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Turkey is a country that ties Europe and Asia, so West and East. This makes Turkey a very unique country with its rich cultural and historical background as well as its centuries-old ties with Europe. Learning Turkish will enable you to understand this rich heritage and give you a better context to interpret the current cultural and political events. Thus, if you are interested in international relations and diplomacy, learning Turkish will definitely benefit you.

Turkish is also a typologically different language than many European languages. It is the official language of Turkey, but there are around 80 million Turkish speakers worldwide. So if you are interested in studying languages, learning this language will expand your understanding of language in general.  

The minor Turkish at the UvA includes 24 EC worth of language proficiency courses, plus an overarching course ‘The World in Languages’, which you will follow with students from a different field of study than language. Together with these non-language students, you will learn to place Turkish and the other languages of the world in a broader linguistic perspective. 

Upon completion of the minor Turkish, your command of the Turkish Language will have reached level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR ). You will be able to reflect on the Turkish language in an academic manner.

The UvA minor Turkish is open for absolute beginners, but doing a language minor takes a considerable amount of effort. Besides attending the intensive lectures, you will also spend ample time on self-study and on the preparation of tests related to vocabulary, listening skills and grammar, even if you have prior knowledge of the language.

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UvA Course Catalogue: Minor Turkish


Following a minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme. Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


The enrolment for the academic year of 2022-2023 will start 12 May 2022.

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
Location University Quarter