Travel: University of Kansas Language Institute (L’viv, Ukraine)

Deadline for the Summer Program 2016: March 15, 2016

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.

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 894 (3 credits).
These courses cover practical intensive Ukrainian language and culture and Ukrainian Area Studies.  Courses are taught by highly qualified faculty members at Ivan Franko University.

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, and a day trip to the medieval castle of Olesko.

  • 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)

Participants stay with pre-screened Ukrainian families in L’viv, thus allowing students to master their Ukrainian language skills and have first-hand experience in the daily life of a Ukrainian family.  All host family homes are located within walking distance of the university in the heart of L’viv.  During excursions, students will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms.

Program Cost (These fees are the estimated costs for Summer 2016):
Program Cost Item KU Student Non-KU Student
KU Tuition * $1,825.00 $1,825.00
On-Site Tuition and Fees * $1,440.00 $1,650.00
KU Program Fee * $3,090.00 $3,090.00
Billable through KU Enroll & Pay subtotal: $6,355.00 $6,565.00
KU Admissions Application Fee $0.00 $30.00
Airfare $1,600.00 $1,600.00
Passport $135.00 $135.00
Passport Photos $15.00 $15.00
Personal Expenses $200.00 $200.00
Estimated Additional Student Expenses subtotal: $1,950.00 $1,980.00
Total: $8,305.00 $8,545.00
  • 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 meals, program related excursions and cultural event 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.
*(Eligible for KUTG)
All other fees listed are estimated additional expenses. The actual total cost will vary for each participant depending on spending habits and travel plans.

Resource to Fund 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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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:
  • Online Application*
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
  • Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
  • 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
  • Authorization to Release Student Information
  • Student Conduct Verification
  • Financial Aid Questionnaire

*For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.