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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 Asian Studies
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 Jānis Priede
Credits 120 KP or 180 ECTS
Study duration full-time
6 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 2100 EUR for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, permanent residence permit holders and their family members
Tuition fee per year - 2750 EUR for other country citizens
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 18
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 110
Minimum number of students - 25
Start of studies Autumn 2020

Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

Language of instruction Latvian, English

This programme combines language studies with culture and regional studies in relation to the language module chosen by the student. The language courses are taught by native speakers. The Bachelor programme is targeted towards maintaining continuity of the research work in Asian studies; it aims at ensuring quality of knowledge and skills needed to pursue further professional or academic studies at MA level.

Programme courses

Bachelor’s degree programme „Asian Studies” curriculum

Programme modules

The programme is divided into four language modules:

Japanese language module;

Sinology module: Chinese or Korean;

India and Indonesia module: Hindi or Tibetan or Indonesian language;

Middle East module: Arabic or Turkish language.

Study period and time of classes

The full – time degree programme covers three academic years. Classes are mainly from 8.30am till 6pm in the working days. 

Career opportunities

Graduates can apply for work in schools and universities, business and culture oriented fields.

Aim and tasks of the study programme

The goal of the Bachelor’s Study Programme in Asian Studies (hereinafter BSP Asian Studies) is subordinate to four main goals of higher education, namely, to solve the tasks of personality, democratic society and scientific development and to meet the labour market requirements. It also aims to provide opportunities for the acquisition of academic education, which is based on the research of Asian region languages and cultures in order to (1) prepare graduates of BSP for further MA studies, which foresees the acquisition of additional academic degree. (2) To raise the graduates’ competitiveness in the labour market due to specificity of the education received. Also, by promoting students’ personal growth, (3) to efficiently supplement and diversify the circle of Humanities specialists with creative individuals and specialists of Asian region’s languages and cultures, and (4) to strengthen the Latvian national school of East Asian research, thereby ensuring in the future a sustainable contribution to democratic society and science development.


Objectives of the Study Programme

  1. to develop students’ understanding of the specificity and cultural development processes in the Asian region. To boost the knowledge of concepts existing in Asian Studies; to enhance the understanding of diverse theoretical approaches and their correlation. As well as, to increase understanding of the methodological issues of exploring the Asian region’s cultural elements and the theoretical problems of the Asian Studies;
  2. to enhance students’ ability to systematise facts pertaining to Asian cultures and languages and perceive their connection;
  3. to promote students’ independent, systemic thinking and development of scientific research skills;
  4. to motivate and encourage students to work creatively in the acquisition and research of the Asian region specifics;
  5. to boost students’ ability and willingness to seek out new information and assess its compliance with the requirements of modern science;
  6. to develop students’ ability to critically assess different views on issues in Asian Studies;
  7. to develop students’ skills of utilising the Asian region’s literary and scientific sources in original languages;
  8. to increase students’ ability to:
      • apply the acquired Asian region language basis to deepen the awareness of the region’s cultures and their connection with other regions of the world;
      • substantiate their understanding of the nature and significance of processes explored in Asian Studies;
      • place any specific fact in the appropriate region-specific cultural context;
      • search and process information by using a variety of methods and modern technologies;
      • conduct an independent research;
      • express an independent opinion based on the knowledge and research findings, as well as to justifiably defend it;
      • to develop attitudes that are associated with the Asian region’s cultural exploration and language acquisition and are aimed at understanding students’ affiliation and their place in the Latvian, European and global culture, as well as prompt civic consciousness, tolerance, respect for other cultures and language specifics, responsibility, understanding, correctness and other positive attitudes.
Learning outcomes of the study programme


As a result of the acquisition of the programme curriculum, students demonstrate awareness and understanding of the peculiarities of the Asian region’s language and cultural process during the various stages of the region’s development. Students also gain knowledge of diverse theoretical approaches, correlation and specificity of Asian Studies as well as of the current issues in the Asian region.


After completing the activities stipulated in the programme, students are able to place each specific fact in the corresponding cultural and linguistic context, compare and critically evaluate different views on the issues of Asian region research; to express an independent opinion and justify it. They are also able to demonstrate the acquired skills in the analysis of linguistic, literary-science, technical literature and cultural environment, carrying out an independent research and applying different research methods, as well as presenting their research findings.


