BA Minorities & Multilingualism

University of Groningen
36 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2024
Application deadline: 01 May 2024

About this program

BA Minorities & Multilingualism

Our BA program Minorities & Multilingualism trains you to become such a diversity manager.You will learn about the languages, cultures, history, and politics of the world's ethnolinguistic minorities.You will also learn how to conduct research into themes related to minorities and multilingualism.

Our three-year program consists of a diverse combination of courses in linguistics, political and cultural history, and social sciences.All these courses deal with various topics: minorities, migration, diversity management, and multilingualism.You can also choose to learn the regional Frisian language, which is often used as a case study in the lectures.

You learn to thoroughly research these topics and to reflect on them critically.In addition, you will become proficient in devising solutions, making recommendations and writing policy advice that can help organizations and communities deal better with cultural and linguistic diversity.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Language requirement English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

International diploma

Preliminary education -Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

Other admission requirements -English language requirement: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

1st year

  • Frisian as Minority Language I
  • Introduction to Linguistics I
  • Introduction to Minority Studies I: Global Minorities
  • Minority Languages I
  • Frisian as Minority Language II
  • Introduction to Linguistics II: Multilingual Speakers
  • Introduction to Minority Studies II: Basic Concepts and Theories
  • Minority Languages II
  • Eurolab Ia
  • Frisian Language Skills Ia
  • Countries/society, Middle East
  • Minorities in Europe I: Histories
  • Multilingualism I: Social and Linguistic
  • Elective
  • Eurolab Ib
  • Frisian Language Skills Ib
  • Minorities in Europe II: Contemporary Issues
  • Multilingualism II: Education

2nd year

  • Frisian Language Skills IIa
  • Minority representations in Arts, Culture and Media I
  • Research Methodology I
  • Elective 1
  • Frisian Language Skills IIb
  • Minority representations in Arts, Culture and Media II
  • Research Methodology II
  • History of Friesland
  • Intersectionality and super diversity
  • Into the local laboratory: Cultural Heritage
  • Into the local laboratory: Language
  • Elective 1

3rd year

  • Old Frisian
  • Frisian Literature
  • Frisian Linguistics
  • Minor (30 EC, optional)
  • BA Thesis M&M
  • Diversity in Education
  • M&M Diversity Management

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 11,200 per year


Credits: 180 ECTS

BA in Minorities & Multilingualism

Continuing studies

If you want to continue your college education by pursuing a master's degree, as most students do, there are a variety of continuing education courses to choose from.Master's programs that are directly linked to the BA Minorities & Multilingualism are:

  • Applied Linguistics - TEFL
  • Multilingualism
  • Theoretical and Empirical Linguistics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Euroculture(Erasmus Mundi)
  • International Humanitarian Action(Erasmus Mundus)
  • Arts, Media and Literary Studies(Research)
  • Cultural Leadership(Research)

In combination with certain faculty minors, even more master's tracks are directly accessible, such asCommunication Science,JournalismandDutch Studies.


Career paths

  • Diversity manager and advisor - A diversity manager deals with cultural diversity in the workplace and in organizations and makes policy that offers solutions for societal challenges, such as equal opportunities on the labor market, in education and health care and the participation of refugees in society.
  • Docent - With this bachelor you are able to teach at various HBO and university courses, for example in teacher training, cultural courses, social work, and language-related courses.
  • Policy officer language, culture, heritage - A policy officer develops and evaluates (government) policy and, if necessary, supports policy implementation.Due to the broad orientation of the Minorities & Multilingualism Program, you will develop an excellent background for making policy in the field of minorities, language, politics and culture.
  • Researcher - After your bachelor's degree, you can obtain a master's degree and choose to enroll in a PhD track in the Netherlands or abroad.
  • Communication expert - As a communication expert in the field of intercultural communication, you work strategically and advise national and international organizations on efficient and effective communication.
  • Translator - Students can use their language knowledge of a foreign language to professionally translate texts into their mother tongue.
  • Civil servant - As a graduate you are broadly grounded and you possess knowledge of various domains in the field of language, culture, politics and minorities.You are therefore an asset to government institutions at home and abroad.
  • Journalist - Students interested in journalism can use their language skills and knowledge of society to work as a correspondent or reporter for national and international media.
  • Several functions - When you follow the Frisian specialization trajectory, you can perform various functions in Friesland after your studies.For example, consider a job with the provincial government or with medium-sized cultural institutions, such as Tresoar, Afük, Fries Museum and Omrop Fryslân.

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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