is the homeland of one of the most ancient civilization,
the Trypillian Civilization, which flourished on its territory
about 7,000 years ago and until very recently was practically
unknown to the world.
Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, is offering a study course
about the Trypillian Civilization, available to students from North America. This course, taught in
English, will be held in Ukraine from June 14,
2004 to June 27, 2004. The course is an introduction
to Trypillian culture and is taught by a leading scientist
in the field - archaeologist Dr. Mykhailo Videiko.
The course contains 3 credit hours of class instruction, seminars
and field trips. It includes trips to archeological excavations,
a Ukrainian village, different Trypillian museums, a Trypillian
ceramics studio and more.This program provides not only historical
and archeological knowledge about an ancient civilization,
but a possibility to experience ancient Ukraine through the
eyes of modern man.
believe that the personal experience of archeological excavations
of ancient sites cannot be substituted. Hands-on knowledge
about cultural elements which have persisted through millennia
is invaluable. This experience is provided in combination with
an academic University course and direct communication with
the specialists in the field. It is not only an introduction
to the Trypillian culture and Ukrainian history, but also
it offers lessons about cultures in general, how they function
To apply for this program, students
must submit application,
which is located on this web-site. Once
the student has been accepted into the program, and deposit payment
has been received, the student will receive a package with
some reading materials and additional instructions
about the trip to Ukraine. Each student will be added to our
discussion list and will have the opportunity to communicate
with other students enrolled in the course.
During the month of June 2004, students
will fly to Ukraine for this Program Study Course. They will
be met in the airport, housed, transported, and supervised
by our experienced guide and Dr. M. Videiko. Initially, students will
spend some time in Kyiv, attending classes at The Kyiv Mohyla
Academy. They will visit Kyiv museums and historical sites.
They will be taken by bus to the vicinity of a
Trypillian village to have a hands-on
Students will have a
chance to observe an archeological work, meet Ukrainian
students and scholars, and travel to the neighboring villages.
There, they will see elements of the Ukrainian way of life that have not
changed for millenia. This part of the program will have extracurricular
lessons in the Ukrainian language included in the Program at no additional
After the Study part of the program,
for those who signed-up for a Tour part of the Program, students
will be taken by bus through Ukraine, with stops at different
cities, as described in our
Tour program, to explore nearby archaeological
excavation sites, local museums showing ancient culture, as
well as experience contemporary Ukrainian city life. Special
trips to several archeological excavations will be supervised
by Dr. Videiko where students will be able to experience the
work of an archeologist first hand and to see Trypillian artifacts
outside of a museum, in the ground.
Students that complete
this study-course successfully and pass the final exam will
receive 3 credit hours from Kyiv Mohyla Academy.