The Erasmus Mundus EMLex

March 15, 2022

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Location (s):

  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • Spain
Nancy, Erlangen, Hildesheim, Budapest, Roma, Katowice, Braga, Stellenbosch, Santiago de Compostela


The Erasmus Mundus EMLex offers an excellent international programme of study which is globally unique and highly attractive due to various activities. During the two-year programme, students will spend the second semester together with all other students at one university, which changes every year. On request, it is possible to study at a third university of the EMLex consortium in the third semester. In the 1st and 4th semester studies take place at the so-called home university. Erasmus Mundus applicants have the opportunity to name their preferred choices for their home university; the selection committee distributes the applicants equally to the partner universities. Self-paying students (those who do not hold a scholarship) are guaranteed a place at their university of first choice. The Erasmus Mundus programme is fee-based, i.e. students have to pay participation costs to the EMLex consortium for each semester. In return, the consortium pays for costs arising in the course of the studies, for example tuition and administration fees, health insurance, library fees, etc. In addition, it organizes a supporting programme. All students have to sign a Student Agreement before the beginning of their studies.


Basic idea and general objectives

The master programme EMLex is an international course of studies that

  • promotes the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers (unique in Germany and Europe in its present structure)
  • teaches lexicographical theories on a high international level
  • includes a distinct connection to the practical application of dictionary creation
  • brings together students from different European countries.

Post-graduates will be qualified to work both as lexicographers at a publishing company and as academic lexicographers in all fields of lexicography, starting from the conception of printed and electronic dictionaries and specific lexicographical tasks through to the technical realization of lexicographical products. Besides, they will receive profound training in the theoretical field of modern lexicography, which will enable them to conduct scientific research or to work in an advisory position in the field of publishing and further education.

The four-semester programme can be taken up each winter term; the second semester is completed abroad. The programme corresponds to the regulations of the Bologna process: The overall number of ECTS points granted is 120 (the modules have either 5 or 10 ECTS points). The total number of students who are registered for EMLex at the participating universities is limited to 30 per year, which is due to the particular design of the block seminars during the summer term. These seminars constitute the key components of the programme’ s international orientation.

Students are expected to conduct large amounts of private study, because a considerable degree of self-motivation is required. The modules are either e-learning-modules, specific lexicography modules or import modules from other courses of study. The post-graduates will be absolute specialists Europe-wide because such a master degree programme in lexicography is unique in Germany and Europe, even more so with regard to its international form of organization. In addition to the usual master degree at the university, the students will receive an extra certificate in which the internationality of the contents of the studies is documented.

Participating universities

The following universities and institutes have agreed to participate in the programme

  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schierholz
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Thomas Herbst, Dr. Michael Klotz, Prof. Dr. Stefan Evert, Dr. Besim Kabashi, Dr. Christine Ganslmayer
    • Fields of research: metalexicography, computational lexicography, learner lexicography, special field lexicography and terminology
  • Université de Lorraine (Nancy)
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Fiammetta Namer
    • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Éva Buchi, Prof. Dr. Alain Polguère, Yvon Keromnès
    • Fields of research: lexical semantics, phraseology, traductology, lexicology, computational lexicography, etymological dictionaries
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Maria José Domínguez-Vázquez
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. María Álvarez de la Granja, Prof. Dr. Pablo Gamallo Otero, Prof. Dr.  Ernesto González Seoane, Prof. Dr. María Teresa Sanmarco Bande
    • Fields of research: metalexicography, history of lexicography, learner lexicography, automatic construction of lexicographic resources, natural language processing, bi- and multilingual lexicography
      • A detailed list of the lecturers of the USC and their fields of research you may find here.
  • Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem (Budapest)
    • Director: Dr. habil. Zita Hollós
    • Lecturers: Dr. Dóra Pődör, Dr. habil. Petra Szatmári, Dr. Pintér Tibor
    • Fields of research: metalexicography, learner lexicography, computational lexicography, lexicography and lexicology, dictionary planning and production
  • Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach (Kattowitz)
    • Director: Dr. habil. Monika Bielińska
    • Lecturers: Dr. Ewa Myrczek-. Drücken Sie die EINGABETASTE, um die Visitenkarte zu öffnen." style="box-sizing: border-box;">Kadłubicka
    • Fields of research: metalexicography, learner lexicography, phraseography, specialized lexicography, mono- and bilingual lexicography
  • Universidade do Minho (Braga)
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Idalete Dias
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Álvaro Iriarte Sanromán
    • Fields of research: TBA
  • Università degli Studi Roma Tre
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Martina Nied-Curcio
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Stefania Nuccorini, Prof. Dr. Paolo Vaciago
    • Fields of research: Valency dictionaries, research into dictionary use, dictionaries and foreign language learning, dictionary teaching, history of Lexicography (late antique and medieval), English Learner lexicography, bilingual lexicography, metalexicography, eighteenth/nineteenth century lexicography  
  • Stellenbosch University
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Rufus H. Gouws
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Ilse Feinauer
    • Fields of research: Metalexicography, bi- and multilingual lexicography, learner lexicography
  • Universität Hildesheim
    • Director: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heid
    • Lecturers: PD Dr. Laura Giacomini
    • Fields of research: TBA

The following institutions are involved in teaching on a regular basis:

  • Institut für Deutsche Sprache
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Stefan Engelberg, Dr. Dominik Brückner, Dr. Annette Klosa-Kückelhaus, Dr. Peter Meyer, Prof. Dr. Carolin Müller-Spitzer, Dr. Sascha Wolfer
  • Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Anja Lobenstein-Reichmann
  • Ilia State University (Georgia)
    • Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Tinatin Margalitadze


The curriculum places an emphasis on the following lexicographical topics:

Typology of dictionaries, dictionary research, metalexicography, history of lexicography, corpus work, research of dictionary usage, user needs and preconditions of usage, critical dictionary research, functions of dictionaries, bilingual lexicography, lexicographical data, applied lexicography, work in the lexicographical workshop, lexicographical tools, lexicography for special purposes, terminology and terminography, computational lexicography, electronic dictionaries, encyclopaedic dictionaries, learner lexicography, lexicology, etymology.

