Ukrainian Summer School (Lviv, Ukraine): At a Glance

University: Ukrainian Language and Culture School
Fields of Study: Ukrainian Language and Culture
Dates: January 07, 2016 to January 28, 2016 - Winter
June 09, 2016 to June 30, 2016 - Summer
July 07, 2016 to July 28, 2016 - Summer 2
August 04, 2016 to August 25, 2016 - Summer 3
Credit: 3 - Winter
3 - Summer
3 - Summer 2
3 - Summer 3
Deadlines: December 06, 2015 - Winter
April 08, 2016 - Summer
May 05, 2016 - Summer 2
June 04, 2016 - Summer 3
Price: $2,900 - Winter
$2,900 - Summer
$2,900 - Summer 2
$2,900 - Summer 3
Housing: Home Stay
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

Learn to speak Ukrainian on our full-immersion summer 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 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 Ukrainian language. Typical evening activities include outings to concerts, cinema, theaters, cultural events, museums, and more! Weekend excursions include visits to such locations as the beautiful Carpathian Mountains and local castles.

Additional Start Dates Available

This program can be taken all year round. In addition to the program dates above, there are also start dates in August, October, November, December, February, March, April, and May.

The University:

The Ukrainian Language and Culture School is a prestigious language institute based in Lviv. All of the courses and lectures meet the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) requirements and use the communicative approach. Their instructors have extensive experience teaching foreign and native speakers at the best Ukrainian universities and abroad. Each program focuses on developing your oral, writing, reading and listening skills. The School’s courses are based on the core educational principles: system, consistency, and an individual approach. Their well-tested study program is effective and easy for foreign students and is flexible depending on the group’s level and wishes.

The City:

Lviv is one of the hidden gems of Europe.  It is Ukraine’s main cultural centers and is located in the western part of the country. The city is famous for its charming historical center, which survived World War II and is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Today you can explore its beautiful cobblestone streets and admire the architectural treasures and old buildings. If you’re a culture buff, you’ll enjoy the city’s philharmonic orchestra and the Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet. There is a magical mixture of cultural traditions since the city was fought over and incorporated into many countries and empires throughout history, such has the Austro-Hungary and the Polish Republic. If you’re interested in meeting local students there are plenty of universities to visit such as the Lviv University and the Lviv Polytechnic. They will show you around the city’s best hotspots and you can practice your language skills with them. Lviv is the perfect place to study abroad and learn Ukrainian.

Courses & Descriptions:

All programs combine a mixture of language lessons and cultural courses and activities.

Students take intensive Ukrainian lessons in the morning (3 hours). Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced levels are offered. In the afternoons there are cultural excursions such as city tours, museums, open air markets, and films.

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

ULCS: Ukrainian Language (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) - Credits: 3

SCCC 297: Travel/Study Experience - Credits: 3

Transfer Credit:

It is possible to transfer credit directly from the Ukrainian Culture and Language School 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):

December 06, 2015 - Winter

April 08, 2016 - Summer

May 05, 2016 - Summer 2

June 04, 2016 - 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 Language

Learn to speak 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 Cultural Capital

The influences of many nations and peoples, such as Ukrainians, Poles, Jews, Russians, Armenians and Germans, have made Lviv a unique cultural mecca.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Lviv’s cobblestone streets. The city survived World War II virtually untouched and is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

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

Be in the Center of It All

Lviv is the perfect home base for your travels to other European cities such as Krakow, Paris, Rome, Budapest, Berlin, etc. It is even set to co-host the 2012 European Football Championships with Poland, so this is the perfect time to go!

Prices

  • $2,900 - Winter
  • $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 the Ukrainian Language and Culture School.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from the Ukrainian Language and Culture School. 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.

Housing

Summer students will live with host families. A simple breakfast will be included every day. The school has been cooperating with Ukrainian host families for a long time and has received positive feedback from their students who have lived there. Almost all family apartments are in the center of the city, about 5-30 minutes walking distance to the school. Each student will have his/her own separate room. Water supply can be limited in the house (as in any other place in Lviv).

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 Lviv 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 Lviv, 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 Lviv.

Transportation Pass

You will find that walking is a great way to get around in Lviv. In case you need to take a local bus, we will provide you with a transportation stipend for purchasing bus tickets at the beginning of the program and show you how to purchase them.

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.

Textbooks

Copies of textbooks and materials are included in the price of the program. Students can purchase their own hard copy of the textbooks with a CD for $20.

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

Spending Money

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

Textbooks

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.

Lunch & Dinner

A simple breakfast is provided in your home stay. Students generally like to eat out for lunch and dinner and there are many affordable cafes and restaurants close to the school.