About us
What is special about the human mind that makes language possible? Why are there so many different languages in the world? Does your mobile device really understand what you are saying? Deepen your understanding of the nature and diversity of human language and cognition and the theoretical and digital tools for working with language and speech.
Greetings from the programme’s director

In our programme, you will grow into a colleague of us teachers and that is the way you will be treated: an equal. You are welcome to call the teachers by their first name - they might even find it odd if you don’t! You will also have a bunch of student-colleagues with you right from the start, so you’ll build a strong network in no time. Our tutors will help you with a soft landing in Helsinki and at the university, and I can assure you that soon Helsinki will feel like home.   
The Faculty of Arts is at the very center, the heart, of Helsinki. The main building of the university is next to the Helsinki Cathedral and opposite the Government Palace of Finland. You will find UniSport, the biggest gym in the city center, several UniCafes and the beating heart of student life within walking distance of the lecture halls.   
Welcome to beautiful and cozy Helsinki and to one of the top 1% universities in the world! Our programme is a nice mixture of international and Finnish students so you will surely make friends here. Welcome to our easy-going LingDig community!  
Best regards,  
Mathias Creutz, Programme's Director  

Your studies

In the Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities (LingDig)*, you can deepen your understanding of language in general, become an expert in linguistic diversity at a local or global scale, dig into the mysteries of human cognition, or learn to approach various aspects of human life with digital research methods.

During the first autumn semester there is only one mandatory course for students in all study tracks: Approaches to Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities. On this course, you will work together with all first-year students of the programme and you will also create your personal study plan (HOPS) with the responsible teacher. 

As for the other courses and elective studies, you have a lot of freedom to choose courses from your own as well as the other LingDig study tracks.

Learn more about the structure, content and the study tracks.

Get acquainted with the students

Check out testimonials from our students!

If you have questions on your upcoming studies at the University or about student life in Helsinki, you can chat with our student Kayleigh or with other University of Helsinki students. You can also read the blogs written by the students.

Student organizations organize many events for students. They are an excellent place to meet new people also outside of your own field: 

  • Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) advocates for better student life and supervises the interests of students in the Finnish society. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for important news and events. 
  • Orbis ry is a student organization for international students in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Theology. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.  
  • ESN Student Network University of Helsinki is a great place to find other students with an international mindset. You don’t have to be an exchange student to participate in their events. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook. 
  • Humanisticum is the faculty organization for the students of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. They organize a variety of get togethers from parties to career events. They also supervise the interests of the Faculty’s students at the university. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook. 
  • Aspekti is the student organization for linguistics students. Everybody is welcome to join the events regardless of the major. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook. 
  • Intelligenzia is the student organization for cognitive science. Everybody is welcome to join the events regardless of the major. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook. 
Contacts and useful links

If you have questions related to the admissions, please contact the Admission Services.

If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, courses or studies, please contact Metsätalo Student Services.