Modern Language Studies (English, German, Czech)

 1st cycle

The Institute of Modern Language Studies is a dynamically developing Institute at the State University of Applied Sciences in Racibórz. It consists of three units running courses in English, German and Czech Philology.


The Institute of Modern Language Studies has well-qualified and experienced faculty members, and the high quality of the academic work carried out within the Institute meets the needs of both students’ expectations and the job market. The Institute cooperates closely with the local community: local governments, educational institutions, regional foundations and associations. This provision of high quality education is also based on the development and implementation of the practical studies scheme, which enables students of philology to achieve the required range of skills and knowledge. Studies end with final examinations and the graduates are awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree. The Institute of Modern Language Studies has also joined the ERASMUS + program, cooperating with universities from abroad, where students gain valuable experience, develop foreign language communication skills and learn about the cultures of foreign countries which might prove beneficial to their future careers.

The curriculum of the Modern Language Studies Institute consists of several subject areas. The first of these includes practical foreign language learning focused on the basic skills necessary for communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing), and practical learning of another foreign language.

The second area is typically philological in focus, and includes: general academic studies such as the history of literature; practical aspects of literary studies and linguistics; and the geography, history and culture of the studied language area (English and German). In the final year of study, students attend a seminar during which they work together with a supervisor on a research project and the preparation of a diploma paper.

In addition to practical foreign language learning and philological subjects, students of English and German Philology choose a module of specialization subjects after the first year, preparing them for a future profession. The specializations available are:

  • Teaching,
  • Translation,
  • English / German in Business.

For those students who choose the Teaching specialization, courses are tailored to achieve necessary competencies for working with foreign language learners, i.e. psychology, pedagogy, didactics, voice emission and information technology. These subjects are supplemented with work practice.

Students who specialize in Translation are taught subjects which prepare them for the role of a professional translator. These subjects are conducted by academic teachers who (in addition to their academic achievements) have extensive practical experience.

Students interested in English/German in Business have the opportunity to broaden their practical knowledge of the language as well as acquiring professional nomenclature in specialized areas of knowledge (e.g. law, economics, intercultural studies, etc.). They also study business and commercial correspondence, business and administrative language, translation and editing of specialized texts, business and EU projects, and public relations.


Apart from the intensive learning of the Czech language from a basic level, students of Czech philology are introduced to the literature, history and culture of the Czech Republic. Students of Czech philology are also introduced to the literature, as well as the history and culture of the Czech Republic. The curriculum during the second year includes subjects connected with both theory and practice of translation. Lectures, workshops and seminars are conducted in well-equipped rooms, as well as in ‘real life’ conditions (such as the local police station, the border guard center, the registry office, etc.).

Moreover, students have an opportunity to visit foreign universities participating in international agreements. The Department of Czech Philology cooperates extensively with universities in: Ostrava, Olomouc and Prague. Students have the chance to develop their cultural and research interests during their academic and didactic trips; additionally, they participate in international research conferences.