International Master in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: English
Required language certificate: see Masters entrance requirements


Application via the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania

You can find further information about the application and application fees on their website.


From countries with visa requirements: May 31

From countries exempt from visa requirements: June 20

Required Bachelor's degree:

Linguistic or philoligcal Bachelor's degree, such as Linguistics (B.A.)


International joint-degree master study program Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The International Master in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism degree program deals with the subject of the academic and social aspects of European multilingualism at the local, national and EU-wide level. It combines the components language and society.

Its purpose is to train a new generation of sociolinguists with an academic and practical understanding of the parallel usage of various languages in Europe and expertise in social dynamics and the cultural, political and socio-economic effects of multi-lingualism in Europe. To achieve this objective, the program concentrates on providing a new understanding of multilingualism, with a special focus on European multilingualism as exemplified in the cases of the Nordic and Baltic countries. At the core of the program is the varied and dynamic European language landscape with its increasing number of multilingual citizens.

Students will expand their language skills in common international languages (e.g. English and German) and in less common languages (e.g. Lithuanian and Estonian) and will discover their own multilingualism through the internationality of the program.

More information on the International Master in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism program can be found here.

Master entrance requirements

  • Qualifications:
    1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree in the humanities or social sciences awarded by an institute of higher education in Germany or abroad. The degree must be recognized by all partner universities as a qualification for admission to the Master's degree program.
    2. The degree needs to have a linguistic or philological component of at least 30 CP. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.
  • Language proficiency:
    Very good active English skills at the level of European Framework of Reference B2 are required. This can be demonstrated in the form of the Cambridge First Certificate in English, telc English B2, LCCI Level 2, TOEFL iBT 87 points or IELTS Grade 5-6.
  • 3. Successful completion of a selection interview at the Vytautas Magnus-University in Kaunas/Lithuania.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).