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Best US Universities for Linguistics Studies 2021 - QS World University Rankings

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TOP Linguistics Universities in the United States in 2021 offering undergraduate and graduate programs for international students. Linguistic programs teach students the nature of language and communication - they study topics such as grammar, syntax, phonetics, discover the history and evolution of language, develop communication, analytical, research skills, critical thinking skills.

The structure of the courses significantly depends on the level of language proficiency - the programs include a number of introductory courses to form a basic level of understanding of the language.

Types of programs with the study of linguistics at leading US universities:

  • Advanced writing and reading
  • Speaking and listening at an advanced level
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Introduction to Translation (into English)
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • A series of reviews of literature and civilization.

Learning a new language or learning linguistics opens the door to a range of career opportunities for which a deep understanding of the language is extremely beneficial. You can become a copywriter for an advertising agency thanks to your deep knowledge of how people react to language.

You can be a court interpreter, foreign correspondent for a newspaper, magazine or television news program, teacher, researcher, foreign language teacher, diplomat, speech synthesizer developer, sociolinguist.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

2 University of Massachusetts Amherst
3 Harvard University
4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
5 Stanford University
6 University of Maryland, College Park

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

8 University of Pennsylvania
9 University of Chicago
10 University of Connecticut
11 The Ohio State University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

14 Georgetown University
15 New York University (NYU)
16 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
17 University of Texas at Austin
18 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
19 Cornell University
20 Indiana University Bloomington
21 Michigan State University
22 Rutgers University–New Brunswick
23 The University of Arizona

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

25 University of California, Santa Cruz
26 University of Southern California
27 University of Washington
28 Yale University
29 Boston University
30 Carnegie Mellon University
31 Columbia University
32 Johns Hopkins University
33 Northern Arizona University
34 Northwestern University
35 Pennsylvania State University
36 Princeton University
37 Purdue University
38 University of Oregon
39 University of Wisconsin-Madison
40 City University of New York

Stony Brook University, State University of New York

42 University of California, Irvine
43 University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
44 University of Kentucky
45 University of Minnesota Twin Cities
46 University of South Carolina
47 Arizona State University
48 Brown University
49 Duke University
50 Rice University


Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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