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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Master in

Applied Linguistics

Do you want to learn how to describe a language or a dialect, directly from the voice of the native speakers? Do you want to know how to use language technologies to analyse large amounts of language data? Do you want to understand how to design interventions to promote and protect languages and cultures?

Course description

In this master programme, you will learn that linguistics represents a set of knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of professional and research situations.

Studying languages first means learning how they work through the theories and methods of linguistics. However, knowing about linguistics is not enough to fully understand the role of a language in human communication. On the one hand, in fact, it is necessary to know how to "read" the social and cultural context in which languages are used, while on the other hand knowing the digital tools provided by modern language technologies is necessary as well.

At the end of your studies, you will be able to apply your knowledge to document, describe and analyse languages and dialects in very different social and cultural contexts. You will also be able to use and create language resources for professional and research purposes.

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At a glance

Degree class: LM-39
ECTS credits: 120
Duration of the course: 2 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 25 EU + 2 non-EU
Campus: Brixen-Bressanone and Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: €748.50 per year

Course structure

The study plan includes a first common part that allows you to combine three complementary disciplines: linguistics, computer science and statistics, and social-anthropological subjects.

The programme then divides into two paths that allow a greater specialisation. In the curriculum "Language policies and promotion of languages" you will learn more about the acquisition of language and the rights and protection of minorities, while in the curriculum "Automatic language analysis" you will be able to further develop your computational and technological skills.

Language diversity is not only the subject of study, but is an intrinsic part of the student and academic life at unibz. Our courses are held in three languages (Italian, English and German) to effectively stimulate communication between students and lecturers in an international multilingual and cultural environment. The lessons will take place both at the Bozen-Bolzano and at the Brixen-Bressanone campuses.

The study plan includes workshops, field study experiences, case studies, guest lectures and seminars with the aim of refining the skills of analysis of linguistic and sociolinguistic phenomena.

Study course structure


Degree Course director: Prof. Silvia Dal Negro (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Emily Siviero

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with partner universities all over the world and have an extensive network of internship cooperations in Italy and abroad.

An internship of at least 150 hours is planned in public or private companies such as publishing houses, cultural institutes, language schools, companies in the field of language technologies.

Career opportunities

The Master trains specialists in linguistics with job prospects in the fields of communication (audio-video, web, publishing), protection and promotion of languages and multilingualism (cultural institutions, public administrations), language technologies (software companies), language teaching (language schools) and scientific research (PhD).


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Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 18 - 19/03/2021 (registrations 1 - 11/03/2021) and 15 - 21/04/2021 (registrations 26/03 - 08/04/2021)
Admission exam: 13/05/2021
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 14/07 - 15/10/2021 (by noon local time) 

Late Application

Application: 19/05 - 08/07/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 28/06 - 03/07/2021 (registrations 19/05 - 20/06/2021)
Admission exam: 22/07/2021
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 28/07/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 05/08/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 29/07 - 15/10/2021 (by noon local time) 

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 06 - 24/09/2021 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 27 - 28/09/2021 

1st semester

Classes: 27/09 - 23/12/2021
Holidays: 24/12/2021 - 09/01/2022
Classes: 10/01 - 22/01/2022
Exams: 24/01 - 19/02/2022 

2nd semester

Classes: 28/02 - 14/04/2022
Holidays: 15/04 - 18/04/2022
Classes: 19/04 - 11/06/2022
Exams: 13/06 - 09/07/2022 

Autumn session

Exams: 22/08 - 24/09/2022

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