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Head of Department: Prof. Gergana Ruseva, PhD

Room 19, Centre for Oriental Languages and Cultures
79 Todor Alexandrov Blvd, 1303 Sofia
Phone: (+359) 2 829 37 85 / int. line 110

e-mail: grruseva@uni-sofia.bg


Indian Studies
The programme in Indian Studies was launched in 1983 within the Centre for Eastern Languages and Studies. It occupies a distinguished place among the other Oriental studies programmes at the Centre. Currently almost all members of the academic staff are graduates in Indian Studies of Sofia University. Under an agreement between Sofia University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations there is an Indian government sponsored Professor as well.
The admission to the B.A., M.A. and PhD programmes is annual. Upto twelve students are admitted yearly for the B.A. programme (which is of 8 semesters and 240 ECTS credits) and upto six in the M.A. one (with 3 semesters and 90 ECTS credits) which is part of the Indian and Iranian Cultural and Social Studies M.A. programme; the number of admissions to the PhD programme varies.

Iranian Studies
The teaching of Persian started in 1959. It was offered as an elective course at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" within the Programme of Tu Tu rkic Studies. After the foundation of the Programmes of Arabic and Hindu Studies the study of Persian was included in their cu rricu la.
In 1992 for the first time Persian Studies was offered as a minor including the areas of Persian, theoretical grammar of Persian, History of Persia and Iran, classical and modern Persian literature. In 1993 within the Center for the Study of Eastern Languages and Cultures a separate Programme in Iranian Studies was founded.
At present the Programme of Iranian Studies is included in the Department of Classical East Studies, to which the programmes in Hindu Studies and Armenian Studies also belong. The Programmes offer B.A. courses.
The academic staff includes three full-time lecturers and 12 part-time lecturers.

Armenian Studies
The Programme in Armenian Studies was founded in 1995 within the Center for the Study of Eastern Languages and Cultures. The Programme offers B.A. courses. The academic staff includes two full-time lecturers and eight part-time lecturers. The Programme meets the demands for highly qualified specialists in the filed of Armenian studies.