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Course
European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT)


Degree awarded
Double degree program, respective local MSc/MA awarded, joint diploma supplement issued



Address
Coordinator: LCT Administration, Saarland University, C72, 66041 Saarbrücken, Germany

Telephone
+49-6813 024 352

E-mail address
lct-info(at)coli.uni-saarland.de



Type of course
Full time study

Length of course
4 semesters

Language of tuition
English

Date of commencement
September of the intake year

Application deadline
Generally February of the intake year, see the home page for details https://lct-master.org/

Class size
Approximately 20 per intake, distributed among the seven partner universities

Cost / fees
EU students: Euro 4,250/year
Non-EU students: Euro 8,500/year

Student grants / Financial assistance
The programme is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union and awards Erasmus Mundus scholarships to selected EU and non-EU applicants. Each year, approximately 5 scholarships will be awarded to EU students; approximately 10 to non-EU students. Additional scholarships will be available for targeted non-EU regions of the world.
The scholarship covers the program fees directly.

Accommodation
Dormitory or open-market housing

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
Approximately half of graduates go on to PhD studies in Europe and worldwide, while the other half finds employment in industry in LCT-related positions, including research&development at major players, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Nuance, DeepMind.

Exchange partner schools
Each partner below participates in the Erasmus+ exchange program:
Saarland University, Germany (Coordinator)
University of Lorraine, France
Charles University, Czech Republic
University of Malta, Malta
University of Trento, Italy
University of Groningen, Netherlands
University of the Basque Country, Spain


Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students - Approximately 25% European students, 75% Non-European students
2. Ratio of Men / Women - Approximately 50% men 50% women
3. Age range - 21-35 years.

Programme Director
Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith

Contact details for application
Bobbye Pernice
LCT Administration, Saarland University, C72, 66041 Saarbrücken, Germany
Telephone +49-6813024352
E-mail lct-info(at)coli.uni-saarland.de



Saarland University, Germany (Coordinator)
University of Lorraine, France
Charles University, Czech Republic
University of Malta, Malta
University of Trento, Italy
University of Groningen, Netherlands
University of the Basque Country, Spain

European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT)


Summary of Study Programme:

The modular curriculum consists of four components:

(A) Core modules ensure that the students obtain a solid common foundation designed to cover all areas necessary for working in LCT, including theoretical as well as practical skills; the number of credits for the various modules differs depending on the students’ background. Core modules are normally taken during the first year.

(B) Specialized modules complement the common core. We offer three tracks with different incoming pre-requisites and that prepare students for different career possibilities:

The Digital Language Resources (DLR) track equips students having a strong linguistics background with the kind of insights and practical skills required to design, create and exploit annotated data resources for natural language applications or for the empirical validation of issues in cognitive and experimental linguistics.

The Natural Language Algorithms and Applications (NLA) track, intended mainly for students with a computer science background, revolves around the design and implementation of algorithms and machine learning techniques that are relevant to fundamental natural language processing problems such as parsing, generation, translation, as well as more advanced applications and platforms that make use of such algorithms.

The Language Data Science (LDS) track is aimed at students with a strong background in computer science and mathematics, familiar with AI approaches. It focuses on the application of Data Science techniques to large quantities of language data of different types and granularities in order to address important practical tasks such as information extraction, sentiment analysis, speech recognition, data visualisation etc.

(C) Free choice courses, soft skills courses and an internship offer, respectively, the possibility to acquire additional specialized topics reflecting current trends and hot research and employment areas, improve soft skills and gain practical experience and contact with the world of work in a company or in a research lab within or outside the university partners.

(D) Joint programme events are occasions during which students acquire additional (hard and soft) skills and have opportunities for networking with other students and with the associated partners. The internal summer school takes place before the start of each academic year, whereas the annual meeting is in the spring.

(E) Master thesis rounds off the learning experience with an independent project, which can be carried out at the university or as an internship. Modules and learning outcomes The LCT curriculum consists of coursework and an internship (90 ECTS) plus a Master thesis (30 ECTS). Courses are primarily distributed over the first three semesters, while most of the work on the Master thesis is completed in the fourth semester.

This results in a 2-year programme of 120 ECTS. The students study one year each at two universities of the consortium. The benefits of such a programme are twofold:

(a) scientifically, it brings students in contact with two different research environments and different areas of specialization; and
(b) culturally, it brings students in contact with two different societies which, crucially in our case, also mainly do research on (at least) two different languages (given the topic of the Masters, multilinguality is considered a key issue).


Admission requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent in the area of (Computational) Linguistics, Language Technology, Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, or other relevant disciplines

Language: Toefl at least 95 overall, IELTS at least 7.0, Cambridge Advanced at least B, Cambridge Proficiency at least pass


The Partner Universities

The European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT) is an international distributed Master of Science/Arts course. Each student studies at two of the partner universities. The program is offered by the following consortium of partners:
Saarland University, Germany (Coordinator)
University of Lorraine, France
Charles University, Czech Republic
University of Malta, Malta
University of Trento, Italy
University of Groningen, Netherlands
University of the Basque Country, Spain
More information on the local implementation of the program at each respective partner site is found here:
https://lct-master.org/contents_2014/consortium.php