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Program Name:

Foreign Languages and Literatures
Alternate Name: Fremdsprachliche Philologien
Program Homepage: http://www.uni-marburg.de/fb10/
Institution: Philipps-Universität Marburg
Address: Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6D
Raum 814/815
City: Marburg
Zip/Postal Code: 35032
Country: Germany
Contact Person: Juergen Handke , Prof. Dr.

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Phone: 06421/28-25558
Fax: 06421/28-26673
Linguistic Subfield(s): Computational Linguistics
General Linguistics
Other Program Specialties: The M.A. L&WT combines research with practical application. Graduates are prepared for possible scenarios of application in their fields (programming, web-development) but also have to master pure research tasks, such as typological linguistic analysis. The successful completion of the program allows for further advanced education opportunities, such as a doctorate’s degree.

This advanced program is directed towards graduates of linguistics, computer science, as well as graduates of foreign language studies. Furthermore, it is available for those who obtained the qualification required for participation by means of their profession, a university course or in any other way.
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: The Department of Foreign Language Philology of the Philipps-University Marburg has developed a new International Master’s degree program in Linguistics and Web Technology (M.A. L&WT). 17 students from 14 countries enrolled in this program in October 2009. The maximum number of students to be admitted per academic year is 20.

This program uses the experience gained through the Philipps-University Marburg’s Language Technology, a minor subject belonging to the Magister course of studies which has been run since 2002. It combines the contents of this course of studies with classes that incorporate the core elements of linguistics and language technology as well as an increased share of practical exercises. The program aims towards furthering the scientific knowledge of the participants and complementing their work experience.

The program benefits from the years of experience with the world’s largest e-learning platform for linguistics, the Virtual Linguistics Campus (www.linguistics-online.com) . All contents of the program are already available online and are part of different courses of studies. They have been tested and used by numerous universities in Germany and abroad. The quality of the contents, which are constantly updated, is secured through constant peer review by linguists and computational linguists. Additional print materials (the VLC „workbooks“) complement the classes. This concept of blended learning – at least for the fields of linguistics and language technology – is unrivaled in the world.
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