Baltic Sea Region Studies (sub-programme of academic program Linguistics, Literature and Regional Culture Studies)

Degree to be achieved: Master in Humanities in Language Studies
Duration of studies: 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
Accreditation: Study programme is licensed, will be accredited within two years (according to national legislation)

Tuition fee 
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members; Long Term Resident EU – 2300 EUR per Year
Other сountry citizens – 3300 EUR per Year

The Baltic Sea Region study sub-programme offers in-depth knowledge of the most important cultural and social phenomena of the Baltic Sea Region and their digital resources, it forms a comprehensive understanding of cultural, environmental and social processes, their universal and local manifestations, looking at their development in the context of sustainability. Students of the programme acquire current research methods in the humanities and social sciences (literary sciences, art sciences, cultural history, cultural theory, sociolinguistics, demography, etc.), as well as basic principles of planning and implementation of sustainable initiatives in the humanitarian and social fields (for example, in the course “Sustainable cultural environment of education”), and can apply them in their professional activities.

Within the programme, students will study common study courses and specialization courses of the chosen sub-programme. Most of the courses are focused on the multifaceted study and research of the Baltic Sea region, focusing more on the eastern part – the Baltics and Finland, as well as not avoiding to look at localities less present in public discourse (for example, divided East Prussia). Thematically, the sub-programme focuses on literature, music, audiovisual arts, cultural history, language situation, as well as aspects related to population, environment and tourism (“Sustainable tourism development and product management”). In addition to cross-regional themes, a special attention in the linguistic module is paid to the problems of the Baltic Finns (Estonians, Finns, Livs, etc.). The interdisciplinarity of the sub-programme is ensured not only by the inclusion of different disciplines, but also by cross-cutting themes (e.g. “consequences of totalitarianism and their overcoming”, “island world”, etc.) both within one thematic module and between different modules.

Study period and classes time
The full-time degree programme covers two academic years. Classes are in the evenings of working days from 6.15pm till 9.30pm.

Career opportunities

The academic education offered by the programme provides an opportunity to focus professionally on the cultural and social field of the Baltic Sea Region countries, based on the principles of sustainability such as inclusion of diversity, civic responsibility and participation, social and environmental justice. Graduates are motivated to work in state, non-governmental and private institutions, diplomatic structures – embassies, cultural, business and other representations in Latvia and abroad, international organizations, etc., business enterprises operating in the Baltic Sea region, higher education institutions and research institutes. Upon successful completion of the programme, one can study for a doctorate.

More information about study programme and Study plan

ERASMUS+ exchange possibilities

UL full-time students, regardless of their citizenship, have the opportunity to apply for the ERASMUS + exchange program for studies or/and traineeship.  

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ERASMUS + study mobility 
ERASMUS + traineeship moblity   

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor’s degree or a diploma proving equivalent level of education from an institution of higher education;
2. English language proficiency.

The average grade in study courses must be 60% of the maximum. 

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.

Source: University of Latvia


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