Facilities for arts students
Library facilities for students
Student participation council
Doing a PhD
The master's programme in Linguistics is a one-year programme which offers you the opportunity to combine courses to create the linguistic and/or language profile that you desire. Most courses are in English, although some are in French, Spanish, Dutch or German. The courses in the Language and Speech Pathology and Dutch as a Second Language subprogrammes are all in Dutch. In addition to regular courses, the programme offers the possibility of an internship (10 credits), and participation in the CLS-Colloquium series (5 credits). Your study is rounded off with a master's thesis (20 credits). Your choice of courses will partly depend on your future plans. For example, if you plan to participate in the one-year educational master's programme of Nijmegen Radboud Docenten Academie in order to acquire a teacher certificate (see http://www.ru.nl/docentenacademie/), you have to follow one of the language-specific courses.
For admission to the programme, a bachelor's diploma in a language or in Linguistics is required. Students with a different background can be admitted if their bachelor's programme contains at least 60 credits for linguistic courses. Students with a relevant Dutch HBO-diploma (language training, language and speech therapy, translation studies) can be admitted after taking a one year programme with linguistic courses in a bachelor's programme which gives regular admission to the master's programme.
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Masterlanguage is a curriculum of courses offered annually, on a semester basis, to Dutch master level university students in one of the languages Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and classical Greek and Latin. The goal of Masterlanguage is, by a nation-wide combination of forces, to safeguard continued expertise in the study of these languages at university level.
Participating universities are those of Amsterdam, Amsterdam V.U., Groningen, Leiden, Radboud Nijmegen and Utrecht. Each of these universities contributes to Masterlanguage's courses and teaching staff, the latter jointly recruited from a pool of nationally and internationally outstanding and highly experienced Dutch university teacher-researchers.
Masterlanguage is not a separate national master programme: it is a curriculum of courses to which participating students sign up while being enrolled in their own local masterprogramme, based on information provided at the masterlanguage website, in national workshops and meetings, and at local master information events. In this way the local programmes ‘facilitate' for their language students taking part in Masterlanguage. Nationally offered courses in, for instance, English language and literature will form a natural and interesting addition to a student's local language-specific programme or trajectory.
See for further information: www.masterlanguage.nl
For day-to-day information about the programme, visit the MA programme "Nuts and Bolts" Blackboard environment. (You will gain automatic access to this once you have registered.) This contains practical information for students, including guidelines for writing theses and following internships, announcements about special events and notifications of lecturers' absences, as well as a discussion board for you to exchange information with your fellow students outside of particular courses.
Since 2002, the Radboud Honours Academy offers a special supplementary programme for highly motivated Bachelor's students wishing to extend their knowledge into disciplines other than their own. There are three honours programmes for Master's students: Reflections on Science, Reflections on Professions and Beyond the Frontiers. Each year, 150 students from Radboud University Nijmegen will have the opportunity to follow one of these programmes.
Reflections on science Studying complex issues in International research panels
Reflections on professions Critical analysis of working in professional organizations
Beyond the frontiers Fifty scholarships for research projects abroad
The Faculty of Arts encourages students to spend at least one semester of their studies abroad. In the modern foreign languages and communication and information sciences programmes, a stay abroad is even considered a standard part of the students' education. Needless to say, the options are more restricted for students in the one-year MA programme. You may opt to follow courses, conduct research, or carry out an internship at a foreign university. Your stay abroad and the achieved results will count as part of your studies in Nijmegen, provided you have made prior written arrangements with the examining board of the study programme in which you are enrolled.
Studying abroad will be worth your while in more ways than one. It will improve your language proficiency, make you more independent, and enhance your career prospects. The following grants and scholarships are available for studies/internships abroad:
- ERASMUS programme (European Union and associated countries) for studies and internships;
- IRS (anywhere in the world, provided RUN has a collaboration agreement with the foreign university concerned), this grant is managed by SNUF; for studies and internships;
- ISEP (US) for studies only;
- Cultural Agreements with approximately 40 countries for studies and internships;
Finally, there are also grants and scholarships which allow students to continue their studies or research abroad after graduation. Examples: VSB Fund grants, NATO grants, grants through Cultural Agreements, the Japan Prize Winners Programme, College of Europe in Bruges, European University Institute Florence, and Interuniversity Art History Institute Florence. See the Radboud International website (https://www.ru.nl/radboudinternational/english/) for up-to-date information on grants and scholarships.
On http://www.ru.nl/letteren/studereninhetbuitenland/ you will find links to the websites of foreign partner universities and information on the application procedure and conditions.
Facilities for arts students
The Erasmus Study Centre (ESC) of the Faculty of Arts is an education and study centre that houses all kinds of facilities for teachers and students, including a network of multimedia computers. The computers are regularly replaced by new models and are equipped with a DVD player, sound card, USB ports and headset connections. For more information, see here.
