Admission requirements and application procedure
- Admission requirements and application procedure
The detailed admission requirements for the MSc in Computational Linguistics are laid down in the admission statutes of the University of Stuttgart (the official document in German is linked here). These usually include:
- a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung (Natural Language Processing), Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, General Linguistics or in a subject closely related to the mentioned ones.
[Bachelor students of the University of Stuttgart have the possibility to already apply for the Master program Computational Linguistics when they can prove at least 110 credit points in their Bachelor program. Bachelor students who do not study at the University of Stuttgart can use this opportunity as well. However, please note that you will not get the status of a student of the University of Stuttgart unless you have handed in your Bachelor certificate. For the application, please upload a proof of your credit points instead of the degree certificate.]
- sufficient knowledge of the English language for special studies:
- advanced knowledge of English at level C1; TOEFL PBT score 550; TOEFL CBT score 213; TOEFL iBT score 80; IELTS Band 6; Cambridge ESOL CAE/CPE
- For German students, proof of 5 years of English classes at secondary school are sufficient, with a grade of at least 3.5 in the last two years
- Bachelor graduates of any degree held in English only need a University certificate.
On the basis of the documents presented, the Admission Board (Zulassungsausschuss) decides whether the conditions of entry are fulfilled or not. In some cases, students who are missing certain qualifications may be granted admission on the condition that they acquire these qualifications before / in the course of their studies, for example by passing additional modules. Students with a stronger linguistic background have to pass an oral exam on computational linguistic topics via a 'requirements module', and it is strongly recommended that they attend the course "Fundamentals of Programming for Computational Linguists", which takes place in the beginning of October. Students with a stronger background in computer science are usually examined on linguistic and computational linguistic topics. It is strongly recommended to take this exam as soon as possible after arrival (at the beginning of / during the first semester), especially for students who start in the summer semester. Students will get additional information via e-mail after their admission.
Applications can be submitted online through the portal of the University of Stuttgart. Documents sent by post or email will not be considered. Further information is available here. Please note that when applying online, the documents will have to be handed in on hard copy for enrollment.
Important documents for the online application are:
- BSc degree certificate or proof of credit points (see above)
- BSc module description or link to online version
- certificate regarding English skills (also preliminary version possible)
- if applicable, additional information sheet
Admission is possible for the winter semester (typical starting date; application possible from May to July 15: strict deadline) and for the summer semester (application possible from November to January 15: strict deadline). Especially for students with Bachelor degrees different from Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing, starting in the winter semester is strongly recommended. All applications will be evaluated after the respective deadlines; the result will be reported 1-2 weeks after the deadlines.
An admission is valid for 3 semesters; students who wish to postpone their starting date (e.g. to have more time for visa application) have to 'accept the offer' in C@MPUS, download their admission letter and then create a further application with their existing account until the respective new application deadline. There, they only need to upload their admission letter.