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Sign Language Linguistics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #40 (BCR) Amsterdam, Netherlands
In the Bachelor’s in Sign Language Linguistics from University of Amsterdam, you will explore sign languages, their structure, acquisition and use from the perspective of a linguist, while learning at least one sign language yourself. 
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Overview

Sign languages from all around the world demonstrate interesting similarities, but they are not mutually intelligible and differ from each other in significant ways. Interestingly, many of these differences reflect variation also attested in spoken languages. The acquisition of sign languages also shows interesting similarities and differences with the acquisition of spoken languages. 

The Bachelor's in Sign Language Linguistics from University of Amsterdam teaches you general linguistic principles and methods and offers you a wide range of courses in sign languages that address these fascinating topics. 

Is Sign Language Linguistics right for you?

Sign Language Linguistics is the ideal programme for you if:

  • You are broadly interested in language and sign language specifically.
  • You enjoy solving puzzles and problems that require a systematic approach.
  • You want to understand how sign languages resemble or differ from spoken languages as well as each other.
  • You’d like to learn a sign language yourself.
  • You would like to know how sign languages are acquired, and how they function in society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Language Proficiency Sign Language of the Netherlands 
  • Diagnostic Exam English
  • Introduction to Sign Linguistics
  • Transcription of Sign Languages
  • Morphology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • First Year Group Project Linguistics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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General Requirements

  • Studying with a foreign diploma at the University of Amsterdam means that a student's preparatory education must be equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma, with English included in the final examination.
  • The starting level of a regular study programme at Dutch universities is comparable to that of other European countries, which is usually one or two years higher than in most countries outside of Europe.
  • A student's diploma or certificate from prior education will be compared with the list of country qualifications that has been drawn up by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Nuffic).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8910 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8910 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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