School of Foreign Languages


The history of the School of Foreign Languages traces back to 1930 when N. K. Krupska Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages was created in Kharkiv. Nowadays, the School prepares foreign philology specialists knowing two, three, and more foreign languages.

Academic Process

The School has nine departments which employ more than 230 highly-qualified instructors, including 15 Doctors of Sciences and 85 PhDs.

The School offers a Bachelor’s program in philology (4 years of study) and a Master’s program in philology (1.5 years).

Bachelor’s students obtain a basic higher education in foreign philology and the qualification of a teacher or interpreter/translator from/into two foreign languages.

Master’s students receive a complete higher education and the qualification of a teacher or interpreter/translator from/into two and more foreign languages.

The School offers full-time and part-time studies. Individuals studying at other Schools of the University or in other higher education institutions of the city can enroll in a ‘parallel’ degree program at the School of Foreign Languages. There is also an opportunity to obtain a degree in foreign philology for those who previously majored in other fields.

Almost 1,500 full-time and part-time students, including international ones, are currently doing a degree course at the School.

Students can enroll either in a state-funded or fee-paying place.

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic are taught at the School. In addition to the languages, students study basic and professionally-oriented subjects.

Among them are Basics of Linguistics, History of Foreign Literature, Latin, Lexicology, Theory of Grammar, Stylistics, Linguacultural Studies, Theory and Practice of Translation, Computer Studies, History of Literature, Pedagogy, Foreign Language Teaching Methods, Culture of Speech. There are optional courses in Translation and Foreign Philology.

The School offers a postgraduate program and has the Thesis Committee for awarding PhD degrees in Germanic Languages (English, German). The School publishes its Bulletin about the problems of Romance and Germanic Philology, Translation Studies, and Foreign Language Teaching Methods.

The School has a strong material and technical base, in particular two computer classrooms, a simultaneous interpretation classroom, a computer network with Internet access, audio/video equipment.

Textbooks and teaching materials prepared by the School specialists are published at the School Publishing Center.

The School is constantly increasing its opportunities: the newly created Educational Resource Center, which offers a great variety of learning/teaching materials in English, is currently being equipped with teaching materials in other languages.

Supplementary Education

The School’s Linguistic Center runs foreign language courses and summer language schools, performs and certifies translations on a paid basis.

The recently opened International Center for Language Certification offers training for academic staff, students of the University and other higher education institutions to take international English and German exams; conducts tests and issues international exam certificates to graduates.



Svitlana Virotchenko
Associate Professor, PhD in Philology/Linguistics
Phone: +380 (67) 379-78-87
Address: room 7-63, 4 Svobody Sq, 61022, Kharkiv

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