In the Bachelor's Linguistics you will explore both the structure and acquisition of language, as well as the diversity of language around the world. The programme is taught in English.
In this programme you are introduced to a number of mandatory subjects, including the study of a modern language of your choice. You can either opt to dedicate your studies to general linguistic subjects or continue to study the language of your choice in combination with a smaller range of linguistics courses. Alongside the core programme, you specialise by selecting a minor in one of your fields of interest. You can also decide to study abroad for a semester or do an internship.
During your first year, you study a language that is not familiar to you. We call this language 'Language X'. You can choose to study Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Romanian, or Sign Language of The Netherlands (NGT). Speakers of Dutch may also opt for one of the following languages: Classical Greek, Danish, French, Latin, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish, or Swedish.
For some languages you have the option of continuing to study them in your second and third year as well, in a so-called Linguistics + Language X track. This option exists for Czech, Dutch, Italian and Polish. Speakers of Dutch may also opt for a Linguistics + Language X track in one of the following languages: Danish, French, Classical Greek, Latin, Modern Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish.
The first year of the programme offers a broad, general overview of the entire discipline of Linguistics.
In the second and third years of the programme, you have two options: dedicate your studies to general linguistic subjects or continue studying the language of your choice in combination with a smaller range of courses in linguistics.
You can enrich your study programme by doing an internship. This will allow you to gain experience at an organisation working in the field of linguistics and gives you an impression of the job opportunities they offer.
You can also opt to do a research-oriented internship with a teacher of the programme or another linguist at the UvA. This gives you an idea of what is like to be linguistics researcher.
Linguistics is a three-year Bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS credits. An academic year accounts for 60 credits that are spread across two semesters, with each comprising two 8-week blocks and a 4-week block.
As a Bachelor’s student, you are expected to spend an average of 42 hours a week on your studies.
Highly-motivated students may qualify to take part in a selective honours programme. This programme accounts for an additional 30 ECTS and will help familiarise you with various other aspects of academic research and prepare you for a subsequent Research Master's degree.
Visit the UvA Course Catalogue for a detailed overview of the Linguistics programme, including which courses you can take and when they take place.
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).