Language, Translation and Literary Studies

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Application options

To study languages, translation or literary Studies as an exchange studen, you can apply for:

Degree Programme in English Language, Literature and Translation

The studies in English language and literature deal with language structure, usage, variation and learning. In addition, students familiarize themselves with English literary genres, cultural material and literatures of various periods and countries. The studies in translation and interpreting focus on translation studies, language and culture, thus introducing students to the professional translation of marketing-related texts, EU documents, manuals and literature. In the Master's programmes, students attain a strong expertise in their specialized field. Moreover, they gain the ability to apply scientific knowledge in practice and build the skills required for postgraduate studies. Students specializing in translation and interpreting are required to have an excellent command of Finnish.

Degree Programme in Finnish Language

Finnish Language Studies seek to familiarize students with the academic concepts of the tasks and the structure of language as well as the history of the Finnish language. Moreover, the purpose of the studies is to introduce students to academic research on the Finnish language and to train knowledgeable and professional users of Finnish. The degree programme is intended primarily for students with Finnish as their mother tongue.

Degree Programme in French Language

The Bachelor's degree programme begins with basic studies, which focus on language skills. In intermediate studies, students develop their language skills and acquire a more extensive knowledge of linguistics, French literature and French society and history. Free choice courses cover fields such as language research, language teaching, translation and knowledge of French society. The Master's degree programme further improves students' knowledge of language, society and culture.

Degree Programme in German Language, Culture and Translation

Basic studies focus on improving students' language competence and cultural knowledge. Intermediate studies then concentrate on acquiring a knowledge of the academic requirements in the Master's programme, as well as enhancing language and communication skills. In the course of their Master's degree studies in German language and culture, students acquire an extensive knowledge of the German language and culture and relevant research, as well as obtain comprehensive information on German-speaking countries. Students specializing in translation and interpreting are required to have an excellent command of Finnish.

Degree Programme in Literary Studies

The Degree Programme in Literary Studies is taught in Finnish. The degree programme offers students a topical view on literature as a part of the larger field of arts and culture, and introduces them to the history of literary forms and to current methodology in literary research.

Degree Programme in Russian Language, Culture and Translation

The Bachelor's programme includes studies in Russian language and culture as well as in translation and interpreting, and provides students with strong language skills and a comprehensive knowledge of Russian culture.

Studies in language and culture focus on the structure of Russian, Russian literature and literature analysis, cultural history and modern society. Studies in translation and interpreting focus on translating, and introduce students to the professional translation of, for example, marketing-related texts, news releases and manuals. Students specializing in translation and interpreting are required to have an excellent command of Finnish. The Master's Programme in Russian Language and Culture provides students with a wide-ranging knowledge of Russia.

Degree Programme in Scandinavian Languages

The Degree Programme in Scandinavian Languages educates specialists for the language, culture and translation requirements of the Nordic countries. The main emphasis is laid on the Swedish language area, Swedish language usage and structure, but students are also introduced to the languages and cultures of other Nordic countries.

Studies emphasize the social status of contemporary Swedish and the Swedish language as a medium of communication, not forgetting the cultural background of the language. While the studies progress, students familiarize themselves, for example, with the differences between Finland Swedish and Sweden Swedish, Swedish literature, translation and the language of the media.

Czech Language

The study module of Czech Language consists of Basic Studies (25 ECTS). Students may choose to complete single course units of the module during their exchange.  N.B. Completing the whole module takes four semesters. Contact teaching is annually available in the first period and in the third period.

During the Basic Studies the students obtain a good command of Czech language in everyday use and a basic knowledge of the history of the Czech Republic and of the structure of the language.

Romanian Language

Students can complete a 25-credit basic studies module in Romanian. In addition to practical language skills, the module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of the structure of the language and of Romanian history, society, culture and literature and the country’s economy. The module is recommended for everyone who might need knowledge of the Romanian language in his/her field. The module can be completed in one year. Once students have completed this basic studies module in Romanian, they will be able to read texts in Romanian (journalistic, non-fiction and simple literary texts, etc.) and use both spoken and written Romanian to communicate in everyday situations. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of the structure of the language and of Romanian history, society, culture and literature and the country’s economy.

Russian Studies

The study module Russian Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which deals with topics relating to Russia and it offers high quality courses on Russian/Soviet history, politics, culture, social structures and institutions. Teaching is based on the latest research and international expertise, and is given by Finnish and foreign scholars. Language of instruction is English, no previous knowledge of Russian is required.

Spanish Language

The study module of Spanish Language consists of Basic Studies (25 ECTS) and Intermediate Studies (35 ECTS). Students may choose to complete single course units of Spanish Language during their exchange. During the Basic Studies courses the students attain a proficiency in written and spoken Spanish, familiarize themselves with the most important trends of Spanish literature and become initiated into the history, culture and society of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. The Intermediate Studies aim at further deepening students’ language proficiency, e.g. by familiarizing students with the structure of language, and at giving the students an understanding of contemporary literature, society and of recent history of Hispanic countries.

Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri

Finnish Language and Culture is a programme meant for non-native speakers of Finnish (see special prerequisites). The programme specializes in Finnish language and its usage in every day and professional situations and written texts. In addition, the programme includes studies of Finnish culture and society, according to the choice of students.

Availability of contact teaching is subject to financial resources being allocated for the programme in the academic year. 

Studies

Courses in most of the Language, Translation and Literature degree programmes are taught primarily in Finnish, with courses on the Bachelor’s degree level in particular including a number of compulsory courses taught only in Finnish. However, a selection of course units in the degree programmes in languages can be completed in the programme’s target language, and selected courses are available either as contact teaching or through independent study by writing essays or by taking exams on set books. Master’s degree programmes in foreign languages (English, German, Russian, French, and Scandinavian languages) can be completed in the degree programme’s target language.

Specific requirements

The Degree Programme in English Language, Literature and Translation and the study module of Finnish Language and Culture organise regular skills tests in order to check the required language proficiency of exchange students wishing to attend these studies. Furthermore, any other programmes in addition to these may also organise a skills test or otherwise check the language proficiency of exchange students wishing to apply.

All exchange students wishing to attend these studies must first demonstrate the necessary level of language proficiency by passing a skills test, regardless of their host programme at the Faculty. For studies within the Degree Programme in English Language, Literature and Translation the language requirement is C1 (CEFR).

Exchange students may also attend courses in other programmes or study modules at the Faculty, provided:

  1. the course is open to international students
  2. there is space available in the course,
  3. they have sufficient academic knowledge to study the subject in question, and
  4. they have adequate linguistic capability to follow the lectures and complete coursework.

Contact information

Ms MIra Pihlström
International Coordinator
email: mira.pihlstrom ( at) uta.fi