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Linguistics degrees abroad

Linguistics is the academic study of language. It focuses on how and why language varies in use and meaning between different groups and social settings.

As a linguistics student, you’ll analyze the rules, structure, and context of language, as well as looking at how it has changed over time. You’ll study how people learn to use language, develop accents, and the connection between sound and meaning.

Studying linguistics abroad is one of the best ways to understand how people use language to communicate in different countries and cultures. You’ll be able to spot differences and similarities between language use in your home and host country, giving you a more in-depth understanding of the field.

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Linguistics program structure

You can study linguistics as a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. You’ll learn about the core areas of the field by studying a BA over three or four years. An MA and PhD will require you to narrow your focus and concentrate on a specific branch of linguistics. These postgraduate qualifications take roughly one year and five years respectively to complete.

If you decide to attend university in the US, you’ll select linguistics as your major. This means that you’ll spend the first two years of your degree gaining your general education, before concentrating on linguistics modules in your final two years.

Many universities offer the opportunity to study linguistics alongside another subject, like English, psychology, or a foreign language. This is a useful way of tailoring your degree to suit your interests and ambitions.

You’ll be taught mainly through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Assessment will usually take the form of essays, reports, exams, presentations, and group projects. In your final year of study, you’ll probably need to write a dissertation.

It’s difficult to outline exactly what a linguistics program will look like because of variations between universities. However, there are some core areas of study that will appear in most courses, such as:

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Sociolinguistics - gender, ethnicity, class
  • Language variation and change
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Linguistic theory

Types of linguistics degrees

Linguistics study abroad programs

Linguistics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in linguistics

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    Linguistics/Pacific Studies Heritage and Arts - BA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,078 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Linguistics - BA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,392 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,392 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Communication: Linguistics - BC Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,749 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
    Show program overview about Communication: Linguistics
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    Computer Science and Linguistics - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,134 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Computing Science and Linguistics - BSc Simon Fraser University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,386 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Associate in linguistics

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    Linguistics - AAOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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Linguistics graduate programs

Master's in linguistics

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    Arts (Thesis): Linguistics - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,612 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
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    Linguistics - MA Simon Fraser University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,429 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Linguistics
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    Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature: Comparative Literature (French, Spanish, Italian) - MA Florida Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,792 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,792 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Linguistics - MA Carleton University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,794 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,945 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Linguistics - MA Trinity Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,630 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in linguistics

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    Linguistics - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,350 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June, July
    Show program overview about Linguistics
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    Linguistics - PhD University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,484 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,859 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in linguistics

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    Linguistics - GDip Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,677 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,390 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future linguistics careers

As a linguistics graduate, you’ll have plenty of career pathways open to you. Your detailed knowledge of language use, meaning, and interpretation could help you excel in a number of roles, including:

  • Language consultant
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Lexicographer
  • Languages teacher
  • Publisher
  • Public relations officer
  • Communications officer
  • Copy editor

To pursue some linguistic careers, you’ll need to undertake specialized postgraduate programs. Speak with your university’s careers service about the best way to pursue your dream job.