|Program Sponsor:||University of Kansas Study Abroad|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
IMPORTANT DATE INFORMATION:
Arrive in L’viv: June 2-3, 2014
Classes begin: June 4, 2014
Classes end: July 16 2014
Depart L’viv: July 17-18, 2014
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|Program Type:||Faculty-Led||Housing Options:||Host Family|
|Study Abroad Program Coordinator:||Justine Hamilton||Language of Instruction:||Ukranian|
|Minimum GPA Eligibility:||2.5 GPA||Academic Discipline:||Slavic Languages & Literatures|
|Open to Non-KU students:||Yes||Open to graduate students:||Yes|
|Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity:||Yes|
L'viv, UkraineThe 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. More recently, L’viv has been in the vanguard of the new Ukrainian National Democratic Movement. The University of L’viv is the oldest university in Ukraine, established in 1661. The University, one of the two principal centers of learning in Ukraine, was later renamed for the great national Ukrainian writer, poet, and statesman, Ivan Franko (1856-1916).
ProgramThis six-week program offers a unique opportunity for students to study intensive Ukrainian language and area studies (political transition, society, economics, culture, etc.) in L'viv. Instruction is provided by regular faculty of L'viv University who have experience teaching American students. The program offers 150 class contact hours of language instruction. In addition to taking language and area courses, students will work with individual L'viv faculty on a research topic associated with their stateside field of concentration. The program includes a round-table discussion with representatives of several Ukrainian political parties. An on-site Program Director from the KU faculty accompanies the students.
Faculty DirectorDr. Alex Tsiovkh has been teaching in the REES Ukrainian program since 1993. He teaches various courses in the program, including Nations and Cultures of Eastern Europe; History of Ukraine; and Introduction to East European Culture and Society: Ukraine. Dr. Tsiovkh's special interest is in the semiotics of language and culture.
ExcursionsThe Program includes numerous teacher-accompanied excursions in and around L'viv, including the historic city center, various churches, and museums of history, ethnography, and architecture. The Program also includes three excursions outside L'viv: a three-day trip to the capital city of Kyiv; a two-day trip to the Carpathian mountains, with visits to Mukacheve and Uzhorod; and a one-day trip to the medieval castle of Olesko.
Credit & Courses OfferedSix hours of credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. All students enroll in:
UKRA 675 (3 credits) and REES 895 (3 credits)
These courses cover practical Intensive Ukrainian Readings in language and culture and Ukrainian Area Studies.
Six hours of credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.
AccommodationsParticipants stay with pre-screened Ukrainian families in L'viv, thus allowing the students to master their Ukrainian language skills and to have a first-hand experience of daily life in Ukraine.
EligibilityOpen 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).
KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
KU students who qualify for summer financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer programs.
Since this program meets all Department of Education requirements for intensive summer language programs, eligible graduate and undergraduate students may use FLAS Summer Fellowships. Students should see www.flas.ku.edu for more info. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad for a breakdown of costs per FLAS guidelines, if you plan to apply for a FLAS award.
All 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.
a. Statement of Purpose
b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
c. Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
d. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
e. Authorization to Release Student Information
f. Student Conduct Verification
g. Financial Aid Questionnaire
For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.
For more information contact:Alex Tsiovkh, Associate Professor
Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
320 Bailey Hall
|Summer 2013 Participant|
|I learned that it is important to learn Ukrainian on its own terms. Many students come to Ukraine with a knowledge of Polish and Russian, and these languages will give them a leg up with Ukrainian. But thinking in Ukrainian will bring rewarding results for those trying to immerse themselves in the language.|
|Amy Lynn Murphy, Summer 2012 Participant|
|The university we studied with was not only prestigious but also very welcoming and friendly. We had contact and lectures from a variety of professionals in one of the oldest and renown universities in the country. The excursions to other parts of the country were rewarding and fascinating.|
|Summer 2013 Participant|
|The best part of the program was the excellent language instruction. The teachers at the National University of Ivan Franko taught the grammar and structure of the Ukrainian language clearly and efficiently, so my classmates and I were able to quickly acquire a base for reading texts. The amount of time spent in class was neither too much nor too little for concentrating on, absorbing, and retaining each day's new material. Language learning was the core goal of the program, and I am very glad that it brought such quick results and was so much fun.|
|Patrick Michael Callen, Summer 2012 Participant|
|The daily interactions with Ukrainians were the most rewarding part of my experience abroad. Every conversation, every transaction made in a shop or at a kiosk, and every academic lesson gave me the opportunity to constantly practice Ukrainian. Constant practice and the necessity of using Ukrainian exclusively is something that is hard to recreate in the United States.|
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