The Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translatology is a member of the international excellence programme Mobilités Européennes en Traduction Spécialisée (METS). METS was founded in 2004 on the initiative of a consortium of seven European universities and institutes and is based in Brussels. Today, ten institutions take part in the programme, all of them evaluated by the Conférence Internationale Permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI).

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Specializing through European mobility

The programme enables students of translation to go to two partner universities in two countries for one semester each and specialize in selected practice-relevant areas. The knowledge students gain while studying abroad will increase their chances on the international job market. The main fields of this specialization are Translation and new technologies and Translation in business.

To apply for the program, you should have at least 240 ECTS points (90 of which should be in subjects relevant for translation). This means you should have successfully completed eight semesters. Please bear in mind that at this advanced level in your education (Master 2), the programme is not meant to focus on developing language skills any more. We require exceptional skills in all your working languages.

Every participating university provides a study programme amounting to 25 ECTS, which roughly corresponds to one semester of instruction. Some curriculums include optional modules that can be explored more thoroughly at the partner university. Advised by your university’s project coordinator (see contact information), you will select the universities that you want to apply to. There is a multitude of possible combinations, which you can find out more about on the official website of the project. In addition to the 50 ECTS points achieved for one academic year, 10 ECTS points are awarded by a participant’s home university for completing a term paper. This will add up to the 60 ECTS points that are usually needed for one academic year. IALT students will complete a master’s thesis in accordance with the study and examination regulation criteria of their home university (preferably in conjunction with their studies) and are therefore not required to complete a term paper. The grade earned on the master’s thesis will be included in the METS certificate. The exact content of the courses, which varies somewhat from year to year, can be found on the official website of the project. Up to five students from one and the same university can be admitted to the programme.

  1. Fill out the application. You can find the link to the form on the project website.
  2. Submit the application to the project coordinator (see contact information) no later than March 31 of the running year. The consortium will inform you about whether your application has been successful by May 31. In case of a successful application, you will also be informed about the partner universities you will study at.
  3. Get in touch with the host universities and determine your individual syllabus by mid-September of the running year.
  4. Organize your stay at the host universities and at your home university.
  5. Enroll at your home university under the applicable terms and conditions and start your programme at the selected partner university.

The consortium will issue a certificate that is endorsed by all participating universities and validated with a logo. This also applies to the partner universities that you did not study at.

You can finance your stay at the partner universities in a variety of ways. One of them is an ERASMUS+ grant, but you can also consider applying for scholarships with foundations. Otherwise, there is the option of self-financing. The participating universities will not charge tuition fees.

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