University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
Germany (co-ordinating institution)
www.hs-magdeburg.de

Humak University of Applied Sciences
Helsinki & Kuopio, Finland
www.humak.fi

Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh, Scotland
www.hw.ac.uk

 

 

EUMASLI is an innovative international master study programme that is intended to contribute to the development of the professional field of interpreting between deaf and hearing people in Europe. It aims to prepare participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries. EUMASLI started out as an EU-Erasmus curriculum project (2006–2009), and was first implemented with 16 participants from 8 countries from 2009 to 2011. Read more about the rationale of the programme, some of its starting points, its module structure and its organisation.

EUMASLI's strength lies in its international outlook and in its collaborative spirit. Organised and delivered by Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Humak University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), the programme brings together teachers and students from around the world in a joint effort to move the field of sign language interpreting forward. It affords scope for individual development and encourages cooperation across geographical, cultural and conceptual borders.

EUMASLI II will be run by the same international team that developed and delivered the first round of the programme. Over the period of 2.5 years, students travel to participate in block-seminars at all partner universities and engage in online activities and self-study. Since 90 ECTS credits (i.e. the equivalent of 2,700 student working hours) are to be obtained, the work load is considerable.

This may interest you:

  • An article in which we explain the motivation for the programme: Hessmann, Jens, Eeva Salmi, Graham H. Turner & Svenja Wurm. 2011. Developing and transmitting a shared interpreting research ethos: EUMASLI – A case study. In Brenda Nicodemus & Laurie Swabey (eds.), Advances in interpreting research: Inquiry in action, 177–198. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Impressions from a EUMASLI event in January 2011, Amsterdam (in German and DGS), cf. http://www.vibelle.de/tv/watch/80
  • A list of the MA theses written in the first round of the EUMASLI programme and presented and discussed in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, in September 2011.

celebration image EUMASLI students and staff celebrating the completion of the first round of the programme in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, in September 2011.

 

Entry Requirements

While the programme is not specifically designed for Deaf interpreters, we welcome applications by Deaf people who fulfil the general requirements.

 

Fees

Due to university regulations and national legislation, it was unfortunately impossible to harmonise the fee situation between the different universities. The situation regarding tuition fees varies, depending on the university with which students enrol.

Heriot-Watt University: £1588 for Home/Scottish and EU students (per semester); £1875 for Rest of UK students (per semester); £3375 for Overseas students (per semester);
Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences: 1000 € for the study programme per semester plus a general university fee of 63 € per semester (for all students);
Humak University of Applied Sciences: no fees (all students).

In addition to the fees, students are expected to finance travel to and accommodation during block-seminars and other events themselves. Please note that unfortunately we are not able to provide interpreting services into the various sign languages used by Deaf participants.

We realise that participation in EUMASLI is a considerable financial commitment, and we will try our best to minimise costs and raise supplementary funding.

Application

The deadline for applications for September 2013 entry is 26 April 2013.

You are invited to apply directly to the partner university of your choice, i.e. Heriot-Watt University, Humak University of Applied Sciences or Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. Things you may want to consider in making a choice of university include fees (some of you may have better chances of finding the required funds than others), geographical location, and profile and academic status of the institution (Heriot-Watt University is the only partner university that offers a PhD programme).

Generally, you will have to fill in an application form and provide all the relevant documents. Please, make sure that you cover the following aspects, in a covering letter:

For applying to Heriot-Watt University, you need to fill in the form available here. (When you get to “Application Type”, please select "b – taught (PG) part-time, UK"; under "Planned Programme of Study" you will then have an option to select "Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI), MSc".) Please submit the following documentation alongside the application form: (1) a covering letter specifying the information stated above; (2) your current CV; (3) a copy/copies of your degree certificate(s) and relevant transcripts; (4) proof of three years' professional occupation as sign language interpreter. (Please ignore the request for further documentation, as mentioned on the Heriot-Watt University website. We may ask you to provide some of these documents at a later stage.) For further information, please contact Svenja Wurm.

For applying to Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, you need to fill in the form available here. Unfortunately, the form is only available in German. If this is a problem, contact Jens Hessmann or Martje Hansen for support. In addition to the cover letter and the application form, you need to hand in the following documents: (1) CV; (2) higher education entrance qualification (school leaving certificate); (3) certificate of first academic degree; (4) certificate of university de-registration (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung; relevant only for applicants who have studied in Germany before!); (5) proof of three years' professional occupation as sign language interpreter. In the case of (2) and (3), certified copies of the original documents are needed. All of the documentation needs to be in either German or English. Documentation in any third language must be accompanied by certified translations.

Cover letter, application form and accompanying documentation have to be sent to:

Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal
Dezernat II
SG Studentische Angelegenheiten
Breitscheidstraße 2
39114 Magdeburg
Germany

For applying to Humak University of Applied Sciences,
you need to fill in the form available here. Please submit the following documentation alongside the application form: (1) a covering letter specifying the information stated above; (2) your current CV; (3) a copy/copies of your degree certificate(s) and relevant transcripts; (4) proof of three years' professional occupation as sign language interpreter.

Cover letter, application form and accompanying documentation have to be sent to:

Humak/ Admissions Office (Hakutoimisto)
Ilkantie 4
FI-00400 Helsinki

Selection Procedure
Applicants who fulfil the requirements described above will be invited to take part in a selection procedure, which will take place online. The selection procedure will be jointly conducted by deaf and hearing members of all three universities. The date set for the selection procedure is 23–24 May 2013. Applicants should make sure that they have reliable access to the internet on these two days. Invitations and instructions will be sent out by email by 10 May 2013.

In the selection procedure, applicants must show that they

The selection procedure consists of the following parts:

The selection committee will rank applicants according to their performance in the selection procedure. Successful applicants will be offered a place at the university they applied to, depending on the availability of places. However, if one university has already filled their places, candidates may be given the opportunity to enrol with one of the partner universities. For this reason, it is important that you indicate clearly in your application if you would accept an alternative place at one of the partner universities. We are hoping that the process of applying, selecting and allocating student places will be completed by mid-June.

Important dates

Please note: If you take part in EUMASLI II, you must make the following dates available. In particular, taking part in the blockseminars is a compulsory part of the study programme.

Deadline for Applications: 26 April 2013
Selection procedure: 23–24 May 2013 (online presence required)

Semester I
Kick-off event (online): Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Blockseminar I (Helsinki): 23–27 September 2013
Blockseminar II (Magdeburg): 28 October – 1 November 2013
Blockseminar III (Edinburgh): 2–6 December 2013

Semester II
Blockseminar (Magdeburg): 17–28 March 2014

Semester III
Blockseminar (Edinburgh): 1–12 September 2014

Semester IV
Blockseminar (Finland): 2–13 February 2015
Concluding event (place to be confirmed): 9–10 April 2015

Semester V
Registration for MA dissertation: 15 May 2015
Deadline for MA dissertation: 2 October 2015
Colloquium: Mid-November 2015
Course completed by December 2015
Graduation ceremony at Heriot-Watt University: June 2016