Vasil Stefaniv

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ukrainian Catholic University Graduate Teacher Vasil StefanivGraduate who returned to teach at UCU

“Small universities are better because the students get more attention. Now as a teacher, I understand that this is also a benefit for the teacher.

“If you study at UCU, in five years you’ll become a professional in the area you choose. You’ll only be able to appreciate all the benefits of the university a few years after you finish.

“But when you’re working, you’ll understand and appreciate the choice you made as you work with your colleagues.”

Vasil Stefaniv was one of the first history students to graduate from the Ukrainian Catholic University, in 2007. He then went for a graduate degree at Lviv Polytechnic. He is now working on his dissertation and also teaching at UCU.

“Because of my situation, I wasn’t able to pay for tuition, but I was a good student, so I received a scholarship. I also worked in the library. Many of my peers worked in various areas of the university, for example, at the summer school. Finances were not a problem.

“I was able to study foreign languages very well at UCU. In our first year, we had English classes every day. It was difficult, but in a year we were already able to communicate fluently and read in English. We also had a Polish course. A fairly good grounding in Latin and Greek is important for those who want to be professionals in history, and also for theologians,” said Stefaniv.

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