English Language programme is designed with a rigorous grounding in the mechanics of the English language. The English Department’s curricula provide all Universum students with a series of EFL courses as well as Academic Writing courses. Additionally, the proposed program offers degree-specific curricula that will provide English BA students with a range of career paths to explore. It will do this without funneling students into particular “streams”: coursework includes a menu of options including EFL pedagogy, journalism, English literature, and linguistics. The degree program thus offers a general approach to the pursuit of studies in English, and provides students with a broad exposure to employment options that they can explore over the course of their studies. The general aims of the English Programme are as follows:
- Express ideas, opinions, and arguments in clear, grammatically sound spoken English.
- Paraphrase, analyze, and critique scholarly writing.
- Approach written discourse with keen critical thinking skills.
- Critically analyze and explain linguistic terminology as it applies to Albanian and English languages.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in English.
- Apply analytical skill in writing and research projects
- Practice different teaching methodologies in order to apply his/her knowledge
|2||M||Introduction to Linguistics: Albanian Phonetics and Phonology||36||18||6|
|3||M||Academic Writing – English Language||36||18||6|
|4||M||Introduction to English Literature, Part I: Morality and Mind||36||18||6|
|5||E||EFL (Intermediate to Advanced)*||36||18||6|
|6||E||English Literature: Romanticism & Realisms||36||18||6|
|7||E||Introduction to German I||36||18||6|
|2||M||Introduction to English Language Linguistics||36||18||6|
|3||M||Inroduction to Translation and Interpretation||36||18||6|
|4||M||Introduction to English Literature, Part II: the Victorian Novel, Industrialism and “Modernity”||36||18||6|
|6||E||Introduction to German II||36||18||6|
|2||M||English Language Syntax||36||18||6|
|3||M||Introduction to Journalism||36||18||6|
|4||M||The Practice of Translation||36||18||6|
|5||E||EFL (Intermediate to Advanced)||36||18||6|
|6||E||English Literature: Romance & Realisms||36||18||6|
|7||E||Film Translation Workshop||36||18||6|
|8||E||Introduction to German III||36||18||6|
|2||M||English Language Lexicology||36||18||6|
|3||M||Intercultural Understanding: Policy and Practice||36||18||6|
|4||M||Internship and Career Orientation||36||18||8|
|5||E||A Survey of English-language Poetry: Epic to Free Verse||36||18||6|
|6||E||Translation for Administration and Business||36||18||6|
|7||E||Literary Translation: Problems and Possibilities||36||18||6|
|8||E||Introduction to English IV||36||18||6|
|2||M||English Language Morphology||36||18||6|
|3||M||Presentations and Public Speaking||36||18||6|
|4||M||Translation of Public Sector Workshop||36||18||6|
|5||E||Tragic Concerns: Honor, Love, Status, and Despair in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth||24||12||4|
|6||E||Grant and Proposal Writing||36||18||6|
|7||E||Introduction to German V||36||18||6|
|2||M||MUGS: An Overview for EFL Writers||36||18||6|
|3||E||Translation for Atristic Works||36||18||6|
|5||E||Community Service Writing||36||18||6|
|6||E||Literary Translation: Problems and Possibilities||36||18||6|
|7||E||Introduction to English VI||36||18||6|
|8||E||English for Specific Purposes||36||18||6|
The employment barometer (2010, published on our website www.universum-ks.org) shows that currently one of the primary expertise for employment is the knowledge and professional use of English. A study conducted by the Career Office at our College (2013), confirms the belief that most employers value expertise in the English language as a necessary prerequisite for hire. Therefore, Universum proposes a program, which suits contemporary employment in English language workplaces: knowledge and expertise of the subjects in fluent spoken and written English. After the three-year trajectory, we expect our students to be able to be bale to perform tasks in various job opportunities that require to:
- Conduct administrative work to the international plans and projects;
- Contribute in administrative posts, articles, publications;
- Be able to analyze media reports, publications and information both written and spoken;
- Conduct Public Relations activities and illustrations;
- Engage in oral and written translations in gatherings and occasions;
- Be able to asses English proficiency in both written and spoken;
Dual studies are programs that combine academic studies with professional training or practical experience in a company and enable easier entry into the labor market.
