Faculty of Languages - Education, Research, and Expert Opinions for Businesses
The Faculty of Languages most valuable products for business are its graduates who have received a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education and who are highly proficient in intercultural communication. The Faculty of Languages at the University of Gdańsk grants degrees annually to well-educated specialists in the fields of philology, modern languages (at advanced levels of proficiency in eighteen foreign languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Serbian, Croatian, Turkish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and the regional language of Kashubian), and cultural studies. Graduates of Russian, Eastern (Russian and Chinese languages), or Balkan Studies (with emphases in cultural studies) have advanced linguistic and cultural competence. They are well-prepared for employment in enterprises dealing in trade, tourism, and business. All graduates of modern languages speak at least two foreign languages and are highly competent in intercultural communication. Many subjects taught in the eleven modern language courses of study comprise elements of economics, management, and international law and the legal systems of different countries. In addition to linguistics, literature, and cultural studies, our students also study subjects such as international economic relations, international settlements, international marketing, elements of commercial law, international public law, business operations in markets from the United States to Europe to the Far East (mainly Russia and China). The practical skills that our students bring to the labor market include knowledge of several foreign languages coupled with an understanding of business and specialist terminology (technical, legal, economics) and skills in conducting business correspondence.
The Center for Translation Studies of the Institute of English and American Studies together with the translation scholars and translators of the four other institutes of German Philology, Romance Studies, Eastern-Slavic Studies, and Scandinavian Studies and Applied Linguistics, and the Department of Slavonic Studies provide translation consultation and training for the personnel of enterprises through postgraduate programs in translation studies in specialist translations (technical, legal, and economic terminology), and medical, literary, and popular literature translations, and interpreting. More information on the postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Languages can be found at: http://ug.edu.pl/rekrutacja/studia_podyplomowe/oferta?title=&tid_raw=5.
The Faculty of Languages also offers effective Polish language courses for the increasing number of foreigners employed by enterprises in the Tri-Cities and the Pomeranian region, who work and live here for extended periods. With these people in mind, The Faculty of Philology has developed a range of courses of Polish as a foreign language—Polszczyzna w pigułce – na uczelni i wśród przyjaciół [Polish at a Glance – at the university and among friends]—which is taught at the Center of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners of the Institute of Polish Philology at the University of Gdańsk.
Scholars at the Institute of Polish Philology provide services to businesses in areas such as expert documents and training and research in communication skills and correct language usage. They also offer quantitative and qualitative research on large corpora of texts, linguistic audits, workshops in public discourse and linguistic communication, and lectures on topics in linguistics, semantics, dialectology, and linguistic history. The faculty can also provide dialectological and historical consultation on dialects for films and the theater.
In anticipation of the needs of cultural institutions in Poland and Europe, graduates of the Artistic Institution Management (with an emphasis in management), Film and Audiovisual Studies, and the Theater Studies programs will soon enter the labor market. These graduates will be creative and knowledgeable in the fields of film and theater, they will also be film-makers, art critics, candidates for literary directors in theaters, cultural event organizers, journalists, Internet portal editors, and effective cultural institution managers, all of whom, thanks to the diverse range of foreign language courses, will speak at least two languages in addition to their mother tongues.
Fifty-five research groups are active in the Faculty of Languages. Our scholars serve as consultants and experts in a variety of specialist fields and aspects of community life: education, anthropology, linguistics, media studies, film, literature, and intercultural communication. The research groups include the following, among many others: the Research Group on Marginalization and Minorities In Contemporary European, American and Asian Literature and Film in the Research Group on the Spaces of Modernity; Workshop on Intercultural Communication and Neurolinguistics; Workshop for Jurislinguistics and Social Communication; Research Group on Sociolinguistics and Aspects of Language; Research Group on Political Communication or Media Communication; Workshop on the Anthropology and Philosophy of European Cities; Research Group on Polish Cinematographies.
Text by Dr. Anna Malcer-Zakrzacka