Studies type:

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Study mode:

full-time, part-time

Study duration:

3 years (6 semesters)

Location:

Warszawa

Language of studies:

Spanish

University:

AFiB Vistula

  • More information is available at the New Students section. Call us at: +48 510 858 087, or e-mail us at: admission2@vistula.edu.pl

    SPANISH PHILOLOGY– SPECIALTY DESCRRIPTION

    In the era of globalization, high cultural awareness and knowledge of foreign languages is a great asset on the labour market. This refers also to Spanish, a language spoken by over a billion of people worldwide whose number is constantly growing. By choosing the Spanish Philology specialty, you have the guarantee of acquiring language competences and skills necessary both in business relations and in intercultural communication.

    This is a study program addressed to those who would like to achieve fluency in Spanish and additionally learn a second language at least at the B1 level. The program is of a practical character and it is focused on interaction, exercises and seminars conducted in Spanish. It also provides supplementary classes in marketing or business aimed at preparing students to work in an international environment, regardless of the selected area of professional activity.

    • If you have a gift for languages, like to study and build up relationships in an international environment, if you are interested in other cultures, nations and traditions, it means that you have the strengths of a philologist and future expert on diversity and intercultural communication. If you hone your language skills, learn the principles of teamwork and get familiar with the basic mechanisms of international companies operation, you will easily find your feet in the world of international business.
    • Do you have a knack for writing? Do you enjoy finding the best way to express your thoughts, maybe even in several languages? You could pursue the career of a translator, a journalist of foreign language portals, or an editor for various media in the language of your choice.
    • Do you feel comfortable in public performances? Or maybe, you would like to sit in a booth and translate what others are saying? Go ahead and make a career as an interpreter!
    • Do you love books, movies, or computer games? Are you a good storyteller? Would you like to write scripts, record, or create in several languages? You just need to hone your language skills and then join the world of writers, artists, and other creators of culture.
    • If you simply love being with other people and would like to share with them your experiences, knowledge and skills, you love to sing, play and discuss issues with others, you will make a great language teacher.
    • Are you familiar with the social media? Can you find and verify information, manage data and create new content? Do you want to become a media expert? Our Media and Intercultural Business specialty is just for you!

     

    Specialty advantages:

    • Practical profile: we focus on skills and practical knowledge;
    • Our faculty are practitioners – translators, culture managers, and employees of the publishing sector;
    • All lectures and classes are interactive;
    • A second foreign language at the B1 level (5 semesters);
    • We teach how to use new technologies in everyday study and work;
    • Classes, workshops and seminars are worked out in line with students’ interests;
    • Our students and the faculty form a dynamic multicultural environment.

     

    PREREQUISITIES

    If you want to apply for the BA program in Spanish Philology, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

    • Pass the matriculation exam in Spanish at the advanced level.
    • Have a Spanish language certificate at the B1 level.

    If you have not yet reached the required level of Spanish, you are welcome to enrol on the Foundation Year – an intensive Spanish language course.

     

    The studies are started on condition of receiving a sufficient number of applications.

  • ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

    Practical knowledge of Spanish, plus knowledge from the area of the translation market, publishing market and cultural events organization – those are the issues that you will study at the Spanish Philology specialty at Vistula University.

    INTERNSHIPS

    At Vistula University we focus on practical knowledge, that is why during the three-year studies you will complete the total of six months of internships. You will be able to do internships in various publishing and distribution companies, translation agencies, corporations and international institutions. After completing such internships, finding a job will not pose a problem.

    SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE

    Our lecturers put emphasis on practical activities that will help you improve your language skills. Students interested in a career in translation are offered business, specialist, and literary translation workshops. Language courses are supplemented with information on the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking countries. These classes are developed based on the interests and needs of students.

     

    Practical courses

    Practical Learning of the Spanish Language

    • Spanish Pronunciation

    The course covers selected aspects of Spanish pronunciation. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the peculiarities in the articulation of individual sounds, as well as with the general theoretical knowledge of Spanish phonetics and phonology. The subject also focuses on the differences in the pronunciation of individual Spanish-speaking countries.

