Judged best in the field

According to Keuzegids 2020, Linguistics at Utrecht University has been ranked best in the field in the Netherlands! Students especially appreciate the enthusiasm of the lecturers.

Language, naturally!

There are thousands of languages worldwide. We all speak and understand at least one of them, which we effortlessly learnt as a child. Language comes so naturally that we hardly give it any thought, but linguistics studies this phenomenon in a scientific way: how we acquire it, how we use it, and how it develops through the centuries.

In the Bachelor’s programme in Linguistics you will learn how language works, what processes take place in our brain when we talk and why languages change. Linguistics is versatile: it connects experiments (psychology), logic (philosophy), computer models (artificial intelligence) and field work (anthropology) to understand the most important feature of humankind: language!

Is linguistics for you?

Linguistics is a broad field of study. You can choose it if you are interested in the relation between language and culture, if you are interested in how language is ‘wired’ in the brain, if you are interested in its mathematical structure or its role in Artificial Intelligence. You can choose it if you are interested in the evolution of languages and societies through the centuries. And you can choose it if you are interested in all these things together too!

Watch our webinar
Webinar Day 2019

On 26 October 2019, Professor Roberta D'Alessandro and student Anna Marije Buren hosted a live webinar on the Linguistics programme. Did you miss it? Don't worry, you can watch the recording on the Linguistics webinar page.

I was actually a kind of cross between someone who likes humanities and someone who likes science subjects. I found that combination here in the Linguistics programme as well.
  • Daan van der Weijden is a Linguistics student
    "I think Linguistics is the perfect combination of alpha and beta. That combination is what attracted me."
  • "The different parts of linguistics are closely related, so there’s always going to be something in every course that you find interesting."


Mode of study:
Language of instruction:
  • English
  • Dutch
3 years
Tuition fee:
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2021-2022, full-time): € 1,084
  • Institutional fee 2021-2022: € 8,006 (EU/EEA), € 9,326 (non-EU/EEA)
Offered by:
Degree: This Bachelor's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
BA (Bachelor of Arts)
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