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Linguistics and Literary Studies

Course Description

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.

6 Languages to choose from

Our Master’s programme offers you the unique possibility to take courses in linguistics and literary studies in up to six different languages and to specialise in one specific language-related scientific discipline and in one or two specific languages.

The programme of the Multilingual Master contains courses in the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The programme is built up of three components: the required courses, the choice for one language or two languages, and a multilingual profile.


Required courses (24 ECTS)

There are two required study components: the Master’s thesis (20 ECTS) in one of the chosen languages, and an English taught course in Research Methodology (Linguistics or Literary Studies, 4 ECTS).

One language (18 ECTS) or two languages (24 ECTS)

Depending on your Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree, you will be able to specialise in one language (18 ECTS or 3 courses) or in two languages (twice 12 ECTS or twice 2 courses).

A multilingual profile (18 or 12 ECTS)

The remaining 12 or 18 ECTS will be spent on the profile of your choice. All profiles are composed of courses in different languages. There are five possibilities:

• Linguistics

• Literary Studies

• Multilingualism and Foreign Language Acquisition

• Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics

• Theatre Studies

• Interpretation

• Translation

The value of research

Our Master's programme offers you the possibility to conduct independent and creative research on a linguistic or literary topic of your choice in a stimulating multilingual andurban environment. Your research activities will be supervised by an internationally renowned expert in his or her field.

The Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies contains two research centres, the Centre for Literature, Intermediality, and Culture (CLIC) and the Centre for Linguistics (CLIN).

CLIC offers an interdisciplinary forum for specialists in literature, theater, dance and film (PhD students, researchers, assistants and teaching staff). Under the umbrella of "the experiment" it groups research on texts and aesthetics which in a boundary-crossing manner explores the possibilities to represent and stage reality. The different artistic media (literature, theater, film, etc.) in this research are considered laboratories for a reflection on the relationship between reality and the imagination.

Application requirements

Applicants are eligible for the programme if they have a min. 180ECTS bachelor in the field of linguistics and literary studies. .

Additionally, in order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.

Visit the Linguistics and Literary Studies page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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...


China Scholarship Council (CSC) - No. of awards TBC

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements: Applicants are eligible for the programme if they have a min. 180ECTS bachelor in the field of linguistics and literary studies. Language requirements: All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English

Course Fees

EEA nationals: 890 EUR/year___Non EEA nationals: 2.950 EUR/year

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