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Qualification: Bachelor of Humanities in Finno-Ugric Studies (LU)

Bachelor of Humanities in Finno-Ugric Studies (LU)

Qualification Information

- to acquire theoretical knowledge of the Finno-Ugric philology;
- to master three Finnish languages of the Baltic Sea area: Finnish, Estonian - on the highest level of language proficiency, Livian - lexical and grammatical minimum enabling to read and translate texts written in the Livian language;
- to acquire knowledge of Finnish and Estonian literature;
- to study history of culture of Finnish, Estonian, Livian and other Finno-Ugric peoples and communities;
- to carry out an independent research (10 credit points) of Finno-Ugric linguistic science or culture and present the result in the Bachelor's thesis developed on the level equal to the requirements for a scientific publication.

The main aims of the Finno-Ugric programme are as follows:
- to implement the academic degree programme which provides students with necessary knowledge and expertise that meet the requirements of qualification in the labour market, thus contributing to the social and national development of Latvia;
- to provide students with knowledge, skills and qualifications that enable them to successfully engage in work related to a variety of theoretical and practical aspects of Finno-Ugric studies, be it locally or internationally;
- to combine academic studies with research in order for the students to enrich their professional understanding of the cultural heritage and diversity of the Baltic Sea region countries.

The main objectives of the bachelor’s degree programme in Finno-Ugric studies have been formulated according to the aims, and they are as follows:
- to provide students with theoretical understandings of the Finno-Ugric linguistic, literature and cultural studies, and offer insights into related interdisciplinary fields of research;
- to provide students with professional skills and competence in Finnish and Estonian as well as translation and interpretation, and to offer them an understanding of the Livonian language, which covers vocabulary and grammar at least;
- to encourage students to think in the lines of philology and interdisciplinary research and take professional interest in their field of study, so that they would continue to broaden their knowledge and increase their qualifications after graduating from the university, and, should it become necessary, train for new occupations;
- to promote the international exchange of students and the academic staff in co-operation with partner universities and research institutions mainly in Estonia and Finland, but also in Hungary and elsewhere, so that the participants in exchange programmes could broaden the theoretical basis of their knowledge and develop their practical research skills;
- to provide students with a bachelor’s degree programme of high quality that is able to compete with similar programmes at the national and international level and offers students ample opportunities for continuing their academic education for receiving a master’s degree at a national or international university.

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- University of Latvia

Awarding body contact info: 

Tālr.: 67034301,67034700,67034600
Fakss: 67034513,67820113
E-pasts: lu@lu.lv

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Access requirements: 

Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes)