Romance studies (sub-programme of academic program Linguistics, Literature and Regional Culture Studies)

Degree to be achieved: Master of Humanities in Language Studies
Duration of studies: Full time | 2 years
Type of studies: Full-time
Amount of credits: 80 Credit points or 120 ECTS
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 7
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 7
Language of instruction: English and French or Italian or Spanish
Accreditation: Study programme is licenced

Tuition fee

"Romance studies" is the unique graduate program in Latvia providing academic education at the Master's level in the Romance languages. Specialized courses of the program are offered in French, Spanish or Italian, and focus on linguistic and cultural studies, language teaching, translation, and international relations. Program’s students can choose one of Romance languages for their specialization or combine two languages, for example French and Spanish. The program is based on multi-lingual and multi-disciplinary approach. We provide knowledge about communication models and strategies, about the multifaceted interaction of cultures and languages about the regional specificity and diversity of literature and art. 

Our program employs the best experts of Latvia in the fields of the Romance Languages, Romance Culture and History, Language Teaching and Translation, as well as visiting professors from French, Spanish and Italian universities.

The Program provides students with exchange opportunities in French, Belgian, Canadian, Italian and Spanish universities.

The Program engages English and Latvian language professionals in teaching translation and cultural studies. This helps to provide the students with a greater degree of specialization and competitiveness in the local and foreign labor markets, as well as necessary skills to carry out research in general and applied linguistics, literature, cultural studies and translation.
 

Study period and classes time
The full – time degree programme covers two academic years. Classes are 3 to 4 times a week in the evenings of working days from 4.30pm.

Structure of the programme

The Program requires two years of full-time studies and consists of 80 CP (120 ECTS):
1.Mandatory courses (Part A) - 44 CP: 
 - Basic module (24 credits): lectures (ENG) seminars (FR/SP/ITA);
-  Master's thesis (20 credits): FR/SP/ITA. 
2.  Electives (Part B: specialized courses) - 36 CP FR/SP/ITA.
 

Career opportunities

During the course of studies, students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities indispensable for further academic education in Latvia or abroad, thus gaining a solid basis for professional career in business, government, international institutions
and NGOs, language instruction courses, translation agencies, etc.

Apart from education, the graduates of the Program work in a multitude of professional fields: French /Spanish/ Italian language, literary and cultural research, interpretation and translation, the Romance language policy and terminology, as well as consultancy in geography, history, art, culture, politics and economics of Romance-speaking countries. Master's degree in Romance Studies opens the way to doctoral studies.
 

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s or Master's degree or a diploma proving equivalent level of education from an institution of higher education

2. English language proficiency.

3. French, Italian or Spanish language proficiency

Enrollment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)
1. The grade obtained in final Bachelor’s exam or the average grade obtained in final exams (40%);
2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies (60%).
Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.

 

Autumn Intake (application start: 4 Jan 2021; studies start in Sept 2021)

Full-time

 

Contact person for more information

Director of the Programme                
Prof. Jeļena Vladimirska
E-mail: Jelena.Vladimirska@lu.lv 

Coordinator of the Programme          
Agnese Šnipke
E-mail: Agnese.Snipke@lu.lv
Phone: +371 67034914
4A Visvalža Street, Riga, LV-1050