Master's in Orientalistics

General

Program Description

Highlights

  • Study location: Latvia, Riga
  • Type: Postgraduate, full-time
  • Nominal duration: 2 years (120 ECTS)
  • Study language: English
  • Awards: Master (Master of Humanities)
  • Accreditation: Study programme is accredited

Overview

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.

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.

Programme structure

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.

Application

Entry qualification

Undergraduate diploma (or higher)

Applicants for Master degree studies are required to have completed Bachelor degree or higher professional education in Humanities comprising at least 3 years of full time studies providing access to Master’s level study programmes.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Latvian.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Applicants must upload education documents in original language, as well as translations into English. Diplomas and transcripts issued outside EU must be legalized with a legalization stamp or Apostille.

You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.

Language requirements
  • English
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Arabic
  • Turkish

Applicants must prove their English language knowledge. University accepts the following international language tests:

  • TOEFL IBT – at least score 72;
  • IELTS – at least score 5.5;
  • PTE General – at least level B2;
  • FCE – at least level B;
  • CPE – satisfactory pass;
  • CAE – satisfactory pass.

University can provide English language test for additional payment (97.50 EUR)

Applicants whose native language is English or previous education is obtained in English are exempt from this requirement (except citizens of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal).

Applicants must present Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or Turkish language knowledge, which must be proved with a certificate on the achieved intermediate level (duration of studies – 2 to 3 years) or language tests: Chinese – Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, level 4; Japanese – Japanese Language Proficiency Test, level N3; Arabic or Turkish – European Language Certificates, level B1 .

Other requirements

For citizens of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal – Skype interview which includes questions about motivation

Career opportunities

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.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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The University of Latvia has been founded in 1919 and currently, with its more than 14 000 students, 13 faculties and over 20 research institutes and independent study centers, is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltics. The University offers more than 130 state-accredited academic and professional study programs. Read less