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.


  • Mr Victor Rudewych and Ms Maria Rudewych have contributed $70,000 to support a project titled “Ukrainian Democracy: Performance, Challenges and Futures,” proposed at the University of Sydney. The Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash will be involved in the project as part of an international research network that will include the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Read more
  • The Scholarships were established in 2008 by the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, with funds generously donated by Mr Victor Rudewych and Mrs Maria Rudewych through their company, the Mimivic Group. The Scholarships aim to encourage students in Australia to study the Ukrainian language Read more
  • Second-year students of Ukrainian at Monash, Alice Jefimenko and Rosalie Marshall, and third-year student Victoria Tsoi, attended the 2015 Summer School of Ukrainian Language and Culture at Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv. The students received credit for the study program toward their Monash degrees. Monash students have attended the Lviv Summer School each year since 2010. Each Read more
  • Australia-wide Competition 2015 Міжнародний конкурс з української мови ім. Петра Яцика в Австралії 2015 р. To read this post in Ukrainian, click here. About the Competition The goal of the competition is to promote the knowledge and use of the Ukrainian language among children and young people in Ukraine and throughout the world. The Ukrainian language competition was established in Read more
  •     In December 2014 the first of the Monash Rudewych Years 7-11 Ukrainian Language Scholarships were awarded to students in Melbourne and Sydney. In June 2014 Victor and Maria Rudewych donated $1.52 million to support university research and teaching in Ukrainian Studies, as well as Ukrainian language and culture education in Ukrainian after-hours schools in Australia. In fulfilment Read more
  • The Uses of Separatism: The Russian-Ukrainian Confrontation On Thursday 11 December 2014 the fourth of the Monash Roundtables on Independence and Separatism, titled “The Uses of Separatism: The Russian-Ukrainian Confrontation,” will be held under the auspices of the Monash European and EU Centre. In March 2014 Russia annexed Crimea. A war rages in Ukraine’s east between forces Read more
  • 2014 marks the bicentenary of the birth of the poet and painter Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), celebrated as the central figure in the shaping of modern Ukraine’s national identity. On 18 September 2014, as part of the celebration of this anniversary, Professor Giovanna Brogi Bercoff of the University of Milan, Italy, delivered Monash University’s 2014 Louis Green 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
  • The Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia Ltd. has granted a sum of $52,000 in 2014 to support the research project “A New History of Modern Ukrainian Literature,” based in the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies. The grant is the second in a series of three requested over 2013-15. Support commenced in 2013 with an 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
  • On 19 February the Monash European and EU Centre and the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies hosted a Round Table titled “What Future for Ukraine.” Attended by an audience of 100, the event was recorded by ABC Radio National for broadcast and podcast on the “Big Ideas” program and will go to air on Read more
  • The Monash Rudewych Year 12 Ukrainian Language Scholarships received significant new funding for 2014 when Victor and Maria Rudewych boosted their funding for the Scholarships from $20,000 in 2013 to $32,000 in 2014. The Scholarships were first offered in 2008, when Victor and Maria Rudewych, who also sponsor many other educational and youth initiatives, resolved to 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
  • On Sunday 15 December 2013 Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University, and Dr Natalie Doyle, deputy director of the Monash European and EU Centre addressed a rally organised by the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria in support of the EuroMaidans in Ukraine. Since 21 November demonstrations in Read more