Ukrainian language classes

Ukrainian Institute London has been offering Ukrainian language classes for over 30 years. Hundreds of students have studied Ukrainian with us. In our recent survey, over 80% expressed their high satisfaction with the quality of materials used and methods of teaching. 

The Ukrainian Institute provides Ukrainian language courses for learners at four levels:

•    Beginners: for students with three-month tuition of Ukrainian
•    Advanced Beginners: for students with one term of language tuition
•    Intermediate: for students who have completed at least  2 years of language tuition
•    Upper Intermediate: for those students who completed at least 3 years of language tuition

Groups of other levels could be formed given sufficient demand. 

Our students comment:

-    It’s a great set-up and great value for money. I went to lessons here for many years, from beginner to proficient.
-    I really enjoy the course. I have made some progress and have met some really nice people. The atmosphere in the class is great – all thanks to the teacher.
-    I am very grateful that the language school exists, as otherwise I’m not sure where I would learn Ukrainian!

Location & classes

Conveniently located at 79 Holland Park, the school is minutes walk from the Holland park tube station (Central line) and bus route #94 (easy access to Shepherds Bush tube station). 

The courses take place in spacious classrooms with no more than 10 students per group.

Teaching materials & methodology

Our courses are based on practical Ukrainian that you can use everyday. Conversation and speaking are the focus with lots of grammar & writing practice. You will also benefit from the chance to attend events organised at the Institute where you can meet and practice with native speakers.

We are using YABLUKO textbook series, written by a team of educators according to the latest communicative methodology to learn Ukrainian as a second language. Students of the Ukrainian Institute London are entitled to 15% discount when ordering these books. Please write to to request a code, enabing you to benefit from this discount. 

Term dates

We run three terms each year and enrollment is possible at the beginning of each term.

The year is divided into the following terms: Autumn Term (September to mid December),  Winter Term (mid January – end of March) and Summer Term (April-July). 

The dates for Summer Term are: the week commencing 29 April 2019 to the week finishing 19 July 2019 (12 weeks).

Cost & discounts

The cost per term is £200.  You will be requested to pay this via bank transfer after enrollment.

A minimum of three students have to enrol in group for it to go ahead.

Those paying for all three terms will benefit from 10% discount. 

If you wish to present someone with 12, 24 or 36 lessons of Ukrainian classes, we are happy to produce a personalised Gift Certificate. To order these please write to the Institute’s Director Marina Pesenti

Our teachers

Our teachers are native speakers with relevant teaching qualifications with many years of experience of teaching Ukrainian as foreign language.

Volodymyr Oleyko was born in Pustomyty near  the city of L'viv in Ukraine. He earned his MA in Journalism from the Ukrainian Academy of Publishing and his MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. In Ukraine, Volodymyr worked as an editor and journalist in both print and broadcasting media. Since he moved to London, Volodymyr has been actively involved in activities of the local Ukrainian community. He is a member of the Ukrainian Writers' Union and an author of two published books of poetry.


Olga Volosova is a graduate of Karazin Kharkiv National University. She holds PhD in Ukrainian Literature and MA in Ukrainian. She also studied in Harvard Summer School. Olga has been teaching Ukrainian since 1999. Olga was previously teaching at the University of Birmingham. Now, apart from the Ukrainian Institute, she teaches at UCL. Her publications include Collins Ukrainian Mini Gem and Gem Dictionaries (she is the editor of the Ukrainian content) and textbooks on Ukrainian Literature for Years 5 and 6 for St Mary's Ukrainian School in London.


Lilia Nakonechna  was born in Buchach, Ternopil region. She gained her MA in English language  at Ternopil Pedagogical University in Ukraine. Since Lilia moved to London, she has been actively involved in the Ukrainian community: teaching Ukrainian at St Mary's Ukrainian School in London; teaching catechism at the Ukrainian Cathedral near Bond Street; she is a member of Ukrainian Scout organisation Plast.  Lilia has been teaching Ukrainian at the Ukrainian Institute since 2012.


Darka Soloducha was born into the active community of the London Ukrainian diaspora where she studied and taught. She travels and works in the fields of education (training/tutoring), media (monitoring) and electoral canvassing and observing within the UK and Europe - including many years in Ukraine. Darka has linguistic experience with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and NATO (translating/interpreting) as well as with charities.


How to enroll

If you have any questions or wish to join the course, please email us at Alternatively you can contact selected teacher directly (using emails provided below).


Evening classes are held once a week. The classes take place according to the following schedule:

Monday 6:30 to 8:30pm - Beginners 
Teacher: Darka Soloducha

Monday 6:30 to 8:30pm - Advanced Beginners 
Teacher: Lilia Nakonechna 

Thursday 6:30 and 8:30pm - Intermediate
Teacher: Olga Volosova

Thursday 6:30 to 8:30pm - Upper Intermediate 
Teacher: Volodymyr Oleyko

Payments policy

The payment for language courses is due during the first two-week period of the term. If the payment has not been made, a reminder to pay asap will be issued. If the payment is not made by the third week of the term, a 5% penalty charge applies.
If a student decides to terminate attendance in the middle of the term, they will be charged the cost of two extra classes after the notification about the termination has been made. The refund for the remainder of the classes will be issued. 
No refund will be issued for classes missed due to holidays or business trips. 
For long absence as a result of illness, refund requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and a doctor's note would be required.


If you have any questions, please drop us a line at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.