Linguistics Concentration Majors/Minors
Information for Linguistics and Linguistics/Concentration Majors/Minors interested in studying abroad.
Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Why Study Abroad
UCLA’s Department of Linguistics strongly encourages its students to consider studying abroad. While polishing foreign language skills in a native environment, students will gain exposure to how the academic field of linguistics is taught in other countries.
In addition, studying abroad will help you develop skills that are critical to your future career. Consider your value to an employer or a graduate program if you’ve:
- Participated in a different educational system and gained a new cultural perspective
- Increased your proficiency in another language
- Improved your critical thinking skills
- Expanded your worldview by experiencing another culture firsthand
- Developed self-confidence and independence
- Prepared for a career in an internationally competitive world
- Enhanced résumés and/or applications for graduate school
When to Study Abroad
Study abroad programs are available at all class levels. The particular quarter, semester, summer or year that you study abroad depends on your individual progress in the major, what coursework you plan to complete abroad, and your immediate plans after graduation. Consult with your major advisor to determine the best time period for your study abroad experience.
Where to go
There are many countries to choose from! Depending on your language of focus, you may choose to study in a country where that language is spoken and enhance your linguistic capabilities in that language. In the past five years, UCLA students have taken linguistics courses at the following universities, though the possibilities don’t stop here:
- Pontifical Catholic University of Rio, Brazil
- American University of Cairo, Egypt
- University of Bourdeaux, France
- University of Legon, Ghana
- International Christian University, Japan
- University of Lund, Sweden
- University of Glasgow, Scotland
- University of York, England
The UC Education Abroad Program offers three special features to help you choose the right program.
- The Program Wizard can help you find possible programs of interest.
- The Coursefinder database includes descriptions of all courses taken by UC students while on EAP programs. Please note that it does not include all courses offered by the host university, only those that have been taken and submitted for approval by UC students.
- An up-to-date list of pre-approved EAP courses will soon be available.
What classes to take
All classes taken on the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) are UC approved courses and count toward your 180 unit requirement for graduation; however, your major has the final authority to determine how the coursework is used to fulfill specific major/minor requirements.
For major requirements:
- Linguistics Major
- Linguistics and Anthropology Major
- Linguistics and Computer Science Major
- Linguistics and East Asian Languages and Cultures Major
- Linguistics and English Major
- Linguistics and French Major
- Linguistics and Italian Major
- Linguistics and Philosophy Major
- Linguistics and Psychology Major
- Linguistics and Scandinavian Languages
- Linguistics and Spanish
- African Languages
Courses are approved on a case by case basis. Before going abroad, students should discuss with the department advisor which EAP courses the department will approve for credit toward a major or minor. Students can often make changes to their study plan once they arrive in their country of choice, but should consult with the undergraduate staff advisor by e-mail first.