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Language Institute in L'viv, Ukraine

Language Institute in L'viv, Ukraine
This six-week program offers a unique opportunity for students to study intensive Ukrainian language and area studies (political transition, society, economics, and culture) in L'viv.
L'viv, Ukraine
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: 
  • Intensive 6-week program based in L'viv, Ukraine.
  • Multiple excursions and cultural activities included in the program.
  • Earn 6 hours of KU credit in Ukrainian language and area studies.
  • Apply for the Jarosewycz scholarship to receive up to $3,000 for this program.  See 'Further Reading' section below for more information.
Program Summary: 

The KU L’viv Language Institute is open to students 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 give you regional expertise.


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.

Ivan Franko National University is the oldest university in Ukraine, established in 1661. Originally the University of L'viv, it was later renamed for the great national Ukrainian writer, poet, and statesman, Ivan Franko (1856-1916).  Today, Ivan Franko National University is one of the most prestigious institutions in Ukraine and a primary center of learning in Central Europe.

Academic Information: 

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.  Meals will be purchased on your own and an estimate is included in the budget.  The university is surrounded by numerous inexpensive restaurants featuring traditional Ukrainian dishes.  You may also choose to eat at the university cafeteria. 

During excursions, students will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms.

Life Abroad: 


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).

Further Reading: 

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, go here.  


Ivan Franko National University

KU Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

For more information contact: 

Dr. Oleksandra Wallo

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Wescoe Hall, Room 2139



Program Faculty: 

An alumna of Ivan Franko National University, where she studied English and English-Ukrainian translation, Dr. Oleksandra Wallo received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She has ten years of experience teaching Ukrainian language and culture at U.S. universities. Dr. Wallo joined KU’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Ukrainian and Second Language Studies. As a native of L’viv, Ukraine, she is excited about the opportunity to introduce students to the history and beauty of her hometown.     


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)


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