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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.




Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in Minorities & Multilingualism
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56012
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Multilingualism is one of the greatest challenges of modern societies
  • Unique combination of politics, culture and language studies
  • International environment
  • Opportunity to study Frisian language and culture (or another minority language)
  • Direct access to multilingual communities for research
Programme

The lectures in Year 1 are primarily intended to teach you the basics. You first get to know the linguistic, political and cultural backgrounds of minorities. You also follow lectures on linguistics and multilingualism.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
History of European Minorities I (5 EC)
Introduction to Linguistics I (5 EC)
Minority Languages I (5 EC)
History of European Minorities II (5 EC)
Introduction to Linguistics II (5 EC)
Minority Languages II (5 EC)
Eurolab 1a: European Migration (5 EC, optional)
Landen/samenlevingen, Midden-Oosten I (5 EC, optional)
Minorities in Contemporary Europe I (5 EC)
Multilingualism I (5 EC)
Taalvaardigheid Fries Ia (5 EC, optional)
Eurolab 1b: European Migration (5 EC, optional)
Minorities in Contemporary Europe II (5 EC)
Multilingualism II (5 EC)
Taalvaardigheid Fries Ib (5 EC, optional)

In the second year you learn to apply the knowledge gained in the first year. You get a solid introduction to research methodology and you will perform two field studies in the field of linguistics and cultural heritage. You will also follow a lecture about the literature of minorities.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Min. repr. in Arts and Literature I (5 EC)
Research Methodology II (5 EC)
Taalvaardigheid Fries IIa (5 EC, optional)
Keuzevak 1 (20 EC, optional)
Min. repr. in Arts and Literature II (5 EC)
Research Methodology I (5 EC)
Taalvaardigheid Fries IIb (5 EC, optional)
Geschiedenis van Friesland (10 EC, optional)
Into the Laboratory: Language (10 EC)
Into the Local Laboratory: Cultural Heritage (10 EC)
Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies (10 EC, optional)

In the third year you have many choices. You can stay in Groningen and choose a number of courses outside the program (for example, journalism or a language). You can also choose to stay for half a year (or longer) at a foreign university where you specialize in a minority language and culture of your choice.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Friese Literatuur (10 EC, optional)
Friese Taalkunde (10 EC, optional)
Oud-Fries (10 EC, optional)
Vrije Ruimte (30 EC, optional)
BA-thesis (10 EC)
Into to Local Laboratory: Language (10 EC)
M&M Diversity Management (10 EC)

Curriculum

Disclaimer: The second and third-year course units shown in the table are subject to change in the event of alterations to the programme.

Programme options
Frisian (track)

As part of the full programme Minorities & Multilingualism students can follow a specialisation track in Frisian language and culture. For more information see link above.

More information about this option

Minors (minor)

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.

More information about this option

University of Groningen Honours College (honours program)

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Students can spend a term at a University abroad learning about a minority language situation elsewhere. We have existing agreements with Universities in Wales, Northern Germany and the Basque Country, but other areas of the world are possible, just get in touch with us to ask about which opportunities are out there.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • academic propedeuse
  • HBO propedeuse

    Additional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is optional. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

If you intend to start with a bachelor degree programme at the University of Groningen in September, make sure to apply before May 1 in Studielink. The degree programme will give you the option to participate in a matching activity to see if you and the degree programme are a match. Which matchings activity they provide depends on the faculty and programme.

Any questions about matching? Check www.rug.nl/matching

Choice of degree programme check

If you intend to start with a bachelor degree programme at the University of Groningen in September, make sure to apply before May 1 in Studielink. The degree programme will give you the option to participate in a matching activity to see if you and the degree programme are a match. Which matchings activity they provide depends on the faculty and programme.

Any questions about matching? Check www.rug.nl/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned above.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation you are well prepared for an international career. Thanks to your knowledge of minority languages, language politics and multilingualism and your high-level academic skills, you can work in (inter-)national (governmental) organisations, (inter-)national business communities, cultural organisations, non-profit organisations, the media and government.

Most students will continue their studies with an MA, for example in Multilingualism, Applied Linguistics, Euroculture. With a specialisation in Frisian language and culture you are eligible to enter the Teacher training master programme in Frisian.

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum and diverse specializations gives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest you most and what areas of employment you wish to explore. As an Multilingualism graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range of transferable skills which will diversify your career prospects and set you apart from other job candidates.

Job examples

  • Language teacher

    Depending on your specialisation you may qualify to become a teacher of a minority language (for instance in Frisian).

  • Policy maker

    A policy maker develops and evaluates a policy and may assist in the execution of the policy.

  • Researcher

    After your bachelor's, you can obtain a master's degree and choose to enroll in a PhD program in the Netherlands or abroad.

  • Communication expert

    As a communication expert in the field of intercultural communication you advise national and international organizations on efficient and effective communication.

  • Translator

    Students may use their language skills to become a translator.

  • Civil servant

    As a graduate, you have gained competency in a broad range of transferable skills in the field of language, culture, politics and minorities. This makes you an asset to public organisations.

  • Journalist

    Students interested in journalism may consider using their language proficiency and knowledge of political and cultural affairs to work as correspondents or reporters for national or international media outlets.

  • Diverse jobs

    Students who follow the Frisian track can carry out various functions in Friesland after graduation. Think of a job with the provincial government or medium-sized cultural institutions, such as Tresoar, Afûk, Frisian Museum and Omrop Fryslân.

Research

The words 'scientific education' say it all: at a university, education and research are closely intertwined. All professors and almost all teachers who teach in your classes also do research in their own area of expertise. Therefore, the education you receive is partly based on their current research at the faculty.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Minorities & Multilingualism, please contact:

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						Testimonial of Nienke Jet de Vries

    Developing the Province's language policy

    – Nienke Jet de Vries
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    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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						Testimonial of Lucia Baldassini

    Improving the curriculum together

    – Lucia Baldassini
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    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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						Testimonial of Student Ambassador Erandi Guerro Mavrou

    Minorities and Multilingualism is not a program you hear about very often; this makes sense considering how it is focused on aspects which are often overlooked in societies

    – Student Ambassador Erandi Guerro Mavrou
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    About Erandi

    Hello, my name is Erandi and I am studying Minorities and Multilingualism. I am half Mexican and half Cypriot. In Cyprus I acquired an obsession with reading and writing while Mexico taught me to appreciate the visual arts which is why I love painting. However; I have also spent a few years in Spain which drew me into the world of flamenco and now after thirteen years of dancing I have come to consider this more a part of my identity than a hobby.

    Why Minorities and Multilingualism?

    Minorities and Multilingualism is not a program you hear about very often; this makes sense considering how it is focused on aspects which are often overlooked in societies. At school my geography teacher taught us that there are around 68 indigenous languages in Mexico; all in danger of being forgotten even though several of their speakers yearn to pass them on to the next generations. I hoped that this program would help me understand how this happens and which are the best approaches for it. I have learned a lot from my study and it has also led me to even more questions which keep me interested.

    Read more about Erandi Guerro Mavrou and why she chose to study Minorities & Multilingualism in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Erandi an e-mail!

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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

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    '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

    – Jesse David Marinus
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    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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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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Study associations

Multi

Multi is the study association of the bachelor programme Minorities & Multilingualism at the University of Groningen. They organise study related activities, but also fun drinks with other students and professors.
http://minorities.nl/multi/
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Student profile

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.

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)
Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact our study advisors. They know all the ins and outs of the programme: minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

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