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Programme code 43222
Field of study Language and Culture Studies, Native Language Studies and Language Programmes
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Obtainable degree Bachelor of Humanities in Philology
Access to further studies Access to Master Study Programmes or Second-level Professional Higher Education Study Programmes designed for studies after the awarding of Bakalaura grāds (Bachelor`s degree)
Programme director Gita Bērziņa
Credits 120 KP or 180 ECTS
Study duration full-time
6 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 2000 EUR for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, permanent residence permit holders and their family members
Tuition fee per year - 2845 EUR for other country citizens
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 15
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 10
Minimum number of students - 25
Start of studies Autumn 2020
Language of instruction Latvian

The Bachelor Programme in Classical Philology provides students with an opportunity to study the origins and basis of the cultural space of the contemporary Europe – ancient Greek and Roman cultural environment – to appreciate its cultural heritage and continuity in the contemporary world, as well as to use their knowledge for the interpretation of contemporary cultural processes. The programme is based on the study of the classical languages – Ancient Greek and Latin. Students learn the basics of these languages during the first study year. This is followed by the most fascinating part of the programme – readings in the original of the immortal texts that were created by the great authors of the antiquity more than two thousand years ago. In the classroom, the personality of each author is considered within the framework of his age and is discussed from a wider perspective, focusing on the role of the author and his works in the development of the literary process. The courses of ancient mythology and ancient philosophy provide the wider knowledge necessary for comprehensive understanding of the literature of antiquity. The historical background of the ancient world is studied in the course of History of Ancient Greece and Rome. Bachelor Programme in Classical Philology provides the opportunity to study English at an advanced level. The students are also offered a unique possibility, available only for the students of Classical Philology at the University of Latvia – studies of the Modern Greek language.

Studies Abroad

The Bachelor Programme in Classical Philology closely cooperates with Greece. Every year with the support of the Greek government students improve their knowledge of Modern Greek and ancient cultural heritage at summer schools in Athens and Thessaloniki. For studies abroad, students can avail themselves of the possibilities offered by the ERASMUS programme.

Aim and tasks of the study programme

Classical Philology bachelor programme goals:

  • to provide students with an opportunity to know the origins and the basis of modern European cultural space –  the ancient cultural environment, as well as to appreciate its heritage and continuity in the modern world, to use their knowledge for the interpretation of modern cultural processes;
  • to ensure, at the bachelor study programme level, the competences that qualify the academic bachelor for further studies in the humanities master's programmes.

Classical Philology bachelor programme objectives:

  • to arouse students’ interest in Classical Philology, complementing the range of courses of the basic classical philology branches –  literature and linguistics –  with other core areas of ancient cultural environment (ancient philosophy, Ancient Greek and Roman history, history of ancient art);
  • to provide students with wider opportunities in the labour market by offering to study two modern foreign languages ​​(the Modern Greek language and one foreign language by choice) along with the classical languages ​​–  Latin and Greek –  as well a professional translation skills course.
  • to motivate students to continue studies in the Classical Philology master’s programme.
Learning outcomes of the study programme

Intellectual competences:

  • skills in spoken and written language to formulate literary and linguistic issues and their solutions;
  • skills to carry out analysis of problems in sub-fields by using scientific methods;
  • ability to organize an independent academic work process.

Professional and academic competences:

  • knowledge of the essential theoretical / practical issues in Classical Philology
  • basic skills for the development of research work;
  • basic skills for professional work in literature / linguistics.

Practical competences:

  • ability to work professionally with texts in classical languages ​​and at least one foreign language;
  • ability to make decisions and argue the conclusions concerning Classical Philology issues.
Job opportunities

Embassies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, the National Library, the Library of the University of Latvia, archive, publishers, academic employment at educational institutions and schools.

Admission requirements

Secondary education

General rules (here)


Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:

CE in Latvian

CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German

CE in Maths

Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:


final average grade in Latvian and Literature

final grade in English or in French, or in German

final average grade in certain subjects

Preferential claims: Latvian state Latvian and Literature or French, or German Olympiad degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2019 and 2020; Latvian state student scientific conference Foreign Linguistics and Foreign Literature Science and History section or Latvian Literature Science and History section, or Latvian Linguistics section degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2019 and 2020