The performance of study programme objectives in cooperation with fellow students and academic staff ensures the creation of attitudes related to language, culture development and interaction process and the scientific principles and historical research in Asian Studies (interest, communicability, tolerance, respect for the ideas expressed by the Asian region and other cultures, critical and constructive assessment of one’s own and others’ ideas, work responsibility, desire to improve one’s knowledge).

Admission requirements

Secondary education

Admission requirements for Latvian students


General rules (here)


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

CE in Latvian

CE in English

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

final average grade in certain subjects


Preferential claims: Latvian state student scientific conference Foreign Linguistics and Foreign Literature Science and History section (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Middle East languages) and LU and its cooperation partner organized Asian language speaking competition degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2019 and 2020

Note: study programme contains the following sub-programmes: Middle East studies (Arabic or Turkish); Sinology (Chinese or Korean) and Japan studies. The sub-programme must be specified when applying for studies. Competition evaluations are determined by sub-programmes

Admission requirements for international students


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 formulas

Asian Studies   120
Mandatory part   60
General education courses   10
Ķīmi1059 Civil protection Test 1
Filz1025 Introduction to Philosophy I Exam 2
SDSK1149 Introduction to Academic Studies and Research Exam 3
SDSK1106 Introduction to Academic Studies and Research Exam 2
Valo1001 Introduction to Linguistics Exam 4
Filz2007 History of Culture and Cultural Studies Exam 2
Field-specific theoretical foundation courses   40
Vēst1136 The History of Arab Civilization I Exam 2
Vēst2145 The History of Arab Civilization II Exam 2
LitZ4010 Seminar of Bachelor's Paper Exam 2
Vēst1069 Concise History of South and Southeast Asia Exam 2
SDSK1027 Introduction to Asian Religions I Exam 4
SDSK3005 Introduction to Asian Religions II Exam 4
Vēst1393 Introduction to Chinese Civilization Exam 2
Vēst2017 History of Japanese Culture and Civilization I Exam 2
Antr1024 Etnography of Asia I Exam 4
Antr2023 Etnography of Asia II Exam 4
LitZ1041 Asian Literature and Culture I Exam 4
LitZ1063 Literary Traditions and Culture in Asia II Exam 4
LitZ2181 Asian Literature and Culture III Exam 4
Final examination   10
Valo4002 B.A. Thesis Bachelor`s Thesis 10
Restricted elective courses   56
Valo1921 English for Asian Studies I Exam 2
Valo1922 English for Asian Studies II Exam 2
Valo1923 English for Asian Studies III Exam 2
Valo1928 English for Asian Studies IV Exam 2
SDSK1039 The Dialogue of Eastern & Western Civilisations Exam 2
LitZ3114 Indian literature in the 20th and 21st century Exam 2
MākZ1496 Classical music of India Exam 2
LitZ1079 Indian literature 5th - 19th centuries Exam 2
MākZ1000 Music culture of India Exam 2
Ģeog1020 Economic and social geogaphy of India Exam 2
Valo1146 Term Paper I Coursework/project 2
Valo2015 Term Paper II Coursework/project 2
LitZ1077 Literature of Ancient India Exam 2
SDSK1097 Specialization Course for BSP I Exam 2
Valo1430 Basics of Translation Theory Exam 2
SDSK1019 Actual Problems of Asia Studies Exam 2
Hindi Language   24
Valo1910 Hindi language I Exam 4
Valo2733 Hindi language II Exam 4
Valo3425 Hindi language III Exam 4
Valo4246 Hindi language IV Exam 4
Valo5326 Hindi language V Exam 4
Valo6185 Hindi language VI Exam 4
Valo3458 Sanskrit I Exam 4
Indonesian Language   24
Valo2466 Indonesian Language Exam 4
Valo1845 Indonesian Language II Exam 4
Valo2601 Indonesian Language III Exam 4
Valo2694 Indonesian Language IV Exam 4
Valo3403 Indonesian Language V Exam 4
Korean   24
Valo1932 Korean I Exam 8
Valo2738 Korean II Exam 8
Valo2628 Korean language III Exam 8
