Ukrainian Summer Institute

A rigorous seven-week academic program in Ukrainian language and culture

The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) 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 Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

Take advantage of Harvard’s many research, language, 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 all around the world, including Ukraine.

Housing is available in Harvard Houses and dorms. Room and board costs $5,280. Learn more about on-campus housing and how to request housing. There are also options for living off-campus that you can explore.


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
  • UKRN S-129 Society, Culture, and Politics in Modern Ukraine

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 are 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, IELTS, or PTE Academic score if English is not your native language. Read detailed information about the English proficiency requirement.

Application deadlines

  • Thursday, February 5, for applicants applying for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) funding.
  • Monday, March 9, for applicants requesting financial aid.
  • Monday, April 27, 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 18, for all other students.

Course registration, housing, and payment

Upon notification of acceptance into the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, applicants must then complete the registration process with the Summer School.

You are registered in your Ukrainian Summer Institute courses automatically by the Summer School. You are then e-mailed instructions for logging in to your online services account so you may view your course registration details and complete any additional registration requirements.

Additional registration requirements for Harvard Summer School (if applicable):

  • 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 4.
  • Request Summer School housing (if applicable) in your online services account by Monday, May 18.
  • Make full payment of tuition, housing (if applicable), and all other fees no later than Monday, May 18.  Credit card payments are accepted through online services. Alternative payment options are available.
  • If you live in Summer School housing or are an international student attending Summer School while on a visa of any kind (including students who use the visa waiver program or similar entry programs established between the United States and foreign countries), you must comply with Massachusetts and Harvard University regulations requiring proof of immunization against certain communicable diseases. Submit proof of immunization by Friday, May 22, 2015.


Serhiy Bilenky, HUSI Program Director
c/o Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute
34 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
fax (617) 495-8097