Master English and the second foreign language at the same time!
English for Specific Purposes and the Second Foreign language Bachelor’s programme graduates are fluent in in two foreign languages. The scope of studies covers languages of European communication (English and French/German) or languages of Euro-Asian communication (English and Korean).
“I think this program prepares students for a life in the competitive job market worldwide. Students are able to study a variety of subjects that give them skills that are attractive to future employers. Class sizes are also small, so students are able to get to know their professors well and have the ability to get one-on-one help if they need it. The professors also have vast experience teaching and studying in different countries. Several of the professors are native speakers. Students are able to acquire a world-class education in Lithuania,” – says Kristina Schimmels, Mykolas Romeris University lecturer from the USA.
1st year student Nina Nyløkken from Norway says: “I have always had a special interest for languages and that is the main reason why I ended up choosing the study programme English for Specific Purposes and the Second Foreign Language. By taking this programme, I am not only deepening my knowledge of the English language but I also get the opportunity to learn German as my second foreign language. For me this was an appealing factor since it will give me competence in two languages. In addition, I selected Lithuanian for my elective study, so I really get the chance to broaden my knowledge of different languages.
I chose to study in Lithuania since I always wanted to study abroad and Lithuania is a country I already had visited and liked. The capital Vilnius is a very beautiful city and I feel that the people here are welcoming. I also feel at home at the university. Here I have met many other interesting students from different countries and I have been very lucky with my professors, which are all helpful and motivating.”
Dovilė Guigaitė, graduate of the programme, points out, that in this programme she had the opportunity not only to enhance the knowledge of general English language and learn English for professional areas as public administration, law, and business, but also to learn and master another foreign language from the scratch. Currently, she is able to understand and communicate in French fluently. Dovilė says, she took the opportunity to put all the knowledge gained during her studies into practice: “I decided to participate at the exchange programme ERASMUS+, which is actively maintained by our Institute. After a semester spent in France, the internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, the Department of Lithuanians living abroad followed. During my practice I applied my competencies acquired at MRU and was able to have a closer look at the work of a state institution. All this incredible experience has become an excellent starting point after graduation. If I had to choose again, I would definitely choose this study programme!”
Students of this programme already took the opportunity to study in Ireland, France, Germany, and Spain under Erasmus+ programme and have done internship in the UK and Spain.
“Besides learning languages, we also learn about the history and culture of their users. During our classes of language for specific purposes, we study the terminology of business and law, and we also use them in simulations of real life situations relevant to the fields of business or law. The university constantly offers new opportunities for us to test our language skills, last year I participated in the SOART translation contest where we were translating poems by young London poets. I also spent a semester in France where I was able to improve my French and use it in real life situations. All these experiences build professional competence and give us life experience,”- says Robertas Padroštis, 3rd year student, who is currently doing his internship at Mykolas Romeris University’s International Office.
“Programme teachers and students arrange various events every year – Literature club invites writers, translators and publishers for various discussions. Christmas parties become a regular mid-year event with home brewed talent shows. FLOWS student course paper conference and SOART poetry translation competition are among the most exciting spring events both for the students and teachers of the programme,” – adds assoc. prof. Sigita Rackevičienė, director of English for Specific Purposes and the Second Foreign language Bachelor’s programme.
Source – Mykolas Romeris University.