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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.

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: €1.347,50 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.


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

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with more than 30 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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This programme is particularly suitable for graduates in humanities who have a background in communication, languages, linguistics and philology, but not exclusively. In the Study Manifesto you can find more information about the admission to this Master if you graduated in another field.

To be admitted you must demonstrate a level of knowledge equal to C1 in the first language and B2 in the second. If you do not hold a recognised language certificate, you can take a language exam at unibz.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon 
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon

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Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

More info in the Study Manifesto.

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

The Faculty offers consultancy sessions for the recognition of exams of your previous degree. Further information in German and Italian.

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