Linguistics is the science of language; it studies the language as a phenomena and all languages on Earth separately and in relation with each other.
The list of subdisciplines of Linguistic Studies include:
- Historical Linguistics
- Computational Linguistics
Linguistics program structure
Usually linguistics is taught as Bachelor of Art (BA) and Master of Art (MA) study programs. Undergraduate study programs in Linguistics usually last from three to four years, graduate study programs - from one to two years, the length of study programs vary on the chosen university and country, for example, in Great Britain graduate study programs usually last one year.
The curriculum of Linguistics study programs usually consists of specific courses of applied Linguistics: Phonology, Syntax, Lexical Semantics. Usually first one-two years are basic, and during last years students can choose their field of interest and courses in this particular area. Besides lectures and seminars, students will work on their dissertation, which they will present to complete their studies. Some study programs also include mandatory exams in core courses.
If students specialize in a language of a particular country, they will spend one year of their education abroad (in this country).
The main requirement for applicants wishing to study Linguistics in a foreign university is English fluency. If an applicant studied English in high school and English is his native language, then high grades (or GPA score) in English are required. If English is not a native language of an applicant, then he should demonstrate his language fluency with results of IETLS, TOEFL or equivalent language test certificate.
Sometimes high grades in Literature are required.
If you decided to study a particular language, you may need to have basic knowledge of this language.
Those who wish to apply for an university in foreign country need also meet specific requirements of the chosen country.
According to QS Top Universities Ranking by Subject, the best university hosting study programs in Linguistics is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Some information about this institution (including all study programs and entry requirements) can be found in the institution’s profile on our website. List of other world leading universities hosting study programs in Linguistics include: Harvard University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, Peking University. All these universities, their entry requirements and several study programs can be found on our website.