The open university (OU) is set to launch the course later this summer, which it developed with leading academics.

The new online course is part of a wider package of measures supported by the OU, including free online resources for Ukrainians such as English lessons and mental health support through the OpenLearn platform.

The move also comes after the university scrapped fees for current Ukrainian students.

Refugees welcome sign. Credit: PA

Prospective students from Ukraine can also apply for 12 scholarships worth £240,000.

Vice-Chancellor Tim Blackman said the university was “appalled” by the situation in Ukraine.

Mr Blackman says the university wants to support people “in the best possible way, offering free online learning, scholarships and financial aid to Ukrainians as they seek refuge in the UK, as well as resources education for British host families”.

He added, “We believe that accessible education is a powerful tool to improve people’s lives and we will continue to mobilize our resources across the university to show our support for Ukrainians.”

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Minister for Higher and Further Education, Michelle Donelan, said: “Our world-class universities have always been underpinned by the core values ​​of liberty and liberty, and so it is great to see how many of them have united with Ukraine by opening their doors to students displaced by this terrible war.

“These Open University initiatives are a fantastic way to support those fleeing armed conflict or persecution in their home countries who need help rebuilding their lives.

“Separately, this government has provided up to £4m to institutions to support students from Ukraine who may face difficulty.

“We are currently working with UK universities to explore what support can be given to Ukrainian universities to help them continue to teach their students remotely, alongside what we can do to ensure Ukrainian students can access funding to support their studies – with more information on this in due course.

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Mirjam Hauck is the Associate Director of the School of Languages ​​and Applied Linguistics at OU and Head of the Ukrainian Culture and Language Program.

Ms Hauck said she hopes a community will develop among students throughout the course so that learners can share their experiences and ideas.

She continued, “In addition to learning the language, course participants will learn about what Ukraine was like before the invasion, its geography, health and education systems, history, and ethnic and religious diversity.

“Ukrainian will be taught via English, but some key information, such as the differences between the health and education systems in the UK and Ukraine, will also be available in Ukrainian, so that it can be shared. directly with Ukrainian friends.”

Earlier in May, Oxford University revealed that it was launching a new, fully-funded postgraduate scholarship program for Ukrainian refugees.

The scholarship is due to begin in the 2022-23 academic year and aims to support highly qualified Ukrainian graduates whose lives have been severely disrupted by the ongoing conflict.