The 2018 Spring Session in Ukraine (SSU) took place from May 6 to June 7. This full-immersion program enables students to earn up to nine University of Saskatchewan credit units in a five-week period through language and anthropology courses. Students stay with host families, accelerating their learning of Ukrainian language and culture.
St. Thomas More College’s Professor Natalia Khanenko-Friesen traveled to Ukraine with USask students to deliver the course ANTH 233 “Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine”, which broadly considers society and culture in contemporary Ukraine. Dr. Olena Huzar, on-site SSU Director, coordinated the program in Ternopil. The course curriculum included fieldtrips to Lviv, the cultural capital of Western Ukraine, as well as Kamianets-Podilskyi fortress, a vital defensive bulwark in western Ukraine for centuries. Students spent the last weekend of the program in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains. Five students participated in the 2018 SSU program – Oksana Dubasov, Matthew Selinger, Jamie LaFleur, Kaitlyn Bletsky, and Tiana Kirstein.