Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum 2024

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

JOHNSTOWN, PA – [Diocesan Carpatho-Rusyn Heritage Working Group ] The Twelfth Annual International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Culture will take place June 9-29, 2024 at the University of Presov in Slovakia. The University of Presov in the city of Presov, Slovakia, announces its twelfth annual three-week Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Culture to be held from June 9 – 29, 2024 (applicants from North America may begin arriving from Saturday, June 8, 2024). The program is hosted by the university‘s Institute of Rusyn Language and Culture.

The Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum is held on the campus of the University of Presov, at 17th of November Street, No 1 (ulica 17. Novembra, c. 1), with the dormitory, cafeteria, and classroom building all located in close proximity. Instruction is provided by university professors,distinguished Slavists, and specialists in Carpatho-Rusyn studies from Slovakia, Ukraine, the United States, and Canada. The language of instruction, in parallel courses, is either Rusyn or English. The program offers 20 hours of history lectures and 30 hours of language instruction. A ten-hour course in Carpatho-Rusyn ethnography will be offered in English and a course in Carpatho-Rusyn ethnography in Rusyn as part of the curriculum. The 12th year of the Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum will include four hours of lectures in Carpatho-Rusyn literature. Extra practice sessions outside of the classroom will help participants strengthen their conversational skills.Participants who complete the program receive official certificates from the Studium, and transcripts will be available for students who wish to earn credits for the program through their home universities.

CARPATHO-RUSYN HISTORY: The history lecture series focuses on Carpathian Rus and the Carpatho-Rusyns worldwide from the earliest times to the present. Lecturers include Professor Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto, and Assoc. Prof. Volodymyr Fenych, Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine.

RUSYN LANGUAGE: The Rusyn language is offered for beginners, for students who have some knowledge of Russian, Ukrainian, or another Slavic language, and for native speakers of Rusyn. These classes are intended to help participants acquire an understanding of the theoretical linguistic aspects of the Rusyn language, as well as to develop proficiency in the spoken and written language. Lecturers include Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kvetoslava Koporova, University of Presov, and Dr. Nathan Marks, University of Oklahoma.

CARPATHO-RUSYN ETHNOGRAPHY: The course in Carpatho-Rusyn ethnography is taught in English by Mgr. Katarina Babcakova, PhD., National Centre of Culture and Further Education, Slovakia, and in Rusyn by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valerii Padiak, University of Presov, and covers selected topics in folklore and ethnography.

LECTURES ON CARPATHO-RUSYN LITERATURE: The lectures in English present a new perspective on the past and present of Carpatho-Rusyn literature. The lecturer is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nicholas Kupensky, United States Air Force Academy. The lecturer in Rusyn is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valerii Padiak, University of Presov.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: The following activities take place outside of class and include:– presentations on Rusyn traditions, folklore, and the socio-cultural life of Carpatho-Rusyns in Slovakia; – presentations on Rusyn folk architecture and culture, including visits to museums, skanzens, and wooden churches, and excursions in the Presov Region of northeastern Slovakia where Carpatho-Rusyns reside and abroad;– a Rusyn literary evening;– visits to the Alexander Dukhnovych Theater and film viewings; – pysanky (wax resist egg decorating), folksong and dance workshops;– participation in the teaching process in a Rusyn elementary school.

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Applications are due by April 1, 2024. If you have any questions about application, financial aid, or program itself, please contact Maria Korchak, Diocesan Carpatho Rusyn Heritage Working Group Chairperson,at for further information. 


The Diocesan Carpatho-Rusyn Heritage Working Group’s mission is to preserve, celebrate and practice Carpatho-Rusyn traditions within the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America, allowing for allowing for enhancement of spiritual practices, as well as promoting the education of Carpatho-Rusyn history and an understanding of the founding of the ACROD.  We strive to promote and maintain activities commensurate and consistent with the ideals and teachings of Carpatho-Rusyn heritage, by fostering a deeper understanding of America’s diverse heritage and immigration history, by promoting and preserving Carpatho Rusyn culture, history and traditions. We strive to encourage interests in ancestral history, family roots, and appreciation of the enrichment of liturgical living through the traditional practices of feasts,fasts, saint veneration and celebrations.