Application

Subject to formalities and guidance on COVID-19, we plan to start the programme in January 2021. More information will be provided on this website.

Applications

Applications are now closed for the next round of EUMASLI, scheduled to begin in January 2021.

The application time for EUMASLI 4 was 14–28 August 2020.

Entry Requirements

  • A first academic degree, preferably, but not necessarily in sign language interpreting or related subjects.
  • A minimum of three year’s work experience as a practising professional sign language interpreter by the time of admission to the programme. (Because of the change in Finnish legislation, requiring only 2 years, this is in a process of reviewing.)
  • Appropriate English language to fully participate in the programme (equivalent to level 6.5 of the International English Language Testing System, IELTS, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Languages).

While the programme is not specifically designed for deaf interpreters, we welcome applications from deaf and hearing people alike who fulfil the general requirements.

International Sign skills are not, as such, a prerequisite – we’re looking for the potential to extend students’ signing repertoire to engage in trans-national interaction.

Tuition 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.

Fees in 2020/21:

  • Heriot-Watt University:
    £1,850 for Home and EU students (per semester)
    £4,100 for Overseas students (per semester)
  • Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences:
    (to be confirmed; might be slightly higher) 1500 € for the study programme per semester plus a general university fee (about 100€) per semester
  • Humak University of Applied Sciences:
    For EU/EEA students; no fees
    For non-EU/EEA students: 3000€/semester
    Scholarship: After successful completion of study assignments and modules after first two semesters, the fee will be reduced; Semester 3: 2000€, Semester 4: 1500€, Semester 5 (MA thesis): 1000€

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. However, we aim to provide interpretation between English and International Sign for block seminars, where required.

Application process

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:

  • Your motivation for wanting to take part in the programme
  • Your skills and experiences
  • Your expectations on the programme
  • Whether you would consider studying at any of the other partner universities as an alternative, and if so, which.

If one university has already filled their places, candidates may be given the opportunity to enroll 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.

 

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For applying to Heriot-Watt University

In order to apply at Heriot-Watt University, you need to fill in the form available for download HERE (the form is updated 21 August due to small editing).

Please email your completed application form to the EUMASLI Programme Director and the School Admission’s Officer (details are provided on the form).

In addition to the application form, please attach the following documents to your email:

  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, s.b.wurm(at)hw.ac.uk.

 

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For applying to Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences

You need to fill in the form available for download: HERE

In addition to the application form, you need to hand in the following documents:

  1. a covering letter specifying the information stated above;
  2. CV;
  3. higher education entrance qualification (school leaving certificate);
  4. certificate of first academic degree;
  5. certificate of university de-registration (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung; relevant only for applicants who have studied in Germany before!);
  6. proof of three years’ professional occupation as sign language interpreter.

In the case of (3) and (4), 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 further information, please contact Okan Kubus (okan.kubus@h2.de) or Jens Hessmann (jens.hessmann@h2.de).

 

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For applying to Humak University of Applied Sciences

You need to fill in the form available on this website: Studyinfo.fi, EUMASLI

Please note that the form closes 28th August at 15.00 (3 pm) Finnish time (GMT+2). Because of technical challenges, Humak has extended the application deadline with a few hours, closing 28th August at 23:59 EEST (Eastern European Summer Time).

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. (The legislation only requires two years of experience.)

Cover letter and accompanying documentation have to be attached/uploaded to the online form.

For further information, please contact Application Services: hakijapalvelut@humak.fi or Liisa Halkosaari (liisa.halkosaari@humak.fi)

Selection Procedure

Applicants who fulfil the requirements described above will be invited to take part in a selection procedure, which will take place online on 22 & 23 October 2020. There might be a need for an extra day depending on the number of applicants. The selection procedure will be jointly conducted by deaf and hearing members of all three universities.

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 two weeks in advance of the selection procedure.

In the selection procedure, applicants must show that they

  • possess knowledge of English at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Languages (corresponding to level 6.5 of the International English Language Testing System IELTS);
  • possess sign language skills stipulated as a prerequisite for participation in the modules of the Master’s programme, with particular regard to sign language-based communication in international settings;
  • understand how to reflect appropriately on their professional experience as sign language interpreters.

The selection procedure consists of the following parts:

  • The written part consists of a spontaneous response in English to a question from the academic field of sign language interpreting (60–90 min). Issues that arise from the written response will be taken up in a brief follow-up interview (15 min).
  • The signed part consists of an interview with a deaf team member (20 min) on topics that concern social, cultural and political issues surrounding deafness internationally. Applicants are not expected to be able to use International Sign, but they should demonstrate flexibility in the use of their sign language skills and live up to the challenge of communicating transnationally.

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 enroll 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 expect the process of applying, selecting and allocating student places to be completed by the end of November 2020.

Indicative dates for block seminars can be found under Programme.