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.


  • On 7 August more than 51,000 visitors, mainly prospective university students and their parents, visited the Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses of Monash University. As every year, Ukrainian Studies teaching staff, Professor Marko Pavlyshyn and Ms Valentyna Shapiro, were on hand to respond to inquiries and to encourage potential students. They were ably and enthusiastically assisted by ... Read more
  • The Scholarships were established with funds generously donated by Mr Victor Rudewych and Ms Maria Rudewych. The Scholarships aim to encourage students in Australia to study the Ukrainian language and culture at school and to progress to higher levels of tuition from year to year. The Monash Rudewych Years 7-11 Ukrainian Language Scholarships 2016 are worth ... Read more
  • The Scholarships were established in 2008 with funds generously donated by Mr Victor Rudewych and Ms Maria Rudewych. The Scholarships aim to encourage students in Australia to study the Ukrainian language and culture at school and to enrol in Ukrainian language programs for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Higher School Certificate (HSC), or ... Read more
  • Five students of Ukrainian Studies at Monash University are attending the 2016 Summer School of Ukrainian Language and Culture at Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University. Ukrainian intermediate students Eddie Amiet, Tessa Benn and Jacob Moharram, as well as students of Ukrainian proficient Alice Jefimenko and Jared Malec are taking part in the June-July three-week session of the ... Read more
  • On Wednesday 8 June Professor Marko Pavlyshyn addressed the Australian Institute of Polish Affairs with a talk titled “What Is Happening in Ukraine Now and Who Should Be Interested?” The lecture was delivered at the invitation of AIPA President, Mr Adam Warzel. AIPA has a relationship of long duration with Monash University and especially the Monash ... Read more
  • The two successful applicants for Monash Rudewych PhD Scholarships in Ukrainian Studies have commenced their candidatures. In late March Mr Denys Shestopalets arrived from Kyiv to commence research on his PhD topic, “Public Religions and Politics in Ukraine, 1991-2015: The Discursive Aspect” (PhD supervisors: Professor Marko Pavlyshyn and Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma). Denys Shestopalets was born in ... Read more
  • At the Faculty of Arts Awards evening (25 May 2016) at the Deakin Edge auditorium in Federation Square, Melbourne, the Dean of Arts Professor Rae Frances presented award certificates and cheques to undergraduate students who received the highest grades in the many disciplines of the Arts Faculty. Two awards were conferred upon students who excelled in ... Read more
  • In May the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival (MJWF) dedicated one of its sessions to the centenary of the death of Sholem Aleichem (1959-1916), perhaps the best-known Jewish author who wrote in Yiddish. Sholem Aleichem’s stories about Tevye the Milkman were adapted as Fiddler on the Roof (1964), one of the longest-running Broadway musicals, which, in ... Read more
  • Andrew Lachowicz’s novel More Than a Journey, published toward the end of 2015, had its Melbourne launch at the Old Shire Offices in Heidelberg on 14 May 2016. Andrew Lachowicz, well known in Melbourne’s Ukrainian community, is a retired senior public servant and a former chairman of Dnister Ukrainian Credit Co-operative. In the late 1980s as ... Read more
  • Jiří (George) Marvan, a distinguished Slavist, Professor of Slavic Languages at Monash University and a great friend of Ukrainian Studies in Australia, died in Prague on 13 April 2016. Jiří Marvan was born on 28 January 1936 in Prague. He graduated from Charles University, Prague, with a Masters degree in 1959 and a PhD in ... Read more
  • Monash Adjunct Research Fellow Dr Alan Cockerill, a specialist on the work of the Ukrainian educator Vasylʹ Sukhomlynsʹky (1918-1970), whose name is more familiar in English as Vasily Sukhomlinsky, has authored a new translation of Sukhomlynsʹkyi’s book Sertse viddaiu ditiam (My Heart I Give to Children). The book, published by EJR Language Service Pty. Ltd., may ... Read more
  • The recipients of the 2016 Monash Rudewych Year 12 Ukrainian Language Scholarships and Encouragement Awards were announced in March, and prize certificates were presented to recipients in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide at Ukrainian community celebrations of Shevchenko Day. The Scholarships were first funded by their sponsors, Mr Victor Rudewych and Ms Maria Rudewych, in 2008. The ... Read more
  • Among the many projects through which benefactors Victor and Maria Rudewych have supported education in the area of Ukrainian language and culture are scholarships schemes for students attending secondary school. While the most prestigious of these are the $2500 Monash Rudewych Year 12 Ukrainian Language Scholarships, Victor and Maria Rudewych have also instituted scholarships for ... Read more
  • On 10 December 2015 the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University hosted Stephan Telka, a Canadian researcher specialising in the topic of forced labourers from occupied Ukraine in the German Reich during the Second World War. Mr Telka delivered a public lecture, “Ukrainian Labourers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945,” at the Caulfield Campus. The ... Read more
  • Since early 2014, several events at Monash University and at other universities with the involvement of Monash staff and visitors to Monash have sought to clarify the situation in Ukraine on the eve of, and after, the fall of the Yanukovych regime. The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 18 July focussed unprecedented international attention ... Read more
  • On 25 June 2014 Victor and Maria Rudewych, sponsors of many community and educational initiatives, announced their donation of $1.52 million to the Ukrainian Studies Support Fund (USSF) of the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria. The USSF is the granting body from which the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University has received ... Read more
  • Higher education students anywhere in Australia are able to enroll in Monash University’s Ukrainian Studies course. Students have a video link enabling them to participate in classes in real time. Online teaching is available for Ukrainian intermediate units in first and second semester. These units are for students with some previous knowledge of Ukrainian, especially ... Read more