Degree to be achieved: Bachelor of Humanities in Philology
Duration of studies: 4 years or 5 years
Type of studies: Full-time or Part-time
Amount of credits: 240 ECTS
Language of instruction: English and 2nd elective foreign language
Study programme is accredited
The English philology programme curriculum is designed to prepare the graduates for a wide range of academic and professional careers, which require advanced knowledge of several foreign languages and high level linguistic, literary and cultural competence. It offers courses focusing on the core areas of English Philology: Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Literature and Culture. All students acquire Basics of Translation Theory, English Normative Phonetics and Phonology, Integrated Text Analysis, Translation Seminars, Literature of Middle Ages and Renaissance, English Literature of Classicism and Enlightenment, Entrepreneurship, Latin, etc.
In the 5th semester, students specialize either in Linguistics (Language, Culture, Translation; Creative Writing, EU Institutional and Project Management Discourse, Language, Culture, Translation (Scandinavian languages), Internship in Applied Linguistics) or Literature and culture (Introduction to Visual and Film Studies, Realism in American Literature, Methodologies of Literary Research, Visual and Film Studies (Scandinavian culture).
English-English module students acquire: British, USA, Celtic, or Canadian Cultural Studies, Modernism and Postmodernism, English Language Learning and Teaching Methodologies, Contrastive Studies: German, French, Spanish, Italian or a Scandinavian language (2nd foreign language from the beginner's level) or a third foreign language, incl. the Russian language starting in the 5th semester.
In the academic year 2019/2020, English-Scandinavian module students acquire Norwegian language courses: Contrastive Studies: Norwegian (2nd foreign language from the beginner's level), Realism in Norwegian Literature, Norwegian Literature till 1860, Scandinavian Culture Studies: Norwegian Society and Culture, Skandinavian Stylistics: Norwegian, etc.
Study period and time of classes
The full-time degree programme covers 4 academic years. Classes are mainly from 8.30am till 6pm in the working days.
The part-time programme covers 5 academic years. Classes are held 3 times a month on Saturdays from 10am till 6pm.
The programme prepares the graduates for different careers in the public and private sector in the local and international labour market, which require the application of profound knowledge of foreign languages, literature and culture in other disciplines and applied social contexts such as education, business, law, the art, politics and the media.
1. General secondary high school diploma;
2. English language proficiency.
Enrollment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)
1. The grade in English (60%);
2. Grade point average (20%);
3. A certificate of the Latvian language (20%).
Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.
Admission requirements for citizens of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal:
1. Results of one of the internationally recognized tests (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) at least level B2 at CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or passed UL English Test;
2. Skype interview which includes questions about profiling subjects and motivation.
Autumn Intake (application start: 1 Jan 2020; studies start in Sept 2020)
Contact person for more information
Director of the Programme
Doc. Jana Kuzmina
Coordinator of the Programme
Phone: +371 67034913
Faculty of Humanities
Visvalža 4A, Riga, LV-1050