This programme no longer admits students

Why choose this programme?

How do you learn, teach or translate a language? How can languages be compared? This programme offers an applied perspective on linguistics and multilingualism. Students spend one year at the University of Oslo and one year at the Catholic University of Louvain, receiving an international double Master’s degree.

This program will not have admission for the academic year 2020/2021


Applied knowledge

Knowledge and understanding of languages is increasingly important, and this programme focuses on how such knowledge can be applied. You spend one year abroad at a university just outside Brussels and within short distance of many of Europe’s other capitals and major cities. You learn more about how language is used in communication and how it varies according to cultural context.

Multilingual skills: abilities and awareness

Another main feature of the programme is its strong multilingual component. English is the main language of instruction, but the multilingual component includes a possibility for linguistics courses in French, German or Dutch (in Louvain) and you get access to advanced descriptive courses of these languages. It may also be possible to write your thesis in French linguistics. Added to the linguistically diverse environment students will be part of during the whole programme, these features will foster students’ multilingual abilities and awareness.

Programme specializations

  • Contrastive linguistics and translation studies
  • Second language acquisition and language teaching
  • Language and society.

A growing demand

There is a growing demand from both public and private sectors for professionals combining excellent language skills and sound linguistic theory and methodology. You study linguistic theory, description and methodology with a particular focus on corpus approaches and a strong multilingual component with high relevance for language professionals, especially in the field of foreign/second language learning, teaching (and testing), linguistics focusing on usage-based models and methods in language research and their applications, especially in multilingual contexts.

Networks and contacts

The programme provides a combination of fundamental courses in various domains of linguistics and an internship as a placement in a private or public company, research centre or laboratory where you will be involved in a project with a significant linguistic component. You get to study under internationally renowned specialists who do research into how authentic language is used in present-day society, how languages differ and how (well) languages are learnt.

A unique opportunity

You get to be part of two different university cultures and systems and make friends in both places. Your year in Louvain-la-Neuve also gives you the opportunity to acquire or develop French language skills.

Published Sep. 25, 2013 10:10 AM - Last modified June 4, 2019 9:35 AM