As a linguist you are interested in questions like the following:
- How do languages resemble each other or differ?
- How do children acquire their mother tongue(s) and how is this similar or different from second language acquisition later on?
- How do language impairments arise?
- How is language represented in our brains?
- Why and how do languages change over time?
- How do sign languages compare to spoken languages?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is ‘yes’, Linguistics is right for you! Linguistics focuses on our uniquely human capacity to use language, something indispensable in our daily life. As a linguist you are interested in how language and speech is structured, how we acquire it, how it can be impaired, how it is represented in the brain, how it functions in society, how we deal with 2, 3, or 4 languages at the same time, and how it changes.
Top 5 reasons to study Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam
- According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Amsterdam has the best programme in Linguistics in Continental Europe.
- As a student of linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, you have the opportunity to study a new language during the first year, and you are offered the possibility to follow up on this in the second year if you would like to acquire a secondary specialisation in this language.
- As one of very few universities in the world, the University of Amsterdam offers a full-fledged track in sign linguistics as an option for those who are especially interested in sign languages, their structure, acquisition, and use.
- The Linguistics Programme offered by the University of Amsterdam is very broad: You will be familiarized with all subfield of linguistics, such that later on you can make your own choices as regards your future trajectory.
- The programme is also a very liberal one: as one of the very few programmes in the world, it offers you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with various theoretical frameworks, and you are explicitly encouraged and invited to choose the one that you feel most comfortable with.
Is Linguistics right for you?
Linguistics is the right degree for you if you have an active interest in languages but also in language in general. It is also the right degree for you if you like to (learn how to) solve puzzles and problems that require a systematic approach, as the methodologies applied in linguistics are objective and replicable. Prospective students should possess a valid secondary school/high school diploma or Dutch university preparatory education (VWO) diploma, and need to demonstrate a sufficient command of English.
Rankings and reputation
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers a world-class education. The BA in Linguistics is offered by the Faculty of Humanities of the UvA.
- UvA is ranked 52nd in the world and 1st in the Netherlands in the Arts and Humanities category of the QS World University Rankings 2015.
- UvA is ranked 45th in the THE Top 100 sub-ranking for the Arts and Humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015)
- UvA is a member of LERU (League of European Research Universities), an exclusive network of renowned research universities.
- UvA is a member of Universitas 21, the network of leading research-intensive universities in the 21st century in 13 countries.
Accreditation and degree
The quality of this programme has been positively accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that after successful completion of the programme you will receive a recognised Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).
- Degree programme
- BA Linguistics
- Full-time, part-time
- 180 ECTS, 36 months
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