The Certificate in Ukrainian Studies is intended for current students and educators/individuals who wish to be immersed in the study of Ukrainian culture, language, history, religion, politics, and second language teaching from historical and cross-cultural perspectives.

Quick facts
  • Two-year certificate
  • Part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

Students in this program will have the opportunity to engage in the multidisciplinary nature of Ukrainian studies, selecting from courses in Ukrainian language, culture, and history. The Certificate program will allow individuals to acquire a well-rounded proficiency in this field, providing a foundation in the subject area to complement a variety of careers.

This program is also recommended for students interested in Ukrainian bilingual education.

UKR 214.3: Intermediate Ukrainian I

This course will concentrate on improving speaking, reading, and writing skills by further expanding the basic syntactic, morphological, lexical, and phonetic structure of modern Ukrainian. Students will be introduced to contemporary life and culture of Ukraine.

UKR 202.3: Europe Borderland A Survey of Ukrainian History and Culture

This course offers a multidisciplinary introduction to Ukraine, its history, culture, and peoples from historical, cultural, political and anthropological perspectives. Along with an overview of major developments in Ukrainian history, culture and nation building, the course also focuses on the outcomes and meanings of these developments to contemporary Ukrainians, their neighbors, and the Ukrainian diaspora. Topics include the rise and fall of Kyivan Rus and Galicia-Volhynia, the Polish and Lithuanian rule, the Kozak Era, the impact of Russian and Austrian Imperial rule on Ukraine, the growth of national consciousness in the 19th century, the first World War and the quest for independence, industrialization and collectivization in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920-30s, the famine of 1932-33, Stalin's repressions of 1930s, Western Ukraine between the Wars, Ukraine during the Second World War, Soviet Ukraine in the 1950-1980s, and independent Ukraine in a global context.

UKR 236.3: Ethnicity In Action The Ukrainian Canadian Experience

This course introduces students to the Ukrainian Canadian culture and ethnicity from the perspective of ethnic and diaspora studies. Examining the cultural practices and heritage of Ukrainians in Canada, we will look at Ukrainian Canadian community development and the early settlers’ spiritual and material culture. We will discuss major social and cultural changes in the community life of Ukrainian Canadians as they were taking place throughout the last century, and place those in broader historical context. To deal with the questions of cultural vitality, and continuity and change, we will look at Ukrainian Canadian folklore and ‘high’ art as cultural practice and analyze the relationship between the cultural heritage, cultural practice, and ethnic identity of Ukrainians in Canada. Given recent historical developments, we will pay special attention this year to the relationship between diaspora and homeland and discuss the foundations of their connections and disconnections.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Though other Canadian universities do offer Ukrainian Studies programming, a Certificate such as the one proposed is unique. The Certificate in Ukrainian Studies spans a variety of related disciplines providing students with the opportunity of gaining specialized knowledge about a key part of Europe that, until recently, was largely unknown.


With additional study, career opportunities include:

  • Cultural events coordinator
  • English as an Additional Language teacher
  • Immigration officer
  • International relations consultant
  • International student advisor
  • Tour guide
  • Translator

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $746 per 3 credit unit class $3,611 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $1,121 per year $1,121 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 for this program.

Program options

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The Certificate in Ukrainian Studies is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science. You may earn the certificates on their own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution.

If you are already enrolled at USask, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023
May 2024
Apr 1, 2024
Documents due: May 1, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Documents due: Mar 1, 2024
July 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Documents due: Apr 1, 2024
September 2024
Aug 15, 2024
Documents due: Aug 15, 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
January 2025
Dec 1, 2024
Documents due: Dec 15, 2024
Sep 1, 2024
Documents due: Oct 1, 2024

Ready to apply?

If you are a current USask student, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

To apply to this program as a new student, please apply for admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

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If you are interested in more information about this certificate, please contact student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca