Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism

Area of Studies: Humanities
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Mode of Studies: Full-time studies
Length of Programme: 2 academic years (120 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Master of Linguistics (Joint-degree)

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Unique Features

Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism is an international joint-degree study programme offered by Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Kaunas, Johannes-Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz, Germany, Stockholm University (SU), Sweden, and the University of Tartu (UT), Estonia. During their four-semester studies, students study in three different universities: the first semester is taught in Kaunas, the second in Mainz; for the third semester students choose between Stockholm and Tartu; and the fourth semester students stay at the university of their MA thesis main supervisor.

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 by the programme.

Access Requirements

Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Humanities or Social Sciences is required. The Bachelor Degree shall contain at least 30 ECTS in the field of linguistics or philology.

Competencies Acquired

The programme aims to educate specialists who with their solid linguistic training will be able to conduct research on multilingualism and disseminate their results not only within the academia but also amongst the different stakeholder groups, including politicians. .

Career Opportunities

The graduates of the programme 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.;
  • Counselling on multilingualism issues at political and cultural institutions, including the EU institutions;
  • Counselling and teaching on multilingualism issues in educational institutions of all levels;
  • Counselling 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.

Application Procedure

Detailed information on required documents, legalization of documents, application deadlines, tuition fees etc. is provided in the section “Admission to MA”.


Course Credits
I Year
I semesterCourses at Vytautas Magnus University
Minorities and Civil Society in the Baltic Region 6
Multilingualism in Europe 6
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in Sociolinguistics 6
English Academic WritingORCross-Cultural Communication 6
For non-native Lithuanian-speakers: Lithuanian Language CourseORFor native Lithuanian-speakers: Language Course in a Nordic or Baltic language 6
II semesterCourses at Johannes-Gutenberg University at Mainz
Current Trends in Nordic and Baltic Socio- and Discourse Linguistics 6
Areal- and Contact-Linguistic Perspectives on Baltic-Sea European Languages 4
Socio- and Discourse Linguistics 6
Theoretical Approaches in Nordic and Baltic Linguistics 4
Research Colloquium 6
For non-native German-speakers: German Language CourseORFor native German-speakers: Language Course in a Nordic or Baltic language 4
II Year
I semesterOPTION 1: Courses at Stockholm University
Language Contacts in the Baltic area: Baltic-Finnic, Baltic-Slavic, Baltic-German 6
Research and Argumentation Skills 1.5
Language Course in One of the Baltic Languages 7,5
For non-native Swedish-speakers: Swedish Language CourseORFor native Swedish-speakers: Language Course in another Nordic language 7,5
I semesterOPTION 2: Courses at University of Tartu
Estonian in Europe 6
Language Courses (Estonian or other relevant language) 12
History of Estonia 6
Estonian Culture 6
II semesterVMU, JGU or SU
Master’s Thesis 30