Ukrainian Summer Institute

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.


You enroll for 4 or 8 undergraduate or graduate credits, choosing from the following courses. Note, Harvard Summer School courses and programming are fully online this summer. Check course descriptions for specific course format information.

  • UKRN S-G Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge
  • UKRN S-101 20th and 21st Century Ukrainian Literature: Rethinking the Canon
  • UKRN S-132 Tradition and Modernity in Ukraine, 19th and 20th Centuries

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 is listed in Tuition and Fees. A limited number of scholarships are available from the Ukrainian Summer Institute. For information about Institute scholarships and other funding opportunities, please visit the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute website.


Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute 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 into the program, you must then 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 as listed on the application form, if English is not your native language. Read detailed information about the English proficiency requirement.

Application Deadlines

  • TBD, for applicants requesting financial aid.
  • TBD, for all other students.

Course Registration and Payment

Harvard Summer School registration begins Tuesday, March 2. Upon notification of acceptance into the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, you will receive an email with information on how to complete the registration process and any additional registration requirements with Harvard Summer School.

Part of the Harvard Ukrainian Institute application is to create an online services account. Students must also make full payment of tuition and any other fees no later than Monday, May 17. Credit card payments are accepted through online services. Alternative payment options are available.

Since there will be no on-campus courses or on-campus housing this summer, the Summer School will not be issuing I-20 certificates for on-campus study this year. Students are also not required to meet the immunization requirement.


Serhiy Bilenky, HUSI Program Director
c/o Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute
34 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
fax (617) 495-8097
phone (647) 687-4953

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