Student activities

The Department of East Slavic Languages and Literatures encourages its students to participate in various European student exchange programmes (e.g. ERASMUS) and realises scientific and educational cooperation with institutions, primarily in the Russian Federation and Ukraine, under cooperation agreements between universities (e.g. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University and Kemerovo State University; Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Uzhhorod National University, Ostroh Academy in Ostroh) or under cooperation agreements between the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and higher education institutions in the Russian Federation or Ukraine (Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture in Saint Petersburg and Faculty of Philology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University; National Pedagogical Dragomanov University in Kyiv). The majority of these institutions grant scholarships to students of Russian and Ukrainian languages and literatures – from short-term stays to semester scholarships.

Students of Russian language and literature can actively participate in the Association for Russian Language and Culture in Zagreb that marks many occasions and organises many events related to Russian language, literature and culture. Also, they may participate in other associations, e.g. the National Association of Russians in Croatia in Zagreb, but also in the ones registered outside of Zagreb.

The Ukrainian Language and Literature Section encourages students to participate in scientific and research and translation activities. Many graduates of Ukrainian and current students independently or in co-authorship with teachers publish valuable works on Ukrainian language, literature, history, culture. In 2013, within the Ucrainiana croatica edition, the collection Zakarpatska Ukrajina: povijest – tradicija – identitet (editor dr. Jevgenij Paščenko) was published, which included students’ translations of texts by philologists, ethnologists, historians and political scientists from Ukraine and other countries. Former student Dijana Dill translated a novel by the contemporary Ukrainian writer M. Matios Sweet Darusya from Ukrainian into Croatian (2011).

Students of Ukrainian language and literature closely cooperate with the organisations of Ukrainian national minority in the Republic of Croatia. Senior year students teach Ukrainian in Summer schools of Ukrainians in Croatia.

Since 2011, students of Ukrainian are also active in the “Ukrainian Studies Students Club” (KSU). The students association is engaged in the promotion of Ukrainian culture in Croatia and Croatian culture in Ukraine, and the KSU consists of music, dance, reciter, art, culinary and costume sections, and the “Horiv” choir.

The Ukrainian Language and Literature study programme includes a fieldwork which consists of travelling to Ukraine in one of the summer semesters of the undergraduate programme.