Ukraine: Anthropology

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

  • Ukraine: Anthropology Photo
  • Ukraine: Anthropology Photo
  • Ukraine: Anthropology Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All Majors

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.

When can I go?

June 30 - August 3, 2018

Where will I live?

Program participants will live in hotels. 

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors, but does require a minimum 2.0 GPA. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

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.

Language of instruction: English

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,745

  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All ground transportation
  • Field trips and fees
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,150)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Passport/photos/visa ($200)
  • ISIC Card (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,323

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email 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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


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:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director: 


Gwyn Madden

Anthropology Department 
223 Lake Michigan Hall


All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.