Our Frisian Roots
The Department of Frisian Language and Culture has a long history at the University of Groningen. Recently, it has gone through a transformation process that embeds Frisian studies in international, comparative research towards minorities and multilingualism.
A cross-disciplinary approach enables the Department to offer bachelor and master programmes and to host a research group with a broader focus on ethnolinguistic minorities and multilingualism.

Minorities and Multilingualism

Studying diversity in language and culture

Benefiting from the natural Frisian laboratory of multilingualism, our BA and MA students learn how to study, how to manage, and how to enjoy cultural and linguistic diversity.
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M&M best BA in Groningen!

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M&M best BA in Groningen!

The department is really excited to announce that in the official Dutch National Students Survey students have evaluated our programme on Minorities and Multilingualism as the best BA programme of the University of Groningen of 2015/16. The students rated it with a 4,6 on a 5 point scale. We take this as a recognition of our hard work in designing and teaching the programme. We take it as the best incentive to further improve this relevant and timely programme.

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We are making a MOOC!

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We are making a MOOC!

The biggest part of our department is, of course, teaching our students. However, we thought it would be nice to offer you a peek behind the scenes and let you know what else is happening here. To do so one of our support staff; Gerbrich de Jong, has written a post explaining what is involved in making our MOOC: Introduction to Frisian language and culture.

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Ukraine's future today

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Ukraine's future today

One of the Ukrainian Erasmus Exchange students in our program, Alina Cherkas, has written a blogpost on the referendum on Ukraine that took place in the Netherlands on 6 April. She is puzzled why large parts of the Dutch population do not seem to be able to grant the same freedom of choice to the Ukrainian people that they cherish so highly for themselves.

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Applying

This website features as a platform for (prospective) students interested in minority cultures and multilingualism. For practical information on how to apply visit the University of Groningen here

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Getting your masters in Leeuwarden

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Getting your masters in Leeuwarden

Our Master in Multilingualism is located in Leeuwarden, the capital of the only officially bilingual province in the Netherlands: Fryslân. Living and studying in this beautiful historical city creates a unique opportunity for students to be submerged in a multilingual society. The programme makes clever use of this laboratory. The lecturers regularly organise excursions to the most important cultural and linguistic institutions in the province so that students may see with their own eyes how multilingualism works on a social, political, and educational level. This practical approach is complemented with more conceptual and theoretical courses on the various aspects of multilingualism.

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Specialising in Frisian on an academic level

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Specialising in Frisian on an academic level

An academic bachelor degree programme in the Netherlands consists of three full years of study. One of these years is available for optional courses. For students who prefer to to be trained in the language and culture of Friesland we fill these optional space with six specialising courses focused on Frisian language proficiency and on knowledge and understanding of Frisian history, Frisian literature, Frisian linguistics and Frisian historical linguistics. We believe that the innovative combination of general, more conceptual and comparative courses alongside with a thorough specialisation track will create excellent specialists in Frisian with excellent job perspectives.

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