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Language Institute in L'viv, Ukraine
L'viv, Ukraine (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Sponsor: University of Kansas Study Abroad 
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Housing Options: Host Family
Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Justine Hamilton
Language of Instruction:
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:
Program Description:

L'viv, Ukraine

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. 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).


This 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 Director

Dr. 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.


The 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 Offered

Six 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.


Participants 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. 


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).


L'viv University

KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Funding your Study Abroad Program

The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.  KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside 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 and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
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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 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.

Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

Application Procedures

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

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences: 1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Patrick Michael Callen, Summer 2012 Participant
The academic side of the program is structured in a manner that allows students to quickly acquire basic understanding and proficiency in Ukrainian. Students are not required to have any prior language study to participate in the program, but, in my opinion, some prior study of a Slavic language will benefit the student, as the summer Language Institute is an accelerated, six-week course meant to provide the equivalent of one year of study at the University of Kansas. Students with prior language experience will be better prepared for the intensive language study that awaits them.
Amy Lynn Murphy, Summer 2012 Participant
I learned more about the obvious cultural and economical differences between the West and East in Ukraine but was able to put it into historical and political contexts. Language experience and instruction was exemplary.
Patrick Michael Callen, Summer 2012 Participant
My favorite part of the summer Language Institute in L'viv, Ukraine was the daily fusion of academics with cultural experiences. At the beginning of the program I knew no Ukrainian and had to rely on Russian or English to accomplish simple tasks. After six weeks I was able to spend an evening conversing with my host family about Ukrainian society, politics, and culture at some length and with fairly proficient command of the basic grammar of the Ukrainian language. Interacting with Ukrainians on a daily basis gave me a glimpse into not only their daily routines, but their thoughts on life, their country, and the world around them.
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.
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