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Multilingual Bachelor in Linguistics and Literary Studies

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Multilingual Bachelor in Linguistics and Literary Studies

In the Multilingual Bachelor in Linguistics and Literary Studies, you can follow courses in up to seven different languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, plus a minor in Chinese or any of the other languages). Apart from mastering these languages, you will have courses in literary studies as well as in linguistics.

Is linguistics and literary studies something for you?

Do you have a passion for languages and literature? Are you a glutton for books, and you preferably read them in the original language? Do you pick up foreign languages faster than others? Do you like exploring language as a system? Are you fascinated by how language and literature express culture in all its diversity? If you can answer one or more of these questions with a ‘yes’, chances are high that you have a talent for linguistics and literary studies, a talent that - when honed - opens doors to a host of exciting professions, ranging from cultural institutions, civil services and multinational companies to the fields of communication, education, informatics, journalism, tourism, politics, publishing and various other fascinating job destinations for polyglots-to-be!

First of all: choose your languages

At VUB, you can study six languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. At the start of your bachelor’s program, you need to choose two of them. You decide how you want to mix and match them. Those two languages form the basis of your study program that consists of 60 ECTS credit points. 1 credit point corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of taught activities, individual study or examination. Apart from mastering these languages, you will have courses in literary studies, linguistics as well as research methodology. You still want more? Excellent, because from year 3 onwards, you are allowed - but by no means obliged - to add a 3rd or 4th language to your study program. 

Admission requirements

In order for you to apply for this Bachelor program, you need to have secondary school credentials that grant you access to a Bachelor degree in your home country.

Some international high school degrees are deemed equivalent to a Belgian degree of secondary education and grant direct access (provided you also have valid proof of language proficiency) to our Bachelor programs.

If you have a high school degree that is not equivalent to a Belgian degree of secondary education, you will have to meet our language requirements (see below) and send us your high school diploma and transcripts as well as a letter of motivation. The admissions committee then decides whether you are eligible to join the program.

Language Requirements

  • An upper secondary school diploma from the Belgian educational system;
  • A certificate from the institution where you finished secondary or higher education, stating that English was the language of instruction;
  • A certificate of one of the following language tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2:
    • ITACE: minimum level B2
    • TOEFL: minimum level: 79 for the internet-based test; 213 for the computer-based test; 550 for the paper-based test
    • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advance English (CAE): minimum grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): minimum grade C

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Foundations of language
  • Language in multilingual contexts
  • Foundations of literary analysis
  • European Literary History
  • Language Module
  • Language Module

Year 2

  • Language and Cognition
  • Literature, society and the city
  • Research methodology
  • Reason & Engage
  • Language Module
  • Language Module

Year 3

  • Language variation and change
  • Literature and intermediality: storytelling across media
  • Mobility window
  • Language Module
  • Language Module

Scholarships & funding

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


  • EEA student: 980 Euro/year
  • Non-EEA: 3,254 Euro/year

Continuing studies

The bachelor degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors, and gives you the opportunity to start a master program at VUB or elsewhere (worldwide).

At VUB we have several master programs to continue your studies after completing the Multilingual Bachelor.

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About this institute

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts over 19,500...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

When moving about in Brussels, you hear a lot of different languages. That’s no coincidence, because the city is a melting pot of cultures. With 35% of the population of foreign origin, you can expect a rich cultural environment. Brussels is home to the EU Institutions and several affiliates, NATO HQ, diplomatic representation offices, headquarters for many international companies, NGOs, trade associations, one of the world’s largest press corps, as well as a whole host of international and European schools.

It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. Flagship areas include ICT and communication, life tech, finance and law consulting, communications and media agencies, and creative industries.

VUB Education Delivers Strong Individuals, Critical Minds & World Citizens

Interactive and personal

Being a medium-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities.

Choice and flexibility

VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

Guidance and service

It is important to VUB to help students familiarise themselves with university life and to provide good guidance. Educational counsellors and study advisers provide students with personalised study guidance on a range of topics. The International Relations office provides students with information on university life and facilitates their integration by organising cultural, social and sports activities with student associations. They also provide information on administrative aspects regarding living in Belgium.

Contact info

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

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