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Modern Languages (MA)

French Language and Linguistics

French Language and Linguistics at Leiden University offers a wide array of courses covering theoretical and applied linguistics, including language acquisition, syntax, and semantics.

French Language and Linguistics at Leiden University is part of the MA Linguistics specialisation Modern Languages.

Study the French language in different contexts

You will have the opportunity to analyse the French language from an academic perspective, as well as in the context of its economic or legal applications. The programme will also provide you with an understanding of how language and people influence each other.

Benefit from our unique expertise

You will be able to learn from the expertise of our dedicated team of active researchers, many of whom have an international reputation and who publish extensively. You will also be able to benefit from the support of close and regular communication between staff and students as well as the programme’s broad network which covers universities in France, the United States and Canada.

Tailor the programme to your interests

The flexible design of the French Language and Linguistics programme means you have the freedom to tailor the curriculum to match your specific interests. You will be able to choose from a range of specialised courses and research topics.

Study programme

For an overview of the French Language and Linguistics study programme, please check the Prospectus.

Admission requirements

To see if you are eligible for this master’s programme, please check the Modern Languages Admission Requirements.

Apply now

Have you already made your choice? You can apply directly via the Modern Languages Application pages.  

Please note: you cannot apply separately for the specialisation ‘French Language and Linguistics’, as it is part of the ‘Modern Languages’ specialisation. When you start your application you will first need to select ‘MA Linguistics’ (CROHO code: 60815). When asked for a specialisation, select ‘Modern Languages’. Studielink will automatically direct you to uSis (Leiden University’s online application portal) within 2 or 3 working days.


Do you have questions about studying French Language and Linguistics at Leiden University? Get in touch with our study advisor.

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