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UVA in Belgium: Acoustic Phonetics
Ghent, Belgium (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Cognitive Science, Linguistics
Program Description:
Students at Belgium

UVA in Belgium: Acoustic Phonetics


This is an intensive three-week study abroad course. The course will take place at University College Ghent in Belgium, with two preparatory class sessions to take place at UVA. This course focuses on acoustic phonetics. The first classes cover the characteristics, graphic representations, and parameters of periodic and aperiodic sound. The acoustic analytic framework is then applied to speech sounds. Students will explore the acoustic properties of different segment types, formants, pitch, intensity, spectra, and voice pulsing, among other phenomena. The emphasis will be on parameters that influence speech intelligibility, the correlates of language variation (comparison between languages, effects of dialects), as well as some aspects of phonetic pathology.


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Established in 1995, University College Ghent is the outcome of two successful mergers in which fourteen institutions of higher education were involved. The first merger took place in 1995 when 13 university colleges merged and University College Ghent was founded. Five colleges belonged to the city of Ghent, the other eight to the state school system of the Flemish Community. Most of the university colleges were located in Ghent, but there was also one institution in Aalst and a Faculty of the Erasmus University College in Brussels. Six years later, in 2001, University College Ghent merged with the university college of the Province of East-Flanders. Many of the former independent colleges had been leaders in higher education for decades or even longer, and every single one of them puts in first-class expertise. Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economical heart of Europe, University College Ghent is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. Living in Ghent will allow participants to get an authentic taste of life in Belgium.

Belgium Class Belgium Students in Tunnel

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Students participating in the program will receive 3 credits of LING 5409 upon successful completion of the course. Students must have completed LNGS 3250 or receive instructor permission to participate. MA students of Linguistics are also encouraged to apply. All coursework is conducted in English.
Acoustic Phonetics
LING 5409 (3 credits)

Syllabus and Itinerary
2017 Summer: LING 5409 Belgium Syllabus

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This course will begin on Grounds with Professor Lise Dobrin of the Linguistics Program and Professor Filip Loncke in the Curry School of Education's Communication Disorder program. Students will also have the unique opportunity to study with a local professor in Belgium.

Program Director:
Lise Dobrin
Associate Professor and Linguistics Program Director
Department of Anthropology
Brooks Hall 202, PO Box 400120
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
434-924-7048 |


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will live in a centrally located hostel in Ghent. It is a 25 minute walk or short bus ride to Ghent University campus. Breakfast is provided daily and kitchen facilities are available for participants who wish to prepare their own meals. Cafes and restaurants are also nearby. During the weekday evenings, the beauty of the medieval city can be explored. During the extended weekends, students can visit major European cities in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, and Germany (all within a two-hour train ride).

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Loncke with Students

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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


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All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will NOT need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.