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The University

University of the Information Society

A strong foundation in computer science and interdisciplinary combination of many disciplines of information technology provides an excellent basis for your education. The university wants to achieve even more: it wants to advance the scientific-technological development of the information society and wants to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the information and knowledge society.

The University has a focus on the study of sciences and cultural studies. The original institution was founded in 1614. There are five faculties and 67 degree programs. With over 7,500 students the Faculty of Cultural Sciences is the largest.

The City

The population is around 150.000 and it is in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is one of the most important centers of the computer science industry in Germany. The German computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf had a great impact on the city. He has a museum named after him, which is the 7. Biggest computer museum in the world. A historical town center, an old castle, a wide range of cultural activities, plenty of green areas and hiking trails make it a very attractive place to live.


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The Program

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Degree Name:                                                      Master of Science

Application Fee:                                                  None

Application Time:                                            4 Times a Year

Previous German Knowledge:                     None

Language Preparation Cost:                         500 EUR/ Semester

Language Preparation Duration:               2 Semesters

Program Duration:                                           4 Semesters

Program Description

In the Master’s program in Linguistics you will acquire in-depth knowledge of different aspects of human language and communication in many socially relevant fields. The thematic focus of the course is on language dynamics. Accordingly, in the seminars you will deal with the description and analysis of changes in linguistic signs or verbal utterances, such as, for example, in the manner of speaking in old age, in press texts of different times or in the increasing variety of forms of communication situational, historical or social. In this way you will practice the synchronous and diachronic approach during your studies and gain not only theoretical but also methodical insights into processes of communication analysis, text optimization, pattern constitution, structural change and language acquisition. You apply these competences in your own research projects.

The research-oriented Master’s course in Linguistics is divided into ten modules. The first academic year begins with the module Introduction to Research Work, in which you will present your main focus from the Bachelor’s program and gain an insight into the research focus of the lecturers. In the modules structure formation and structural change, communication and cultural practices, dynamic concepts/cognition as well as linguistic variations different aspects of language dynamics are thematized. In the modules English Language Practice and English Language Practice – Other Modern Foreign Languages you will deepen your foreign language skills in English and have the opportunity to learn other modern foreign languages or expand your existing knowledge. The internship and the project module are planned for the second academic year. The focus of the project module is divided into two parts. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to design and carry out your own research project. This activity prepares you for your final thesis. On the other hand, the project module includes tutoring. In addition to these eight modules, you will complete internships in areas of activity relevant to linguists (module 9) and a master’s thesis (module 10). In all phases of your studies, you will have the opportunity to plan a stay abroad, whether as part of a semester abroad or during an internship. To this end, Linguistics maintains a number of partnerships with universities and institutions in various European and non-European countries. You can support various advisory and funding opportunities with your international project.

Admission Requirements

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