12 months
1334 EUR/year
1334 EUR/year
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The Department of General Linguistics, which offers the General Linguistics programme at the Stellenbosch University is situated in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Department offers undergraduate modules in General Linguistics and Applied English Language Studies (AELS).


Key facts

The General Linguistics programme at the Stellenbosch University focuses on language phenomena in the following domains:

  • Language structure;
  • Language use;
  • Language abuse;
  • Language variation;
  • Second language acquisition;
  • Language attrition; and
  • Language disorder.

What we offer

You can choose between two options. Both options require independent research on problematic phenomena in one of the domains mentioned above. In Option 1, the results of the research are presented in the form of a 100% thesis, and in Option 2 in the form of a 50% thesis. Option 2 requires further advanced study in one or more themes in linguistics, for which you must complete a series of assignments in the first semester. You choose your study theme in consultation with the Department. Your choice is determined by the availability of supervisors and your academic background and interests.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Thesis (General Linguistics)
  • Themes in General Linguistics
  • Thesis (General Linguistics)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • An Honours degree/postgraduate diploma in general or applied linguistics, a language, a language-related subject, or speech therapy (logopaedics); or another qualification accepted by the Senate as equivalent to such an Honours degree/postgraduate diploma

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1334 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1334 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1334 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1334 EUR per year during 12 months.


Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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