Why this program


The current program is unique in the world in regard to its language focus. With its geographical focus on the entire Baltic-Sea region, it is also unique amongst all sociolinguistic M.A. programs in Europe in the width of languages and societies covered by the program. What also makes it special is its focus on multilingualism in a wide sense rather than on language policy and planning issues concerning just one European minority population or country.

The program offers the following knowledge and competences that are especially relevant for being successful on the job market: foreign language skills beyond the “standard” package, cross-cultural awareness and communication skills, sociolinguistic professional qualifications, scientific analytical skills with a focus on the interplay of language(s) and societies.

The universities jointly offering this program have long-standing research co-operations that investigate multilingualism in eight European countries. Our teaching staff has a firm theoretical as well as practical up-to-date knowledge of the research conducted in the field. Moreover, joint research attempts currently carried out on, e.g., minority languages, Baltic region languages as well as lesser used and taught languages, will offer students a possibility for professional networking and perspectives for their future job mobility within the European labor market.