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  • Duration: 4 semesters
  • Degree Award: Master of Arts
  • Language: German
  • admission free
  • Special admission requirements

Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies (Master's Programme)

Orientation and Goals

The Dutch language has 23 million speakers in the Netherlands and Flanders alone. Dutch is one of the medium-sized languages of Europe and is becoming a popular subject of studies both internationally and in Germany.
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg offers a master´s program in Dutch literature and Dutch linguistics – exclusively in Dutch. Students who already completed their bachelor´s degree will find a master´s program that meets their individual learning needs.
Because choice matters, the German system allows students to concentrate on either language or literary sciences. Choosing modules from both disciplines is of course also possible.

No matter whether you choose literature or linguistics as your future field of expertise, all courses provide a learning environment of small groups and excellent mentoring. The teaching style focuses on current research and enables students to get actively involved in ongoing research (research profiles of the two chairs) .
In both literature and linguistics, we consider close ties with universities in the Netherlands and Belgium to be of great importance. Students are therefore encouraged to study abroad. To make your study experience in the Netherlands and Belgium easier for you, credit points from partner universities are readily accepted. You can choose from excellent universities in Amsterdam, Ghent, Groningen, Leiden and Leuven.

Study Design and Contents

This course of studies lasts 4 semesters. Part time study is possible. You will complete 120 credit points in the following areas:
  • Elective area I (3 modules)
    • Language acquisition/language processing
    • Structure and variation in Dutch
    • Text and literature history
  • Context and institutions Elective area II (1 module for the preparation of the master's thesis)
    • Research Dutch linguistics
    • Research module Dutch literature studies
  • Interdisciplinary module in languages and cultural studies
  • Area of professionalisation (languages, offers in other subjects, internships, projects, study abroad, etc.)
  • Master's thesis module

Teaching and Learning

Lectures, seminars, and practice sessions, self study

Reasons for Studying

The study of the Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies at the master's level is unique in
Germany.
    • concept for excellent teaching
    • small learning groups
    • diverse opportunities for independent learning
  • great freedom in planning your studies
  • opportunity to take part in research projects
  • internationally recognised research
  • opportunity to spend an Erasmus semester in Belgium (Leuven) or in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Leiden, Utrecht, Windesheim)
  • Opportunities for individual professionalisation modules up to 15 credit points.
    • Internships, study abroad, study assistance (conference organisation, tutorials, etc.) languages, journalistic writing, workshops, self-organised learning forms, choice of classes or modules in other subject areas
  • Opportunity to take other languages and cultural studies related modules in areas such as German studies, English studies, Slavic studies, art, media, or material culture up to 30 credit points.
International Cooperative Agreements:
University of Groningen: http://www.rug.nl/
Leiden University: http://www.leidenuniv.nl/
Utrecht University: http://www.uu.nl/EN/Pages/default.aspx
University of Amsterdam: http://www.uva.nl/
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: http://www.kuleuven.be/
Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden: http://www.nhl.nl/
Christelijke Hogeschool Windesheim – Zwolle: http://www.windesheim.nl/

Foreign Language Skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
You can proof your German language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

English Language Proficiency see admissions regulations
You can proof your English language proficiency with the following language certificates:
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level B1
  • University entrance qualification or a university degree obtained in English

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Careers and Areas of Employment

There are career opportunities for graduates of the M.A. in Dutch Linguistics and Literary Studies in the areas of research, publishing, (editing, translating, public relations), in journalism (newspapers, TV, radio), in public relations, in continuing vocational training, in the area of German-Dutch cooperation, in internationally oriented consultancy, and in supra-regional and international organisations.

Find out more about the professional field of Foreign Languages Philology (in German).

Target Group/Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in Dutch or in a closely related field worth at least 60 credit points
  • English language proficiency at level B1 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Proof of language proficiency through one of the following language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced Exam, Cambridge Proficiency Exam. Alternatively you must have had a university entrance qualification or a first university degree obtained in English

Application/Admission Procedures

This is an open admissions degree course, and applications are accepted for both the winter and summer semesters.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 30 September.
The application deadline for the summer semester is 31 March.

Please note
For open-admission Master's degree programmes it is strongly recommended to submit their applications as early as possible before 15 July for the winter semester and before 15 January for the summer semester. If the supporting documents are submitted after these dates but before the standard application deadlines, your application can only be processed at the start of the lecture period in the new semester. This may result serious problems (German document).

Further Information

Programme Information
https://www.uni-oldenburg.de/niederlandistik/studium/master/ (in German)

General Information
Coordinator for Academics and Teaching: nicolmvqw6e.txdgriqmesrroe@unlr7ji-oldenf8qburoytg.de
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