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Department of Hispanic Studies


Head of the Department of Hispanic Studies

Assoc. Prof. Tatiana Panteva, PhD

e-mail: t.panteva@uni-sofia.bg

Office: 125A
Phone: (+359 2) 9308 334

Reception hours: Wednesday - 14.00 - 16.00, 125A office, Rectorate


Programmes launched:
Hispanic Studies – 1961
Lusophone Studies – 1992


The Department of Spanish Philology was founded in 1961 by Prof. Toma Tomov and Asst. Prof. Emilia Tsenkova, and was later renamed Department of Hispanic and Lusophone Studies. It employs highly qualified lecturers from Bulgaria and Spain.

The curricula are similar to those of many foreign universities and the diplomas of our students are recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Kingdom of Spain. Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski” has signed agreements for cooperation and exchange in lecturing and research with Spanish and Portuguese universities, as well as agreements under the Erasmus program with Spanish and French universities.

The department offers training in three educational and qualification degrees - Bachelor, Master and Doctoral (PhD). The application for the Bachelor's degree doesn’t depend on the level of proficiency in Spanish, as during the first year advanced and beginners are trained in different programs.


Hispanic Philology

The Bachelor's degree program lasts eight semesters and is organized in three groups of courses: compulsory, elective and optional. Compulsory and elective courses provide the basis for professional training in Hispanic Philology. In addition, general philological theoretical disciplines are included - Introduction to General and Romance Linguistics, Introduction to Literary Theory, Western European Literature etc., which outline the necessary framework for philological education.

The curriculum includes specialized modules and two profiles for professional qualification - Teacher of Spanish Language and Literature and Translator from/into Spanish, acquired along with the preparation for the Bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor's degree is awarded after passing state exams.

The training in Hispanic Philology is in line with the requirements of the European Higher Education Area and uses the instruments of the Bologna Process, which allow study periods for one or two semesters at many universities in Spain and other European countries, through credit transfers.

Apart from being translators from/into Spanish and teachers of Spanish language and literature in the system of primary, secondary and higher education and in language schools, graduates of Hispanic Philology may work as referents for Hispanic countries in various state institutions, in Bulgarian and foreign companies, in diplomatic and trade missions, in editorial boards, in media and publishing houses, as well as to hold any other positions requiring philological, linguistic and foreign language skills and competencies.