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Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL)

Dallas, Texas, United States

GIAL is an accredited institution that offers basic (undergraduate) and advanced (graduate) linguistic training. Courses are offered which satisfy SIL’s training requirements for a majority of language program roles. The Certificate in Applied Linguistics can be completed in one term plus one 8-week session. Several M.A. concentrations are available for intermediate and advanced training for the roles listed below. Specialties include World Arts courses, Multicultural Teamwork, Scripture Use, and a Bible Translation concentration that includes original languages and exegesis. Significant financial aid (sometimes up to 50%) is available for members of Bible Translation organizations.


The primary language of instruction for this program is English.

Courses in this program can be taken apart from the degree.

This program prepares students to begin functioning in the following role(s) in language work:

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