If you are interested in language as a phenomenon, General Linguistics is for you. What can languages be like, and what can’t they be like – what is similar and different if you compare Hawaiian to Kwakiutl? How does language actually work on various levels: in the brain; in society; as systems? Does language influence our thinking so that you think differently if you grow up with Swedish or with Russian, for example, which has two words for ‘blue’ but does not differentiate between ‘hand’ and ‘arm’, or with French where all nouns have feminine or masculine gender? How have linguists imagined language and our human language faculty when creating models to describe them? Why do languages change? All of this, and more, is part of General Linguistics, and the education aims to familiarize you with as many of these areas as possible. As your studies progress, you will have increasing opportunities for specialisation.

Please note that Swedish is required for all first-level studies (up to a Bachelor's degree).

If you already have a Batchelor's degree, you may be eligible for the Master’s Programme in Language Sciences, which is taught in English, and if you have a Masters degree you may apply for PhD Studies.

The Department education pages  will tell you more about the courses and programmes we teach, as well as Exchange studies, and possibilities for learning Swedish once you are here.