Rabindranath Tagore founded Visva Bharati University in 1921 in Santiniketan, West Bengal.
The language courses at VBU offer various possibilities for students who want to learn a new language for various reasons.
Realizing the great importance of foreign languages, several foreign languages were established long back, which impart philology at various levels.
It grew to become one of India’s most prestigious Universities of higher learning.
The list consists of alumni, including former PM Indira Gandhi, Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen, Film-maker Satyajit Ray, and Historian R. Siva Kumar.
Foreign language courses at Visva Bharati University are grouped into many different departments, allowing for many degrees and short-term programs.
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- BHASA BHAVANA – Institute of Languages, Literature, and Culture
- Foreign Language Courses Offered by Visva Bharati University
- Admission, Eligibility Criteria, Dates 2023-2024
BHASA BHAVANA – Institute of Languages, Literature, and Culture
As our world becomes increasingly connected, the advantages of acquiring a new 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) on the varsity campus.
The Bhasha Bhavana houses Chinese (Cheena Bhavana), Japanese (Nippon Bhavana), Indo-Tibetan Studies, Modern European Languages (CMELLCS), and the Department of Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Islamic studies.
All programs offer a multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizing literature, language, and culture.
Owing to the University’s cultural solid focus, The Bhasha-Bhavana provides various foreign tongues and literature studies.
Bachelor’s, Master’s, doctorate, and Certificates and Diplomas in several international languages are offered at Visva Bharati University.
The courses are designed per the requirement of foreign language jobs in India.
Bhasha- Bhavana also runs various Certificate Courses mainly for existing students pursuing a full-time course and the staff members of Visva-Bharati and the locality residents.
They regularly conduct national and international seminars, conferences, events, and workshops and invite eminent researchers to address the student’s research methodology and state of research in languages.
1. Centre for Modern European Languages (CMELLCS)
Established in 2014, the Centre for Modern European Languages, Literature, and Culture Studies offers an in-depth study of the Modern European language to enable you to communicate better.
It also helps to develop an understanding of distinct cultures and their rich artistic and literary histories.
CMELLCS encourages students to fully understand complex issues by focusing on language, history, economics, politics, and culture in European languages.
The Visva Bharati University’s CMELLCS conducts research and instruction in Modern European languages, literature, and cultures with a specialization in French, German, Italian, or Russian.
2. Nippon Bhavana – Japanese Center
Suppose you are interested in Japanese culture, history, and life and want to study Japanese or India-Japan relations. In that case, there is no better place than Nippon Bhavana.
The research Centers, libraries, and organizations offer cultural and extracurricular activities, and Japanese study is encouraged.
The center houses the Department of Japanese Studies, a vast library with books in Japanese.
In collaboration with Japan Foundation, Nippon Bhavana invites visiting Scholars, artists, scientists, and eminent personalities from Japan.
They organize events, workshops, seminars, Indo-Japanese festivals, and tons of Japanese cultural functions.
They also offer different 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 centers in India.
The course curriculum emphasizes teaching the Japanese language and aspects of Japanese society, literature, custom, culture, and history.
All the courses follow the guidelines of the JLPT, i.e., the Japanese language proficiency test.
It helps the students for higher studies in Japan and enhances job prospects involving Japanese.
3. 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 is the best of its kind in the entire South Asia. It has preserved Chinese books and journals with its treasure house of rare treasures and invaluable publications.
The department is a symbol of renewed relations between India and China.
The scope of the Chinese language in India is growing at an unprecedented pace.
If you’re interested in pursuing a Mandarin course in West Bengal or East India. Then, Cheen Bhavana is the place to be.
Besides the Mandarin language, all programs focus on Chinese literature, history, customs, and culture.
The curricula will prepare you for the International HSK exam.
Moreover, the department has many scholarships and exchange programs for students at Cheena Bhavana.
4. 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 grants bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. language degrees in Persian. It is meant for those interested in learning the Persian language and literature.
One can also pursue Arabic and Persian part-time at the certificate and diploma levels.
5. Indo-Tibetan Studies
This subject is taught in Bhasha Bhavan.
The Department of Indo-Tibetan studies at Visva Bharati University offers a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. in Indo-Tibetan and a certificate and diploma in the Tibetan language.
Foreign Language Courses Offered by Visva Bharati University
|Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Persian, and Tibetan.||2-year Certificate||42 for each program.|
|– Do-||1-year Diploma||– Do-|
|Arabic, Italian, Persian, and Russian||1-year Advanced Diploma||– Do-|
|French, German, Italian, Russian, Indo-Tibetan, and Japanese.||3-year BA (Hons.)||Japanese – 10, Indo-Tibetan – 15, Others – 20 each.|
|Japanese, Chinese, Persian, and Indo-Tibetan.||4-year Prep followed by (BA Hons.)||Japanese and Persian – 40, Chinese – 50, and Indo-Tibetan – 15.|
|French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Indo-Tibetan, and Persian.||2-year MA||Japanese – 50, Chinese – 55, Indo-Tibetan & Persian – 18, French & Rusian – 22, Italian & German – 11.|
|French, Japanese, Persian, and Indo-Tibetan.||3-6 years Ph.D.||Japanese – 8, French – 2, and Indo-Tibetan & Persian – 5.|
Admission, Eligibility Criteria, Dates 2023-2024
|Certificate||10+2 or equivalent.|
|Diploma||10+2 and Certificate in the same language.|
|Advanced Diploma||10+2 and a Diploma in the same language.|
|4-year Prep + (BA Hons.)||60% in aggregate and 60% in English at the +2 level. For Persian – 45% and Tibetan – 55%.|
|3-year BA (Hons.)||60% in aggregate and 60% in English at the +2 level and JLPT N4 or equivalent for Japanese.|
|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.|
Admission is made through an entrance test (PG) or a merit list (UG). Read the prospectus for more details.
- Start of Online Application Process — Yet to be decided.
- Closing of Online Application Process — Yet to be decided.
- Examination Date and Timings (wherever applicable) — To be announced later.
- Apply Online — LINK
- E-Prospectus 2023-2024 — LINK. (It will be published later)
Admission Tests for the various foreign language courses at Visva Bharati University (wherever applicable) will be held at two centers — Santiniketan and Sriniketan.
The dates and venues will be notified on the University’s official website.