Ukraine: Anthropology

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

BORSHCHIV, UKRAINE — The study abroad program in Ukraine is designed to educate students about the relationship between the environment and human beings.  The courses will focus on how human activity has been shaped by the environment, as well as how humans have re-shaped the environment.  Ukraine is a place where human and environmental interaction has experienced dramatic change several times throughout history, from the first farmers in the region to the 1986 tragedy at the Chernobyl nuclear power station.  Courses in the program will highlight the crucial parameters of our interaction with nature, which shape both our biological and social development.  The “Culture and Environment” course (part of the Man and Environment theme requirement) will be devoted to the study of human impacts, variability of experience in different environments, and environmental determinants of human cultures.

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: July 2023 - July 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)

(4 weeks)


Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

ANT 340: Culture and Environment (3 credits) AND/OR

ANT 308: Field Experience Abroad (3  or 6 credits)

This experience counts toward the field requirement in the Anthropology major and the Archaeology minor. Independent study credits are available.

*Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives and 1 General Education Issues requirement
*Reflection required

Language of Instruction: English


Program participants will live in hotels. 

Cost and Scholarships


Program Fee: $4,889


  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All ground transportation
  • Field trips and fees

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,588)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Passport/photos/visa ($200)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,877


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors. 

Open to graduate students.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students

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US State Department Information

The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.  Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.  If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Gwyn Madden
Program Director

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