    • Spanish Style and Grammar 1-4

    Course objective: revision and consolidation of grammar structures. Particular emphasis is placed on improving students’ practical skills in contextual grammar and raising their awareness of the issuing differences of meaning. The course allows students to increase their level of language competence as well as to identify and eliminate basic errors obstructing understanding and effective communication of opinions, feelings and intentions in the Spanish language.

    • Effective Communication: Writing and Presentation

    The aim of the course is to develop students’ skills in writing various types of texts and presenting their views in an attractive and convincing way. The ultimate objective is to help students achieve fluency and gain confidence in Spanish.

    • Reading and Discussion

    The course is designed to introduce students to the world of literature and provide them with the basics of text analysis through active participation in group discussion and task performance. Students will be prepared to work on various literary texts in future.

    • Spanish in Literature, Film and Art

    During the course, students will get familiar with authentic materials from the cultural context of the Spanish-speaking countries, which will allow them to develop their discussion skills and vocabulary.

    • Text Analysis

    The course is aimed at providing students with an overview of techniques and strategies of text analysis. The main objective is to teach them to place texts in a cultural context, identifying their important cultural, social or political traits. Students will also be taught to pay special attention to text analysis in terms of language and style. The third objective is to draw students’ attention to narratological patterns and means of expression. The ultimate objective is to provide them with a methodological framework for interpretation methods.

    • Advanced Text Analysis

    The course is aimed at developing advanced reading skills and teaching students detailed text analysis, critical and analytical thinking, and thorough text interpretation. Students will also be asked to create critical texts, presenting their knowledge of text analysis techniques.

    • Spanish Literary Language

    The course will introduce important writing strategies useful in creating literary and journalistic texts. Great emphasis will be put on the style of the Spanish language and the impact of individual styles on readers. The course will help students to develop their language skills in a creative way.

    • Professional Editing

    The course will be a practical introduction to the editorial workshop aimed at preparing students to write scientific texts. Students will get familiar with selected aspects of writing in MS Word; ways of formatting bibliography, placing illustrations, tables and graphs in the text, building and formatting correct indexes, etc.

    • Spanish in Corporate Culture

    The course is an introduction to the segment of business communication courses. It covers the role of Spanish as a lingua franca in the business world, presenting the key contexts in which it is useful. It will help students develop the basic business vocabulary.

    • Use of Business Vocabulary 1-2

    Students will develop business vocabulary (both in oral and written communication) covering the basic concepts used in modern business practice.

    • Business Communication 1-2

    The course will prepare students to operate in the business context by teaching them effective business communication skills. Apart from vocabulary, students will also learn communication strategies that will increase their chances on the labour market.

    • Oral Communication

    The course is aimed at developing students’ Spanish speaking skills in both formal and informal situations as well as their listening skills. The course will additionally draw students’ attention to further opportunities for developing their speaking and listening skills in Spanish.

    • Rhetoric, Debate and Presentation Analysis

    The course will familiarize students with the foundations of rhetoric, teaching them the basic techniques of presenting various ideas. The course will include a segment dedicated to conducting a debate (including the ability to respond to the interlocutor’s arguments). To achieve this, the course will focus on mastering rhetorical techniques and procedures, as well as analysis of the content of oral and written statements (in a political, social and cultural context).

    • Discourse Techniques in Oral and Written Statements

    The course is aimed at further development of the skills acquired during the classes on “Rhetoric, Debate and Presentation Analysis”. Students will be involved in conducting detailed analyses of the discursive methods used by writers and speakers and they will learn how to use them in their own oral and written statements. The aim of the course is to prepare students to creating well-argued texts and speeches.

    • Critical Thinking Seminar

    This course conducted in the form of a seminar will engage students in a critical analysis of complex texts in their cultural context. The texts discussed during the classes will often raise controversial topics and students will be expected to make critical and analytical judgment and present the ability to create a coherent and impartial feedback.

    • Improving Debate and Persuasion Skills

    The course is aimed at further development of the skills acquired during the classes on “Rhetoric, Debate and Presentation Analysis”. Students will focus on persuasion techniques, especially useful during public debates. They will be required to prepare well-argued presentations. The course will teach students to recognize the types of the most common logical errors and the most effective methods of addressing them during the debate.

