Cultural and Intercultural Studies

Next Admission: TBC

Category: Master Studies

Course Brief

Full-time graduate 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:

Language of Tuition: Latvian

Duration of studies: Two years

Degree: The Master of Arts


The programme aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the processes of arts and culture in Latvia and abroad, as well as to train students in cultural diplomacy, in order to prepare them for work in an international environment.


The programme focuses on cultural diplomacy and cultural policy, as well as intercultural studies, thus expanding the range of studies as well as future possibilities for the students. Courses are divided into several areas of competencies, which provide theoretical knowledge, practical study activities, allow students to master their foreign language skills and prepare them to become mediators in intercultural communication as well as to carry out large-scale cultural projects. Students also gain in-depth knowledge on the diverse aspects of modern and postmodern culture.


Graduates of this programme will be proficient in cultural diplomacy. They will have had gained knowledge necessary to work in an international cultural environment and developed research skills in various disciplines of the theory of culture and intercultural studies, thus allowing them to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

Theory and Methodology of Cultural Sciences

Theoretical courses, such as Modernism, Postmodernism, Critical Theories of Contemporary Art, The Interdisciplinary aspects of the Theory of Culture, Antropology of Art and Research Methodology and Academic Writing provide the academic foundation and prepare students for the elaboration of their MA thesis. Furthermore the programme offers speciality courses, such as Speciality course in the Semiotics of Culture, Speciality course in the Sociology of Culture, Cognitive Linguistics Seminar, Introduction to Theatre Anthropology, Speciality course in Philosophy, Traditions of Arts and Modernity in East Asia: Life and Literature in China.

Intercultural Communication

A variety of courses is offered to strengthen the intercultural communication skills, e.g. Diplomacy and Culture, Theory and practice of Intercultural communication, Political Models in History of Civilizations.

Contemporary Arts

Courses such as Music of the 20th and 21st Century, Performative Practices, Contemporary Drama and Literature, Theoretical Aspects of the History of Cinema, History of Contemporary Art after 1945 and The Theory of Contemporary Dance offer knowledge about specific fields of contemporary art and culture

Work placement

During the whole study process, students must obtain a work placement related to intercultural communication and relations. Combining the practical work during work placement with the theoretical skills gained during the lectures, students will be able to get acquainted with the specifics of intercultural communication, build their professional network and learn about their own interests and abilities to apply after graduating.

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 BA (undergraduate) diploma together with the academic transcript of records (the original should also be presented)*;

4) Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV);

5) A letter of motivation (2000-3000 characters)

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

7) 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: )

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. 

All applicants are evaluated based on their results in*:

  • Test in English (or German or French);
  • Test in the Theory and History of Culture;
  • Admission Interview.


Test in English (or German or French)

The purpose of this admission exam is to test the applicant’s general knowledge in the relevant foreign language, including reading, vocabulary, grammar and writing skills. The difficulty of the test corresponds to B2 Level of “the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)" approved by the European Council.

The test is evaluated on a scale from 0-100 points.

Instead of taking the test an applicant can choose to submit an internationally recognized foreign language proficiency certificate of a level B2 or higher. Applicants who have obtained their Bachelor's degree at the Latvian Academy of Culture do not have to take the test as the final grade in their first foreign language (English, German or French) will be assessed as their admission exam.

Test in the Theory and History of Culture

The purpose of this admission exam is to test the applicants' general knowledge in the theory and history of culture, as well as the topicalities of culture in Latvia and abroad. It includes questions on the following topics:

  • Topical cultural processes in Latvia and abroad;
  • The theory of culture and cultural sciences;
  • Philosophy and the history of philosophy;
  • Religion and the history of religion;
  • The history of fine arts and architecture;
  • The history of literature;
  • The history of music;
  • The history of theatre art and cinema.

In order to successfully pass the test, the applicant must present factual knowledge on the topics mentioned above, as well as the ability to detect the correct answer with the help of deduction.

The test consists of 100 closed questions with multiple-choice options and is evaluated on a scale from 0-100 points. The duration of the test is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Applicants who have obtained their Bachelor's degree at the Latvian Academy of Culture do not have to take the test, as the average grade of their BA diploma will be assessed as their admission exam.

Admission Interview

The purpose of the interview is to learn the motivation of the applicant in choosing the programme and to determine whether the applicant would be able to study and work in the chosen field. The interview is not a test of knowledge, but rather a conversation tailored individually to create a comprehensive understanding of the personality of each applicant.

The questions of the interview are created based on two thematic sections:

  • Questions related to the topical issues in culture both in Latvia and abroad, as well as the current research strategies in the field of arts and culture, thus assessing the applicant's knowledge, competence and motivation for studies in this programme;
  • Questions related to the intended Master’s thesis, including the applicant's interest and efforts in the area of the intended topic, as well as the likelihood of carrying out such research in the given timeframe. The applicant can pre-prepare an outline of the topic of the Master's thesis, as well as submit their research articles, unpublished works or other materials related to the topic.

The admission interview is evaluated on a scale from 0-100 points.


*All admission examinations take place during the application period.

The Head of the Programme: prof. Zane Šiliņa,

For more information regarding the programme and the application procedure:


Zane Šiliņa

Z. Šiliņa Akadēmijā ir ieguvusi bakalaura, maģistra un doktora grādu (disertācija „Jaunās pasaules ideja Raiņa dramaturģijā”, 2007), Akadēmijā strādā kopš 1996. gada.

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