Language policy at the Higher School of Communication
Our Language policy for foreign students involves the use of English as a working language for teaching and oral communication during the program. International students have the opportunity to learn Spanish for foreigners. The school provides linguistic support to students, whether they use English to attend courses or Serbian as a language for foreigners.
Language policy at Higher School of Communication is defined and declared by Language Policy Document (download here).
At the Higher School of Communication Serbian language is to be nurtured as the primary language at the School, at the same time as linguistic diversity is encouraged, with English as the main foreign language.
Serbian is the official language of the Higher School of Communication . It is used in all the official communications and as working language.
Serbian should be the main language of teaching in first-cycle courses (diploma study) and should be used unless it is necessary to use another language, such as in foreign language courses.
Studies at first-cycle level should teach students to express themselves about their studies in clear, intelligible Serbian in connection with response to subject matter, students should also receive feedback concerning their language usage by giving a stronger position to modules which should improve students’ oral and written proficiency both in Serbian and English.
HSC should be an attractive School for international researchers, teachers and students also outside Serbia.
Teaching in English (and possibly other languages) is a prerequisite for this. The number of courses in which English is used as the language of teaching and the number of registered students should, therefore, increase to encourage mobility and heighten the quality of research and education according to the objectives of the Bologna Process.
In order to facilitate the use of English on higher levels of study, course literature and teaching should, to a certain extent, be in English at first-cycle level, so that comprehension is increased and improved.
At the master’s level, English should be used to a greater extent than at first cycle level in order:
- to encourage and stimulate mobility and attract incoming exchange students
- to improve Serbian students’ international communication skills
- to increase their possibilities of becoming known internationally
- to improve Serbian students’ chances of becoming accepted for doctoral studies abroad
- to attract highly qualified international researchers and teachersat the advanced level
All teaching staff should be prepared to teach in English or at least teach bilingually with visual support in English.
All the School’s researchers and scientists should strive to contribute to an international research environment by publishing in English and other relevant languages and by attending international conferences.
English is the language in which all programs of international mobility and exchange of incoming students, teachers and employees are realized. To use the English language during the exchange program, the rules in the Document and Language Policy that you can download here.
Since 2018 the Center of foreign languages has been hosting foreign trainees holding an Erasmus work placement grant with the task of teaching foreign languages courses to HSC students who are going abroad within a mobility programme. This way every Spring three months courses of Spanish, German, French, Norway, Russian and Italian are offered in order to prepare participants for mobility.
In addition to this courses students are allowed to use the self-study facilities (media library and language lab) available in the language centre.
Serbian for foreigners
The Higher School of Communication organizes Serbian courses for foreigners three times a year. The I session course is intensive, the II and III session courses are extensive.
Serbian courses are mainly addressed to Erasmus students, exchange scholarship students and students enrolled at Higher School of Communication, but also to anyone who is interested in learning Serbian.
In addition to this course all foreign students studying at Higher School of Communication are allowed to use the self-study facilities (media library and language lab) available in the language centre.
Contact person and support
The person in charge of all issues related to language policy is profesor Dr Borivoje Baltezarević, who will contact you in case of any need at firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Balkan languages variants
In some Balkan countries, national languages are used that are from the same language family – Old Slavic languages. Apart from these differences, these languages are almost exactly the same and understandable to all the people and academics who live here.
Serbian – the official language in Serbia.
Croatian – the official language in Croatia.
Bosnian – one of the official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and
Montenegrin – the official language in Montenegro.
HSC accepts and uses all these languages.