Spring Session in Ukraine (SSU)

Program at a Glance
The Spring Session in Ukraine is conceived as an intensive language and culture immersion program coordinated jointly by St. Thomas More College (STM) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).  The program is offered overseas in Ternopil, Ukraine, in co-operation with a partner institution, Ternopil National Pedagogical University.

Language instruction will be offered at all three levels: Elementary (UKR 114.3, and 117.3), Intermediate (UKR 214.3 and 217.3), and Advanced (UKR 314.3 and 317.3). The courses offered are University of Saskatchewan credit courses. All courses are taught by instructors accredited by the University of Saskatchewan. Courses may be taken for university credit or audited.  All students enrolling in language classes will take placement tests at the start of the program. Students taking courses for university credit at the Intermediate or Advanced level will have successfully completed the required sequence of courses in preparation for the next level.

In addition to the language courses, a culture course ANTH 233.3 (Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine) is offered, taught by St. Thomas More College professor Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen. This course explores the effects of post-soviet transition in today’s Ukraine on the lives and identities of its people. It also offers an opportunity for students to engage with various local groups through fieldwork in the area.

The 2017 Spring Immersion Program will run in one session for a duration of 5 weeks, May 1 to June 2. During this time, students will earn up to 9 university credits. Individual language tutoring is provided and constitutes part of the course requirement.

Accommodations will be organized with host families. The homestay program is designed to immerse the student in the daily life of a Ukrainian family, while helping to facilitate language acquisition.

The program also includes local excursions.

Student Reflections on Studying in Ukraine
In 2015, on the basis of student assignments in the course ANTH 233.3 Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine, under the editorial guidance of Prof. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, students wrote, developed and published their own Spring Session in Ukraine 2015 Student Blog. Please consult this useful, educational, and at times humorous resource for further information about student experiences in Ukraine.

Partner Institution
Ternopil National Pedagogical University (TNPU) is a leading centre of higher education in Western Ukraine. It ranks among Ukraine's three best pedagogical universities. TNPU incorporates 13 schools and 48 departments. The university employs approximately 400 lecturers and researchers and more than 7,000 students annually enrol in the university. TNPU is located in the Western Ukrainian administrative centre of Ternopil (pop. 204,000), a picturesque town founded in 1540.  

Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
SSU Academic Coordinator
Department of Religion and Culture
St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

Mrs. Iryna Kozina
SSU Administrative Assistant
St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan 

Useful Links
Consular Affairs Canada. Information for Canadians Abroad:

Ukrainian Embassy in Canada:

Ukrainian Government Portal:

Ternopil Administration Website: