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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:

This program runs every other year, and will run again in summer 2019.

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.


Students with Professor Corthals
at University College Ghent

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, Uniersity 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.

Course and Credit
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.


Students at Quay of Herbs Harbour, Ghent

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).


Acoustic Phonetics
LING 5409 (3 credits)

Course Information
Syllabus and Itinerary

2017 Summer: LING 5409 Belgium Syllabus

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at then top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible 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.

Passport and Visa Information
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.

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. Professor Paul Corthals has worked with student researchers from UVA for the past four years and has generously agreed to lead the course on Acoustic Phonetics while students are in Ghent. Professor Corthals holds a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Ghent. He teaches and conducts research in acoustic phonetics, applied statistics, research methods, and psycholinguistics.

Further Information
Program Director:
Lise Dobrin
Associate Professor
Linguistics Program Director
Department of Anthropology
Brooks Hall 202
PO Box 400120
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904

This program is currently not accepting applications.