Admission formulas

Classical Philology   120
Mandatory part   81
Mandatory part   69
Valo1946 Latin I Exam 6
Valo1888 English for Classical Philology Studies Exam 4
LitZ1090 Ancient Drama Exam 5
LitZ2129 Ancient epic poetry Exam 6
LitZ3076 Ancient Lyric Poetry Exam 6
Folk1002 Classical Mythology Exam 2
Filz5037 History of Ancient Philosophy Exam 4
LitZ4010 Seminar of Bachelor's Paper Exam 2
Ķīmi1059 Civil protection Test 1
LitZ3074 Genres of Hellenistic Poetry Exam 3
LitZ1085 Introduction to Ancient Literature Exam 2
LitZ1019 Basics of Literary Theory Exam 4
Valo1001 Introduction to Linguistics Exam 4
LitZ2038 Course Paper Coursework/project 2
Valo2457 Latin / Greek Lexicology Exam 2
Valo1951 Latin II Exam 4
Valo1953 Ancient Greek I [2kp] Exam 2
Valo2199 Ancient Greek II Exam 6
Valo2714 Ancient Greek III Exam 2
Vēst1060 History of Ancient Greece and Rome Exam 4
VidZ1032 Environment protection Exam 1
Final examination   12
LitZ4011 Bachelor's Paper Bachelor`s Thesis 10
Valo4029 Bachelor's Final Exam Final Examination 2
Restricted elective courses   35
Filz3018 Ancient Philosophical Texts Exam 4
LitZ3095 Ancient Biography Exam 3
SDSK2000 Ancient Dialogical Prose Exam 3
LitZ2163 Tradition of Ancient Historiography Exam 3
LitZ3074 Genres of Hellenistic Poetry Exam 3
LitZ1070 Introduction into Western Literature Exam 2
Vēst1016 Introduction to Classical Culture Exam 2
Valo3201 Modern Greek I Exam 2
Valo3202 Modern Greek II Exam 2
SDSK3028 Modern Greek Language in Literary Texts Exam 2
LitZ2000 Classical Greek Oratory Exam 3
LitZ2048 Mythological Tradition in Roman Poetry Exam 2
LitZ2179 Roman Rites and Festival Traditions Exam 2
LitZ2176 Roman rhetorical prose Exam 3
LitZ3071 Ancient Greek Mythography Exam 3
LitZ3091 Medieval Latin Texts Exam 2
Elective courses   4
Science sector Linguistics
EKI level 6
Programme practical realization

The Classical Philology bachelor programme is based on the studies of two classical languages ​​– Greek and Latin. Students learn both these language from the zero level in the first study year under intensive training regime, in subsequent years through the studies of Greek and Latin texts in the original.

      Efficient acquisition of two new foreign languages is based on the specific implementation model of the Classical Philology bachelor programme – language training for students in small groups. A small number of students in the group is a prerequisite for successful learning of classical languages. Teachers can have an individual approach to each student, learning and consolidation control at an individual level, as well as feedback, which allows to change the teaching methods if necessary. For the students language learning in small groups guarantees a continuous teacher’s guidance and marked individual homework and seminar participation.

      To build and strengthen a wider and more diverse outlook of the students, as well as to efficiently use the necessary human and financial resources, on the programme evaluation expert advice certain typical implementation features of the Classical Philology bachelor's programme have been introduced / reinforced in the practical realization of the programme:

  • integration with other programmes – with Philology bachelor study programmes and programmes of the Faculty of History and Philosophy;
  • increase in the proportion of the student’s independent work - there is a considerable proportion of students’ independent homework in all Classical Philology courses; there is regular classroom control of the volume and quality of the students’ independent work;
  • development of analytical, comparison and synthesis skills within the courses of the field of Classical Philology.

Any course of reading and interpretation of an ancient source provides elements of analysis and comparison at the level of the text language and content, as well as the fact identification, selection and systematization. The result of the course acquisition is a synthesis of the acquired language and content facts at the level of generalization. During the teacher-guided discussions among the students, as well as during the regularly practised students’ and student group presentations problem solving skills are created and developed.

      E-courses in the Classical Philology programme are not used. The reason – the specific areas in Classical Philology necessitate interactive theoretical/practical sessions, where every student’s homework is equally important and its group discussion, listening to the different interpretation and understanding by other students which, as a result of the analytical discussion and listening to the teacher’s comments concerning the content and form, makes it possible to reach the common denominator.

Rating system

Results of studies are evaluated according to a ten– point scale. Requirements for awarding credit points, also the number and content of interim tests as well as the requirements at the course-end examination are specified in course descriptions, which are published in the LUIS. Teachers inform students about the requirements for awarding credit points and evaluation criteria during the first class of the course.

      To evaluate the level of the acquired knowledge of the course, tests are being organized: interim tests during the term and course-end exams. The most frequently practised forms of interim testing are the following: evaluation of the independent work in seminars (40%–50% of the total evaluation), tests (2–3 tests during the course; the evaluation of the test results constitute 10%–20% of the total evaluation), course report / essay (on average 20% of the total evaluation). The percentage of the interim tests constitutes 70%–80% of the total course evaluation. The concluding test in the course is an examination, a compulsory part of the evaluation for the course. To be allowed to take an exam the student must have fulfilled the requirements of the course with a positive evaluation for each assignment. An average proportion of the exam evaluation constitutes 20%–30% of the total course evaluation.

      The concluding test in the development of a term paper and the bachelor thesis is the defence procedure. The criteria for these study courses have been specified in the methodical guidelines for the development of term papers and bachelor theses.

      The requirements and evaluation criteria of the concluding bachelor examinations –bachelor exam in Latin / Ancient Greek and an analytical essay on an issue of ancient literature – are confirmed by the Faculty Council.

Programme price

Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.