    • Introduction to Research Methods in the Humanities

    Course objective: introduction to the basic techniques of academic writing; teaching students the strategy of conducting scientific research and preparing them for writing theses.

    • Internships

    Objective: internships at translation agencies, language schools, cultural institutions, corporations and companies, publishing companies where the use of Spanish is essential. Acquiring knowledge, skills and competences in a given field as well as organizational and communication skills, etc.

     

    Other compulsory courses

    • Foreign Language Learning Strategies

    The course will provide an overview of the past and current trends in foreign language education theory, with particular emphasis on the practical nature of the most common strategies. The course will show students how to use various teaching methods necessary for effective improvement and implementation of language skills.

    • Art of Public Speaking

    Course objective: teaching students the most effective methods of presenting academic and non-academic content during public presentations and speeches, both with and without the use of modern information technologies.

    • Information Technology

    Course objective: developing students’ practical skills in the use of modern IT devices and technologies in the process of obtaining and distributing general information in the field of education.

    • Language in Intercultural Communication 1-2

    Course objective: introduction of key concepts related to the theory of intercultural communication; presenting their context in Spanish and Latin American literature; development of communication competences; looking at the role of culture in language and interpersonal relations; presenting various views on Spanish and Latin American culture from the standpoint of other cultures representatives, as well as a vision of the world from the point of view of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

     

    Optional courses:

    • Second Foreign Language 1-4

    Course objective: acquiring basic language skills in a second foreign language (other official languages to choose from include: Galician, Catalan, Basque) at the B2 level. Grammar, vocabulary, reading and discussion skills, listening and speaking skills will constantly be developed during the 4 semesters.

    Courses in the field of Media and International Business

    • Introduction to Business Documentation

    The course will focus on the practice of writing business texts: applications, offers, business correspondence, written negotiations, resumes, complaints, contracts and commercial agreements.

    • Media in the Spanish-speaking Countries

    The course will familiarize the students with the basic concepts of journalism, in the form of comparative analysis of Spanish and Latin American media. The course will focus on the use of language in media productions, on the effectiveness and credibility of the message as well as on the media-specific cultural phenomena such as internet memes and subcultures.

    • Language of Business Negotiations

    Course objective: providing students with the basic principles of business negotiations and the necessary key vocabulary. Students will learn the tricks of the trade as regards business negotiations and they will be prepared to provide interpreting services during business meetings, as well as to prepare documents and correspondence in written business negotiations.

    • Psychology of Communication

    The course will introduce students to basic concepts related to the field of communication psychology, focusing on the social context. The relevant theories and concepts will be discussed through the prism of the business environment and corporate culture. The course will also cover a practical part, allowing students to study a variety of behaviours in business culture.

    • Communication Techniques in the New Media

    The course will be devoted to the New Media and it will focus on the relationships between culture, media and the impact of communication on creating a technology-oriented world. Students will discuss among others the impact of social media on culture and society, new forms of political speech, manipulation of permits, as well as new opportunities and challenges for both business and journalism.

    • Content Management / New Technologies on the Publishing Market

    The course is aimed at preparing students to a future career in the publishing industry. It will cover both printed and online content. Students will get familiar with the key Polish and foreign publishers, and they will discuss the basic concepts necessary to operate on the publishing market.

    • Language of Advertising

    The course will focus on the specific features of the language used in advertising and on the study of communication patterns used in various types of media. Students will be presented with an overview of various advertising techniques, with an emphasis on the language aspect. The course will prepare students for further research on advertising strategies and principles, as well as help them realize the potential of the impact that language exerts on human awareness.

    • Trends in Communication Media

    The course will focus on mass communication. It is aimed at providing students with theoretical and practical tools that will help them understand the emergence of new forms of media communication. Particular attention will be devoted to the new media, but older forms will also be covered against the issues of media convergence and adaptation strategies that allow their further existence in the modern world.

     

    Courses in the field of Translation Studies

    • Introduction to Translation Studies

    Course objective: to present key issues in the history of translation. Students will learn the basic concepts in the area of translation and trace the process of translation techniques development over the centuries. After completing the course, students will be able to identify and apply methods and strategies they have learned in practice.

    • Translation Techniques in Business 1-2

    Course objective: expanding business vocabulary covering the key concepts of business activity and business culture prevailing in modern corporations, presenting the basic translation techniques, and developing practical translation skills.

