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Fieldwork (Internship)


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Linguistics.


It is possible to arrange an internship in a documentation project in Africa, the Americas or South East Asia. The activities can range from curriculum development, preparation of educational materials for mother tongue education or revitalization, documenting oral traditions, developing language policies or helping out with dictionaries (including multimedia) to preparing orthography advice and assisting alphabetization, depending on the needs of the receiving organization. It is possible to collect data for the final thesis at the same time. The best period for such an internship is the first months of the second semester, so that the thesis can be written in the second par t of the semester. It is essential to have your final thesis plan accepted before the internship, to ensure that you can finish your studies within the academic year. It is crucial to plan such an internship far ahead and in consultation with a staff member who is familiar with your area of interest.

Course objectives

To experience working and living in one of the countries where the languages that we study are spoken; to learn how to work within a project; to learn how to work with and for a community; to acquire practical skills to bring a project to a fruitful end in a new and culturally different environment; possibly, to experience data collection in the field.



Mode of instruction

Practical work under supervision

Course Load

Preparation and devising a plan : 30 hours
Interaction with local and Leiden supervisors: 20 hours
Working on the project: 200 hours
Writing final report: 30 hours

Assessment Method

Assessment on the basis of the report by the local supervisor of the work carried out during the internship (50%)
Final report (50%)



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Contact course coordinator, stagebureau, student coordinator

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the coordinator of studies

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof