Quality of the Multilingual Master of Arts in Linguistics and Literary Studies

When choosing a study programme, high quality education is what you are looking for and that’s exactly what we provide at the VUB. By continuously monitoring the programmes we know what their strengths are and how we can continue to improve them. 

Assets of the programme

  • Diverse student population:  Students come from a multitude of backgrounds and countries, resulting in an interesting and enriching learning environment. This is particularly worthwhile given the multi-lingual and multi-cultural perspective underpinning the curriculum.
  • Critical thinking: the lecturers actively promote discussion and debate, with students being encouraged to think critically and disagree with what is being stated. Lecturers do not expect students to merely memorize and regurgitate what is taught in class, as the teaching staff does not only want to impart knowledge but also wants to stimulate students to create knowledge themselves.
  • Personal approach: the faculty staff takes pride in its open-door policy and personal approach, providing a welcoming environment to students.

Where do we get this information from?

We routinely ask our students to give their honest opinion about the study programme during their academic career. We also consult our professors and assistants and gauge the expectations in the future field of work. Lastly, we receive structured feedback from our former students and compare our programmes with others at home and abroad.

Quality Cycle



  • Further refining and optimizing the opportunities to gain international experience, for example by signing Erasmus+ agreements with relevant international higher education institutions, would provide valuable opportunities to students.
  • Better informing international students of the Belgian grading system in order to mitigate the frequent initial confusion among the international student population.
  • Keeping a close eye on whether the ambitions regarding student growth can be realistically supported by the available staff and infrastructure.

Current developments

  • The program is currently monitoring if improvements and refinements with regards to the screening of prospective students, as introduced in the previous years, is having the anticipated additional positive effects on the study success of students.
  • The programme is investigating the possibilities of increasing the influx of new students via a new bachelor programme.
  • The results of a recent benchmarking with various national and international programmes are being analysed, with the outcome thereof guiding future improvements and refinements of the curriculum.


Publication date: 1 February 2021

Where does our information come from?

Here are our sources