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Master DegreeSociolinguistics and Multilingualism

Tuition fee €250 per semester

VMU, Lithuania: semester fee 250 Eur
JGU, Germany: semester fee ~350 Eur (increasing every year)
SU, Sweden: no tuition fee
TU, Estonia: no tuition fee

Application fee €100 one-time

Non-EU applicants shall pay through the Flywire portal.

Application fee is not refundable.

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Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism (SoMu) is an international joint-degree study programme offered by Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Kaunas, Lithuania, Johannes-Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz, Germany, Stockholm University (SU), Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Tartu (UT), Tartu, Estonia. SoMu trains a new generation of sociolinguists who will possess a broad scholarly and practical understanding of the parallel use of multiple languages in Europe and a professional awareness of multilingualism’s social dynamics and its cultural, political and socioeconomic impact in varying European contexts.

During their four-semester studies, students’ study in three different universities:

• The first semester is taught in Kaunas at Vytautas Magnus University.
• The second in Mainz at Johannes-Gutenberg University.
• For the third semester students choose between Stockholm and Tartu.
• And the fourth semester students stay at the university of the main supervisor of their MA thesis.

The programme is meant for students, who are interested in the role of language in society. With its geographical focus on the entire Baltic-Sea region, the programme is unique amongst all sociolinguistic MA programmes in Europe in the width of languages and societies covered in it. The language of instruction is English.

Career opportunities

Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism offers students a possibility for professional networking and perspectives for their future job mobility within the European labor market. Its successful completion opens an access to further academic studies in thematically related third cycle (doctoral) programs with a subsequent career within the academia and/or a wide array of employment possibilities in the private and the public sectors.

The market and job trends signal the demand for versatile specialists in multilingualism issues, and the graduates of this program can expect to find employment in the following fields:

• Academic sphere, e.g., research tasks and/or doctoral studies in sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication, identity, multilingualism, regionalism, etc.
• Counseling on multilingualism issues at political and cultural institutions, including the EU institutions.
• Counseling and analytical teaching on multilingualism issues in educational institutions of all levels.
• Counseling business and finance organizations in issues involving multilingualism and regional and economic cooperation.
• Various international, national and regional public and private sector institutions and projects concerned with multilingualism, language planning and policy.
• Mass media (with additional qualifications), e.g., in fields such as political journalism.

Apply now! Fall semester 2024/25
Application period has ended
Studies commence
28 Aug 2024
Apply now! Fall semester 2024/25
Application period has ended
Studies commence
28 Aug 2024