Valo3436 Korean language IV Exam 8
Japanese Study   56
Valo1921 English for Asian Studies I Exam 2
Valo1922 English for Asian Studies II Exam 2
Valo1923 English for Asian Studies III Exam 2
Valo1928 English for Asian Studies IV Exam 2
MākZ1555 Introduction to Eastern Art and Architecture Exam 2
Vēst2018 History of Japanese Culture and Civilization II Exam 2
MākZ1116 History of Japanese Art Exam 2
Soci1050 Japanese Society I Exam 2
Soci3003 Modern Society of Japan II Exam 2
SDSK1019 Actual Problems of Asia Studies Exam 2
Japanese Language   46
Valo1324 Japanese Characters I Exam 2
Valo1325 Japanese Characters II Exam 2
Valo2326 Kanji III Exam 2
Valo2129 Kanji IV Exam 2
Valo1354 Intensive Basic Grammar Exam 2
Valo1336 Japanese Language I Exam 6
Valo1348 Japanese Language II Exam 6
Valo2354 Japanese Language III Exam 6
Valo2356 Japanese Language IV Exam 6
Valo3502 Japanese Language V Exam 6
Valo3578 Japanese Language VI Exam 6
Korean   46
Valo1932 Korean I Exam 8
Valo2738 Korean II Exam 8
Valo2628 Korean language III Exam 8
Valo3436 Korean language IV Exam 8
Valo2782 Practical Aspects of Business Chinese Exam 2
Sinology   56
Valo1921 English for Asian Studies I Exam 2
Valo1922 English for Asian Studies II Exam 2
Valo1923 English for Asian Studies III Exam 2
Valo1928 English for Asian Studies IV Exam 2
MākZ1555 Introduction to Eastern Art and Architecture Exam 2
SDSK1123 Introduction to Korean Culture I Exam 4
Vēst3226 History of China IV (20th Century History of China) Exam 2
Vēst1076 History of China I Exam 2
Filz2628 Traditional Chinese Philosophy. Exam 2
Chinese   50
Valo2174 Classical Chinese - Wenyan I Exam 2
Valo2178 Classical Chinese (Wenyan) II Exam 2
Valo2782 Practical Aspects of Business Chinese Exam 2
Valo1432 Basics of Chinese Writing Exam 4
Valo1047 Chinese - Phonetics Exam 6
Valo1049 Chinese I Exam 8
Valo2149 Chinese II Exam 8
Valo2169 Chinese III Exam 8
Valo3143 Chinese IV Exam 6
Valo3151 Chinese V Exam 6
Valo3435 Chinese language dialects Exam 2
Korean   50
Filz2065 Korean philosophical and religious currents Exam 2
Valo1932 Korean I Exam 8
Valo2738 Korean II Exam 8
Valo2628 Korean language III Exam 8
Valo3436 Korean language IV Exam 8
Valo3449 Korean language V Exam 8
Valo4253 Korean language VI Exam 8
Soci1055 Contemporary South Korean Society I Exam 2
Filz4019 Arabic philosophy Exam 2
Valo1921 English for Asian Studies I Exam 2
Valo1922 English for Asian Studies II Exam 2
Valo1923 English for Asian Studies III Exam 2
Valo1928 English for Asian Studies IV Exam 2
MākZ1555 Introduction to Eastern Art and Architecture Exam 2
SDSK1080 Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East Exam 4
Valo2758 Levantine Arabic III Exam 2
SDSK1097 Specialization Course for BSP I Exam 2
SDSK1019 Actual Problems of Asia Studies Exam 2
Arabic Language   46
Valo1345 Arabic language for beginners I Exam 10
Valo1438 Arabic language for beginners II Exam 8
Valo2238 Arabic Language III Exam 8
Valo2239 Arabic IV Exam 8
Valo3148 Arabic V Exam 6
Valo3149 Arabic VI Exam 6
Valo1958 Levantine Arabic I Exam 2
Valo1964 Levantine Arabic II Exam 2
Valo1975 Persian language (Farsi) I Exam 4
Valo1976 Persian language (Farsi) II Exam 4
Korean   46
Valo1932 Korean I Exam 8
Valo2738 Korean II Exam 8
Valo2628 Korean language III Exam 8
Valo3436 Korean language IV Exam 8
Turkish Language   46
Valo1975 Persian language (Farsi) I Exam 4
Valo1976 Persian language (Farsi) II Exam 4
Valo1462 Turkish I Exam 10
Valo2382 Turkish II Exam 8
Valo2367 Turkish III Exam 8
Valo2368 Turkish IV Exam 8
Valo4100 Turkish V Exam 6
Valo4101 Turkish VI Exam 6
Elective courses   4
Science sector Other
EKI level 6
Programme practical realization

The Department of Asian Studies ensures the practical implementation of the programme in accordance with its aims and objectives:

  • develops, coordinates and implements the compulsory study part;
  • creates and implements compulsory elective modules;
  • follows the course topicality, updating courses on a regular basis;
  • provides the supervision of Bachelor’s Thesis.

