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M.A. in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism

Venues: Kaunas, Mainz, Stockholm and Tartu
Period: Fall 2013 - Spring 2015
Application deadline: June 30, 2013

M.A. Description

The program familiarizes students with the general key theories and methods of sociolinguistics (traditional, variationist sociolinguistics, constructivist sociolinguistics, language variation, the dialogic relationship of language use and societal patterns), as well as offers a new and wider perspective and understanding of multilingualism as the parallel use of national, minority and migrant languages alongside one or more international vehicular language(s). The program is meant for students who are interested in the role of language and languages in society.

Among the existing MA programs in sociolinguistics this program is unique in regard to:

  • its language focus (students acquire competences in two international vehicular languages as well as at least two lesser-used and taught languages);
  • its geographical focus on the entire Nordic and Baltic-Sea region (there is no linguistic MA program which would cover such a wide range of languages spoken around the Baltic-Sea);
  • its focus on multilingualism in a wide sense (rather than on language policy and planning issues concerning just one European minority population or country);
  • its in-built mobility (studying abroad is compulsory and equally long study periods in three universities in three different countries are required).


Students have to fulfill the following admission requirements:

Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Humanities or Social Sciences. The Bachelor Degree shall contain at least 30 ECTS in the field of linguistics or philology.

Good knowledge of English on the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Students from non-partner universities might be asked to provide the proof of English language proficiency.


Application Procedure

The application procedure is co-ordinated by VMU International Office.

Required documents for admission to SoMu:

  • On-line application form;
  • High School diploma;
  • Bachelor / Master degree diploma and its supplement (transcript of records / mark sheet) in the original language and translated into English (if not in Lithuanian or German) and officially approved by “Apostille” (for citizens of countries acceding to the 1961 Hague Convention) or certified by other officially recognized body Or Legalized by the Centre of Quality Assessment in Higher Education in Lithuania – for other countries' citizens;
  • Curriculum vitae (in English);
  • Copy of your passport or other document of identification;
  • Copy of document showing paid application fee of 50 EUR (where the name of the applicant and the date of payment are indicated);
  • Recent passport size photos (3 x 4 cm) (you will upload them to the application form on-line);
  • Document of health insurance and its copy;
  • Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung (only for students who have been registered before at a university in Germany);
  • Students from non-partner universities might be asked to provide a proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, ELTC, etc.).

Scholarship opportunities

Mobility Scholarships: Since SoMu is an international joint-degree program, students must spend their second and third semester in partner institutions. In order to cover part of the expenses connected to their mobility, enrolled students will receive:
-   mobility grants offered by partner institutions based on bilateral agreements or through other programs such as LLP/Erasmus, , on the basis of the individual eligibility and selection to these programs;
-   financial support that will cover travel expenses from Kaunas to Mainz (and back), Kaunas (Mainz) to Stockholm or Tartu (and back);

LLP/ERASMUS programme: Students can apply for an Erasmus scholarship once in their studies. SoMu students will have an opportunity to apply for Erasmus mobility grants both in Kaunas and in Mainz.

For more information, check the program website.




Information & contacts

Program coordinator at VMU:
Aurelija Tamošiūnaitė
Phone: +370 37 327835

Program secretary at VMU:
Diana Česnauskaitė

Phone: +370 37 327833



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