Degree to be achieved: Master of Humanities
Duration of studies: 2 years
Type of studies: Full-time
Amount of credits: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Study programme is accredited
The Master’s Programme of Orientalistics is offered at the Department of Asian Studies of the Faculty of Humanities (University of Latvia). First students were matriculated in the year 1997 and until now the University of Latvia is the only university in the country that confers an academic degree in Oriental Studies. The framework of the Programme includes not only to language studies, but also other sub-disciplines: classical Orientalistics (studies in history, literature, religion etc.) as well as modern Asia (studies in popular culture, current social issues etc). This Master degree programme combines language and culture studies, which are related to the student’s chosen language. The programme includes two specializations: Literature and Culture and History and Society. The language acquirement is provided by professors from Latvia and foreign professors, whose native language is Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Turkish.
Students may choose one of three study modules: Japanese language module, Sinology module, and Near East module. For more information see Master’s degree study programme’s „Orientalistics” curricula.
Continuing the academic study guidelines of the Bachelor Programme of Asian Studies, there are 3 modules, orientated on three regions: China, Japan and Near East. Accordingly, studies and the research are based on the fundament of the languages of these regions: Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. Furthermore, Part B also offers a choice of 2 specializations: Culture and Literature; History and Society. Courses are offered together with the academic staff of other departments of the Faculty of Humanities, as well as the Faculty of Economics and Management (University of Latvia).
The Programme is implemented in cooperation with the prospective employer - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies of corresponding countries.
Study period and classes time
The full – time degree programme covers two academic years, where lectures and seminars have to be completed in 3 semesters, but the 4th semester is determined for writing the MA thesis. Classes are in the evenings of working days from 2.30pm or 4.30pm.
The Programme prepares high level specialists with a deep general knowledge on Asian civilization and interdisciplinary issues, who possess skills both in academic research methodologies and field research, as well as competences in regional specifics, comprising language, history, socio-political issues, diplomatic relations, anthropology, religion and others. The graduates have knowledge and experience to work in cultural, educational and business fields, foreign affairs offices, and in universities in Latvia and abroad. After the completion of the required courses and after the successful disputation on the MA theses students can obtain the MA Degree in Philology.
1. Bachelor’s degree or a diploma proving equivalent level of education from an institution of higher education in Humanities.
2. Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Turkish language proficiency, which must be proved by a certificate on the achieved intermediate level (duration of studies - 2 to 3) of language knowledge or language tests.
3. English language proficiency.
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 motivation.
Autumn Intake (application start: 1 Jan 2020; studies start in Sept 2020)
Contact person for more information
Director of the Programme
Prof. Jānis Priede
Coordinator of the Programme
Phone: +371 67034926
Faculty of Humanities
4A Visvalža Street, Riga, LV-1050