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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About European Linguistics at University of Groningen

How is language constructed and which aspects can be distinguished and studied? How are these aspects realized in different language families and specific languages?

European Linguistics is a one-year Master's track of the MALinguistics which is based on the strengths of the Groningenlinguistics sections. It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent and cohesive, range of options, orientedalong the following approaches:
* Empirical investigation of the structure of the Europeanlanguages, with focus on synchronic and diachronic variation
* Theoretical study of syntax, semantics, morphology, andphonology/phonetics
* Use of a variety of data (native speaker intuitions, corpus data,language acquisition data) and methods
The track focuses on language with all its complexities. The mainfocus is how to make sense of complex data in order to be able tostudy the structure, variation, change, and development oflanguage, so as to obtain a better understanding of the humanlanguage faculty.
It covers the principal subfields of linguistic study (sound,structure, meaning), and offers plenty of opportunity for studentsto focus on a particular language or language family (working withspecialists in different modern European languages) or to pursuetheir interests in general linguistics.

How is language constructed and which aspects can be distinguished and studied? How are these aspects realized in different language families and specific languages?

European Linguistics is a one-year Master's track of the MALinguistics which is based on the strengths of the Groningenlinguistics sections (English, German, French, Italian, Russian,Spanish, Swedish).
It gives students a broad and attractive, but coherent andcohesive, range of options, oriented along the followingapproaches:
* Empirical investigation of the structure of the Europeanlanguages, with focus on synchronic and diachronic variation
* Theoretical study of syntax, semantics, morphology, andphonology/phonetics 
* Use of a variety of data (native speaker intuitions, corpus data,language acquisition data) and methods 

The track focuses on language with all its complexities. Themain focus is how to make sense of complex data in order to be ableto study the structure, variation, change, and development oflanguage, so as to obtain a better understanding of the humanlanguage faculty.
It covers the principal subfields of linguistic study (sound,structure, meaning), and offers plenty of opportunity for studentsto focus on a particular language or language family (working withspecialists in different modern European languages) or to pursuetheir interests in general linguistics.

After your studies

Job prospects

A Master's degree in Linguistics (Master's track EuropeanLinguistics) is:

  • a solid foundation for future teachers, editors, communicationexperts, etc.
  • an excellent preparation for a social career related to theareas of theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, languagedevelopment, speech technology, communication and computerlinguistics
  • a stepping stone to further study and training with a view towriting a successful PhD thesis.

A Master's degree in Linguistics (Master's track EuropeanLinguistics) is:

  • a solid foundation for future teachers, editors, communicationexperts, etc.
  • an excellent preparation for a social career related to theareas of theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, languagedevelopment, speech technology, communication and computerlinguistics
  • a stepping stone to further study and training with a view towriting a successful PhD thesis.

Job examples

  • Editor
  • Communications expert
  • Linguistics researcher
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/masters/european-linguistics/admission-and-application#int

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

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LinguisticsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
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English Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Minorities & MultilingualismAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Finoegrische Talen en CulturenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Romance Languages and CulturesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Scandinavian Languages and CulturesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Slavonic Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Information ScienceAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
European Languages and CulturesUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

previous education

A Bachelor diploma in the field of:

  • a modern European language and culture study
  • Communication- and Information Science
  • Humanities Computing/Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing
other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Officeand the Admissions Board.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Students who gained a bachelor's degree certificate from an English-taught degree programme, will automatically meet the language requirements.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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