EUMASLI – European Master in Sign Language Interpreting – 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 by bringing together sign language interpreters from across the world. It aims to prepare participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries.

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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. 21 participants from 10 countries came together for the second round of the programme from 2013 to 2015. The third cohort started in January 2017 with 23 participants from 12 different countries, and defended their theses in September 2019 in Copenhagen. The fourth cohort started in January 2021, due to the pandemic only online, meeting first time live in Edinburgh 2022. The students will present their theses in Thessaloniki, 13–14 September 2023.

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.

Where we are now

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. For EUMASLI 4, we moved online where necessary to take into account the effects of COVID-19.

Read more about the rationale of the programme, some of its starting points, its module structure and its organisation: Programme. You find more information on the curriculum and information on the application and fees in respective pages.

A lot of information can be found in the EUMASLI Handbook (update from 2020)

We are planning on starting EUMASLI#5 in 2024, and will update the information to this website later.