Language and Communication

The Language and Communication specialisation gives you the chance to study various aspects of language, in its function as the ultimate specialised communication tool of human beings.

Programme information

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The Language and Communication specialisation gives you the chance to study various aspects of language, in its function as the ultimate specialised communication tool of human beings. You have the opportunity to study the role of words, grammatical constructions and texts, in such contexts as influencing people’s ideas, regulating social relations, co-ordinating actions and exchanging information.

You investigate how language interacts with culture and with institutions in communication, as well as with different media – not only speech and writing, but modern media as well – and how language changes in the process. We discuss how children learn language through communication, and how they enhance both their communicative and their cognitive skills by means of language.

The diversity of linguistic expertise in Leiden places you in a unique position to discover how different languages provide – sometimes fundamentally – different instruments of communication, related to different cultural and social systems.

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course descriptions

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Language and Communication section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Regulations: teaching and examination and faculty regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental or Institute Administration or Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff Language and Communication

Last Modified: 01-12-2016