Intercultural Communication

Annual Admission


Course Brief

Full-time undergraduate programme

Tuition Fee*: 1900 EUR/ per year

*Citizens from countries that have signed an agreement with Latvia or offer scholarships for Latvian citizens can apply for the Latvian state scholarships. For more information and the list of eligible countries visit: http://www.viaa.gov.lv/eng/scholarships_gov/scholarships_for_studies/?tl_id=22800&tls_id=54779

Language of Tuition: Latvian/Language of Specialisation

Duration of studies: Four years

Degree: The Bachelor of Arts

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME
The programme aims to enable students to reflect systematically on their own cultural identities in an international context, to enhance students' intercultural awareness and communication skills in order to work professionally in an international environment. 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
The programme is implemented bilingually - in Latvian and in the chosen specialization language. Studies can be initiated either with or without preliminary knowledge of the specialization language.

The general required (part A) courses, which are implemented in Latvian, give general insight into the cultural-historical and cultural-theoretical issues of arts and humanities. Students acquire various aspects of the culture of Latvia in the context of world cultures. 

The speciality based required part (part B) courses allow students to master their specialization language and to understand the specific target culture. During their studies, students develop intercultural communication skills as well as analytical and critical thinking skills. An integral part of the studies is also devoted to research. 

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates of the programme are mediators in intercultural communication; they are competent in multilingualism and ready for contact with multicultural environment.
Embassies and diplomatic service, ministries and other state institutions, international organizations, translation agencies, tourism - these are just a few of the work placements for the graduates of the programme "Intercultural Communication".

Latvia – Denmark
Latvia – France
Latvia – France/ Belgium
Latvia – France/ Canada
Latvia – Italy
Latvia – Britain
Latvia – the Netherlands / Germany
Latvia – Spain
Latvia – East Asia
Latvia – Germany
Latvia – Nordic Countries

In summer, 2019 admission takes place in the following specializations:

Latvia – Spain

Latvia – Anglophone Cultures

Theoretical fundamentals of arts and humanities

Students acquire the ability to orient themselves in different typologies and periodization systems of culture, as well as familiarize themselves with the different concepts of culture and art. Study courses in the history of philosophy enable students to perceive the relevance of philosophical theories in the broader cultural, scientific and social context.

Arts

Students are provided with the historical background of literature, theatre, visual arts, music and cinema, as well as the current use of these art forms, thus gaining an understanding of the different principles of aesthetic thinking.

Intercultural Communication

During the studies, students develop their intercultural communication competence, which is one of the most necessary skills of a modern specialist in any field or profession. The programme gives a fresh perspective to many cultural and intercultural issues, which can be later applied in the promotion and development of intercultural communication.

Languages

All students are required to become proficient in two foreign languages – French and English; however, during their third year of studies students can acquire also a third foreign language.

Research

Students are introduced to the basics of research as a building fundament for their Bachelor thesis and the argumentation behind it. This includes mastering the differences between the most common research methods used for academic or commercial research and marketing studies.

Management Skills

During the whole study process, there are two work placements scheduled for each student. Combining the practical work during work placements with the theoretical skills gained during lectures, students will be able to get acquainted with the specifics of organizing international events and learn about their own interests and abilities to apply after graduation.

All applicants must submit:

1) A completed application form;

2) A copy of passport or identity card (the original should also be presented);

3) A copy of the secondary education certificate together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;

4) A copy of the secondary school centralized examination certificate with results in Latvian and English (or German or French as a foreign language) (the original should also be presented)*;

5) Two photos of the applicant (3x4 cm);

6) Printout of the payment order for the applicant’s registration fee of 20.00 EUR

*Before applying for studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture the international applicants are required to undergo the procedure of recognition of their secondary education certificate at the Academic Information Centre (for further information please see: http://www.aic.lv/portal/en )

 

The admission tutor may request academic references at a later date as well to help make a decision on your application.

Please make sure that your application is received within the application period. Application period 2019 is from July 2 till July 7.

All applicants are evaluated based on their results in:

  • The secondary school centralized exams in English (or German or French as a foreign language)* and Latvian**;
  • The specialization exam, carried out during the application period at the Latvian Academy of Culture - an essay on a literary theme that shows the applicant's creative approach to the topic, ability to balance ideas with the appropriate form of presentation, ability to argument one’s opinion and to introduce one’s style of expression, knowledge of classical and contemporary cultural issues. Each applicant is given 4-6 topics to choose from and 4 hours to finish the essay.

Criteria for assessing the essay (on a scale from 0-100 points): the ability to express one’s thoughts independently, the ability to approach the theme creatively, composition, consistency in the sequence and interconnection of the paragraphs, the ability to argument one’s opinion and to introduce one’s style of expression, the ability to use literary language and appropriate vocabulary.


*International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad and have not taken the state centralized exam in English (or German or French as a foreign language) can take it on the spot at the Latvian Academy of Culture during the application period.
**International applicants and applicants who have completed their secondary education abroad are required to register their average mark in their Mother Tongue and their average mark in Literature, which are both recorded in their secondary education certificate.

The Head of the Programme “Intercultural Communication: Latvia – Germany” – lect. Daina Volkinšteine, daina.volkinsteine@gmail.com

The Head of the Programme “Intercultural Communication: Latvia – France/ Canada” – assist. prof. Anita Vaišle, avaisle@gmail.com

For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure:info@lka.edu.lv

Laila Niedre
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Jau vairāk nekā 10 gadus Dr. art. Laila Niedre strādā Akadēmijā. Ikdienas darbs, veidojot augstskolā vidi, kas atbalstītu vācu valodas apguvi, nosaka galvenās pētnieciskās intereses: valodu mācīšanas metodika, zinātnes valoda, valoda komunikācijas kontekstā.

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Anita Vaišle
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Akadēmijas Starpkultūru komunikācijas un svešvalodu katedras apakšprogrammas “Starpkultūru sakari Latvija – Francijas” vadītāja Anita Vaišle strādā Akadēmijā no 1998. gada, mācot franču valodu/ komunikatīvo gramatiku iesācēju grupām un grupām ar priekšzināšanām, bet pamatspecializācija ir Valsts studijas: Francijas ģeogrāfija, vēsture un sabiedrība.

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