Baltic Studies at Masaryk University are within the field of philology: the study programme encompasses Lithuanian, Finnish, Estonian, and Latvian in their linguistic, geographical, and historical relations. The main goal of Baltic Studies is to master one (or more) of these languages. The communicative competence of the students is the main, though not the only, goal of Baltic Studies: the ability to communicate in Lithuanian or Finnish must lead to higher scientific qualities for graduates, i.e. to the profound knowledge of the grammatical system of the chosen language, as well as its typology, diachronic development, and dialectical and stylistic diversity. Students of Baltic Studies are taught specific methods of the philological approach to the language, both linguistic and literary, with the objective of having a professional theoretical comprehension of languages and texts. Students of Baltic studies must also possess a good comprehension of the history of Lithuania, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia, as they are led to detailed studies of the written culture of these countries from their very beginnings to the 20th century.
A graduate of the Baltic Studies study programme is able to speak one of the languages of the Baltic region (Lithuanian or Finnish) and has solid knowledge in the theory of general linguistics. The cultural history part of the study programme guarantees that graduates have very good knowledge of the history and contemporary culture of the entire Baltic region starting with Lithuania and Poland and reaching as far as the Scandinavian countries. Thanks to that knowledge, graduates are able to find at least two possible fields of occupation: in the academic field, Baltic studies scholars work in general linguistics – both synchronic and diachronic (especially Indo-European linguistics, Uralistics, and etymology); in non-academic fields, a graduate of Baltic studies can work as a translator and interpreter, either in Czech and EU institutions or in the fields of culture and literature.
This programme is taught in Czech.
The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the oral Field of Study Examination. Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.
You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 28 February.
Field of study examinations will be held from 22 April to 25 April.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.
Single-subject studies specialization: Lithuanian (full-time studies in Czech). You can study Finnish after the first year of study.
Learning Potential Test (TSP)
For admission for studies in this degree programme, you do not need to take the TSP.
Field of Study Examination
This examination is only in Czech. It is intended to check the applicants’ knowledge of the given field of study. It is done in the form of a personal motivation interview with the aim of learning the applicants’ reasons for choosing Baltic Studies and the expectations with which the applicants start their studies.
Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:
The applicants must shortly introduce the reasons for submitting their application for Baltic Studies (such as interest in these countries, wanting to study a less typical field, upon the recommendation of friends, by chance, etc.). The examiners will introduce to the applicants an orientation of the Baltic Studies programme and the basic features of completing this course of study. The interview is expected to last 15 minutes.
Admission without the entrance examinationYou can be exempt from the entrance examination based on the submission of confirmations of your participation in a nationwide round of the Students’ Professional Activities in the field of history, the Czech language Olympiad, and foreign language competitions (English, French, Latin, German, Russian, Spanish).
Please upload the officially certified documents together with a completed Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.
Criteria for evaluation
- Total number of points in the Field of Study Examination: 100
- Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 50
Single-subject studies with specialization
In the single-subject studies, the student deepens knowledge in the concrete focus of the degree programme and chooses one specialization. The specialization is stated in the university diploma.
In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes. An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies
After completion of the Bachelor's studies of Baltic Studies, it is possible to continue further studies in the Baltic Studies Master's degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements) or in a similar study programme abroad.
|Provided by||Faculty of Arts|
|Type of studies|
|Standard length of studies||3 years|
|Language of instruction||Czech|
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doc. Mag. Vaidas Šeferis, Dr. phil.
Mgr. Petra Hebedová, Ph.D.
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