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Help for people supporting Ukrainians in Ireland launched by OU

The Open University (OU) has launched a new free online course for people housing, caring for or working with Ukrainians in Ireland and the UK. The course focuses on Ukrainian culture and language and has been developed specifically for Irish and UK citizens hosting refugees, and service providers working with people who have arrived from Ukraine.

Providing an insight into Ukrainian language, food, housing, and healthcare as well as other cultural elements, the course is hosted on the OU’s popular platform, OpenLearn. Learners on the course will also have a chance to chat in the forums provided, to find out more about supporting Ukraine’s struggle and other Ukraine-related topics.

Alongside the new course, the OU has also translated into Ukrainian its package of free online resources for the almost 60,000 Ukrainian refugees expected in Ireland by the end of the year including courses from English language to articles on writing a CV.


Course lead, Dr Mirjam Hauck, Director of the OU's Open Centre for Languages and Cultures, said:

“So many people in Ireland have reached out and opened their homes to people fleeing from the war in Ukraine. We hope this free course will be invaluable in helping them support their guests and understand Ukrainian culture, heritage and language."

“As well as supporting people in learning some basic Ukrainian, through the course you will also be able to find out about what Ukraine was like before the invasion, its geography, healthcare and education systems, history, and ethnic and religious diversity.”


Michael Bower, Assistant Director, OU in Ireland, commented:

“As the appalling situation in Ukraine and the plight of those whose lives have been upended due to the conflict sadly continues, the OU is further enhancing our package of support."

Across The Open University, we will continue to seek ways to mobilise our efforts as a university to support people from Ukraine as they find refuge in Ireland.”


Previously, the OU announced a package of support for Ukraine including:

  • Fee waivers for existing students from Ukraine in the 2021/22 academic year.
  • An opportunity to apply for one of 12 scholarships, complete with study starter pack and access to careers and employability services.
  • Potential job roles posted on the dedicated sites for refugees and Talent Beyond Boundaries


‘Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture’ will be available to study from 19 October 2022, via the OU’s free learning site, OpenLearn:

Access the resources for Ukrainians in English here:

Access the resources for Ukrainians in Ukrainian here:

For media enquiries:

Contact Christine Murphy

Communications Officer
Tel +44 (0) 28 9053 6219