About the Master's Degree

Objective

The EC2U Joint Master “European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact” is a 2-year Master’s Degree (4 semesters, 30 ECTS each, 120 ECTS in total) that provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the European linguistic, cultural and social landscape using advanced research methods in the academic field. This degree is in line with professional practice and will ensure students launch their career with enhanced professionalism and quality of services in the broad field of language, cultural contact and social diversity.

 

A new university to discover each semester!

The EC2U Campus provides students with the opportunity to study abroad, gain multicultural experiences, and expand their professional network. Over the course of their learning journey, students can study in up to 4 of the 7 EC2U universities.

 

A degree tailored to students’ needs

Students will be able to personalise their curriculum: they will choose their study plan in accordance with the course catalogue provided by the universities they’ll be studying at.

Application

How to apply

  • First call

Download here the ranking list and selected students.

  • Second call

Students may apply to the following institution, before the 23rd of September, if they intend to start their course at the University of Salamanca:

University Application portal
University of Salamanca https://www.usal.es/preinscripcion-masteres 

 

► Find out the complete overview of the admission call here

 

Admission requirements

  • In order to apply to the Master’s Programme, students should have a Bachelor’s Degree (or recognized equivalent) in one of the following areas: Modern Languages, Philology, Culture, History, International Relations, and other Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
  • Candidates must know at least two languages at C1 level (according to the Common European Framework) among the following: Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, besides English as a lingua franca.

Applicants with a B2 level will be considered in conjunction with other admission criteria but must provide evidence of attaining C1 Level before confirmation of offer and enrolment.

Documents to provide

  1. Bachelor’s diploma
  2. Transcript of records
  3. Proof of the required languages’ knowledge
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Motivation Letter

Additional documents might be required according to national regulations of Consortium Institutions as detailed in the application call.

For any non-EU students residing outside Europe, please check the visa requirements, if any, on the University website where they will be spending the first semester

Selection criteria

Criteria Points from Admission Committee
Transcript of records Up to 50
Knowledge of languages Up to 20
Motivation letter and European Standard CV (Europass) Up to 30
Total Up to 100

 

All eligible applications will be evaluated jointly by the joint Admission Committee according to the evaluation criteria table and the first ranked 20 students will be admitted in compliance with national regulations.

The ranking, based on the criteria listed above, will be published anonymously on June 30th.

Enrollment

Admitted students enroll at the University where they will be spending the First semester in agreement with the regulations of the University and national legal requirements.

Students will also be enrolled at all the other Universities where they will spend at least a semester of study.

EC2U student fees must be paid at the University of Salamanca, the administrative coordinator Institution.

Relevant information on how to enroll will be provided to the admitted candidates via email to the address they provided during the application process.

 

Transfer or Second Degree

Students asking for a transfer from other Master’s degrees or for enrollment to a second degree will have to submit the online application and pass with a positive mark the selection phase according to the rules reported in Section “Selection criteria”. The Global Admission Committee will evaluate the student’s previous academic career in order to assess a recognition of academic curriculum and proceed with enrolment at first or second year of the Master’s programme.

The applicant should specify this request during the application procedure.

Programme structure

This Master’s Degree is offered jointly by seven European universities which are rooted in the tradition of excellence:

University of Salamanca (Spain)

University of Coimbra (Portugal) *Accepts only EU students

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi (Romania)

University of Jena (Germany)

University of Pavia (Italy)

University of Poitiers (France)

University of Turku (Finland)

These universities provide students with personalised attention throughout their studies and a unique campus and student life.

This Joint Master’s Degree is tailored to students’ needs and offers them the opportunity to personalise their learning path in an international environment.

Study Plan

The uniqueness of this Master is “à la carte” courses from the list provided by each university : beside a mandatory common online course of 10 ECTS  for each of the first 3 semesters, students will define the rest of the study plan in accordance with the course catalogue provided by the chosen universities.

The fourth semester is reserved to a possible internship and the thesis preparation.

SUBJECTS ECTS MODALITY
Semester 1 Discourse in Europe 10 ECTS Mandatory
European Modern Languages and Linguistics 10 ECTS Courses will be selected among the chosen university’s catalogue
European Modern Literatures, Cultures and Societies 10 ECTS Courses will be selected among the chosen university’s catalogue
Semester 2 Research Methodology in European Modern Languages and Literatures 10 ECTS Mandatory
European Modern Languages and Linguistics 10 ECTS Courses will be selected among the chosen university’s catalogue
European Modern Literatures, Cultures and Societies 10 ECTS Courses will be selected among the chosen university’s catalogue
Semester 3 Research Methodology in European Cultures and Societies 10 ECTS Mandatory
European Modern Languages and Linguistics 10 ECTS Courses will be selected among the chosen university’s catalogue
European Modern Literatures, Cultures and Societies 10 ECTS Courses will be selected among the chosen university’s catalogue
Semester 4 Master’s thesis (research thesis or internship report) 30 ECTS

a) Each student who successfully completes the Master’s Programme shall receive a Multilateral Master’s Degree Diploma issued by all the universities at which the student accomplished the minimum national academic requirements, provided that full accreditation has already taken place. The Diplomas will be issued and registered according to national/local regulations.