    • Translation 1-2

    Translation can be considered as a form of intercultural communication, closely related to the cultural context of both the target and the source language. The course will focus on the cultural and historical context as well as genre conventions. It will concentrate on specific cultural conditionings that define the concept of text in a given language and require the use of specific practices and strategies in translation.

    • Oral Translation

    The course will help students develop their skills of oral translation. Students will study and practice the simultaneous and consecutive interpreting techniques. They will also conduct a critical analysis of professional translations (film translations, conferences, meetings, etc.).

    • CAT Tools

    The course will be conducted based on the new technologies used in translation. During the classes, students will get familiar with and use in practice specialized translation programs.

    • Literary Translation

    Course objective: developing techniques and strategies for translating literary texts and films. The course will allow students to apply in practice the translation theory learned during the course Introduction to Translation Studies. Students will learn how to use vocabulary in a variety of contexts and they will broaden their practical translation skills.

    Courses within the Culture and Literature of the Spanish-speaking Countries specialty

    • Introduction to Film Studies

    This course will introduce students to the history and theory of film studies. It will address the issues of cinema aesthetics and its cultural dimension providing students with an overview of key theories of film criticism. The practical objective will be to involve students in the analysis and criticism of films, as well as to teach them to discuss specific works from different perspectives.

    • History of Spanish Literature

    This course introduces the most important works of Spanish literature over the centuries (7th-19th c.). Students will get familiar with and discuss the key literary concepts. The course will comprise also close reading of selected texts.

    • History of South American Literature

    This course covers text analysis as well as discussion and interpretation of selected texts from Latin American literature, from its beginnings to the end of the nineteenth century. The aim of the course is to broaden students’ knowledge of Latin American literature and culture and to teach them reading literary texts with full understanding of their historical context. Additionally, this course allows students to develop their Spanish language skills (reading and speaking).

    • History of Spain

    Course objective: presenting the main events in the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking areas. After completing the course, students will be able to find information about the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world; interpret cultural texts; put forward research thesis on key problems in this field.

    • Introduction to Journalism

    This course prepares students to writing critical and journalistic texts providing an overview of journalistic principles and practices as well as the basic issues of film and literary criticism. It covers the following topics: finding themes and stories as the basis for texts; gathering information through research and interviews; preparing a stylistically coherent structure (beginnings, endings, key messages); conducting an argument / narrative involving the reader. Students will work on continuous improvement of texts in terms of content and form.

    • Text Analysis Techniques

    This course introduces the method of interpreting texts, develops the skills acquired by students during the Advanced Text Analysis course. This will allow students to use the criticism apparatus, however, the main emphasis will be put on preparing students to conduct independent analyzes of text passages and formulate their own interpretations.

    • Introduction to Creative Writing

    This course is aimed at developing students’ creativity, providing them with the fundamental knowledge needed to start writing literary texts. This course uses an analysis of canonical texts to demonstrate effective stylistic tricks and devices. Students will write, analyze, and edit their own texts as well as provide a peer criticism of each other’s work.

    • Contemporary Literature of the Spanish-speaking Countries

    This course introduces the most important Spanish and Latin American literary works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will read and study texts by, among others, Mario Vargas Llosa or Gabriel Garcia Marquez; discuss the structure of the modernist prose; get familiar with poems by contemporary poets, or with samples of modernist poetry; read postmodern prose and works published over the recent decades. Students will be provided with the definitions and examples of such concepts as modernism, postmodernism, metafiction, historiographic metafiction, etc.

     

    Seminar

    • Proseminar

    Course objective: to introduce the formal guidelines and outline the basic recommendations on the thesis.

    • BA Seminars 1-2

    Bachelor seminars are conducted by a supervisor chosen by students in three broad fields: literature and culture, media studies or translation studies. Literature and culture seminars are aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the role of culture and literature in society, providing them with an overview of the theoretical foundations, and discussing examples of literary and cultural texts. Areas of research: Spanish and Latin American high and popular culture, including cinema, pop music, traditions and customs, sports, etc.; Spanish and Latin American literature, postcolonial fiction literature; history and politics of Spain and South America.

