Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation was founded in 1997 to support and fund the growth and operations of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine. As the only Catholic university in the vast territory of the former Soviet Union, UCU is at the forefront of building a civil society in Ukraine, educating its students to be ethical and moral leaders of a new Ukraine. Through its fundraising activities in the United States, UCU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, assists UCU in meeting its educational and financial challenges and gives donors a secure way to support the premier Catholic educational institution in Ukraine.


Located in Western Ukraine, in the heart of Ukraine’s cultural city of Lviv, is the first Catholic university on the vast territory of the former Soviet Union. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in subjects such as computer science, business, law, theology, government administration, and rehabilitation medicine. The university is open to members of all religious denominations and is guided by Western and Catholic principles of ethics, compassion, and transparency.

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Those who strive for knowledge study at UCU. UCU bachelor’s degree entrants were among the top 5% of Ukrainian school graduates. UCU leads the ranking of universities by the points of external evaluation for the contract form of education. A third of UCU graduates continue their education abroad. Among UCU graduates are well-known businessmen, civil servants, politicians, public figures, journalists, clergy and many others. UCU is educating the future leaders of Ukraine.


UCU students have the opportunity to learn from the best professors. Every semester, the university administration conducts a survey of students of all faculties on the quality of courses and teaching. 94% of teachers received ratings from 4 to 5 points on a 5-point scale. In 2022, six UCU professors received the 2022 Rector’s Award for successful scholarly work at the international level.


UCU provides students with everything they need for optimal learning. The campus features bright, spacious classrooms with computers and projectors, comfortable places to study and work, air conditioning, outdoor terraces, and spaces for recreation and sports. There are two cafés and a refectory on campus, which welcome visitors from early in the morning until late in the evening. The Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky Center contains a library, classrooms, student and exhibition spaces. In 2017, the Center was recognized as the “Face of Lviv”: every day it receives hundreds of visitors who work, study or just taste coffee and enjoy the landscape. Students live in the Collegium, which serves not only as a dormitory, but also as a formation program: students take part in joint trips, meetings with interesting people, competitions and other activities.


UCU is the only non-profit University in Ukraine. Student tuition fees comprise less than 35% of UCU’s annual budget. The University is supported worldwide by those who cherish their Ukrainian heritage, those who aim to see Ukraine continue to develop itself into a free and just democratic nation, and those who embrace the Catholic ideals of God, morality and ethics for the betterment of society.