Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies

What is the Ba in Applied Language Studies?

The Bachelor’s programme in Applied Language Studies is designed for students who wish to acquire an in-depth knowledge of two foreign languages and Dutch, are immensely fascinated by intercultural communication and translation and wish to discover the latest in language technology. This three-year study programme (3 x 60 credits) gives the students introductory knowledge of several research fields, along with the opportunity to study at one of our foreign partner institutions for one semester.

What does the course look like?

This programme consists of an in-depth study of Dutch and two foreign languages, along with a number of general subjects designed to scientifically underpin the study programme (e.g. Economics, Translation Studies, Intercultural Communication, Language Technology). The seven foreign languages to choose from are German, English and French, which can each be combined with Italian, Russian, Spanish or Turkish.  
Upon gaining the academic Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies, students can go on to study the Master of Arts in Translation, Interpreting or Multilingual Communication. The two foreign languages selected from seven in total at the start of the Bachelor are retained throughout the study programme, including the Master’s programme.

Why study Applied Language Studies at Ghent University?

Here at Ghent, we boast an extensive network of international exchange and an environment with a heavy international component. We enjoy a solid reputation in the translation industry and, indeed, the industry as a whole. The fact that, each year, over 300 students enrol in the first year means that our study programme, which has been on offer since 1968, is well-respected in the academic world as well.

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