Bachelor in Linguistics

General

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Program Description

In the programme in Linguistics at Utrecht University, you will learn how language works, what processes take place in our brain when we talk and why languages change.

Linguistics is versatile: it connects experiments (psychology), logic (philosophy), computer models (artificial intelligence) and fieldwork (anthropology) to understand the most important feature of humankind: language!

There are thousands of languages worldwide. We all speak and understand at least one of them, which we effortlessly learned as a child. Language comes so naturally that we hardly give it any thought, but linguistics studies this phenomenon in a scientific way: how we acquire it, how we use it, and how it develops through the centuries.

Linguistics is a broad field of study. You can choose it if you are interested in the relation between language and culture if you are interested in how language is ‘wired’ in the brain if you are interested in its mathematical structure or its role in Artificial Intelligence. You can choose it if you are interested in the evolution of languages and societies throughout the centuries. And you can choose it if you are interested in all these things together too!

The full Bachelor's programme in Linguistics at Utrecht University takes three years. Each year comprises four 10-week periods. Each period concludes with a week of examinations. In your first year, you will have an average of 12 contact hours per week.

Courses include:

  • From Language to Linguistics
  • Psychology of Language
  • Language Meaning and Language Use
  • Language Development
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Methods and Statistics

Admission Requirements

admissions In the Netherlands, only the Dutch VWO diploma gives direct access to university education. If you hold a foreign secondary school diploma, the Admissions Office will need to determine whether you can be admitted to the University. In this case, they will verify if your diploma is considered equivalent to a Dutch vwo diploma.

Scholarships

Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organizations offer scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarship
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans
  • Tuition fee loan

Career

After a Bachelor's most students go on to take a follow-on Master’s programme. A Master’s allows you to work in various fields of employment. It all depends on the direction you followed in your specialization.

Unlike in professionally-oriented programmes, at university, you will not usually be trained for a specific profession. When you obtain a university degree, this shows that you possess an academic work ethic and mindset. After your studies, you can pursue whatever profession you like.

Career Prospects

After a Bachelor's most students go on to take a follow-on Master’s programme. A Master’s allows you to work in various fields of employment. It all depends on the direction you followed in your specialisation.

Academic Qualification

Unlike in professionally-oriented programmes, at university, you will not usually be trained for a specific profession. When you obtain a university degree, this shows that you possess an academic work ethic and mindset. After your studies, you can pursue whatever profession you like.

Consultant for Second and Third Language Education

How should you approach second or third language education? What’s the best way to teach people a new language? You ensure that you have all the information, know the pros and cons, and understand the implications. You will use this as the basis for advising your employer.

PhD in Linguistics

After your Master’s programme, as a PhD candidate in Linguistics, you will conduct research under the supervision of a professor in the field of linguistics, such as at the renowned Utrecht Institute of Linguistics.

Your research will focus, for instance, on language development, the structures of language, differences between languages or language disorders. As a PhD candidate, you are aware of the developments in linguistics and use this as a basis for drawing up a societally and academically relevant research proposal. You will mainly be occupied with your research, but you will also supervise students and take classes to acquire more in-depth knowledge.

You will conclude your doctoral research by writing and defending a doctoral thesis to get your PhD.

Communications Consultant

A communications consultant provides advice on the communications of a company, person or government agency. How and when do you communicate which information? That’s up to you. You decide what is the best way for the company to convey certain information to staff or customers, and you help to put that decision into practice.

A communications consultant provides the internal and external communications within the organisation and the external communications of the organisation to the world outside. You ensure that all parties follow the same communications policy at all touchpoints, both verbally and in writing.

Editor/Journalist

You edit news and other publications for various media, such as newspapers, radio/television and internet based on your knowledge of trends in society.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less