Petrabunny (chiroptera91) wrote in linguaphiles,

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Studying Linguistics: Aye or Nay?

I've been almost completely sure for over two years that getting a degree in Linguistics is what I want to do right after finishing highschool. I'm an International Baccalaureate student in Sweden, and because Swedish universities seem to not appreciate us as much as the regular students, it is quite logical to go to either the UK or America (or some non-English speaking country) to get your university degree. At least among my classmates, that seems to be the trend! I've found a couple of universities in Britain that seem amazing, and I think I really want to go there. But there's one thing I'm concerned about, and I hope someone here might be able to advise me!

As you may already have gathered, I'm not a native speaker of English (I do, however, study it as a "Second Native Language" - Language A2 - in the IB), but I intend to study linguistics in English. Is this very unwise, from the point of view that I don't know the ins and outs of the language, even though I have a fairly good grasp on the language in general?

Any advice would be very much appreciated! I'm having some troubles motivating myself to study right now, so I feel the need to consolidate my intentions and set a goal to work for.

- Petra

ETA: Thank you guys so much! This was precisely what I wanted to hear, actually; I'm so glad this is how it is. Now I'm embarking once again upon the task of trying to choose what universities to apply to... Thanks again!

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