The Department of Languages and Sports was established in May 2023. It offers training in languages (inlc. Bulgarian as a foreign language), applied linguistics, physical education and sports.
Language learning at this university has a rich legacy as it dates back to the establishment of the Higher School of Commerce in 1920. The first lecturers were prominent and influential professors such as the French professor, Ivan Konstantinov, the German professor, Ianaki Arnaudov, the poet Nilolay Liliev, and Dimo Minov, who both taught French.
Today the Department offers courses in Business English/German/French/Russian and Business English/German/French/Russian for Specific Purposes to undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students.
The Department offers specialised courses in BSc Tourism, BSC International Economic Relations and BSc Insurance, such as: The Language of Tourism, The Language of International Commerce and The Language of Insurance.
Courses in Intercultural Competence and Leadership (in English) and Economic Psychology (in English) are taught jointly with the Department of Management and Administration.
The Department further organises more language training for undergraduates and graduates. Along with foreign language courses, the Department of Languages and Communication offers a course in Business Correspondence in Bulgarian. Teaching this course as Commercial Correspondence was launched at the Higher School of Commerce in Varna in 1926.
Other courses include Content Development and Management, Online Media Manipulation and Misinformation, The Media and Society, the Language of Business and Media Communication, and Communication and Media Manipulation.
The Department also offers language courses in English, German, French, Russian and Bulgarian at the University Lifelong Learning Centre. More relevant information is available on the Centre webpage.
Within the Erasmus+ Programme, members of faculty administer language exams as part of the student selection process at UE – Varna; they teach incoming international students and they are guest lecturers at partner universities.
The Department offers a number of courses (taught in English) to Erasmus+ undergraduate and graduate students: Business Communications, Intercultural Aspects of Business, and Business Presentations. It also offers Erasmus+ students a course in Bulgarian as a foreign language.
Languages at UE – Varna are taught by highly qualified lecturers, who consistently upgrade their academic qualifications locally and internationally. Along with teaching and researching, they also do translation and editing work. They are examiners in English, German and French for internationally recognized language exams (Cambridge, TestDaf, TCF). They provide professional consulting services, for example in the Erasmus+ strategic partnership international projects PROMINENCE (2017-2021) and ESSENCE (2020-2022).
The collaboration with partner universities has led to the launch of new interdisciplinary courses and joint projects and publications.
The University Sports Centre provides multiple opportunities for students to choose from. The excellent sports facilities are conveniently located and easily accessible.
There are five sports halls for students to play basketball, volleyball, table tennis. Students may also go to the gym or get involved in folk dances or modern ballet on the premises. The gym offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight lifting equipment. The main sports hall (700 sq. m.) is certified to host international basketball and volleyball competitions.
The annual university and regional sports competitions in basketball, volleyball, mini football, table tennis, chess, bowling, running, tennis, and swimming motivate students to enhance their performance.
With the support of the university academic governance, the Department is focused on increasingly expanding the range of sports offered on the university premises.
Students’ wellbeing and physical activity are major factors that contribute to better adaptability to fast changing work environment conditions and employability opportunities.
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