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Linguistics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #70 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
Linguistics is the scientific study of language, and an important way of understanding what it means to be human. The BA in Linguistics from Leiden University is your chance to explore the world through this fascinating lens at one of the world’s leading institutes in the field.
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Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) is the international honours college of Leiden University. We offer an innovative and cutting edge Liberal Arts and Sciences programme centered around the 'Global Challenges': the major issues humanity and the planet faces. At LUC we focus on Sustainability, Peace & Justice, Prosperity and Diversity, in order to expand your perspectives and introduce you to several fields of study. 

Our highly talented and motivated students from all over the world, follow an interdisciplinary curriculum and obtain both broad as well as in-depth knowledge. Linking your studies to the Global Challenges of the 21st century, you will specialize in one of the 6 (Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science) majors: 'Earth, Energy and Sustainability', 'Culture, History and Society', 'International Justice', 'Global Public Health', 'Governance, Economics and Development' or 'World Politics'. You will benefit from intensive, small-scale education and have the opportunity to learn from dedicated and research-active academics.

No less than 50 different nationalities are represented in both student body and staff. As an LUC student you will be part of that vibrant international community focused on making an impact on society. You will live ánd learn on our campus in the city centre of The Hague to ultimately build knowledge for a better world!

Why Linguistics at Leiden University?

  • Join a university where over 60 languages are taught and researched. Leiden University is one of a handful of universities in the world with such a concentration of language academics and specialists.
  • Specialise in what interests you most. With four separate study tracks and a wide range of electives and additional educational opportunities, you can customise your degree to meet your goals.
  • Learn in small classes where you can enjoy regular, quality interaction with your teachers and fellow students.
  • Gain the best start to your career. A linguistics qualification from Leiden University is respected by organisations worldwide.


Graduates of the BA in Linguistics programme have taken many different positions at a wide variety of organisations. These include work as a researcher, consultant, manager in a governmental or NGO, editor, writer or translator. Some of the organisations where alumni of our linguistics programme work are: McKinsey & Company, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, and Brill Publishing.

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:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Language Use and Diversity
  • Speech Sounds of the World

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    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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General Requirements

  • An equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma. 
  • Our admissions Office has drawn up a list of common non-Dutch diplomas that generally meet the minimum academic requirements. 
  • Additionally a good level of English proficiency is required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11800 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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