humanities Faculties have had the opportunity to spend a semester at partner universities, including the University of Passau (Germany), University of Freiburg (Switzerland), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Tilburg University (Netherlands), Angelicum Pontifical University (Italy), University College of St. Mary in Calgary (Canada). As part of the program at UCU, students are also able to communicate with groups of international students attending UCU. Each year, the University receives groups of students and organizes training courses for partner universities such as the European College Natolin (Warsaw, Poland), St. Thomas University (Minnesota, USA), Fordham University (NY, USA), and University College of St. Mary in Calgary (Canada).
UCU students are regular participants of prestigious international exchange programs, internships and summer schools. For the period 2003-2012, more than 15 students were members of the Harvard Summer School Institute, more than 150 at the summer program of St. Paul University in Ottawa (Canada) or the summer school of Italian language in Mantua. The total percentage of UCU students who have the opportunity during basic training to gain international educational experience is up to 10 percent.
An important result of the international academic activities is that many UCU students continue their education abroad. More than a third of graduates continue their education at the Catholic University Master’s and Doctoral programs in more than 16 countries in Europe, North America and Middle East.
According to the license Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine (series AB № 552352) on September 30, 2010, the “Ukrainian Catholic University” provides educational services to foreign nationals (More). UCU has Level III of State Accreditation, License AE №285873 since 15.01.2014.
The support to existing international cooperation and its promotion ensures the Department of international academic relations, established in September 2007. One of its major projects is the “Semester Abroad” program, which offers courses in English for an international audience concerning different issues of Ukrainian heritage within the larger East Central European context.
International cooperation is an integral part of the UCU process of the improvement of educational activities in the triangle of knowledge and enhance of career opportunities for its graduates.