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Why study Linguistics at the UvA

World-class education 

Linguistics at the UvA is ranked highest in Continental Europe and 29th overall according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

Learn a new language

You will study a new language during your first year and are offered the opportunity to master it in your second and third years.

Study in a multilingual city 

With inhabitants of 180 different nationalities, Amsterdam is a truly multilingual city that offers an excellent testing ground for linguists.

Broad programme

One of the few programmes that offers you the whole subfield of linguistics, thus giving you greater freedom of choice in your future career.

Is Linguistics right for you? 

  1. You are interested in how language and speech are structured, how we acquire language and how it can be impaired. 
  2. You would like to learn and specialize in a completely new language. The programme offers more than 10 languages to choose from. 
  3. You want to join a broad and research-oriented programme with a multidisciplinary perspective. 
  4. You are keen to be part of a community of around 100 first-year students. 
Sinja Stentoft, Linguistics student
Copyright: Robin Puy
In order to understand communication, I think you need to understand language first. Sinja Stentoft, Linguistics student
UvA Bachelor's programme in Linguistics explained

Find out in 4 minutes what the Linguistics programme is about and why you should study it at the University of Amsterdam.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
BA Linguistics
180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction
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