Courses in the Latvian language are offered at several universities worldwide. The list below focuses mainly on European universities, but if you know of a university-level Latvian language program elsewhere in the world, email@example.com and we will add it to our list.
According to a study by the National Agency for Latvian Language Training (Latviešu valodas apguves valsts aģentūra, or LVAVA) in 2008, Latvian language courses are now offered by 20 European universities outside of Latvia. Several of these language and cultural studies programs began in the early 1990s. Some of the universities listed below have developed a strong Baltic studies program, while others offer Latvian language instruction only through interdisciplinary studies or as an additional or elective subject.
Charles University in Prague
Masaryk University in Brno, Faculty of Arts
University of Tartu
University of Helsinki
Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald
Humboldt University in Berlin
Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz
University of Cologne
University of Münster
University of Western Hungary in Szombathely, Department of Philology (Uralistics Section)
Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Department of Philosophy (Slavic and Baltic Languages Section)
For more information contact Lāsma Ģibiete at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or +371 298 44 524.
University of Latvia
Klaipeda University, Faculty of Humanities
Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas
Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznan
University of Warsaw
Saint-Petersburg State University
The Department of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow offers Latvian language courses (basic reading knowledge and communication skills) to its Honours and Masters students. For more information contact Dace Prauliņa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Washington’s Baltic Studies Program allows students in Scandinavian Area Studies to specialize in Latvian, Estonian or Lithuanian studies.
Requiring less commitment, but still fairly intensive, is the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), hosted each summer by a different participating university. BALSSI offers language classes in elementary Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian. Additional English-language courses in Baltic history and culture, as well as a variety of cultural events, are also offered. The Center for Russian, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host BALSSI in the summer of 2010, from June 14 to August 6, 2009. For more information visit the BALSSI website or contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator, at email@example.com or +1 (608) 262-3379.
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