Intensive Russian or Ukrainian (Kiev, Ukraine): At a Glance

University: ECHO Eastern Europe
Fields of Study: Russian, Ukrainian, Slavic Studies, Cultural Studies
Dates: February 22, 2018 to April 28, 2018 - Spring
August 31, 2018 to November 30, 2018 - Fall
August 31, 2018 to June 15, 2019 - Academic Year
June 02, 2018 to June 30, 2018 - Summer
June 30, 2018 to July 27, 2018 - Summer 2
August 04, 2018 to August 31, 2018 - Summer 3
Credit: 12-16 - Spring
12-16 - Fall
24-32 - Academic Year
3 - Summer
3 - Summer 2
3 - Summer 3
Deadlines: November 30, 2017 - Spring
May 05, 2018 - Fall
May 31, 2018 - Academic Year
April 01, 2018 - Summer
April 29, 2018 - Summer 2
June 02, 2018 - Summer 3
Price: $7,500 - Spring
$7,500 - Fall
$15,450 - Academic Year
$2,900 - Summer
$2,900 - Summer 2
$2,900 - Summer 3
Housing: Home stay, Apt, Residence Hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

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.

The University:

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.

The City:

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.

Academic Year

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.

Sample Course Listing

ECHO Intensive Russian, All Levels (Semester) - Credits: 6

ECHO Intensive Russian, All Levels (Summer) - Credits: 3

ECHO Intensive Ukrainian, All Levels (Semester) - Credits: 6

ECHO Intensive Ukrainian, All Levels (Summer) - Credits: 3

SCCC 297: Travel/Study Experience - Credits: 3-6

SCCC EDU 291: Using the World as a Classroom - Credits: 3-6

Transfer Credit:

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.

Financial Aid:

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.


Application Deadline(s):

November 30, 2017 - Spring

May 05, 2018 - Fall

May 31, 2018 - Academic Year

April 01, 2018 - Summer

April 29, 2018 - Summer 2

June 02, 2018 - 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.

Why Study Here

Be Immersed in the Slavic Culture

Learn to speak Russian or Ukrainian with native-speaking instructors and live with a host family. Speak the language 24/7. Before you know it you’ll even be dreaming in the language!

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Ukraine is quickly transitioning itself from a post-communist country to one of the leading cultural, educational, and scientific centers in Eastern Europe. The city is full of new restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, financial institutions, and international companies. It is even set to co-host the 2012 European Football Championships with Poland! Kiev is growing and changing every day, so this is the perfect opportunity to watch the city become even more cosmopolitan!

Live, Eat, Breathe History

Founded in 282 CE, Kiev is one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe, and a little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of its streets. As you tour the city you will see a rich mixture of Gothic, Byzantine and Baroque architecture – some of the most stunning in all of Europe!

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Kiev is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Be in the Center of It All

Located at the crossroads between Western and Eastern Europe, Kiev is the perfect home base for your travels to other European cities such as Paris, Moscow, Rome, St. Petersburg, Berlin, etc.


  • $7,500 - Spring
  • $7,500 - Fall
  • $15,450 - Academic Year
  • $2,900 - Summer
  • $2,900 - Summer 2
  • $2,900 - Summer 3

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at ECHO Eastern Europe.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from ECHO Eastern Europe. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.


Summer students will live with host families or apartments, while semester students will live in a university residence hall. All housing options are carefully monitored by the on-site staff and meet high-quality standards.

Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24 hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Kiev International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your housing and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-Country Orientation

You’ll take part in a 2-day orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Kiev, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Russian or Ukrainian class.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Kiev.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Kiev, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses, trams, and the subway.

Activities & Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the program. These are designed to help you get to know the Ukrainian culture better.

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is especially designed for students studying abroad.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need


Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your housing, so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Kiev. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Kiev is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Ukraine

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Ukraine. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.


Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Ukraine and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $50 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Ukrainian cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.