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The European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) programme is a new international course of study that
  • promotes the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers (unique in Germany and Europe in its present planned structure)
  • teaches lexicographical theories at a high international level
  • shows a pronounced applicability in the practice of creating a dictionary
  • brings together students from different European countries

Post-graduates will be able to work either as lexicographers at publishing companies or as academic lexicographers in all fields of lexicography, from the conception of printed and electronic dictionaries to specific lexicographical tasks and the technical realisation of lexicographical products. In addition, they will be trained thoroughly in the analytical/theoretical field of modern lexicography in order to find a field of activity in scientific research or as advising-conceptional lexicographers in the field of publishing and further education.
An entry into the four-semester programme will be possible each winter semester; the second semester is done abroad. The programme corresponds to the regulations of the Bologna process: the overall number of ECTS credit points granted is 120 (the modules will have 5 or 10 credit points each). The total number of students who are registered for EMLex at the participating universities is limited to 30 per year because of the particular design of the summer semester including intensive seminars in which the international component of the course manifests itself.
The share of independent student work can be estimated to be very high because a high amount of motivation is expected from the students. The modules are either e-learning modules, special lexicography modules or modules taken from other courses of study. The postgraduates will be specialists across Europe because EMLex is unique in Germany as well as in Europe in its form of international organisation. In addition to the general Master's degree at the university, the students will receive a further certificate in which the internationality of the contents of the studies is documented.
The curriculum includes the following essential lexicographical topics:
typology of dictionaries, research into dictionaries, metalexicography, history of lexicography, corpus work, research into dictionary usage, users' needs and preconditions of usage, critical research into dictionaries, functions of dictionaries bilingual lexicography, lexicographical entries, applied lexicography, work in the lexicographical workshop, lexicographical tools, lexicography for special purposes, knowledge of terminology and terminography, computational lexicography, electronic dictionaries, encyclopaedic dictionaries, student lexicography, lexicology, etymology.
Soft skills contain language modules and a computer science module. Aims, contents and special regulations for the courses are listed in detail in the respective schedule.

Educational organisation

During the first semester, the students of the various universities are to reach a comparable level of knowledge to enable international cooperation and joint studying as soon as possible.
Basic modules:
  • "common" modules, taught digitally or locally: exactly the same at all universities
  • "home" modules, taught locally: same general topic and focus across universities but differentiation in specifics
B1 (common module: e-learning, approx. four hours per week): basics of lexicography: usage, dictionary, lexicographical entries, typology of dictionaries, lexicography and culture, theory and practice (10 ECTS)
B2 (home module): a lexicographically oriented module (approx. four hours per week) with university teachers participating in the Master's programme (10 ECTS)
B3 (home module) (10 ECTS): soft skills module
  • B3a English course, obligatory (four to six hours per week) if available
  • or B3b German course, obligatory (four to six hours per week) if available
  • or B3c compulsory optional module: computer science or language course (Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish)

The second semester provides an overview of the whole range of lexicography. Each university offers special knowledge. The local organisers change every year.
Advanced modules, either as intensive seminars or as continuous course with two hours per week (5 ECTS each)
A1: Metalexicography
A2: History of Lexicography
A3: Learner Lexicography
A4: The Dictionary and its Use
A5: Special Field Dictionaries, Encyclopaediæ
A6: Computational Lexicography
A7: Dictionaries and Translation
A8: Lexicography and Lexicology
A9: Planning and Making a Dictionary
All students have to travel. The teachers of the partner universities organise intensive seminars, the local teachers hold their seminars throughout the semester. The students have to acquire 30 ECTS, may however acquire more (maximum 45 ECTS), organisation plan according to special announcement.
In the second semester, only one university will be the centre of studies for all students. As a consequence, the number of participants is limited; travel is financed via Erasmus or similar programmes. The teachers of foreign universities stay for seven to ten days; travel is financed via Erasmus or similar programmes. An intensive seminar lasts from Monday to Friday. For information about the exams, see separate organisation plan.