Universum College offers dual studies, where students are offered full study funding, internships over three years and guaranteed employment in these companies in the departments of: Computer Science, Business and Management, German Language and Integrated Design.
So far Universum College offers dual studies with these companies:
- Vision Agency
- Fox Group
- Albina Dyla Company
Universum College has often been targeted by different institutions to form partnerships and professional collaborations aiming to contribute to the economy and development of sectors Hence, Universum College actively seeks qualitative and prestigious partners to launch and implement projects that foster positive changes, contribute to the development of society and enhance the skills and knowledge of young generations. Dual studies program enables students at Universcum College to pursue academic degree studies while working in a company/institution of their relevant filed. This enables students to obtain both academic degrees and professional experience. A recent dual study program was launched with Vision Agency.
Vision agency, a growing company operating in IT field offers a variety of services both nationally and internationally. Having, prosperous partners in Switzerland and Germany, Vision Agency is the leading company in Kosovo which exports services and products to Western Europe and beyond. Consequently, Vision agency is ranked amongst the most prestigious employers which offers above the standard conditions and salary to the youth of Kosovo.
Universum College has redesigned its curricula according to the needs and demand of the local and global market. Universum College updated its curricula by bringing more innovative, practical as well as entrepreneurial subjects. Curricula is designed in cooperation with experts of the respective fields and Vision Agency. Now courses offered Universum College directly equip students with necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to work for coherent companies such is Vision Agency.
As a final stage of our partnership, Universum College has introduced a scholarship program. In this program Vision Agency finances 20 youngsters’ education at Universum College. These scholarship winners, sign contracts with Universum College and Vision Agency. Contract requires 20 hours per week volunteering at Vision agency throughout the studies at Universum College. Upon the completion of studies, students sign 2-year regular employment contract at Vision Agency.
Shortly, Universum College will launch other dual study programs with respective local and international companies.
The purpose of each tutorial is to help students develop strategies that help them strengthen their knowledge, develop transferable learning skills, and achieve academic success. The role of a tutor is to enable students to do their job using the best way of learning. The ultimate goal is to help students discover how he or she learns best and to help students develop their skills to achieve the best educational outcomes. If students need additional support and academic assistance tutors are informed. immediately. Thus, students’ academic performance is closely monitored
Matthew Slack, Tutor
Comedy ``Mind Your Language``
The comedy “Mind Your Language” by the students of the English Language Department of Universum College aroused tremendous interest by filling the halls full of young people and the media in cities where it appeared such as Prishtina, Ferizaj, Mitrovica and Podujeva.
The activity “Verbal Boxing” held in Prishtina and Ferizaj through the concept of showing a television program, managed to divide the roles (psychologists-parents-teachers) among students to create a debate, in order to strengthen communication skills in English .
The normal minimum entry requirements for a candidate to be eligible for admission to the College’s courses are set out in the General Entry Requirements contained in the Prospectus. However, the absolute minimum criteria for a student to be admitted to this academic program, is that all students are expected to have successfully completed high school and have passed the national test (matura). In addition, in order to be enrolled in our program, all applicants are required to bring the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- Diploma and secondary school certificate
- Legalized documents issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo for all those who have completed their education outside of the Republic of Kosovo
- Completing the application procedures at Universum College
- The contract of the study program if they meet eligibility criteria
Message from Prof. Dr. Mejreme Ymeri
DIRECTOR OF ENGLISH AND GERMAN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT
Bachelor study programs offered at Universum College last for three years (3 years) and consist of 180 ECTS credits or 60 ECTS credits per year. The bachelor’s degree in bachelor studies is Bachelor of Arts (BA).