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Minorities & Multilingualism

Are you interested in politics and culture? Do you want to become an expert in the fields of minorities & multilingualism? Or are you interested in a specific minority language? Consider this track!

Voted #1 BA programme at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in the National Student Survey 2017!

Minorities & Multilingualism is an English taught BA-track. The courses deal with the political and historical aspects of minorities and multiculturalism in combination with courses in linguistics and multilingualism.

Students will become experts in the field of minority groups and multilingualism. We also offer students the opportunity to specialise in one particular minority language. The student can do so by either taking optional courses offered at the University of Groningen (for example specialisation Frisian), courses offered by other higher education institutions in the Netherlands (where a number of minority language modules are taught), or spend a term at a university abroad learning about a minority language situation elsewhere in the world.


Are you interested in politics and culture? Do you want to become an expert in the fields of minorities & multilingualism? Or are you interested in a specific minority language? Consider this track!

Voted #1 BA programme at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in the  National Student Survey 2017!

Minorities & Multilingualism is an English taught BA-track. The courses deal with the political and historical aspects of minorities and multiculturalism in combination with courses in linguistics and multilingualism.

Students will become experts in the field of minority groups and multilingualism. We also offer students the opportunity to specialise in one particular minority language. The student can do so by either taking optional courses offered at the University of Groningen (for example specialisation Frisian), courses offered by other higher education institutions in the Netherlands (where a number of minority language modules are taught), or spend a term at a university abroad learning about a minority language situation elsewhere in the world.




Students in this top rated BA programme come from all over the world. Ethnically and culturally diverse, students also differ in their backgrounds, interests, and age. Despite their diversity, they share a common goal: they are passionate about becoming future experts in the field of minority groups and multilingualism. Are you ready to open your mind to global issues that matter? Then Minorities and Multilingualism is just the thing for you!

Do you want to become an expert in the field of minority languages and multilingualism? Are you interested in a particular minority group? Or in minority rights? Or perhaps in how the political history of Europe has contributed to our current view of the majorities and minorities who live side by side on our continent today? The bachelor programme track Minorities & Multilingualism might be for you.

More about this programme
  • Testimonial of Nienke Jet de Vries

    Developing the Province's language policy

    I work as a policy officer at the Province of Fryslân and my portfolio comprises language, education and literacy policy. As a policy officer I develop the Province's language policy together with my colleagues and help implement it. Political and societal developments have a direct effect on my work. On the one hand this makes the work dynamic and sometimes ad hoc, and on the other it gives you a feeling of involvement with the people of the province.

    I came across the Minorities and Multilingualism (Fryske Taal en Kultuer) programme by chance. I was doing the General Linguistics programme and a number of minors at the Frysk Ynstitút. I enjoyed that so much that I decided to do the full programme. After my Bachelor’s degree I did the Master’s in European Literature and Culture and the Master’s in Multilingualism.

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    – Nienke Jet de Vries
  • Testimonial of Lucia Baldassini

    Improving the curriculum together

    I decided to study Minorities and Multilingualism because I wanted to understand the underlying causes of the difficulties in dialogue between majority and minority groups. So far the programme has helped me develop critical thinking, speaking and writing skills, and has given me all the basic tools I need to analyse the complex reality of minority groups.

    What I particularly enjoy is the close contact between lecturers and students, which is made possible by the small scale of the programme. I also had the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities. With other students I founded the study association of the programme and I’m part of the Programme Committee where education issues, such as evaluation of courses, are on the agenda. I think it’s very important that staff and students work together to improve the curriculum.

    The opportunity to get to know another culture was one of the reasons I chose to study abroad. And Groningen is the best city to live as a student. The city really makes the effort to get its citizens involved in various activities.

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    – Lucia Baldassini
  • Testimonial of Desi van der Kleijn

    Minorities & Multilingualism is a small-scale programme: all the lecturers know the students personally and want to help you get the most out of your studies

    I always use to say that I planned to study English Language & Culture, but in the end I decided against it. I found out about Minorities & Multilingualism at a UG Open Day, and was sold immediately. I've always been interested in linguistics, sociology and our multicultural society, and all of those elements are included in this programme. The programme closely reflects current events, which makes it interesting, and there is a lot of room for individual input. It is also a small-scale programme, so all the lecturers know the students personally and want to help you get the most out of your studies.

    Read more about Desi and why she chose to study Minorities & Multilingualism in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Desi an email.

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    – Desi van der Kleijn
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    It is nice to not be a number in the business of education, but a student in the education of the world

    'At the risk of getting all 'eat, pray, love' on you guys, I began to better realise my interests whilst travelling around and this manifested into linguistics, sociology and writing. This course hits the nail on the head, with a combination of all of the above.

    Of course, going into the programme I had a rough idea of what to expect, but now I am extremely happy with my decision. A big plus for me is the hands on approach teachers have with the students. I feel accountable and contactable. My last tertiary experience was in a really large setting with hundreds of students enrolled in the one course. This is fantastic for some people, but for me, I really appreciate being on a first name basis with lecturers and developing a rapport with everyone involved in my education. Not only that, but the teachers are all up to date with what we are learning across all classes within the course and having such complementary classes enables learning to be a lot more enjoyable and cohesive.

    If you are considering an English taught programme in linguistics and have an interest in the sociological impact languages play, then you should really consider this course. It is nice to not be a number in the business of education, but a student in the education of the world.'

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  • Testimonial of Jesse David Marinus

    I needed a programme that would challenge me

    After two years of Applied Law (HBO-Rechten) I needed a programme that would challenge me, one where I could research rather than search. M&M is an interdisciplinary programme that combines anthropology, politics, history, sociology, linguistics and multilingualism. The programme has motivated me to be active, and all the support has made it possible for me to take extra course units, do volunteer work at LGBT organisation COC and the Frisian youth association FYK, serve on the board of DAG (student movement for democratization at RUG), and be chairman of the study association Multi. The small class size makes it possible for the professors and lecturers to focus on individual students and lead an active discussion. Living in Groningen gives a boost to your student life, as it is a vibrant, young and exciting city.

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    – Jesse David Marinus
  • Testimonial of Elise Groot

    A combination of culture, politics, history and linguistics

    It can be very difficult to choose a degree programme, especially when you are interested in many different things. This programme combines linguistics and multilingualism with culture, politics, history and linguistics and is all about minorities – people who are different, treated as unequal or whose culture is in danger.

    I always get very passionate about equality and treating people fairly, and want to do something about it when this is not the case. This programme gives me the opportunity to strive towards that and learn about minorities in many different ways: culturally, politically, linguistically. M&M has taught me that these things are all intertwined. We study how someone's accent can more or less decide their future, how political issues surrounding minorities are addressed, how school systems do or do not support migrant children and how cultural heritage can support a minority. These are just some examples of topics you will encounter in M&M.

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    – Elise Groot
Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in Minorities & Multilingualism
Croho code
56012
Course type
Bachelor
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

Web Class

Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The Minorities & Multilingualism programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students. 

If you are interested in an Minorities & Multilingualism web class, register here.
This study is also available as a part-time study.

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