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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
September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Multilingualism at University of Groningen

We live in a world where multilingualism is the norm and monolingualism the exception. How do we deal with the challenges that this brings with it for the individual, for society and for institutions?

There's no doubt that multilingualism has important implicationsfor communication, identity, social and cultural integration,development and education. 
With its world-leading expertise in the fields of cognition,society and language the University of Groningen now offers aone-year Master's track in Multilingualism in co-operation withUniversity Campus Fryslan (UCF) and NHL University of AppliedSciences.

The Multilingualism Master's track is unique in combiningteaching of many societal, individual, educational, cultural andhistorical aspects of multilingualism with a practical,research-driven approach. 
Students learn to deal with day-to-day issues such as helpingcompanies overcome communication problems, design language policiesor give schools advice on how best to teach children with foreignlanguage backgrounds. They receive a MA degree inLinguistics.
The challenging Master's track in Multilingualism is situated in the picturesque town of Leeuwarden, capital of the officiallymultilingual province Fryslân in the Netherlands. Frisian isthe second official language of the country. This setting allowsstudents immediate access to a multilingual laboratory.

We live in a world where multilingualism is the norm and monolingualism the exception. How do we deal with the challenges that this brings with it for the individual, for society and for institutions?

There's no doubt that multilingualism has important implicationsfor communication, identity, social and cultural integration,development and education.
With its world-leading expertise in the fields of cognition,society and language the University of Groningen now offers aone-year Master's track in Multilingualism in co-operation withUniversity Campus Fryslan (UCF) and NHL University of AppliedSciences.

The Multilingualism Master's track is unique in combiningteaching of many societal, individual, educational, cultural andhistorical aspects of multilingualism with a practical,research-driven approach.
Students learn to deal with day-to-day issues such as helpingcompanies overcome communication problems, design language policiesor give schools advice on how best to teach children with foreignlanguage backgrounds. They receive a MA degree inLinguistics.
The challenging Master's track in Multilingualism is situated in the picturesque town of Leeuwarden, capital of the officiallymultilingual province Fryslân in the Netherlands. Frisian isthe second official language of the country. This setting allowsstudents immediate access to a multilingual laboratory.

After your studies

Job prospects

With your MA-degree you could become a policy consultant, or anadvisor to national and international governmental organizationsand NGOs. You could also become an expert on how to deal withmultilingualism in education, or on how to approach languageplanning for governments.

Upon graduation students hold a (60 ECTS) MA degree inLinguistics with specialisation in Multilingualism from theUniversity of Groningen. A student's career after that depends on the kind of person they are. The field of multilingualism is openfor enterprising minds. Being one of the main challenges in aglobalizing world multilingualism creates many issues, situationsand problems that can be solved only by experts.

Linguistics is a field of science that is becoming increasinglyimportant to other fields. Language is central to the study ofhuman behaviour and activities. A degree in Linguistics cantherefore also see you into a career in related fields suchpsychology, sociology, computer science or education sciences. Many of the skills you are taught in an MA in Linguistics aretransferable. You will probably find that your analyticalcompetence, ability to write, as well as your capacity to solveproblems will significantly improve after studying towards an MAdegree.

We advice our students to complete an internship in the field of their interest. In term one of the MA a career class is organisedwith more information.

With your MA-degree you could become a policy consultant, or anadvisor to national and international governmental organizationsand NGOs. You could also become an expert on how to deal withmultilingualism in education, or on how to approach languageplanning for governments.

Upon graduation students hold a (60 ECTS) MA degree inLinguistics with a track in Multilingualism from the University ofGroningen. A student's career after that depends on the kind ofperson they are. The field of multilingualism is open forenterprising minds. Being one of the main challenges in aglobalizing world multilingualism creates many issues, situationsand problems that can be solved only by experts.

Linguistics is a field of science that is becoming increasinglyimportant to other fields. Language is central to the study ofhuman behaviour and activities. A degree in Linguistics cantherefore also see you into a career in related fields suchpsychology, sociology, computer science or education sciences. Many of the skills you are taught in an MA in Linguistics aretransferable. You will probably find that your analyticalcompetence, ability to write, as well as your capacity to solveproblems will significantly improve after studying towards an MAdegree.

We advice our students to complete an internship in the field of their interest. In term one of the MA a career class is organisedwith more information.

Job examples

  • Consultant
  • Teaching specialist
  • Researcher
  • Civil servant
  • Communication specialist
  • Publisher
  • Technical Writing
  • Copywriter
  • Translation expert
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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 startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course

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

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
German Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
European Languages and CulturesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
English Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Franse Taal en CultuurAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
M Friese Taal en CultuurAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Dutch Language and CultureAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Taal- en CultuurstudiesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
LinguisticsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Vergelijkende Indo-Europese TaalwetenschapAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Minorities & MultilingualismUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
entry test

Applicants may be asked to sit an entry test if they do not have a background in linguistics

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:

  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Other Arts degrees (admission interview required)
  • Social sciences (admission interview required)

Students who have a bachelor's degree from a university in theNetherlands are eligible for enrolment if they have completedmodules in linguistics as part of their degree.

These students can enrol in Studielink.nl and then get in touchwith us to receive an admission letter. This admission letter mustbe taken to the Student Desk of the Faculty of Arts (http://www.rug.nl/(...)bureau-studentzaken/)where a Declaration of Admissions to Final Exams (VTAE) must befilled in to complete the enrolment.

Students from other backgrounds (such as other Arts degrees, ordegrees in the Social Sciences or Law) are also very welcome toapply to the programme. Please get in touch with the programmecoordinator to determine whether you need to complete a pre-masterprogramme before enrolling.

written requestNo further information
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

This is an international Master's track, taught completely inEnglish. We may ask prospective students to submit their scoresfrom an English proficiency test as part of their applicationprocedure.

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.

previous education

Students who have a bachelor's degree from a university in theNetherlands are eligible for enrolment if they have completedmodules in linguistics as part of their degree.

These students can enrol in Studielink.nl and then get in touchwith us to receive an admission letter. This admission letter mustbe taken to the Student Desk of the Faculty of Arts (http://www.rug.nl/(...)bureau-studentzaken/)where a Declaration of Admissions to Final Exams (VTAE) must befilled in to complete the enrolment.

Students from other backgrounds (such as other Arts degrees, ordegrees in the Social Sciences or Law) are also very welcome toapply to the programme. Please get in touch with the programmecoordinator to determine whether you need to complete a pre-masterprogramme before enrolling.

reference letter

We may ask students for a reference letter to determine whether they fit the profile of the MA.

written request

We may ask students for a motivational letter to determinewhether they fit the profile of the MA.

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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