The Erasmus Mundus European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT) is designed to meet the demands of industry and research in a rapidly growing area. It offers education and training opportunities for the next generations of leaders in research and innovation. It provides students with profound knowledge and insight into the various disciplines that contribute to the methods of language and communication technologies and it strengthens their ability to work according to scientific methods. Moreover, the students acquire practice-oriented knowledge by choosing appropriate combinations of modules in Language Technology, Computational and Theoretical Linguistics, and Computer Science.
The LCT program involves studying one year each at two different European universities of the consortium. After completing all study requirements, the student will obtain two Master of Science/Arts degrees approved in the respective countries of issue.
The LCT Masters program has been successfully implemented since 2006, being funded by the Erasmus Mundus Program from 2007 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2017. In 2012 the LCT Program operated as an Erasmus Mundus Brand Name. Intakes 2018 and 2019: the program commits to respecting the Erasmus Mundus requirements and to maintain the high quality of the implementation during the years of funding.
Student mobility tracks
Every student studies one year each at two different European consortium partner universities. As an optional part of their study plan, students may spend a research/study period at one of the non-European partner universities.
The course consists of Compulsory Modules and Advanced Modules in Language Technology and Computer Science, complemented by a Project, and a Masters thesis, for a total of 120 ECTS credits.
There are the following specialized LT and CS modules with the respective minimum ECTS credit requirements and examples of included topics (non-exhaustive list). The research masters thesis consists of 30 ECTS credit points. Some of these core modules are also part of the Natural Language Processing (NLP) MSc degree of Université de Lorraine.
Language Technologies (24 ECTS minimum), at least 4 in specialized modules.
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|Computational Syntax and Morphology (LT-M2)
||at least 6
|Computational Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourse (LT-M3)
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Computer Science (24 ECTS minimum), at least 4 in specialized modules.
|Data Structures, Data Organization and Processing (CS-M1)
||at least 3
|Logic, Computability, and Complexity (CS-M2)
||at least 6
|Formal Languages and Algorithms (CS-M3)
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Students within the double degree program have to study at two institutions of the consortium. As such, they are jointly monitored by two lecturers (tutors), one from each institution. Each student has to develop a study plan with her/his tutors. This plan must be submitted for approval to the Joint Committee of the Consortium. The students have to complete successfully all the written and/or oral exams of the modules selected in the aforementioned study plan. The thesis is supervised by at least two supervisors, one from each host institution. The thesis is submitted at and should satisfy the regulations of both hosting institutions, and is assessed at both institutions.
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Research and Partnership
As an international distributed Master of Science/Arts course, the European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (LCT) currently has nine universities in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions taking part in. Besides, DFKI, Google Switzerland and IBM Czech Republic are associated partners of this program.
Prerequisites and Admission
Applicants must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent in the area of (Computational) Linguistics, Language Technology, Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, or other relevant disciplines, subject to the consent of and the approval by the consortium's admission committee.
If your BS/BA degree is still in progress, you may nevertheless submit an application. Complete the area "Expected Degree" in the online application form. The restriction, in this case, will be that the BS/BA certificate is available before the MSc study course begins.
Proficiency in English (for non-native speakers) must be certified by one of the following:
- TOEFL score of at least 95 overall, with at least 24 points on the writing section (internet-based test).
- Note: Expired TOEFL scores or copies of the student score report cannot be accepted.
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English -- at least B
- Cambridge Proficiency Exam -- pass.
- IELTS score of at least 7.0.
No other documents can be accepted as confirmation of English proficiency.
Applicants from countries where English is not the ONLY native language do need one of the certificates mentioned above.
The TOEFL code number is 8497. All LCT TOEFL scores should be sent to Saarland University-Dept. of Language Science and Technology. So it is important to enter the code 8497 on your answer sheets when you sit for the examination. Please do not upload or send us a copy of the student record of your TOEFL scores. We can only accept official scores sent to us directly from the TOEFL organization. If you have taken the TOEFL within the past 2 years and wish to order an official score report to be sent directly from the TOEFL organization.
Students are selected by a joint committee including members from all partner institutions. Students are selected for study in the program on the basis of their performance and excellence in their previous studies.
All applications are first screened for fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:
- Meeting of the application deadline
- Completeness of the application
- English language proficiency
- Bachelor degree (at least projected completion before starting the LCT Program) or equivalent in the area of (Computational) Linguistics, Language Technology, Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, or other relevant disciplines, subject to the consent of and the approval by the consortium's admission committee.
All applications that meet the eligibility criteria are then assessed against the following selection criteria:
- Results in undergraduate education: grade and quality of first degree (what mark and from which university or program); time spent to receive first degree and way of conducting studies (short and focused, or if long additional activities, richness of studies depending on field, additional activities besides studies); having worked or studied in an interdisciplinary environment (type of first degree studies or additional experience outside the first degree studies);
- Results in areas relevant for LCT, namely Computer Science and a proven interest in Language Technology (incl. a strong background in formal linguistics);
- Result of TOEFL, IELTS or another acceptable test (see language requirements here); language abilities and practical application in studying or working;
- Benefit potential for the students, how the student may profit from participating in the LCT program;
- Motivation of the student for wanting to participate in the LCT program (expectations, own contribution).
All criteria are equally weighted, except the English proficiency criterion, which is applied in case of otherwise equal ranking.
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