Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages


In a bid to build capacity in language practice and to elevate the status of previously marginalized official languages, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) grants financial support to UNISA students enrolled for:

  • a BA degree majoring in Linguistics or African Languages,
  • a BA Hons in Linguistics, Translation Studies or African Languages, or
  • an MA in Linguistics, Translation Studies or African Languages.

Linguistics and language practice are fields of study that involves the work that is done by language practitioners including, but not limited to translators, interpreters, language planners, terminologists, lexicographers, text editors and any language related work. Language practitioners render specialized language and communication services over a broad spectrum of fields. Language practitioners in African languages are in high demand in South Africa, especially in the development of these languages. Career opportunities for students of African Languages would include those of translator, interpreter, lexicographer, terminographer, language planner, editor, document design and editor, and human language technologist. Although the DAC cannot guarantee employment, it does recognize the need for qualified language practitioners in South Africa.

For more information about the bursary, contact the Directorate of Student Funding:

Tel: +27 (0)12 441 5460/3
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Last modified: 2023/08/07