The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

LINGUISTICS 45.03.02 - Theory and Practice of Intercultural Communication

Specialisation: Theory and Practice of Intercultural Communication

Degree: Bachelor

Study Mode: Part Time

Duration: 5 academic years (240 ECTS)

Entry Criteria: Russian Certificate of Complete Secondary Education (or equivalent), with school-leaving Unified State Examination results  in Foreign Language(s), History and Russian plus MSLU Entrance Test in English, German, French, Spanish

Would you like to know more about how languages are connected with the people who speak them? How the collective mentality and culture of an ethnic group shapes – and is shaped by – the language of the group? In short, are you interested in the human dimension of languages? Have you wondered what needs to be done so that intercultural contacts do not deteriorate into intercultural conflicts? And would you like to be the human catalyst who can help intercultural communications run smoothly and effectively? Then this programme is meant for you.

Programme Overview

Our 5-year part-time Bachelor programme is designed to do two things: provide you with proficiency in two foreign languages (one of them English) and give you a thorough theoretical grounding in, and practical skills in, conflictology and communication across cultures.

At the end of your studies you will have an oral final examination in your two languages and intercultural skills. You will also give a viva presentation of your graduation research paper (Bachelor’s Thesis).

On graduation you can either continue your studies to get a Master’s Degree or go out to work in a large number of fields, mostly in communications, consulting and conflict resolution.

Year 1

During the first year you will focus mostly on your first foreign language (FL1), giving it a solid practical foundation. Your other prominent subjects in this year will be History and Classical Languages and Cultures.

Year 2

In the second year you start working on your FL2, while you continue broadening and deepening your scope of FL1. You also study Linguistics and start your first courses in Theory of Intercultural Communication.

Year 3

The third year is when you divide your time between a massive practical course of FL2 and an array of specialised disciplines such as Philosophy, Law, Sociolinguistics, Conflictilogy and Ethnopsycholinguistics.

Year 4

Ethnopsycholinguistics and Comparative Culturology studied in this year will contribute to your professional tool-kit that you will be able to put to practical use during a two-week work placement. Year 4 is also a time to round off your linguistic competences with such courses as Lexicology, Theoretical Grammar, Stylistics, Literature, and History of the Language (all with regard to your FL1).

Year 5

Your practical skills in FL1 and FL2 will be enhanced and also applied to the new area of professionally-oriented Translation from these languages. Mostly, however, your final year will be devoted to writing your Bachelor's Thesis: a piece of independent research to be defended in a viva presentation at your graduation.