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Studying Linguistics and Literary Studies in Brussels

Linguistics and literary studies are among the most fascinating studies, especially in a city like Brussels where more languages are spoken than anywhere else in Flanders, Belgium or Europe. A Master’s student in linguistics and literary Studies gets access to other languages and cultures which opens up new horizons of understanding. Our multilingual Master's programme prepares students for a globalized labour market where multilingualism is increasingly becoming a necessity. The internationally oriented city of Brussels is the perfect location to personally experience the diverse aspects of multilingualism and multiculturalism.

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Entry Requirements

Students who have not obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies from a Flemish university, may be accepted onto the programme on the condition that they have obtained at least 48 ECTS credits in linguistics and literary studies for every language they wish to major in.

Students who do not meet this condition are admitted to the programme when they successfully complete a tailor-made preparatory programme consisting of BA modules in linguistics and literary studies.


EEA nationals: 948 EUR/year___Non EEA nationals: 3,248 EUR/year

Course Content

Where is Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Student Profile(s)

Charis Kousoula

A couple of years ago I came to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as Erasmus student from Greece. I do not regret this descision for one moment. The master of advanced studies in linguistics is more than I ever hoped! It gives me a chance to learn and grow and to do research. And the study guidance here is very good. I really like it here. I might even end up living in Brussels!

Brussels is the capital of Europe and that you see in all kind of things. You meet so many people from different countries, speaking al kind of lanuages. What place is better to study linguistics! What is more: Brusssels is really a splendid city

Alexandra Sanchez

2327.JPG I love to read. Turning my hobby into a degree sounded like a plan, so I enrolled at the VUB and became a student in "English and Spanish literature and linguistics". The experience was fantastic: I got to learn so much more than I could have ever fathomed! I initially thought I would only learn how to decipher the English and Spanish language and how to analyse their most prominent oeuvre - which is exactly what I learned. But in studying the linguistic and literary origin and development of the two most widely spoken languages in the world, I also acquired an insight into the world's history, into the frame of mind of entire generations of authors, into the cultural, moral, religious etc. background of their readers. The fact that I got to do this in Brussels, a melting pot of cultures, institutions and - most importantly for me - languages, only added to the experience.The studies in linguistics and literary studies cover pretty much every area of philanthropy and that is what sets this study off from any other: its ability to form well-rounded and enlightened people through the medium of language. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed this degree so much, that I went on to obtain an Advanced Master's in Literary Sciences afterwards. Currently, I am in the process of applying for a doctoral grant, with the objective of writing a dissertation on Cuban-American literature. What was a mere hobby will hopefully become a career...


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