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?
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.
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: ca. €1350 per year
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: Martina Tebaldini
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.
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).
PhD Researcher at ITEC | imec Research Group at KU Leuven
This master programme provided me with solid knowledge and methods for language analysis under multidisciplinary and multilingual perspectives. Two internships, one at the FBK SpeechTeK Unit in Trento and one at the eurac Institute of Applied Linguistics in Bozen-Bolzano introduced me to hands-on research. These, combined with the knowledge acquired attending the courses of the programme, led me to the decision of pursuing a PhD in Linguistics and AI. I am currently working at ITEC, a research group of the University of Leuven on a fully operational model of language acquisition in artificial agents in collaboration. All this would not have been possible without the knowledge and skills acquired in this master programme.
Intership at KulturInstitut Lusérn
I had the opportunity to do my internship at the KulturInstitut Lusérn (TN). My tasks were to help with data entry of linguistic data for a spellchecker, provide translations, and update materials on the online platforms of the institution. I also had the opportunity to take part in activities organized by the Institute, such as the project “khlummane lustige tritt” in the local kindergarten. This experience has been a opportunity not only to observe the reality of a minority language but also to understand how the job of linguists is interconnected with the ones of experts in many different fields.
We offer online information sessions in the coming months during which the master programme will be presented and where interested students can address their questions to professors and students. The Info Sessions take place on the following days:
Everything you need to know as a degree-seeking applicant or as an incoming exchange student
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.
Application: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission exam: 10/05/2023
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 25/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Application: 17/05 - 06/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission exam: 18/07/2023
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 27/07/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Freshers Days: 02 - 03/10/2023
Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2023 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024
Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams: 17/06 - 13/07/2024
Exams: 26/08 - 28/09/4
EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment - Early Bird Application: 20, Late Application: 5
Non-EU citizens (living abroad) - Early Bird Application: 2
The programme will only be offered if a minimum of 12 newly enrolled students is reached.
To gain admission to this programme you need one of the following qualifications:
You need to have acquired the following credit points in your previous studies:
1. at least 10 credit points in the following disciplines:
L-LIN/01 - Glottology and linguistics
L-LIN/02 - Didactics of modern languages
2. another 44 credit points in any of the following disciplines (at least two different disciplines have to be represented):
L-LIN/01 - Glottology and linguistics
L-LIN/02 - Didactics of modern languages
L-LIN/04 - Language and translation - French
L-LIN/07 - Language and translation - Spanish
L-LIN/10 - English literature
L-LIN/12 - Language and translation - English
L-LIN/13 - German literature
L-LIN/14 - Language and translation - German
L-LIN/21 - Slavic studies
L-FIL-LET/09 - Romance philology and linguistics
L-FIL-LET/10 - Italian literature
L-FIL-LET/11 - Contemporary Italian literature
L-FIL-LET/12 v Italian linguistics
L-FIL-LET/15 - Germanic philology
L-OR/07 - Semitic studies, Ethiopian languages and literatures
L-OR/09 - African languages and literatures
L-OR/12 - Arabic language and literature
L-OR/19 - Modern languages and literatures of the Indian subcontinent
L-OR/21 - Chinese and South Asian languages and literatures
L-OR/22 - Japanese and Korean languages and literatures
M-FIL/05 - Philosophy and theory of language
M-DEA/01 - Demology, ethnology and anthropology
M-STO/04 - Contemporary history
SECS-S/01 - Statistics
SECS-S/05 - Social statistics
SPS/07 - General sociology
SPS/08 - Sociology of culture and communication
INF/01 - Informatics
3. if you possess a former degree (previous to the D.M. 509/1999) you must meet the following requirements:
The credit points listed above must have been acquired before the interview.
If you have not yet graduated at the time of application: you can apply, but you will be admitted conditionally submitting your diploma by the enrolment deadline.
If you graduate after the enrolment deadline: you cannot enrol and you will lose your place, which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. In this case you should not pay the tuition fees to secure your admission. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there still are available places, you can enrol by 15 December 2023.
To be admitted you must fulfil the language requirements indicated in the section “Language requirements.
According to national regulations, simultaneous enrolment in a maximum of 2 programmes is possible (however, the two programmes must not belong to the same class, e.g., LM-39/LM-39 and must differ for at least 2/3 of the course contents).
The official teaching languages are German, Italian and English. Therefore, the following language requirements apply, otherwise you will be excluded from the admission procedure:
Entry level (to gain admission)
1st language: C1
2nd language: B2
3rd language: no level required
From the 2nd semester of the first year
3rd language: a B1 level in the third language is the minimum requirement for taking curricular examinations in that specific language.
Exit level (to graduate)
1st language: C1
2nd language: C1
3rd language: B1
The levels of the Common European Framework of Reference apply.
Your first language is the language in which you have the highest level of proficiency (C1). Your third language is instead the language in which you are weaker (or in which you are an absolute beginner).
You can demonstrate your language proficiency in the application portal (in the section “upload language certificates” and/or “enrol for language exams”) after you have created an application in the section “create/manage applications”. The certification is mandatory for the first and second language, for the third language it is recommended (from B1 onwards).
You can demonstrate language proficiency through:
Please note that you can only register for C1 and B2 level exams and only for one level per language (e.g. in the same exam session you can register for a C1 German and a B2 Italian exam, but not for a C1 and a B2 German exam).
For information on studying in three languages also visit the following page.
