Ukrainian Summer Institute
A rigorous seven-week academic program in Ukrainian language and culture
The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute offers courses in Ukrainian language, literature, history, political science, linguistics, art, or culture. The program is run jointly by the Harvard Summer School and the Ukrainian Research Institute and has been in existence since 1971.
Take advantage of Harvard’s many research and instructional facilities, including the largest Ucrainica library collection outside of Eastern Europe; museums; and a language resource center. Past participants have included undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals from North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, including Ukraine.
You enroll for 4 or 8 undergraduate or graduate credits, choosing from the following courses. Foreign applicants applying for a student visa must register for 8 credits to be eligible for the F-1 student visa.
- UKRN S-G Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge
- UKRN S-127 Ukraine as Linguistic Battleground
- HIST S-1270 Frontiers of Europe: Ukraine Since 1500
Academic offerings are supplemented with guest lectures by prominent faculty, roundtable discussions with visiting scholars on current events in Ukraine, and cultural presentations, such as screenings of contemporary Ukrainian films and readings by Ukrainian authors.
Tuition and financial aid
The cost of courses, housing, and more is listed in Tuition and Fees. A limited number of scholarships will be available from the Ukrainian Summer Institute. For information about Institute scholarships, please visit the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute website.
You must be 19 years old or have completed one year of college to apply. Courses are intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience.
Although the Harvard Summer School has an open-enrollment policy, admission to the Ukrainian Summer Institute is based on your application, including your academic record, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. Once accepted, you must complete the Harvard Summer School registration process (see information below).
To apply, submit the following (address provided on the form):
- The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute application form (available on the institute’s website or by calling the office).
- Supplementary materials listed on the application form, including an official TOEFL or IELTS score if English is not your primary language. Read detailed information about the English proficiency requirement.
- Monday, February 4, for applicants applying for Foreign Language and Area Studies funding.
- Monday, March 4, for applicants requesting financial aid.
- Monday, April 29, for international students requesting an I-20 certificate for the F-1 student visa from Harvard Summer School but who are not requesting financial aid.
- Monday, May 20, for all other students (this is also the deadline for course registration, housing requests, and full payment to Harvard Summer School. See the calendar for all dates).
Course registration, housing, and payment
After you are admitted:
- Register for your Ukrainian courses (see How to Register).
- International students requesting an I-20 certificate for the F-1 student visa from Harvard Summer School: meet all I-20 requirements no later than Monday, May 6.
- Pay the nonrefundable Harvard Summer School $50 registration fee and applicable deposit ($1,500 if requesting an I-20; $200 if not requesting an I-20) when registering.
- Make full payment of tuition, housing (if applicable), and all other fees no later than Monday, May 20. See the Summer School calendar for other important dates and deadlines.