In the program in Linguistics at the 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 field work (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 program 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.


After a Bachelor's most students go on to take a follow-on Master’s program. 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 programs, 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.

Courses include:

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

Tuition Fees

  • EU-Students: 2083 Euros per year
  • Non-EU: 10,000 per year

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.


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 programs starting in February are limited.

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

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 9, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2020
3 years
2,083 EUR
EU-Students: 2083 Euros per year; Non-EU: 10,000 per year
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