Secondary schools in a foreign country/Bi- or multilingual schools
If the foreign language proficiency levels (for German, Italian, or English) are explicitly indicated on the diploma of graduation according to the Common European Framework of Reference (i.e., B1, B2 or C1), and if all four language abilities (reading, listening, speaking, writing) have been assessed, then the indicated levels will be accepted as a proof of proficiency for the second and/or third language.
Please upload your school-leaving certificate to the application portal in the section “upload language certificates” under the respective language. The Language Centre will decide on its recognition.
Third language/Intensive language courses in September
If you have already acquired a language certificate in the third teaching language, please upload it to the portal. If you are not able to certify your language competence in the third language and you are admitted to unibz, you will have to take a placement test. You will receive further information about the test by e-mail. Based on the result of the placement test, you will be assigned to a certain learning path so that you will be able to reach level B1 as soon as possible.
If you are an absolute beginner in the third language, or if you have a level below B1, you may attend a three-week intensive language course during the pre-semester session in September in order to start the learning path.
The dates of the extensive courses are indicated in the “Deadlines” section. Beginner courses (A1) will be offered exclusively during the pre-semester intensive course session in September will no longer be offered during the academic year. Therefore, absolute beginners should start their learning path for the third language by attending the intensive courses in September.
There will be extensive courses (4 hours per week) during the semesters and intensive courses (8 hours per week) during the time between semesters.
The language courses offered by the Language Centre are free of charge and aim to help the students reach the level B1 in the third language after the first study year.
Your application must be submitted online through the Application Portal. The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Please note: Mendacious declarations will be criminally prosecuted and will result in the automatic exclusion from the ranking list.
You might apply for more than one study programme. If you are excluded in the first session, you might apply again in the second one.
Considered as equivalent are:
Only one application period is offered. After the deadline it is not possible to apply anymore. Application fee: € 50.
Once the ranking list has been published, if you have gained admission, secure it by paying the first instalment and then start your visa application on the Universitaly portal. The application on Universitaly is mandatory, otherwise you will not be allowed to enrol. On Universitaly you can apply for one study programme only.
The admission procedure is based on the following criteria:
Location and time will be published on the study programme website. If you are unable to attend the interview appointment due to logistical difficulties, it is possible to organise the interview via video conference. You must provide a written and motivated request to the Faculty Secretariat at least 7 days before the date of the interview.
In the event of equal scores, the younger applicant will have priority.
The Admission Committee will only evaluate the documents uploaded in the portal by the application deadline. The ranking lists with the admitted students will be published here and are only valid for the respective academic year.
If you have been admitted to more than one study programme, you can secure your admission for a maximum of 2 programmes by paying the designated rate twice. By confirming your place, you renounce admission to the other programmes.
1. Choose the study programme and pay the fees (to secure your admission) in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
If you do not meet this deadline, you will automatically be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
For EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment only: any remaining places of the early bird application, will be offered in the late application.
Please note that you do not gain full student status by only paying the tuition fees. This status will only be acquired upon enrolment. If you have secured your admission, there will be no refund of the tuition fees unless you do not pass your secondary school final exam or, in the event of non-EU applicants living abroad, you do not receive the documents necessary for enrolment from the Italian authorities in your country.
2. Enrol online in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Enrolment is recommended as early as possible, so you have the possibility to upload incomplete documents before the deadline.
If you do not meet the enrolment deadline, you will be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
Admission with reservation:
If you do not have the required academic qualification, you will be given a conditional offer for a study place and you must submit your qualification upon enrolment. If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you cannot enrol, and you will lose your place which will be offered to the subsequent applicant in the ranking list. Advice: If you achieve your qualification after the enrolment deadline, you should not pay the tuition fees to confirm the study place. You will be able to submit a late enrolment request and, only if there are study places still available, you can enrol by 15 December 2023.
If you have gained your qualification abroad, you must certify that at the universities in the country where you gained your qualification, you can access to a study programme similar to that chosen at unibz. Therefore you must upload (if not uploaded upon application):
and one of the following:
Please note that if you do not possess a valid admission qualification, you could be excluded with Rector’s decree even after enrolment.
If you are a non-EU citizen living abroad:
If you are eligible for admission (check the ranking lists) and have also applied on Universitaly, the Italian Authorities in your own country will issue you the entry visa for studies/university.
This will allow you to arrive in Italy to enrol for the study programme that you have applied for, after passing the admission procedure.
According to Italian law, within 8 working days of your arrival in Italy, you must have applied for the residence permit: as soon as you arrive, get in touch with the Advisory Service and you will be given the necessary information for starting the procedure.
Once you will obtain your residence permit (permesso di soggiorno), you have to hand it in at the Student Secretariat personally or via e-mail.
Students intending to transfer from another Italian University to unibz must submit to the Student Secretariat - at the beginning of the academic year - a copy of the transfer application presented at the university of provenance.
Fees amount to € 1364
Delayed payment of the second instalment will result in a fine being levied. If you have not paid the tuition fees, you will be unable to take exams and will not be able to transfer to other universities or other study programmes.
If you drop out of a programme, interrupt your studies or are excluded from studies, you are not entitled to reimbursement of the fees.
Exemption from the tuition fees (and the provincial tax) is granted to:
Students who benefit from a scholarship granted by the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano are entitled to receive a refund of the tuition fees.
Credit points from previous university studies can only be recognised after enrolment if the exams taken at the university of provenance are equivalent in content to those offered at unibz. You can fill out the application after enrolment at your Faculty Secretariat.
The Faculty organises appointments for the preliminary evaluation (Italian and German) of previous university careers.
The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).