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Welcome to the Department of English Studies

On behalf of the Department of English Studies, I would like to thank you for your interest in the programmes offered by our department. We strongly believe that only the most exceptionally talented students are drawn to our programmes by the allure of becoming part of a learning environment where knowledge is not merely spread but explored, shared, and constructed. The academic staff consisting of experienced faculty with international academic experience is committed to innovative teaching informed by substantial research in linguistics, applied linguistics, literary theory and culture studies.


The Department of English Studies offers two programmes: "English Philology" and "Modern Language and Business Studies", which adhere to the highest standards of academic achievement. The studies and out-of-class communication with the academic staff of the programmes are in the English language.
It is known that English has emerged as a global lingua franca, conferring real advantages on those who speak it, but never has the need to understand other languages and cultures been more vital to the future of Latvia. Therefore, other strategically important languages such as French, Spanish, German, and Italian are also studied.
The volume of each 4-year programme is 160 credit points, corresponding to 240 ECTS. The programmes incorporate a mandatory A part, comprising a university study programme module and field specific study courses, a mandatory elective B part, and a C part, consisting of free choice courses from other fields of science.

English PhilologyEnglish Philology 1st year students

The graduates of English Philology are highly competetive both in domestic and foreign job markets because they have developed advanced English language competence, and they are able to demonstrate a high level competence of another foreign language, e.g. French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. Besides, the students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of linguistics, applied linguistics, the literature and culture of the target languages. They develop skills in data collection and analysis, critical and logical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and interpersonal skills, which relate to a wide variety of disciplines. The skills and competences gained in the programme equip graduates for postgraduate studies and for a variety of careers, including the civil service, non-governmental organizations, and private companies.                               
The English Philology Study Programme engages the students in a thorough study of a range of courses in linguistics, literary theory and culture.

Good luck with your studies!
Indra Karapetjana, Dr. Philol.
Head, Department of English Studies