Radboud in'to Languages is an independent language and communication centre associated with the Faculty of Arts of Radboud University Nijmegen. Radboud in'to Languages provides services to students, junior researchers, university staff members, university medical centre staff members, and to many other clients. Its services includes language courses, translation services and various communication courses (e.g. for those who wish to improve their presentation skills or writing skills). For more information, see www.ru.nl/radboudintolanguages
Library facilities for students
Radboud University Nijmegen provides the following student facilities.
The University Library (UB) is located at Erasmuslaan 36 and is accessible to everyone. The basement houses the book collection of the Faculty of Arts, which includes books on General and Comparative Literature, Literary and Cultural Studies, General Linguistics, Business Communication Studies, Dialectology, German Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Phonetics, French Language and Literature, Dutch Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Applied Linguistics, History, Intellectual Relations, Classical Languages and Archaeology, Art History, Musicology, and Languages and Cultures of the Middle East.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:30-22:00, Friday: 8:30-20:00, Saturday: 9:00-17:00, and Sunday: 10:00-17:00.
Please note: during these hours, the check-out desks may not always be open and requests for books from closed access stack-rooms may not always be processed.
For more information, see www.ru.nl/ubn
OSIRIS (https://portal.ru.nl/ comprises a range of internet services for Radboud University students. OSIRIS enables you to manage your own e-mail account ending on @student.ru.nl. You can also publish web pages and make use of free internet access. OSIRIS also allows you to change your own address details, sign up for courses and interim exams, and look up your exam results. If you have any questions or problems with OSIRIS, please contact the Student Information Desk or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another service is Blackboard (http://blackboard.ru.nl/), where teachers can post specific information about courses such as timetables and assignments. When you enroll for a course, it will automatically be added to your Blackboard account.
Student participation council
Each year in spring, there are student elections in which students elect the student members for the programme committee, the Faculty Student Council and the University Student Council. These bodies offer students the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process at the university. You can make a difference by casting your vote and/or standing for a seat one of the councils. You will receive the ballot papers by post, and you can also vote on-line.
Doing a PhD
Students who have obtained their Master's degree and would like to pursue an academic career may opt for doing a PhD. This entails writing a PhD thesis under the supervision of a professor, with the aim of obtaining a doctoral degree. A PhD thesis is an academic treatise on a particular topic in the form of a book or a collection of articles. You can conduct the required research in your own spare time, but there are also opportunities to do so as an employee of the university. Unfortunately, there are only a limited number of paid PhD projects available. Graduates may also choose to apply for a PhD vacancy at another university. The research of an appointed PhD student is embedded in the research programme of a research institute.
In the first two years, PhD students spend about 25% of their time on following a training programme consisting of a general part and a discipline-specific part. You can obtain more information on this topic at the following website address http://www.ru.nl/gsh/
Radboud University places much value on quality in education. Staff and students are expected to make every effort to produce the best possible result. There are two types of quality assurance: internal and external quality assurance. Internal quality assurance involves the entire range of activities aimed at preserving and improving the quality of education at a faculty or department. External quality assurance is guaranteed by the external review system in which the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) grants a quality mark to study programmes that meet certain criteria. External experts assess the quality of the study programmes once every six years. Their findings determine to a large extent whether or not a study programme is accredited.
Internal quality assurance at the Faculty of Arts covers four areas: course design & planning, teaching, student support & guidance, and organisation & coordination of education. At the faculty level, the quality control and improvement processes are coordinated by the Director of Education (together with one of the education policy offers). At the department level, the quality assurance coordinator and the programme committee play a key role. The quality assurance coordinator - usually the Chair of the programme committee - manages the activities that are undertaken within the framework of internal and external quality assurance and makes sure everything goes according to plan. The programme committee is the body that makes recommendations with regard to the aforementioned four areas and proposes actions for improvement. This committee provides solicited and unsolicited advice to the Faculty Board, the Director and the Course Coordinator on course design & planning and teaching.
Further information on quality assurance can be found in the Vade Mecum on Quality Assurance in Education, which can be downloaded at the faculty's website:www.ru.nl/letteren/onderwijs/kwaliteitszorg/.
The department and the faculty make every effort to offer students high-quality study programmes. It is expected from students that they, in return, keep themselves informed. In other words, students should take note of the contents of the study guide and other information provided by the department, the faculty and the university (in writing and/or on the website). Furthermore, teachers may assume that students enrolled in a full-time programme will spend an average of 40 hours a week on their studies. If a subject is worth 5 credits, this is equivalent to a study load of 140 hours (5 x 28 hours), which includes the time spent on preparing for classes, reading books, making assignments and writing papers, and studying for interim exams.