The KU L’viv Language Institute is open to any student interested in learning Ukrainian and expanding their expertise in East and Central European studies. No previous language experience is required. During the six-week summer program, students are enrolled in intensive Ukrainian language and area studies courses at Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, where they also learn about the history, politics, economics, and culture of Ukraine and East Central Europe. Whether you are a student with a specific Ukrainian-track focus or a European generalist, this faculty-led program is designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in the region.
The proud and beautiful medieval city of L’viv has been the “Western Ukrainian capital of culture” for three centuries. Founded in 1256 by Danylo Halytskiy, this city of 850,000 is only 50 kilometers from the Polish border. Under the long reign of Danylo’s son, Lev (1264-1301), L’viv came to be the capital city of the Galician-Volhynian Kingdom. It has endured and overcome the great tragedies of the 20th century: World War I, World War II, and forced integration into the Soviet Union. It is now the vibrant center for Ukraine's democratic movement for independence, statehood, and European integration.
L'viv is also famous for Ivan Franko National University named after the great national Ukrainian writer, poet, and statesman, Ivan Franko (1856 - 1916). Originally founded in 1661, it is the oldest university on the territory of the entire former Soviet Union. Today, Ivan Franko National University is one of the most prestigious institutions in Ukraine and a primary center of learning in Central Europe.
All students enroll in UKRA 675 (3 credits) and REES 895 (3 credits) for a total of six credit hours granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. The courses cover practical intensive Ukrainian language and culture and topics related to Ukrainian Area Studies. Courses are taught by highly qualified faculty members at Ivan Franko University.
- UKRA 675: Readings in Ukrainian Language (3 credit hours): 150 class contact hours of intensive language study at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.
- REES 895: Special Problems in Area Studies: Ukraine (3 credit hours): A course tailored to the interests of individual students and covering a variety of relevant topics such as literature, history, post-Soviet legacies, politics, democracy development, European integration, and more.
Participants will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms at a university-affiliated hotel in the heart of L'viv. Located within walking distance of the Ivan Franko National University campus, this newly built hotel offers a comfortable home base for students during the program. Inexpensive meals featuring traditional Ukrainian specialties are available at numerous restaurants surrounding the university and hotel; an estimate for meals is included in the budget.
During overnight excursions, students will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms or hostels and meals are included.
The program includes numerous guided excursions in and around L'viv, including the historic city center, various churches, and museums of history, ethnography, and architecture. The program also includes excursions outside L'viv: a multi-day trip to the Carpathian mountains with visits to Mukacheve and Uzhorod, a day trip to the medieval castle of Olesko, and a weekend in Kyiv.
Open to graduate and undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university who have a stated interested in learning Ukrainian – no previous language study required. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).
Ukrainian Language Study Scholarship for KU Students:
KU students are eligible to apply for the Jarosewycz Family Scholarship for Ukrainian language study. This scholarship awards up to $3,000 for Ukrainian language study this summer in L'viv, Ukraine. The scholarship is administered by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES). For more information on this scholarship,
Application ProceduresAll applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application. Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.
- Statement of Purpose
- Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
- Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
- General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
- Authorization to Release Student Information
- Student Conduct Verification
- Financial Aid Questionnaire
KU Tuition includes 6 credit hours of Undergraduate Tuition based on Kansas Resident Standard Tuition rate. Students on Compact Tuition with pay the KS Resident rate set by their tuition compact. Non-KU Students will pay KU Tuition based on the Standard Tuition rate stated above.
On-Site Tuition includes on-site instructional costs, administrative fees, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation services, and KU orientation.
KU Program fee includes lodging and some meals, program related excursions and cultural events and related onsite transportation.
* KU Tuition, On-Site Tuition and KU Program Fees will be billed and payable online through student KU Enroll & Pay accounts.
All other fees listed are estimated additional expenses. The actual total cost will vary for each participant depending on spending habits and travel plans.
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