Course code: LINB23
Swedish title: Lingvistik: Världens språk
ECTS credits: 7.5

NB! The information below was about autumn semester 2022. The course is also given this semester. Choose semester above for more information!

Study period: autumn semester 2022
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2022-10-31 – 2023-01-15
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-35702
Eligibility: To be admitted to the course, students must have successfully completed 3 credits, equivalent to the intended course learning outcomes 1/exam 3 in LINB21 or LINB24, or 60 credits in a language subject, or the equivalent.

Teachers: Arthur Holmer


I kursen ges en översikt över språken i världen, vilka språkfamiljer de tillhör och var de talas. I kursen tas också upp vad som är gemensamt för de mänskliga språken och på vilka sätt de kan skilja sig från varandra, t.ex. inom grammatiken och ljudsystemet. I kursen behandlas olika faktorer som kan orsaka likheter mellan språk, exempelvis släktskap, lån, areala drag och universalier, som har att göra med hur språk fungerar som mänskligt kommunikationsmedel. Stor vikt läggs vid en undersökning där den studerande, individuellt eller i grupp, med hjälp av en enkätbaserad intervju och/eller inspelning analyserar ett språk som han/hon inte tidigare är bekant med.


  1. Diversity of the World's Languages: analytical assignment, 3 ECTS
  2. Diversity of the World's Languages: take-home exam, 4.5 ECTS

Important dates – autumn semester 2023

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, halvfart
In English
27 oktober 2023 – 14 januari 2024

Öppnas för anmälan den 15 mars 2023

Important dates – spring semester 2023

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, halvfart
In English
22 mars 2023 – 4 juni 2023

Öppen för sen anmälan

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full course tuition fee: SEK 13,750
First payment: SEK 13,750
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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions


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