The third semester is dedicated to specialisation and application of the knowledge acquired in the second semester; at the same time, the Master's thesis is prepared. The contents depend on the respective universities (10 ECTS per module).
ID1: series of lectures by the teachers of the different universities via video. The students have to evaluate the lectures and write a review on a dictionary. Taught with the help of DVD copies.
ID2 (home module): special topic (depending on the seminars offered at the home university). Here, special requirements are possible.
ID3, practical module (home module): four-week internship at a publisher, company, or research institute (during the semester break or during the semester)

Fourth semester: accompanying seminar to the Master's thesis (home module); Master's thesis. The ECTS points for the Master's thesis granted according to the respective university's regulations will open up further possibilities (accompanying seminars, etc.).

Associated members of the EMLex-consortium: Université de Lorraine, Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem Budapest, Universidade do Minho Braga, Uniwersytet Slaski Kattowitz/Sosnowiec, University of Stellenbosch, Università degli studi di Roma Tre, Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim, Universität Hildesheim.

Study abroad unit(s)

All participants spend the second semester together at one university of the EMLex-consortium. This university changes every year. The teachers at the participating universities teach the A-modules.


Internship of four to eight weeks is obligatory between the second and the third semester.

Forms of assessment

Written thesis, presentation, oral exam (depends on the teacher, changeable every year)

Course objectives

  • Expertise in practical and theoretical lexicography in all areas of the discipline
  • international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers
  • lexicographical theories at a high international level
  • pronounced applicability in the practice of creating a dictionary
  • bringing together students from different European countries

Language requirements

Good basic knowledge of German and English, which can be deepened in the first semester, is essential for participation because teaching will occur exclusively in these two languages.

Academic requirements

A first university degree with a mark above average like a BA or equivalent degree (e.g. "Diplom") and a special entrance examination

Enrolment fees

The contribution to student services currently amounts to 42 EUR per semester. An additional charge of 65 EUR per semester covers the mandatory basic "semester ticket", a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transport in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg from 7pm to 6am on weekdays and at all times at weekends. (For an additional optional charge, the validity of the pass can be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.)

Costs of living

The cost of living can only be approximated very generally, as the needs and living conditions of every student are different.
Rent: 250-600 EUR per month
Health insurance, doctor, medicine: approximately 70 EUR per month
Food: approximately 165 EUR per month
Study materials: approximately 30 EUR per month (depending on the subject)
Transport: minimum 65 EUR per semester
Student services: 42 EUR per semester
For more information, see:
General information on the average cost of living in Germany is available online:

Funding opportunities within the university

The Central Office for International Affairs offers scholarships from Bavarian state funding to allow highly qualified international students in Master's, "Diplom", and State Exam degree courses to complete their degrees.
Starting with winter semester 2016/17, EMLex is an Erasmus Mundus programme. In addition, 15 scholarships, which cover cost of living and study cost, are given to excellent students worldwide.

Arrival support

Support on arrival by the Central Office for International Affairs and by the Department Germanistik und Komparatistik

Services and support for international students

The Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) will provide you with detailed information on all important topics relating to your studies (study courses, subject combinations, application requirements, support with organising your study programme and complying with all assessment/examination requirements) and on settling in at the beginning of the semester (coping with particular difficulties, changing subjects or suspending studies). For more information, see
The Career Service of FAU will provide you with information on career opportunities and the specifics of an application procedure in Germany. For information, see:
The Student Service Centres (SSC) and student advisers in the faculties will provide you with further advice on your particular course of study. Programme coordinators organise subject-related orientation events and guide you through the entire study period.
The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) will provide you with detailed information on accommodation, visa issues, and scholarship possibilities. In cooperation with the IBZ, it also organises information events and general orientation courses for first-semester-students.
The Alumni network provides students with many topics and events for professional advancement. See:


Erlangen and Nuremberg are attractive cities with a historic flair and modern infrastructure. Therefore, the housing market is quite tight. FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation.
Student halls in Erlangen and Nuremberg can only provide accommodation for a small number of students. Another option is the private housing market. If you extend your search to neighbouring towns, such as Fürth and Forchheim, your choice of accommodation is much larger and rents are lower, while the well-developed local public transport system ensures that you're never far away from the university. In addition, there is the option to sublet a room, or you can share a flat with other students. This option not only saves you money but also helps you settle in quickly and make friends in your new home. You can find information to help with your housing search on specialised websites and the university's notice boards.
Detailed information on finding accommodation is available at
If you need further assistance, you can also turn to the Accommodation Service of the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). E-mail:
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