January 12, 2011

Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship Program in Language and Communication Technologies

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.

It involves studying one year at one of the Universities of the consortium, and completing the second year with a stay in one of the partner Universities. After this, the student will obtain two already approved Master of Science/Arts degrees with legal value in the countries of issue.

The amount of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for students beginning in 2010 is 24,000 Euros per student per year for overseas students and aproximately 10,000 Euros per student per year for non-overseas students. The application for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship is done through the Application Form of the LCT Masters Program, that is, when you apply to the EM LCT program, you are simultaneously applying for the scholarship.

Application procedure and deadlines

Complete applications are due for both, overseas and non-overseas applicants on January 17th, 2011 (new deadline).

Non-overseas applicants are defined as nationals of an EU member state, an EEA-EFTA state (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or other nationals who have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries. Overseas applicants are all others.

NB: Special note for applicants from Switzerland, Turkey, Western Balkans region (i.e. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo under UNSC resolution 1244/99, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Unless otherwise determined due to residency abroad, your application should be submitted under the area “overseas”.

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.
  • Proficiency in English (for non-native speakers) must be certified by one of the following:
    • TOEFL score of at least 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test).
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English -- at least B
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam -- pass.
    • IELTS -- > 6.5.
    • As defined by the individual partner institutions as being sufficient for pursuit of university courses taught in English.
In order for your application to be considered complete, please:

I. Please, submit via online form:
  1. a statement of interest written in English. Please write at most two pages focusing on:
    • your reasons for applying
    • your areas of interest in relation to the various disciplines that contribute to the methods of language and communication technologies (Language Technology, Computational and Theoretical Linguistics, and Computer Science)
    • your preferences for the host and partner Universities
  2. a current Curriculum Vitae (CV), written in English
  3. certified copies of:
    • a. your Bachelor’s degree
    • b. certificates attesting to the fulfillment of the language requirements
  4. a transcript of academic records.
II. You will be providing the names of 2 referees of your choice on the application form. Using the email address you provide, your referees will be contacted and asked to upload letters of recommendation. For your information, the referees will be provided with these forms for the recommendation:
Alternatively, your referee may send their letter by post to our contact address, but it must come directly from the referee (not from you), be securely sealed, and sent by the deadline.
If your original documents are in a language other than English, please also submit certified translations.

Notification of acceptance will be issued by March 31, 2011.

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