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Department of Slavic Languages | Shared Course Initiative

Language Contact and Email Address:

Yuri Shevchuk


Welcome to the Ukrainian Language Program at Columbia University, a leading Ukrainian language instruction and research program in the United States. Its source of inspiration is the legacy of Professor Yuri Shevelov, the greatest authority in Ukrainian language in the second half of the 20th century, who taught at Columbia in 1954-1977.  

The program offers Ukrainian language instruction at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Since 2004, the Program has led the way in developing Ukrainian language instruction resources and pedagogy, and in helping students to master Ukrainian for research, business, and travel.

“Beginner’s Ukrainian with Interactive Online Workbook”, the popular textbook for US college students and self-learners around the world, was first published in 2011 by the Hippocrene Books, Ltd. in New York and became the Program’s major contribution into the Ukrainian language learning resources.
Its second and improved edition appeared in 2013 and was reprinted 2016, and 2019.

Through the Shared Course Initiative, the Program offers its courses not only to Columbia University students, but to students of Yale and Cornell Universities. Students of New York University, the New School for Social Research and the City University of New York can enroll in the Ukrainian language courses at Columbia through the Inter-University Consortium.

Taking the Ukrainian language courses offered by the Program will allow you to fulfill your language requirement at Columbia.

Please check the Columbia Directory of Classes for the latest information on class times and locations. Search for “Ukrainian.”