Is the Multilingual Bachelor in Linguistics and Literary Studies for you?

Want to know if you are suited for the Linguistics and Literary Studies bachelor's programme? Check the information and activities below to find out.

What does this programme involve?

Do you have a passion for languages and literature? Are you an avid reader, and do you prefer to read books in their original language? Do you have a knack for picking up foreign languages? Are you eager to explore the internal structure of languages, or fascinated by the way in which language and literature give expression to culture in all its diversity?

If your answer to one or more of these questions is ‘yes’, then you are particularly suited to studying our Multilingual Bachelor in Linguistics and Literary Studies!

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Same programme in Dutch?

You can also opt to study in Dutch, as we offer our bachelor's programme in a Dutch-taught parallel programme.

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What is the difference between this Bachelor and the Dutch-taught Bachelor in de Taal- en Letterkunde?

The Multilingual Bachelor is a programme created completely parallel to our Dutch-taught Bachelor in de Taal- en Letterkunde, the only difference being that the general courses in the Multilingual Bachelor are taught in English, whereas the general courses in the Dutch programme are taught in Dutch. The language-specific courses in both bachelor’s programmes are always taught in the target language.

Why study at VUB?

Studying at VUB offers you more than just a degree. You learn to view the world with an open mind and without prejudice. You hone your critical thinking, and you learn to express your opinion. You commit not just to study, but to participate in meaningful social projects that make the world a better place. In short, this is where you shape your identity: Who are you today, and who do you want to be tomorrow?

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Who is who?

Find out which programme directors, teachers and contact persons are involved in this programme!

Multilingual Bachelor 
  • Programme Director: prof. dr. An Vande Casteele 
  • Pedagogical assistants: Ms. Marsha Panikaveettil Shams, Ms. Anastasia Lada, Ms. Sofie Vandepitte, Ms. Selle Denier, Ms. Brenthe Tilburghs, Ms. Tatiana Pieters
  • Coordinator internationalisation: Prof. dr. Catharina Peersman
 

Study on your own terms

Would you prefer the default track or a personal study path?

Your personal situation may make it harder for you to follow a full-time course of study. You may want to combine study with an elite sport.

You can opt to spread the studies over a longer term by taking 25 to 35 credits per academic year (for an idea - one credit equals 25 to 30 hours of study time). Please note that non-EEA students need to register for 54 ECTS in the first year of their studies. If needed, you can discuss the choice of courses with your study path counselor. Need more info?

What does a study pathway look like?     Contact your faculty's study path counselor

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Reflex status

Do you have a physical disability, learning disability or chronic illness, or are you starting a business or finding it harder to study because of your personal situation? If so, you qualify for Reflex Status.

With this you can ask for a flexible approach to your studies and exams, to maximise your chances of success. You may need access to course materials, for example, or more time to sit an exam, a translator or interpreter, staggered examinations, and so on.

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Combining your studies with a job

The Linguistics and Literary Studies bachelor's programme is a daytime only programme. Therefore, there is no option to combine this study with a fulltime job.

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Elite sports and study

Are you keen to combine your elite sporting career with a programme at VUB? It makes sense, as it strengthens your position in the job market after your sporting career ends.

Our Elite Sports & Study department helps you work out a personal study pathway and guides you through to the end.

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Studying with a functional impairment

Do you have a disability (for example, a learning disability, chronic medical condition, psychiatric or sensory disability)? If so, you qualify for a flexible approach to your studies and exams through Reflex Status, to maximise your chances of success. You may need access to course materials, for example, or more time to sit an exam, a translator or interpreter, staggered examinations, and so on.

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For extra support there are other student services to draw on at VUB. For example, a wheelchair-adapted room, study guidance and a personal study pathway, mental healthcare, medical care, etc.

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Study Guidance

An experienced team of student psychologists, student counsellors and study-pathway supervisors are there to give you personal study advice, guidance and training, at every phase of your study career.

  • Individual - Advice on your choice of programme, stress and anxiety training, help with exam planning, help for students with dyslexia...
  • Group (workshops, courses) - Choosing a subject for your bachelor's or master's thesis, learning to present, dealing with stress and anxiety...
  • Tools - An example of good weekly planning, tips and tricks for a good study method, a step plan to help you choose the right programme...

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