    Seminars on translation studies will present basic strategies for analyzing translations of literary, journalistic, academic, or business texts.

    Seminars on media studies will focus on the theory and practice of the modern media. Diploma theses may include both a critical analysis of media productions and various other projects (video essay, comparative study, social media project, etc.). Within each specialty, students will read, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and discuss the primary and secondary sources, as well as practice diverse research methods and strategies to develop their research workshop.

  • In the 4th semester of Spanish Philology, students choose one of three specializations:

    • Media Studies and International Business
    • Translation Studies
    • Culture and Literature of the Spanish-speaking Countries

     

    SPECIALTY: Media Studies and International Business

    A specialty created for those who wish to find their place on the global market by understanding the contemporary media and the new ways of communication. This course will allow students to experience the dynamics of the media and learn effective communication in business.

    • Introduction to Business Documentation
    • Media in the Spanish-speaking Countries
    • Language of Business Negotiations
    • Psychology of Communication
    • Communication Techniques in the New Media
    • Content Management / New technologies on the Publishing Market
    • Language of Advertising
    • Trends in Media Communication

    SPECIALTY: Translation Studies
    This course will allow you to prepare for a career as a translator and provide you with the necessary knowledge and practical tools. You will learn, among others, the Spanish business language and you will know how to use it in your professional practice. You will also learn translation and interpretation techniques for various industries.

    • Introduction to Translation Studies
    • Translation Techniques in Business 1-2
    • Translation 1-2
    • Oral Translation
    • CAT Tools
    • Literary Translation

     

    SPECIALTY: Culture and Literature of the Spanish-speaking Countries

    This course will allow you to gain knowledge from the area of the history and cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking countries, as well as to learn the specifics of the publishing market.

    • Introduction to Film Studies
    • History of Spanish Literature
    • History of South American Literature
    • History of Spain
    • Introduction to Journalism
    • Text Analysis Techniques
    • Introduction to Creative Writing
    • Contemporary Literature of the Spanish-speaking Countries
  • THE BEST IN PRACTICE

    Studies in the field of Spanish Philology have been planned to offer you the best possible preparation to take up a job in your chosen area. The practical approach combined with a wide range of competences means that you can develop in a specific direction and thus decide about your future. After graduating Vistula University, you will be able to use the title of specialist in Iberian Studies. See for yourself that Vistula is the best university in practice. Find out about the benefits of studying Spanish Philology.

     

    BENEFITS OF STUDYING SPANISH PHILOLOGY

    Knowledge of foreign languages

    You will develop your knowledge of Spanish and in only three years’ time you will reach the C1 level according to the European Union requirements. After completing your studies, you will also speak a second foreign language (of your choice) at the B1 level.

     

    Practical knowledge
    You will get familiar with the economic and legal aspects of the work of the translator, publisher and organizer of cultural events, including basic concepts and principles in the field of industrial property protection and copyright.

    Professional translation skills
    You will acquire the skills necessary to produce high quality written and oral translation of basic texts from the scope of business, specialist and cultural translations.

     

    JOB OPPORTUNITIES                                                                                                                  

    After completing your studies in Spanish Philology (depending on the chosen specialty) you will be able to find employment:

    • as a lecturer at a language school,
    • as an editor of Spanish-language portals and press,
    • as an organizer and manager of cultural events,
    • in translation agencies,
    • in the publishing industry,
    • in the media and entertainment industry,
    • in international companies and corporations,
    • in state and non-governmental organizations, or educational and cultural institutions.
  • Tuition fee for full-time and part-time studies (including mobile studies) in Polish – students from outside the EU

    Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester)
    Full-time and part-time studies 120 € 1 450 € 775 €

    Tuition fee for full-time studies (BA/MA) in English – EU and other countries citizens*

    Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester)
    Full-time 120 € 2 000 € 1 100 €

    *The group of citizens of other countries paying the same fees as EU citizens includes: citizens of other European countries, of all countries in the North and South America, the Caribbean as well as citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

    Tuition fee for full-time studies in English – students from the remaining countries*

    Registration fee Tuition fee (per year)
    Full-time 200 € 2 000 €

    *This does not apply to the students from the countries in Europe which are not EU members, students from North and South America, the Caribbean and from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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