College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

BA Linguistics and Language Applications

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Academic Year of Entry
Admission Code

1109 (JS1109)

Indicative Intake Target

Local Places:

25 (For First-Year and Advanced Standing I Entries)*

Non-Local Places 
(For Overall Direct Applications):

Around 300

Normal Duration of Programme
4 years
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Major Leader and Deputy Admission Tutor of BALLA
Prof. John S.Y. LEE

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Translation

Deputy Major Leader and Admission Tutor of BALLA
Prof. Vanti W.S. LEE

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Translation

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+852 3442 8705

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+852 3442 0359

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* for JUPAS and non-JUPAS admissions

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Why BA Linguistics and Language Applications (LLA)?

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.

Entrance Requirements
JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS Entrance Requirements

JS1109 BA Linguistics and Language Applications
HKDSE SubjectMinimum Level Required
English LanguageLevel 3
Chinese LanguageLevel 3
MathematicsLevel 2
Citizenship and Social DevelopmentAttained
Elective 1Level 3
Elective 2Level 3

- Besides Category A elective subjects, Mathematics extended modules (M1/M2) and “other languages” (at grade E or above) can also be used to meet the elective requirement. If students take both M1 and M2, they are counted as one subject only.  
- Applied Learning subjects are not counted as elective subjects.  
- For details of the alternative Chinese Language qualifications acceptable by the University for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, please click here.


Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

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.

Curriculum Structure

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

Bonus Features

1. 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.

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

3. The department also offers two Joint Bachelor's Degree Programmes with National Taiwan University and Columbia University. 

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

Start Your Career Here

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.

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 (2023), Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong is ranked 41st in the world.

Student / Alumni Sharing

Student/Alumni sharing is available at

LT maintains very good ties with alumni via Facebook (CityU LT/CTL Alumni:, Whatsapp (CityU LT/CTL Alumni:, and 2 Wechat groups (CityU LT_CTL Alumni, 500 members, full capacity; CityU LT_CTL Alumni 2, 186 members). 

Several dozens of alumni have already expressed their sincere wish to help with our LT Senior Mentor Programme enthusiastically. This is a great opportunity for senior students or fresh graduates to communicate with their predecessors 校友學長 about some of the possible puzzles in job hunting, workplace etiquette, work attitude and job prospects or further studies in various continents.