Soft skills include language courses and a computer science module. Aims, contents and special regulations for the courses are listed in the schedule in detail.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

These conditions apply to both Erasmus Mundus students with and without a scholarship (self-financing basis).


Applicants must have a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) degree in the area of

  • (Computational/Applied) Linguistics
  • (Foreign) Languages
  • Translation
  • Communication/Media
  • Book Studies / Library and Information Science
  • or other relevant disciplines, subject to the consent of and the approval by the Consortium’s admission committee.

If your HEI degree is still in progress, you may nevertheless submit an application. The restriction in this case will be that the HEI degree certificate is available before the start of the EMLex study course.

Language requirements

Competences in textual reception that enable the students to understand texts in their field of studies and to take an active part in specialist discussions are absolutely necessary for a successful participation in the EMJMD EMLex master course. Instruction languages are English and German as lectures will always be held in one of these languages. Language skills must be proven by the respective language certificates.


  • In your application you have to document text production skills in one of the two instruction languages that correspond to at least level B2.
  • You need to have sufficient text reception skills in both languages, which have to be proven by certificates (see notes below).
  • Language certificates cannot be older than two years.
  • No other documents than the above-mentioned will be accepted as evidence for the necessary language requirements.

Proficiency in English (for non-native speakers) must be certified by one of the following institutions for at least the given level (equivalent to B1 // B2):

  • onSet-Englisch. This test can be taken at a licensed test centre in your country (
  • British Council (IELTS): 4.5 – 5 // 5.5 – 6.5
  • Trinity (ISE Foundation): ISE I // ISE II
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 42 // at least 72
  • Cambridge: Preliminary Certificate // First, Advanced or Proficiency Certificate
  • English studies / Anglistik Bachelor degree (or comparable degree) from one of the universities in the EMLex programme

Proficiency in German (for non-native speakers) must be certified by one of the following institutions for at least the given level (equivalent to B1 // B2):

  • onSet-Deutsch (former “OnDaF”). This test can be taken at a licensed test centre in your country (
  • Goethe-Institut: Zertifikat B1, grade at least ‘gut’ // Zertifikat B2, grade at least ‘gut’
  • Österreich-Institut: ÖSD-Zertifikat B1, grade at least ‘gut’ // Zertifikat B2, grade at least ‘gut’
  • TestDaF
  • Germanistik Bachelor degree (or comparable degree) from one of the universities of the EMLex programme

Important! Exception due to the Corona virus pandemic: in cooperation with the University of Milan Language Centre (SLAM), EMLex offers applicants a combined language proficiency examination if they cannot provide valid language certificates due the Corona pandemic. The examination consists of an online language level certificate test (B2) regarding grammar, listening and reading (led by SLAM), and an online interview regarding the general speaking ability of the candidates (led by EMLex). The fee per language is 2 x 30.00 €, which must be paid in advance to SLAM and EMLex. If you wish to take this examination, please turn to . EMLex will then provide you with more details regarding the procedure (enrollment, dates, payment) via e-mail.

Selection criteria

Students (i.e. scholarship holders and students on a self-financing basis) are selected for the EMJMD EMLex programme on the basis of their performance and excellence in their previous studies. All applications are first screened for fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:

  1. having met the application deadline
  2. completeness of the application
  3. proof of the necessary language proficiency
  4. completion of a first HEI degree (see “degree” section above)

All applications that meet the eligibility criteria mentioned under section 4.1. and 4.2. are then assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Grade and quality of HEI degree(s)
  • Motivation letter
  • Competence in linguistic analysis
  • Lexicographic/terminographic knowledge and experience
  • Language proficiency

Note: Candidates may be interviewed via video or phone conference.


Deadline: March 15, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Erasmus Mundus scholarship

a) Number of scholarships

EMLex provides 15 scholarships for the intake of 2022/23. Depending on the home university, courses will start either in September or October 2022. 75% of the scholarships are given to partner country students; 25% are given to programme country students.

  • Partner Countries: non-EU countries with the exception of Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland
  • Programme Countries: 28 EU member states + Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

If you come from a partner country and have carried out your main activities (studies, work, training) in any programme country for at least 12 months in total during the previous five years, you are considered as an applicant from a programme country. 

b) The scholarship includes

  • contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 € per month for the entire duration of the EMLex study programme (24 months maximum)
  • contribution to travel and installation costs:
    • for scholarship holders resident in a programme country: 1,000 € per year for travel costs
    • for scholarship holders resident in a partner country whose location is situated at less than 4,000 km from the coordinating institution (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): 2,000 € per year for travel costs + 1,000 € for installation costs
    • for scholarship holders resident in a partner country whose location is situated at 4,000 km or more from the coordinating institution (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): 3,000 € per year for travel costs + 1,000 € for installation costs
  • The scholarship also includes participation costs for the EMJMD-EMLex (see point 2 for details). These participation costs cover all additional costs which occur during your studies. They particularly include tuition fees, health insurance, library costs, administrative costs, cultural events.

Note: If you study in your home country you will not receive contribution to subsistence costs for the duration of your stay there. If you are a partner country student and study at Stellenbosch you will only receive contribution to subsistence costs for the duration of three months of your stay.

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