Diverse Group of Students United by Interest in Ukraine: HUSI 2018

HUSI 2018 feature

On Monday, June 25, 2018, students took their first classes of the 48th annual Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute. At the opening reception later that day, our students had a chance to meet one another and get to know the faculty and staff.

This year, we’re thrilled to welcome 14 talented students to Harvard for an intensive summer session. One of HUSI’s best attributes is its ability to bring together a skilled group of individuals with many interests, backgrounds, and ambitions. This year certainly lives up to that expectation, promising to foster insightful conversations and lifelong ties.

We invite the entire Harvard community and the wider public to join in this experience by attending our public HUSI lectures, which are listed on our Events Calendar. Check HURI’s website for updates and additions to this schedule. Read on to meet some of the students.

Holodomor: Newly Mapped Data Leads to New Insights

Nataliia presentation HURI

During the Spring 2018 term, the MAPA team added new variables to the Great Famine web map at the raion level, allowing for a much more nuanced analysis. The new data effectively tripled the number of map layers available in the MAPA atlas for researchers to use, includes population statistics, such as rural population density and ethnic structure; economic indicators, such as grain procurement quotas, planned grain quotas, actual grain quotas, and percentage of fulfillment; geographical information about wheat crops, such as the percentage of land used for wheat, the percentage of crop area owned by independent farmers, collective, or state farms; and collectivization rates.

With these resources in the Famine web map, researchers and other MAPA users can see a more fine-tuned representation of how famine losses varied throughout Ukraine and explore which factors were significant causes of starvation in specific areas. Read this article to learn more about the new resources and the MAPA team's research.

Голодомор: нові дані ведуть до нових відкриттів і знахідок

Під час 2017-2018-го навчального року в Інституті працювала демограф Наталя Левчук з Інституту демографії та соціальних досліджень ім. М. В. Птухи НАН України. Упродовж тривалого часу вона є співробітником картографічного проекту «Мапа», і цього разу вона також займалася підготовкою статистичних даних та розробкою цифрових інтерактивних карт. В результаті Н. Левчук привнесла сюди багато нової наукової інформації. Демографи, так само, як і історики, активно працюють над створенням «Мапи», і це робить її справді унікальним науковим проектом. Далі читайте тут.

Директори УНІГУ про Свої Плани та Досягнення: Сергій Плохій

50th Anniversary Serhii Plokhii feature

Ми поставили кілька питань Сергію Плохію як теперішньому директору Українського наукового інституту Гарвардського університету:Як нинішній керівник Інституту як Ви особисто формулюєте для себе ті пріоритети та завдання, над якими мусить працювати УНІГУ? Які з цих цілей Вам вже вдалося досягти? Які перешкоди Ви мусили для того подолати? І що, на Вашу думку, може вважатися Вашим найбільшим досягненням на цій посаді?

Відповідаючи на них, Сергій Плохій сказав, що в його випадку, мабуть, трохи зарано казати про досягнення чи невдачі. Але на конференції, присвяченій 50-тій річниці заснування українознавчих досліджень у Гарварді (11 – 12 травня 2018 року), він досить детально зупинився на змінах, які за півстоліття зазнала ця галузь гуманістики й на тих темах і проблемах, над якими зараз працює УНІГУ. Подаємо стислий виклад його доповіді. Далі читайте тут.


2018 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute
June 23–August 11, 2018

Admission Policy

2018 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute offers unique courses in Ukrainian studies taught by Harvard faculty. These courses are intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience. Although the Harvard Summer School has an open-enrollment policy, admission to the Ukrainian Summer Institute is based on the applicant’s academic record, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. Once accepted into the program, applicants must then complete the Harvard Summer School registration process.

Tuition for HUSI is commensurate with tuition rates charged for all other Harvard Summer School courses. Tuition for 2018 and the cost of on-campus room and board will be posted on the Harvard Summer School website in January. 

Applicants may register for 8 or 4 credits to participate in the program. Applicants seeking the I-20 certificate for the student F-1 US visa must register for 8 credits.

All students seeking financial aid (US and international) must submit the HUSI application and supporting material by Monday, March 12, 2018. International students who do not seek financial aid must submit the HUSI application by Monday, April 16, 2018.


We are pleased to offer three courses this year through the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute:

  • Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge - 8 credits
  • Revolutionary Ukraine: Avant-garde Literature and Film from 1917 to the Euromaidan of 2014 - 4 credits
  • Laboratory of Modernity: Politics, Culture, and Society in Ukraine, 1800-Present - 4 credits

Applicants wishing to register for a total of 8 credits must enroll in at least one HUSI 4 credit course to be considered part of the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute and may choose an additional 4 credit course from those offered by the general program of the Harvard Summer School. Applicants who decide to register for a non-HUSI course need to register for that course separately online through the Harvard Summer School. Please note that financial aid is not available for non-HUSI courses.


Complete the HUSI application and return it along with the following documents directly to Dr. Serhiy Bilenky, HUSI  Director, serh.bilenky@utoronto.ca.

  • Essay
  • College transcript (a copy issued to the student is acceptable)
  • Recommendation from a college instructor (or employer if you are out of school)
  • For non-native English-speakers: most recent TOEFL scores, IELTS scores, or PTE academic score report as detailed on the application
  • Statement of request for fee reduction with supporting explanation

Application materials

pdficonDownload application materials.

Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are all payable to Harvard Summer School.

A limited number of scholarships are available; students must apply by Monday, March 12, 2018 for consideration. Students interested in Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge and who are either US citizens or permanent residents should apply for summer FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) funding through Harvard's Davis Center and their home institutions, or contact HURI Programs Administrator, Tamara Nary, for further information (nary@fas.harvard.edu).

Funding Opportunities

Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge is a FLAS-eligible language course.

Harvard and non-Harvard graduate and undegraduate students may thus apply for FLAS funding through Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and through their home institution, provided it participates in the US Department of Education sponsored program. For more information regarding FLAS funding and application, please contact Donna Griesenbeck.

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Students applying for FLAS funding should separately apply for HURI's financial assistance by completing a HUSI application and submitting it by March 12, 2018.

Canadian students are encouraged to inquire at centers for international experience at their home institutions. The Ontario Student Assistance Program might also be of assistance. It offers a mix of grants and loans for students taking classes at approved institutions.


Upon notification of acceptance into the 2018 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, applicants must then complete the registration process with Harvard Summer School.

Harvard Summer School registration information will be available in January.

Once you have registered with Harvard Summer School, You will then be emailed your ID number with instructions for logging in to your online services account so you may complete any additional registration requirements.

Additional registration requirements for Harvard Summer School (if applicable):

  • International students requesting an I-20 certificate for the F-1 student visa from Harvard Summer School: Meet all I-20 requirements. Check the Harvard Summer School website in January for deadlines and information.
  • Request Summer School housing in your Online Services account.
  • Make full payment of tuition, housing (if applicable), and all other fees. Credit card payments are accepted through Online Services. Alternative payment options are available.
  • If you will live in Summer School housing or are an international student attending Summer School while on a visa of any kind (including students who use the visa waiver program or similar entry programs established between the United States and foreign countries), you must comply with Massachusetts and Harvard University regulations requiring proof of immunization against certain communicable diseases. Submit proof of immunization.

For additional information and assistance in the application process contact:

Dr. Serhiy Bilenky
HUSI Program Director
Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute
34 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Fax: 617-495-8097
Phone: 647-687-4953
E-mail: serh.bilenky@utoronto.ca



Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Room S-030, CGIS South

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