The admission procedure takes place before the beginning of the lecture period of the winter semester. The application for admission for the winter semester must be submitted to the Student Secretariat of the Westphalian Wilhelm University by July 15 of each year.

Further information on the application can be found on the general information page of the Student Admission Office.

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  • Admission requirements

    The application requirements and the documents to be submitted are regulated by the admission regulations (see download link below).

    1. 1In addition to the general requirements for enrollment, admission to the Master's program in Empirical and Applied Linguistics requires the completion of a relevant or related course of study with a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters, which has been completed with a Bachelor's degree or another professional degree (Diplom, Staatsexamen, etc.) with a final grade of at least 2.5 (in the German grading system) or one that places the applicant in the top 30% of his/her class. 2Pertinent in the sense of sentence 1 is a course of study in the fields of linguistics, German studies, English studies, Romance studies, Dutch studies, Scandinavian studies, Slavic studies, Indo-European studies or in another philology with a share of courses from the field of linguistics amounting to at least three courses or 15 credit points at a German or foreign university. 3A course of study is considered to be subject-related even if linguistics was not the focus as long as the applicant has successfully studied the above-mentioned scope of linguistic content in other courses of study.
    2. 1If an applicant demonstrates less than 15 credit points from the area of linguistics through the courses of study mentioned in paragraph 1, admission shall be subject to the condition that a 60-minute written examination be passed before the start of the third semester. 2The necessary knowledge is taught in the form of semester-long seminars on the fundamentals of linguistics or acquired in supervised independent study. 3.Only the successful completion of the examination entitles the student to attend the courses of the third and fourth semester.
    3. 1Degrees from universities outside the European Union will be checked for equivalence by the Registrar's Office. 2If there is any doubt about the equivalence of degrees outside the area of application of the German Constitution, an expert opinion will be obtained from the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany on the equivalence of the degrees.
    4. 1For applicants who have not acquired their university entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution, a further admission requirement is proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language for active participation in the courses. 2The proof is provided in accordance with the provisions of the DSH examination regulations of the Westphalian Wilhelm University. 3The proof is not required for applicants whose native language is German.


  • Application documents

    The application requirements and the documents to be submitted are regulated by the admission regulations (see download link below).
    These documents must be submitted online via the application portal.

    1. Proof of the existence of a first professional qualification according to § 3 paragraph 1 (BA certificate). If no degree certificate according to § 3 paragraph 1 is available at the time of application, a preliminary certificate must be submitted in which at least the grades of the first five semesters (at least 120 credit points) have been included (average grade at least 2.5). If no preliminary certificate is issued by the university, the transcript of records is sufficient for the time being. In case of admission, the transcript of records according to § 3 paragraph 1 has to be presented at the time of enrollment.
    2. If applicable, proof of sufficient German language skills according to § 3 paragraph 4 (minimum C1).
    3. Proof of foreign language skills according to § 3 paragraph 5. For example, English skills (minimum B2) can usually be proven by the high school certificate for students from Germany.
    4. Proof of study and examination achievements (e.g. transcript of records).

    Note on language skills:

    Due to the high proportion of foreign language instruction in the specialization modules, specific language skills are required when choosing individual specializations. These language skills are not an admission requirement for the Master's program in Empirical and Applied Linguistics, but since they will become necessary in the course of the program, early acquisition of any knowledge that may be lacking is strongly recommended. In detail, these are the following language skills: (a) Specialization in English Linguistics: English knowledge on the level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR); (b) Specialization in German Linguistics: German knowledge on the level C1 according to the CEFR; (c) Specialization in Romance Linguistics, depending on the chosen sub-specialization: French knowledge on the level C1 according to the CEFR (French Linguistics), Italian knowledge on the level C1 according to the CEFR (Italian Linguistics), and Spanish knowledge on the level C1 according to the CEFR (Spanish Linguistics); (d) Specialization in Dutch Linguistics: Dutch knowledge on the level B2 according to the CEFR.

  • Admission regulations

    Admission regulations