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Linguistics and Communication

University of Amsterdam

24 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The two-year Linguistics and Communication programme of the University of Amsterdam brings together linguistic theory and data from experimental and corpus studies, and has a strong emphasis on methodology.


Theoretical variety

In the Linguistics and Communication programme of the University of Amsterdam, you will study language and communication from various theoretical perspectives, including generative grammar, functional discourse grammar, optimality theory, neural networks, argumentation theory, rhetoric and discourse theory.

You will be taught to understand the value of these different theoretical approaches in analysing linguistic problems. The programme boasts an open, constructive atmosphere, in which you are trained to look beyond your own particular field of expertise.

Why study Linguistics and Communication at the UvA?

  • Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam has been ranking highest in continental Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject since 2012. 
  • The emphasis on a multi-disciplinary, multi-theoretical, complementary approach to linguistics is unique to this programme.
  • Besides developing your academic skills, you will also receive training in soft skills such as data management and presentation, the writing of abstracts and proposals, CV composition, job application, and the organisation of an alumni event.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives on Language and Communication
  • Statistics in Linguistics
  • Phonetics-Phonology Interface
  • Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Language Acquisition and Disorders
  • Sign Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
  • A/3.6 (American system)
  • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
  • B (ECTS-system)
  • 7.5 (Dutch system)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the field of Linguistics, Communication and Information Science or a language
  • Although a background in the aforementioned fields is recommended and preferred, students with a Bachelor's in other disciplines requiring strong analytical skills, such as psychology or mathematics, are encouraged to apply as well
  • In this case, a personal interview may be part of the selection process, which will help us establish your capacity to successfully participate in the programme
  • GPA of at least A/3.6 (American system), 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system), B (ECTS-system), 7.5 (Dutch system)
  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /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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