 

b) The number of Diploma certificates depends on the number of universities where student accomplished the minimum national academic requirements. Since it is a Multilateral Master’s Degree, each university involved will deliver the Degree in their local language.

 

c) In addition to the Multilateral Master degrees officially accredited and delivered by the universities involved, each student shall receive:

  • A joint certificate from the EC2U Alliance with the name of the graduate and the logos of all Partner Institutions;
  • The transcript of records (ToR) listing the course units taken, the exams passed and the credits gained by the student.
  • A diploma supplement presenting the details of the student’s academic programme and academic achievement converted to a common grading system, following the template developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES and adapted to any further specifications in national legislation where applicable.

 

d) The Leading Institution, University of Salamanca, shall be responsible for delivering the joint certificate from the EC2U Alliance to the student.

a) The Master’s thesis will be in the form of bilateral or multilateral supervision between at least two Professors of two different Consortium Institutions. The selection of the supervisors is made by the student among one Professor of the Fourth Semester University (1st supervisor) and one or more Professors involved in the Degree Programme (2nd or 3rd supervisor). Students may consult the thesis with other specialists (example: the supervisor of the internship, if the student decides to have a more professional oriented dissertation). The author of the Master thesis can decide to publish the thesis online after consultation and with the permission of the supervisors.

 

b) Students will choose between a research Master thesis and a more professional-oriented dissertation, resulting from students’ internships in research and professional environments, to be selected from a pocket of protocols with private and public, local and national agencies/organisations in the fields of translation, tourism, research centres, culture and the arts, cultural and linguistic mediation, language planning, administration, across the consortium’s institutions.

 

c) The thesis has to be written in one of the Degree Programme languages (Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Romanian, English) and has to comply with the requirements of the Programme and with the rules of the Fourth Semester University.

Mobility Scheme

► Two semesters abroad are required and students may not spend more than 2 semesters at the same university.

Career Opportunities

Job Options

The Master’s degree in European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact offers the students a general scientific education and many possibilities for a future career. Depending on their interests and the profile they have gained through their courses’ choice, a wide range of carrrer is attainable :

  • Multilingual project managers
  • Diplomats at intermediate and high levels of organisations
  • Teachers-researchers
  • Bilingual communication officers
  • Journalists
  • Project officers
  • Mobility consultants
  • Cultural mediators

 

Career in research

Completing the Master’s degree in European Languages, Cultures and Societies in Contact will give you eligibility to apply to PhD studies in relevant fields.

EC2U Student fees and scholarships

EC2U Student fees

The student fees are 1500 € per academic year, which includes local fees, legal liability insurance, library and laboratory costs and any other mandatory cost related to the students’ participation in the Degree Programme for the standard duration of the Degree Programme, support in administrative and organisational issues by the Consortium Partners, costs for enrolment, all examinations and the issuing of supplement documents of the final Diploma.

What’s not included in the student fee: diploma issuing fee when locally required, accommodation, health insurance, travel to and from partner, subsistence and travel documents (visa, passport, costs for legalisation of documents) included within the framework of the mobility programme or any costs beyond the standard duration of the Degree Programme.

 

Scholarships

Students can apply for the Erasmus mobility grant when completing a semester abroad in one of the Partner universities. They can contact the International Relations Office of their university for more information.

Practical details

Contact

Contact : dri@uc.pt 

All information regarding services provided to students and applicable conditions can be found here: https://www.uc.pt/international-applicants

Contact: relint@uaic.ro 

All information regarding services provided to students and applicable conditions can be found here: https://www.uaic.ro/en/international/erasmus-programme/erasmus-incoming-students/

Contact : ec2u-masters@uni-jena.de 

All information regarding services provided to students and applicable conditions can be found here: https://www.uni-jena.de/Studium+international

Contact : ec2u@univ-poitiers.fr 

All information regarding services provided to students and applicable conditions can be found here: https://www.univ-poitiers.fr/en/international-students-scholars/

Contact : rrii@usal.es

All information regarding services provided to students and applicable conditions can be found here: https://rel-int.usal.es/es/module-variations/estudiantes- extranjeros/informacion-para-estudiantes-de-movilidad-entrantes

Contact : admissions@utu.fi

All information regarding services provided to students and applicable conditions can be found here: https://www.utu.fi/en/study-at-utu/accepted-students

Academic calendar

First semester: fall season Second semester: spring season
Third semester: fall season Fourth semester: spring season
Graduation date: based on the academic calendar of the university where students spend the fourth semester