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General Linguistics

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Language of education
12 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Language is one of our most complex cognitive abilities. People are able to get their own messages across and to understand other people's utterances.

If you choose to study Linguistics in Nijmegen you will have a unique opportunity to put together your own programme. With the exception of your thesis, all subjects are optional. You can choose from a wide range of interesting advanced topics in fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, language description and linguistic diversity. You will be working closely with top researchers. In fact, you will be in the middle of a research environment where important discoveries are being made and the chances are that you will be involved in some of them.

We really take care of our students and pay special attention to the (practical) needs of international students. We have a lot of experience with students from all over the world coming here to study and we help you to hit te ground running. The courses are very intensive and you will learn a great deal in one year. You can also expect to 'grow' academically. there are great opportunities for internships at leading institutes in the Netherlands. Linguistics is taught at a very high level in Nijmegen, and we are known for our excellent teaching and research.

General Linguistics Curriculum

Courses include:

  • Language in society: variation and diversity
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistic universals and diversity
  • Historical linguistics of English and Dutch
  • Phonology
  • Early language production and perception
  • Second language learning
  • Computer-assested language learning
  • Translation studies
  • Global English
  • Language testing
  • Methods in language research
  • Colloquium
  • Internship
  • Cognitive neuroscience options
  • Language-specific programmes


The emphasis is on integrating theoretical and empirical work. During the year, you will cover - depending on the subjects you choose - the full range of linguistics from the description of languages to changes in languages, from phonology to pragmatics.

About Radboud University Nijmegen

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the best performing Dutch universities in the international university rankings. It currently holds 127th place in the Times Higher Education ranking and is ranked 136th in the QS ranking.

Radboud University Nijmegen has seven faculties and enrols over 17,500 students. Its personal style of teaching ensures that there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars.

One of the main strengths of education and research at Radboud University Nijmegen is the way it forges cooperative links across disciplinary boundaries and the continuous exchange of ideas with others working in related areas.

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