If you take Linguistics at Utrecht, you will study subjects in coherent units. This ensures a sound structure. Because you will study the units of a subject together with the same fellow students, you will get to know each other well.
In the second year, you study Linguistics in greater depth. You can also choose from various specialisations. Each specialisation consists of four courses; you can find course descriptions in the subject overview.
- Language variation
Theory and research on variation and change in speech and language. This track is fully taught in Dutch.
- The human language faculty
What are speech and language as part of our cognitive system based on, and how is that expressed in language acts? This package is fully taught in English.
One third of your programme is composed of electives, where you are free to choose the subjects that interest you the most. You can put together a second package to give you a more in-depth understanding of your main area of interest, for instance, or you can opt for a package of related subjects from another programme. The other courses are completely up to you. This freedom of choice allows you to specialise as you see fit. It may be wise to choose courses that fit in with your preferred Master’s programme.
An internship allows to you gain practical experience during your studies in the field of your studies, at a research institute, company, or government organization.
In the first year of the Bachelor’s programme in Linguistics, tuition will be provided by way of lectures, tutorials and practicals:
- A lecture is where you and your fellow students will listen to a lecturer talk about a particular subject in a large lecture hall.
- You yourself will get to play an active role as well – that’s what tutorials are for. These may involve delivering a presentation or taking part in a group discussion or assignment. You will have plenty of room for interaction and for asking the lecturer questions.
- The practicals are focused on the analysis of speech and studying collections of texts.
You will have an average of 12 to 18 contact hours a week. Besides attending classes, you will also work independently (i.e. without supervision) in working groups and through self-study. The ratio between the different formats in the first year is as follows:
In 2018, there were 18 new students in the Dutch Linguistics programme (Taalwetenschappen). The average group size for lectures is larger in the first year because you will attend lectures with students from other programmes. Tutorials will have about 20-25 students.
You have your choice between a dual-language (Dutch/English) track and a track taught entirely in English. Combining Dutch and English, the dual-language track offers the option of a completely Dutch in-depth track (Language variation) or one taught completely in English (The human language faculty).
| Fully taught in English in the first year, thereafter depending on choice of package
| Mixture of Dutch and English, thereafter depending on choice of packages
In the track taught in English, your tutorials will be taught in English as well.
Academic Year Calendar
Check out the Academic Year Calendar (PDF) here for the start and end dates of the terms and non-teaching weeks.
Binding Study Advice
As with all other Dutch universities, we at Utrecht University use a binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies (BSA). This means that you must attain a minimum number of credits to be allowed to continue your programme. For Linguistics, this minimum is 45 credits (of the total of 60 credits that can be awarded). If you do not achieve this, you will have to end your programme. The Study Advisor or tutor will help you find a programme that is more suitable for you.
The grading system in the Netherlands might differ significantly from the grading system you are used to. See here for more information.
From the start of the study programme, each student has an individual tutor. The tutor is an academic staff member, who helps you with questions regarding the study programme and advises you on the various options within the course. The tutor also advises students on how to make the most of their studies.