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Vytautas Magnus University Master in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism
Vytautas Magnus University

Master in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism

Kaunas, Lithuania

2 Years


Full time

01 May 2024*

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* For applicants from non-EU/EFTA Countries


Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism (SoMu) is an international joint-degree study programme offered by Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Kaunas, Lithuania, Johannes-Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz, Germany, Stockholm University (SU), Stockholm, Sweden, and the University of Tartu (UT), Tartu, Estonia. SoMu trains a new generation of sociolinguists who will possess a broad scholarly and practical understanding of the parallel use of multiple languages in Europe and a professional awareness of multilingualism’s social dynamics and its cultural, political, and socioeconomic impact in varying European contexts.

During their four-semester studies, students study at three different universities:

  • The first semester is taught in Kaunas at Vytautas Magnus University.
  • The second is in Mainz at Johannes-Gutenberg University.
  • For the third semester, students choose between Stockholm and Tartu.
  • And the fourth-semester students stay at the university as the main supervisor of their MA thesis.

The programme is meant for students, who are interested in the role of language in society. With its geographical focus on the entire Baltic Sea region, the programme is unique amongst all sociolinguistic MA programmes in Europe in the width of languages and societies covered in it. The language of instruction is English.

What makes SoMu special?

  • Multilingualism
  • Interdisciplinary Competences
  • Unique Geographical Focus
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Built-in Mobility

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This international programme can be best described in one word ‘variation’. In SoMu you can both investigate and experience linguistic and cross-cultural variation by studying with a highly diverse international group of students, learning several new languages, exploring language use in society, and moving from university to university in different countries. Worth taking the opportunity!

Prof. Jūratė Ruzaitė, former coordinator of SoMu at VMU


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