Founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921 in Santiniketan, West Bengal, The foreign language courses at Visva Bharati University offers a host of possibilities for students who want to learn a new language for a variety of reasons. It is one of the oldest and renowned Central Universities in the country. Realizing the great importance of foreign languages in India, several foreign languages were established long back which impart teaching in many languages at various levels.
It grew to become one of India’s most prestigious Universities of higher learning, with a list of alumni that includes former PM Indira Gandhi, Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen, Film-maker Satyajit Ray, Historian R. Siva Kumar, just to name a few. Foreign language courses at Visva-Bharati University are grouped into many different departments, allowing for a large number of degree and short-term programs.
BHASA BHAVANA – Institute of Languages, Literature and Culture
As our world becomes increasingly connected, knowing how to speak a foreign language is a skill that’s in growing demand no matter where you live. Keeping this in mind, the University has set up a Bhasha-Bhavana (Institute of Languages, Literature & Culture) in the varsity campus. The Bhasha Bhavana houses Chinese (Cheena Bhavana), Japanese (Nippon Bhavana), Indo-Tibetan Studies, Modern European Languages (CMELLCS) and Department of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Islamic studies.
All programs offer an interdisciplinary curriculum, with an emphasis on literature, language and culture. Owing to University’s strong cultural focus, An array of languages and literature studies are offered by the Bhasha-Bhavana, with Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate degrees, and also Certificate and Diploma in several foreign languages at Visva Bharati University. The courses are designed as per requirement of foreign language jobs in India.
Bhasha- Bhavana also runs various Certificate Courses mainly for existing students who are pursuing full-time course and the staff members of Visva-Bharati and the residents of the locality. Foreign language majors are also strongly encouraged to pursue research of their chosen language. They regularly conducts national and international seminars, conferences, events and workshops, and invites eminent researchers to address the students on research methodology and state of research in the field of languages.
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Centre for Modern European Languages, Literatures and Culture Studies (CMELLCS)
Established in 2014, Centre for Modern European Languages, Literatures and Culture Studies offers In-depth study of Modern European language to enable you not only for better communication, it also helps to develop understanding of different cultures and their rich artistic and literary histories.
CMELLCS encourages students to develop a full understanding of the complex issues through a focus on language, history, economics, politics, and culture in European languages. The Visva Bharati University‘s CMELLCS conducts research and instruction in Modern European Languages, Literatures and Cultures with specialization in French, German, Italian or Russian.
Nippon Bhavana – Japanese Center
If you are interested in Japanese culture, history and life, and also want to study Japanese language or India-Japan relations, there is no better place than Nippon Bhavana. The research Centers, libraries and organizations offer cultural and extracurricular activities, and Japanese study is encouraged. Presently, the centre houses the Department of Japanese Studies which has a vast library with books in Japanese.
Nippon Bhavana, in collaboration with Japan Foundation, invites Visiting Scholars, Artists, Scientists and eminent personality from Japan, arranges events, workshops, seminars, Indo-Japanese festivals and tons of Japanese culture functions. They also offers a variety of study-abroad programs and cultural tours to Japan for students who want to immerse themselves in Japanese. It is also one of the JLPT test center in India.
The course curriculum is designed to give due emphasis to teaching the Japanese language as well as aspects of Japanese society, literature, custom, culture and history. All the courses are designed as per Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which will help students for higher studies in Japan and also enhance job opportunities in Japanese language.
Cheena Bhavana (Department of Chinese Language & Culture)
In keeping pace with its global character, Visva-Bharati established the Department of Chinese Language & Culture, also known as Cheena Bhavana. The ever-growing library at Cheena Bhavana is the best of its kind in entire South Asia preserving Chinese books and journals with its treasure house of rare treasure and invaluable books. The department is a symbol of renewed relations between India and China.
The scope of Chinese language in India is growing at unprecedented pace. If you’re interested in pursuing Mandarin Course in West Bengal or East India, Cheen Bhavana is the place to study. Other than Mandarin language, all courses focus on Chinese literature, history, language and culture. Besides, the curricula will prepare you for International HSK Exam in India. In addition, department has many scholarships and exchange programs for students at Cheena Bhavana.
Department Of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Islamic Studies
Take your pick of West Asian language at Dept. Of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Islamic Studies. This Department at Visva-Bharati grants bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Persian who are interested in learning Persian language and literature. Arabic and Persian are also offered as part-time at the Certificate and Diploma level.
This subject is taught in Bhasha Bhavan. The Department of Indo-Tibetan studies at Visva Bharati University offers Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D in IndoTibetan, as well as an certificate and diploma in Tibetan language.
Foreign Language Courses Offered by Visva Bharati University
|French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Persian and Tibetan.||2-year Certificate||34 for each course.|
|– do-||1-year Diploma||– do-|
|Italian and Russian||1-year Advanced Diploma||– do-|
|French, German, Italian,Russian, Indo-Tibetan, Japanese and Persian.||3-year BA (Hons.)||For Persian and Japanese – 09, Others – 30 for each course.|
|Japanese, Chinese, Persianand Indo-Tibetan.||4-year Prep followed by (BA Hons.)||Japanese – 30, Chinese – 40, Persian – 23 and Indo-Tibetan – 12.|
|French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Indo-Tibetan and Persian.||2-year MA||Japanese – 40, Chinese – 45, Indo-Tibetan – 15 and Others – 10 each.|
|French, Japanese, Persia, Chinese and Indo-Tibetan.||3-6 years Ph.D.||Japanese / Persian – 4, French -2, Chinese – 10 & Indo-Tibetan – 1.|
Admission, Eligibility Criteria, Dates
Admission process at this reputed University will begin in the month of May, 2019 and the classes will commence from July, 2019. Admission is done through entrance test or merit list. Candidates have to apply only through online application system (LINK).
Admission Tests for the various foreign language courses in Visva-Bharati University (wherever applicable) will be held at two centres — Santiniketan and Sriniketan. The dates and venues, will be notified on the University official website.
|Certificate||10+2 or equivalent|
|Diploma||10+2 or equivalent and Certificate in the same language.|
|Advanced Diploma||10+2 or equivalent and Diploma in the same language.|
|4-year Prep + (BA Hons.)||60% marks in aggregate and 60% marks in English at the +2 level. For Persian – 45% and Tibetan – 55%.|
|3-year BA (Hons.)||60% marks in aggregate and 60% marks in English at the +2 level and JLPT N4 or equivalent for Japanese, etc.|
|2-year MA||BA Hons. in the subject concerned or BA in any stream with B2 in the same European languages.|
|3-6 years Ph.D.||MA in the subject concerned or any stream with higher proficiency in the same language. Experience is an added advantage.|