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  • The official application period for the winter term 2018/2019 will open in spring 2018.
  • A pdf with practical information for new students is available for download.
  • Many questions concerning application and study program are covered in our FAQ section.


Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice dealing with problems relating to language and communication in society, the media, organizations, business, and politics. Students in this M.A. program are given the tools to identify problems and to work on solving them by applying linguistic theories and employing empirical and experimental methods.

detailed description

The program aims at developing knowledge of the theories and methods used in intercultural communication, second language acquisition, language processing, and translation studies. Course topics include interpersonal communication, regional and social variation in language behaviour, (im)politeness across cultures, pragmatic competence, writing in a second language, and cognitive processes in translating.

Students in this program are strongly encouraged to design and conduct their own research projects from the outset. For this purpose we offer access to and support in using linguistic research facilities. The Research Centre for Empirical Pragmatics provides students with a variety of research tools such as recording equipment, linguistic corpora, and software for data gathering, processing, and analysis.

This program gives an overview of the field of Applied Linguistics and provides specialization in a wide range of subdisciplines. The core modules are intercultural communication, second language acquisition, language processing, and translation studies. Teaching and research supervision are also offered in pragmatics, discourse analysis, genre analysis, sociolinguistics, dialectology, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, and metalexicography.

Focus on research, theories and methods

There is a strong focus on research, theories, and methodology. Students are given assistance in developing their own research questions, adopting a suitable theoretical framework, and selecting an appropriate method. A variety of research tools can be made available. The module 'Research Trends' familiarizes students with current research developments in Applied Linguistics and ongoing research projects worldwide. In this module, internationally renowned scholars give talks and lectures and teach workshops. There is also the possibility to present your research at one of our conferences. Our last conference, the Fifth Bonn Applied English Linguistics Conference (BAELc5) with a special focus on Intercultural Communication was held in June 2016 and was attended by linguists from various countries.

Practical orientation

Students are equipped to work with language professionally. The module 'Professional Development' provides insights into a range of careers and professions for which Applied Linguistics qualifies students. These include intercultural and communication trainings, international exchange and work programs, translating and multilingual documentation. We have established links with companies and organizations working in these areas, and also with schools in Germany, Canada, and New Zealand. The module 'Professional Development' involves a seven-week internship in Germany or abroad.

International profile

The international profile of this program comprises various aspects. There is the option of studying abroad for one term, e.g. at one of the University of Bonn's various partner universities or potentially at the State University of New York at Albany, USA. The internship in the module 'Professional Development' can be done abroad. Furthermore, we cooperate with scholars around the world. Internationally renowned researchers teach workshops and give talks and lectures. Finally, all courses are taught entirely through the medium of English.

Entry requirements and admissions

You may apply for the winter term 2018/19 in spring 2018. Assessment of applications submitted will occur after the end of the application period. Those admitted to the program can officially enroll in late summer, most likely in September. If you are interested but will not be able to submit all required documents during the application phase (excluding the German language certificate), you will have to wait for the next application period in 2019.

Applicants please submit:

  • the application form for the University of Bonn
  • a notarized copy of their B.A. certificate and diploma supplement (students still enrolled in a B.A. program at the time of application, please submit their current transcript of grades)
  • a certified copy of their high school diploma
  • a certificate attesting German language competence (DSH-1 or TestDaF TDN3)

Please note that these documents should not be sent via email or post, but need to be uploaded to the University of Bonn's application portal which can be accessed during the application period for this program.

Structure of the program

The MA program is currently undergoing some structural changes, leading to the schedule depicted below. Note that not all of these changes might apply to the upcoming winter semester 2017/18.


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