Program Image Sign Language Linguistics

Sign Language Linguistics


University of Amsterdam mapmarker icon Amsterdam Research university
Institution Logo University of Amsterdam

In the Bachelor’s in Sign Language Linguistics, you will explore sign languages, their structure, acquisition and use from the perspective of a linguist, while learning at least one sign language yourself. Sign languages from all around the world demonstrate interesting similarities, but they are not mutually intelligible and differ from each other in significant ways. The acquisition of sign languages also shows interesting similarities and differences with the acquisition of spoken languages. This Bachelor's teaches you general linguistic principles and methods and offers you a wide range of courses in sign languages that address these fascinating topics. Sign Language Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam offers you:

  • A world-class education: the Linguistics programme is ranked highest in Continental Europe and 20th overall according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
  • The University of Amsterdam is one of the few universities in the world to offer a fully-fledged programme with a focus on the structure, acquisition, and use of visual-gestural languages.
  • A chance to learn and study Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). 
  • The Linguistics programme is a very broad programme that familiarises you with all subfield of linguistics.
  • After completing your Bachelor's, you can apply to one of the UvA's many Master's programmes.




Bachelor of Arts


6 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee

Information not available


Application requirements

Information not available

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
Information not available
Information not available
Information not available
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
2 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 Apr '24


University of Amsterdam

Main address
Gebouw E, Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam
020-525 1401

Ready to apply?

Visit course website chevron icon
University of Amsterdam institution image
University of Amsterdam institution image