• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Interested in the questions of language, identity and societal inclusion? Wondering about the functions of multilingualism in contemporary societies, or about how mobility and migration affect language use and language learning? The Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society master’s programme from University of Jyväskylä tackles these questions and more.


The Master programme in Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society offered by University of Jyväskylä focuses on language-related questions of current-day society, such as multilingualism, language education, discourse and power, media, policy making, mobility and migration. Becoming a language expert means not just improving your language and communication skills but also understanding how languages work. Being sensitive to cultural and linguistic diversity makes you a highly skilled communicator who is adaptable to different situations and cultures. Being able to communicate, to understand, to interpret, to mediate, to empathize, to negotiate, and to explain are all based on language and are central to politics, business, healthcare, entertainment, media, education, and science.

APPLANG Master's degree programme is internationally unique, because it brings into dialogue research areas that are traditionally kept apart: language learning and teaching and discourse studies. What is also unique both nationally and internationally is that the applied language studies at the University of Jyväskylä combines research and teaching on first, second, and foreign languages.

Career opportunities

Graduates with advanced knowledge of applied language studies can work in a broad range of professional and academic fields, performing tasks that require expertise in, for instance, communication, language teaching and consulting, planning and project work, or research.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Applied Language studies for the changing society
  • Study circle: methodologies of applied language studies
  • Study circle: current trends in applied language studies for the changing society
  • Self-study: Perspectives on multilingualism
  • Multilingual Learning Environments
  • Self-study: Literacy
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The selection process consists of two parts:

1)      Review of application documents

2)      Personal interview (by phone or Skype) of short-listed applicants

Application attachments

1) Application form

2) Officially certified transcript of records

3) Officially certified copies of degree certificate

4) Copy of a valid passport

5) Certificate of English language proficiency

6) Preliminary master’s thesis proposal 

7) Motivation letter

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Jyväskylä

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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