Learn to speak Russian or Ukrainian on our full-immersion summer, semester, or academic-year programs! The curriculum combines classroom learning with activities with native speakers. This is commonly recognized as the best form of intensive language learning. All learning programs are taught in Russian or Ukrainian and the teachers have years of experience in teaching these languages to foreigners.
Students are offered a range of cultural activities and excursions designed to immerse them in the Russian or Ukrainian language. Typical evening activities include outings to concerts, cinema, theatres, cultural events, museums, and more! Weekend excursions include visits to such locations as Maydan Nezalezhnosti, Khreshchatik, Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra, Golden Gate, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Andriyivsky Descent, Saint Cyrilo’s Church, Pokrova Convent, Mariinsky Palace, Pyrohovo Village, and the Black or Azov Sea.
ECHO Eastern Europe is a prestigious international center for the study of Russian and Ukrainian. The School is located in Kiev, one of the oldest and most beautiful European cities. It is one of the leading schools for teaching Slavic languages in the country, which is demonstrated by the fact that many of the instructors are professors of such institutions like Moscow State University by M. Lomonosov, Kyiv National University by T. Shevchenko, Kyiv National M. Dragomanov Pedagogical University, etc. The courses are strongly individualized, enabling students to study Russian or Ukrainian language in a fast, effective way in a warm and friendly environment. ECHO’s language programs are designed using the most modern technologies and educational resources, under the supervision of best lecturers.
Kiev the capital city of Ukraine with over 2.7 million inhabitants. It is famous for being the “city of golden domes,” which glow from the tops of the Orthodox Churches scattered throughout the city, overlooking the Dnipro River. Founded in 282 CE, it is also one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe and has played a crucial role in the development of the medieval East Slavic civilization, so this is one of the best places to study about Slavic language and culture! Russian is widely spoken throughout the city given you real-life practice with the language every day. Our program will provide you with tours to explore the charms that the city has to offer like St. Andrew’s Church, Ancient Kiev, the Open Air Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, National Philharmonic, and Vydubetsky Monastery (one of the oldest in the country!). If you are looking for a Russian or Ukrainian study abroad experience in a safe city with a rich offering of history, architecture, culture, and stunning sites, then Kiev is the perfect place for you!
Courses & Descriptions:
All programs combine a mixture of language lessons and cultural courses and activities.
Students take intensive Russian or Ukrainian lessons in the morning (4 teaching hours a day, 20 per week). Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced levels are offered. In the afternoons there are cultural lectures offered in mass media, film & theater, literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, and poetry (2 times a week). Your evenings and weekends will be full of cultural activities and excursions!
Students take intensive language classes daily (4 teaching hours per day, 20 per week). They are designed to give teach students how to communicate freely in those languages. The program focuses on speaking, phonetics, grammar, vocabulary, listening, and reading. Afternoon activities and weekend excursions are planned to get the students to use the language in practice.
This program is divided into 3 stages of learning. The first stage focuses on building a firm foundation of the language (speaking, reading, writing). The second stage builds on that with with additional lectures about Russian & Ukrainian history, culture, traditions, etc. The third stage examines specific subjects like economics, politics, and geography. By studying in Kiev for a full academic year you will walk away with a full perspective of the language and culture.
Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) Online Travel/Study Courses
All students are invited to enroll in SCCC’s travel/study courses in order to secure college credit or earn additional credit. These are independent study courses that complement your language and cultural studies and help you reflect on your experiences abroad. Please see our page on SSCC Travel/Study Courses for more information. SCCC courses require an additional fee. Please contact us for more details.
It is possible to transfer credit directly from ECHO Eastern Europe or through our partner college, Seattle Central Community College. With prior approval of your advisor, the courses should seamlessly transfer back to your home university. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations.
After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, credit hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.
It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Poland is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.
Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.
November 30, 2016 - Spring
May 07, 2017 - Fall
May 31, 2017 - Academic Year
April 01, 2017 - Summer
April 29, 2017 - Summer 2
June 03, 2017 - Summer 3
Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.