Ukrainian Studies

Ukrainian is the language of one of Europe’s larger countries and of Ukrainian communities throughout the world, including Australia. Ukraine’s literature, art and architecture, its folklore and its popular culture are rich and varied.

Available as a minor only.

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What is it?

Monash is the only university in Australia that offers Ukrainian Studies. At Monash, you can start studying the Ukrainian language and culture from the beginners level, or you can build on previous knowledge.

Independent since 1991, Ukraine is a country of keen interest to foreign observers, business people, policymakers, tourists and academics, as well as people of Ukrainian background exploring their heritage. As a Slavic language, Ukrainian is related to Russian, Polish and several other languages spoken in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Students who study Ukrainian at Monash develop competence in spoken and written Ukrainian, while also learning about Ukrainian culture, especially literature, today and in an historical context.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

Monash Research in Ukrainian Studies

At Monash University, Ukrainian Studies academic staff conduct independent research into modern and contemporary Ukrainian literature and culture. They also collaborate on projects with their colleagues in Ukraine, the United States, Canada, and Italy. Their publications appear in English and Ukrainian, and some have been translated into other languages.

Ways to Study Ukrainian

Ukrainian language and culture are taught in the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. There is a Ukrainian Studies stream for beginners, as well as a stream for students who have previous knowledge of the language.

Study Overseas

Monash University has an exchange agreement with Lviv National University in Ukraine. Students may apply for a Monash Abroad travel grant to study for a semester at this or another Ukrainian university. Students are encouraged to take a three-week Ukrainian language and culture summer school (June-July) in Ukraine in the second or third year of their studies for credit toward their Ukrainian  Studies major.