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Linguistics (BA)

After graduation

Graduates of the BA in Linguistics programme are highly attractive candidates for employers in a wide range of industries, and as students for select master’s programmes. With this qualification, the choice is yours.

What are your skills after graduation?

The three-year Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at Leiden University provides students with a thorough understanding of the science of language in all its diversity. Our approach to this field is multidisciplinary, which ensures that you gain an understanding of language from many different angles, from the physical to the philosophical. 

Our graduates demonstrate a broad and solid understanding of how language works, strong academic and research skills including problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and the ability to transfer knowledge to practical issues.

Your career prospects

Do you want to follow a full academic programme? After obtaining your bachelor’s degree you can continue with a master’s programme. Once you have successfully completed your master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA). Your master’s diploma will increase your chances of finding a job or academic-level position.
Read more about our Master's programmes

Your future workplace will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and on the elective choices you’ve made during your study. Students who complete this programme find themselves prepared for a wide range of sectors and occupations.
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Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event 2018!

Career Service

The Career Service of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to give you personal advice and guidance about internships and jobs, as well as courses and workshops in career-planning, job-applications and interviews. We can also provide contact details for potential employers. Furthermore, an internship coordinator and career advisor will help you match your interests and abilities with suitable internships and career options. You can contact the Student Career Service up to six months after you graduate.

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