Ukrainian Studies

The Ukrainian Studies master level module (15 cr) operated by the Aleksanteri Institute is one of the few programmes studying the region in Europe.

It's a multidisciplinary module that provides the students with opportunities to orientate themselves to the study of Ukrainian culture, history, politics, international relations and contemporary society. The module gives an excellent basis for deepening student’s expertise on Ukraine.

Prospective students

Every degree and exchange student of the University of Helsinki has the right to take the Ukrainian Studies. Students of the Aleksanteri Institute Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES) can take the Ukrainian Studies courses that are included in the ExpREES teaching programme.

Students outside the University of Helsinki may apply for the right to partake in the Ukrainian Studies through the Flexible Study-Right Scheme (JOO). All Finland’s universities are signatories to the JOO agreement, which gives undergraduate and postgraduate students the chance to include studies from other Finnish universities in their degrees. The flexible study right for the Ukraine Studies can be applied through the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. Further information about JOO

Courses in English

Please note that the teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so it is advisable to check course-specific information before the start of the course. You can find course descriptions and registration links at the course pages.

Autumn 2023

History of Modern Ukraine, 1569–1991 (REE-551, ExpREES), course page, I period

Making Sense of Russia’s war in Ukraine: Military, Political and Social Context (REE-553, REE-552, ExpREES), course page, I period, hybrid course

Yiddish Women Writers' Voice in East European Tales (REE-531, REE-543, REE-535, REE-551, ExpREES), course page, I period, online course

Spatial History of Nineteenth-Century East Central Europe, (REE-532, REE-543, REE-542, REE-551, REE-535, ExpREES), course page, I period

An Imperial History of the Soviet Union (REE-521, REE-522, REE-523, REE-524, ENS-320, ExpREES, REE-535, REE-551, ExpREES), course page, I period

Ukrainian culture and society after 1991 (REE-552, REE-551, ExpREES), course page, II period

Politicized Media in Eastern Europe and its Impact on Public Opinion (REE-532, REE-541, REE-543, REE-552, ExpREES), course page, II period


Spring 2024

Ukraine is ours! Churches, Religions and Politics in and about Ukraine (REE-552, REE-551, ExpREES, KUKA-US208, KUKA-US218, HISM-321, HISM-322, HISM-323), course page, III period, online course

Ukrainian Modernism: Image and Text (REE-551, ExpREES), course page, III period

Anti-gender politics in Eastern Europe and beyond (REE-542, SPT-375, SPT-377, SPT-378, ALKU-E318, ALKU-E313, ExpREES, REE-541, REE-543, REE-552), course page, III period

Nuclear Narratives in the East Central European Context (REE-543, REE-532, REE-534, REE- 536  REE-541, REE-553, ExpREES), course page, III period, one-week intensive course in hybrid format

Ethnic and Gender Identities of the Caucasus Region and Ukraine (REE-522, REE-521, REE-523, REE-524, REE-551, REE-552 and REE-553), course page, III period, one-week intensive course in hybrid format

Geopolitical theories and the place of Central and Eastern Europe in the modern world order (REE-532, REE-534, REE-536, REE-541, REE-542, REE-543, REE-552,ExpREES), course page, IV period, online course

Gender (In)Equality in Russia and Eastern Europe: Gender, Feminism and Society (REE-523, ExpREES, REE-543, REE-541, REE-532, REE-534, REE-536, REE-552, SPT-375, SPT-377, SPT-378), course page, IV period


Old teaching programmes

For older teaching programmes starting from the academic year 2008-2009, please turn to Ukrainian Studies Planning Officer.


Curriculum 2020-2023

The Ukrainian Studies module (KUKA-UK500 Ukrainian Studies, 15 cr) was carried out in cooperation with the Bachelor's Programme in Cultural studies and the Aleksanteri Institute in 2020-2023.

KUKA-UK500 Ukrainian Studies (15 cr) consisted of three compulsory study units:

  • KUKA-UK501 Ukrainian culture and history (5 cr)
  • KUKA-UK502 Ukrainian society and politics (5 cr)
  • KUKA-UK503 Ukraine in the world (5 cr)

Curriculum 2023-2026

Startig from 1.8.2023 the Ukrainian Studies study module (REE-550, 15 cr)) is organised within the  Master´s Programme in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies (MAREEES). You can see the equivalencies of the 2020-2023 and the 2023-2026 curricula in the table below.

  Curriculum 2020-2023     Curriculum 2023-2026    
Code Module or study unit Cr Code Module or study unit Cr Responsible teacher
KUKA-UK500 Ukrainian Studies 15 REE-550 Ukrainian Studies 15 Jouni Järvinen
KUKA-UK501 Ukrainian culture and history 5 REE-551 Ukrainian culture and history 5  
KUKA-UK502 Ukrainian society and politics 5 REE-552 Ukrainian society and politics 5  
KUKA-UK503 Ukraine in the world 5 REE-553 Ukraine in the world 5  

Correlation of study units

You can check correlation of the old degree requirement study units, and the teaching plan 2017-2020 study units, as well as the correlation of the 17-20 and the 20-23 teaching plan study units from the tables below. The tables are regrettably in Finnish, please turn to Ukrainian Studies planning officer if you have any questions.

Completion of studies

In the Instuctions for students you can find instructions and forms concerning the Ukrainian Studies by choosing Master's Programme in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies. Director of Educational Programs Jouni Järvinen (see Research staff and experts) grants overall grades for the Ukrainian Studies, and is responsible for recognition of credits completed elsewhere, for example during exchange studies.

Studying abroad

University of Helsinki has a bilateral exchange agreement to Ukraine, where the partner university is National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in Kyiv. However, please note that for the time being students are not sent to Ukraine for the exchange studies.

For further information please see: Exchange opportunities in Georgia and Ukraine

Mailing list

The Ukrainian Studies mailing list is an information channel for the study module and the students. Information and comments on new publications, seminars, education possibilities, funding options etc, relating to Ukraine are welcome on the list.

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Director of Educational Programmes Jouni Järvinen
Education Coordinator Minna Oroza


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