Diverse teaching methods are utilised in all study courses to develop analytical thinking and argumentation, academic writing and oral presentation skills. Some of the most progressive Asian language teaching methods are applied in the implementation of the study programme. This is also facilitated by educational materials from the respective countries (textbooks, audio and audio-visual materials, computer software). With regard to the implementation of academic study courses, it is ensured that courses are taught by lecturers who are involved in active research work and possess scientific knowledge about the subject matter. The BSP Asian Studies is implemented in the form of full-time studies. The programme implementation is organised in form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical studies and individual research. The efficient implementation and application of interactive methods is important in the implementation of the study programme.

      In addition to traditional means, dialogical methods are increasingly utilised in studies (projects, group work, creative workshops and discussions). The proportion of seminars is increasing each year. In the first years of programme implementation, the inclusion of seminars as an integral part of the study process was prevented by the large number of students per group. This issue was resolved by dividing the theoretical courses in study modules, thus facilitating work in smaller groups and improving the course quality, as well as making it possible to increase the proportion of seminars.

Students receive academic support through regular consultations and, in some cases, through individual classes. Special consultations and seminars are held so that students could better prepare for final exams.

      The programme’s management welcomes and encourages students to take intensive language and culture courses at foreign universities, depending on the selected module. It is planned to further expand collaboration with universities and international cooperation partners in the relevant regions of Asia to ensure such an opportunity for larger number of students.

Rating system

A variety of assessment methods is employed during the study programme acquisition:

  • to assess the study quality at the end of academic term, traditional forms of knowledge tests are utilised: both oral and written examinations. In order to organise an exam, the minimum volume of study course is 2 CP;
  • students’ knowledge is continuously evaluated during the academic term through various forms of assessment – research papers, tests, reviews of theoretical literature, seminars, and assignments during practical studies. Depending on the specificity and volume of credit points, intermediate tests are usually held throughout the entire course, after covering individual study topics. The assessment system aims to promote individual work, to deepen and sustain knowledge as well as to obtain more grounded and objective assessment of students at final examinations;
  • consistent assessment is similarly practiced in language courses. The assessment consists of students’ active participation during lectures, regularly taking tests and fulfilling grammar tasks, thus allowing both the lecturer and student to be aware of their level of growth. The consistent assessment enables to give a more objective final grade at the end of a term, summing it up with the exam grade. It also provides the possibility to:
    • systematically monitor the acquisition of study material and the individual work of students;
    • promote contact with students (through discussions, dialogues and involvement in research work);
    • encourage students to work consistently and individually;
    • be objective in assessing the course acquisition.

      The assessment of Bachelor’s Thesis is based on principles used in reviewing research papers. Additional points are exclusively awarded, depending on the number of utilised sources and literature units. There is a need for a proper scientific apparatus, ability to assess scientific literature, utilise relevant methodology of scientific research. Given that successful defence of Bachelor's Thesis requires a timely preparation of theoretical basis, draft of structure and analysis of literary sources (most of which are in the language of the specific Asian module), the programme’s management is considering the possibility of distributing credit points to be acquired by defending the Bachelor’s Thesis accordingly to the period of its writing (5th and 6th academic term). This will promote students’ motivation to timely and efficiently conduct the first stage of Bachelor’s Thesis writing.

      Thus students are informed about requirements set in the course description during the introduction of each course: at the first lecture students are acquainted with the requirements for completing the course and passing the exam . Also, the form of assessment and deadlines are specified.  The evaluation is conducted within a 10-point system. Students’ feedback is taken into account in the organisation of several course assessments, for instance, when selecting an oral or written form of test. The evaluation procedure, which is stipulated in course descriptions, is regularly discussed at the Department meetings.

Programme price

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