Welcome to Ukrainian Studies

Monash University conducts teaching and research in Ukrainian language, literature, history and culture within the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

The Ukrainian Studies program introduces students to the second largest Slavic country, its language, culture and history. Since its emergence as an independent country in 1991 Ukraine has turned into a place attractive to foreign observers, investors, policymakers, tourists and academics.

Undergraduate programs are available for students with little or no previous knowledge of Ukrainian, as well as students already competent in Ukrainian. Students may take Honours in Ukrainian Studies. A Diploma in Languages (Ukrainian) is also available.

The Ukrainian Studies program offers its students opportunities for studying abroad. There is an exchange agreement with Lviv National University in Ukraine allowing Monash students to do part of their studies there.

Ukrainian Studies staff supervise Ph.D. and Masters candidates on topics in Ukrainian Studies. Research and publication in Ukrainian Studies focus on contemporary and modern Ukrainian literature and culture and 19th and 20th century Ukrainian history.
Monash Ukrainian Studies staff co-operate with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and several Ukrainian universities, as well as international and national associations for Ukrainian Studies and Slavic Studies.

Ukrainian Studies at Monash University have strong links with Ukrainian community organisations and are supported by the Ukrainian Studies Support Fund of the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria as well as the Foundation of Ukrainian Studies in Australia, which contributed generously to the establishment of the Foundation of Ukrainian Studies in Australia Lectureship at Monash University.


  • With the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria, the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University will host an evening with the Canadian author Myrna Kostash. Ms Kostash will speak on “Ancestors and Elders: Ukrainian-Canadian Settlers, the First Nations and the Myth of ‘Free Land'” Time: Friday 12 October 2018, 7 p.m. Venue: Ukrainian… Read more
  • Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University will host a public lecture by Professor Roman Koropeckyj (University of California, Los Angeles). Professor Koropeckyj's lecture is titled Harkusha, the Ukrainian Robin Hood, Takes His Final Bow Time: Tuesday 2 October 2018, 6.30 p.m. Venue: Lecture theatre H238, Building H, Caulfield Campus, Monash University (map)… Read more
  • Members of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies Professor Marko Pavlyshyn and Dr Alessandro Achilli are planning a major research project titled “Literary Genre and Nation-Building.” The project aims to explore the different roles that various literary genres – epic, lyrical and satirical poetry, historical novel, drama – play in the shaping of national… Read more
  • Тут читати репортаж про конференцію українською мовою. Read a Ukrainian-language account of the conference here. On 12-14 July 2018 the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University, the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Shevchenko Scientific Society jointly held an international conference titled “Ukraine and the World: Culture, Politics,… Read more
  • Monash University's Marko Pavlyshyn is one of the editors of the recently published: Ukraine and Europe: Cultural Encounters and Negotiations, along with Giovanna Brogi Bercoff and Serhii Plokhii. Published by the University of Toronto Press, you can find out more about the book in their online catalogue. Norman M. Naimark, the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East… Read more