Multilingualism / Plurilinguisme

+++  Application deadline for the winter semester 2024/2025 is 15 May 2024.  +++

Partir c'est grandir un peu. Bordeaux Montaigne c'est 16.057 étudiants inscrits en 2016-2017 dont 1.848 étudiants étrangers. Environ 600 étudiants en mobilité internationale 1.283 personnels, 677 enseignants et chercheurs.

I. Structure of the Study Programme


The study content of the double degree option is based on the Master’s programmes “Sciences du language” at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne and “Multilingualism” at the University of Konstanz. What is special about the double degree option is that it provides for a focus on regional multilingualism in France, especially in the region of Aquitaine and adjacent areas. The students should follow language courses and cultural courses on the regional languages and heritage languages spoken in this region. These courses are offered both in Bordeaux and Konstanz. Additionally, the students can attend courses on Basque and Catalan language and culture at the University of Konstanz which are financed by the cultural institutes Etxepare und Ramon Llull. For the academic year in Bordeaux, students receive a scholarship for ten months from the Franco-German University and can also receive a mobility grant from the Erasmus+ Program.

The Master’s programme offers a research-oriented curriculum in two areas of research on multilingualism:

Individual Multilingualism

  • Language Acquisition
  • Multilingual Child Language Acquisition
  • Early and Late Bilingualism
  • Third Language Acquisition
  • Heritage Language Acquisition

Societal Multilingualism

  • Multilingualism in the Classroom
  • Multilingualism and Migration
  • Language Contact
  • Language Attrition
  • Language Change in European and Non-European Languages  

The Master’s programme is theory and research oriented and stands out due to its comprehensive training in both theoretical linguistics and up-to-date research on multilingualism. Students have the opportunity to improve their research skills (data management, visualization, and statistics) and to conduct their own research projects in the labs of the linguistics department in Konstanz. 

II. Outline of the Study Programme

The double degree option is a two year Master’s programme (four semesters) in which students obtain a total of 120 ECTS. During the first academic year, all students study together at Université Bordeaux Montaigne. In France, the term already starts in September. The students attend courses from the study program "Sciences du langage", with an emphasis on Parcours “Plurilinguisme, linguistique du développement social” in the second semester. During the second academic year, the students study at the University of Konstanz. For the Master’s thesis, the students are supervised by lecturers from both universities.

Webseminar - Getting to know our programme

Benefits of the double degree option

International peers
Scholarship for the academic year abroad
Two diplomas (Master of Arts and Master en sciences humaines et sociales)
Certificate of the Franco-German University

Student's voice 

"The double degree gives me the opportunity to live in France and Germany, improve my linguistics skills, attend interesting courses and meet new people. Challenge yourself and enjoy the experience!"

III.  Language Requirements

Applicants at the University of Konstanz have to prove that their French knowledge is at least at level B2 and their English knowledge at least at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). At the University of Konstanz, the language of instruction is English. However, particular courses may be taught in German, French or in another modern foreign language.

IV. Scholarships for the Academic Year Abroad

Students that have been accepted to the programme receive a scholarship from the Franco-German University (300€ for the duration of the studies at Université Bordeaux Montaigne). Additionally, students can receive a mobility grant from the Erasmus+ Programme for the academic year in Bordeaux.

V. Admission Requirements

  • Certificate of completion of the undergraduate degree in linguistics (at least Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent, grade point average of the degree should at least correspond to the German grade 2.5, duration of undergraduate program: at least three years).
  • Documentation of advanced language skills in French at least at level B2 and English at least at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • An application letter to demonstrate your suitability and motivation for the study programme.
  • CV in English. 

How to apply?

  1. Register for the application portal ZEuS.
  2. Have all the documents listed above ready. 
  3. Fill in the electronic form of the online application and upload your application documents on ZEuS.

You can see the current status of your application in ZEuS (“my application”).