BA Linguistics and Language Applications


Academic Year of Entry 2023/24
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1109
BA Linguistics and Language Applications
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
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Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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Our Target

This major aims to educate students so that they will become language professionals who are familiar with linguistics and language-related applications. Students will also develop an analytical, critical and creative mind and an open attitude towards people from different cultures.

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This major provides students with  a solid foundation in the scientific study of human language. Students will be prepared for careers that require language expertise and language-related computing skills. In addition to opportunities in advanced studies, graduates will have employment prospects in education and research, as well as in administrative and executive positions in various public and private sectors. They will have an important role to play in language and information service sectors of Hong Kong, Greater China, and world-wide. Moreover, this major is recognized by the Education Bureau as an English language major degree for the purpose of teaching in Hong Kong.

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements


To find more details about the Programme Curriculum, please refer to the Programme Structure.

What You Will Be Studying

There are two main subject areas: Linguistics and Language Applications.

• Core courses in Linguistics include: Fundamentals of Linguistics, Language in Society, Language and Mind, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax and Semantics.

• Core courses in Language Applications include: Introduction to Language Technology and Computational Linguistics.

• At a more advanced level, students may choose from among courses such as Computational Lexicography,Computer-Aided Translation,Computer-assisted Language Learning, Conversation Analysis, Corpus Linguistics,Experimental Phonetics, First/Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Translation.

Bonus Features

Participating in the internships and other co-curricular activities offered provides valuable job experience in fields that require knowledge of languages, linguistics and language applications.

Exchange programmes provide students with opportunities to gain experience of studying and living abroad for a semester, by paying the local tuition fees.


The department also offers two Joint Bachelor's Degree Programmes with National Taiwan University and Columbia University.  Students can get 2 degrees by studying 2 years in LT and 2 years at a 
partner university. For detailed information, please visit


Students may also opt for double majors within CityU and major plus minor programme or Undergraduate plus Taught Postgraudate Degree (TPg) programmes (

Did You Know?

With the growing popularity of the Web and apps as information resources and means of interaction, the field of language applications is advancing as academic institutions and industry partners work together to realise the growing potential of linguistically sophisticated applications.

Language professionals are needed not just for teaching jobs at all levels, but also for vacancies in the private sector such as editors, technical writers, translators, reporters, journalists, anchor persons, PR personnel, etc.

According to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject (2021), Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong is ranked 43rd in the world. 

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