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Linguistics (BA)

Why Leiden University

The BA in Linguistics programme draws on Leiden University’s renowned expertise in linguistics to bring students the widest range of subjects, extracurricular opportunities, and languages offered by any institute in continental Europe.

Four reasons to study Linguistics in Leiden

  • Taught by scholars at the renowned Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), most of whom are at the leading edge of their fields.
  • Unique and outstanding resources, including Leiden University Library’s famous collections.
  • Small classes that allow for greater in-class interaction and debate as well as one-on-one mentoring throughout the programme.
  • Greater flexibility to create your own curriculum with the choice of four specialisations (Descriptive Linguistics, Language and Cognition, Comparative Indo-European Linguistics or Taal en Communicatie (in Dutch)), a wide range of electives, and additional educational opportunities.

Why study at the Faculty of Humanities?

The Faculty of Humanities is situated in two locations: the historical centre of Leiden, and the modern new Wijnhaven Building in The Hague. With around 800 staff members providing education for approximately 6,500 students, the Faculty offers an inspiring, innovative and international approach to research and education in the study of languages, history, society, culture, and religion. Its 26 bachelor’s and 28 master’s programmes are rated consistently highly for their tuition and research. The 2018 Times Higher Education Rankings, for example, placed us top 25 worldwide.

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.
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