Located at the heart of Central Europe, the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia) is an increasingly popular postgraduate destination for international students looking for picturesque cities and low (or non-existent!) tuition fees. A Masters in the Czech Republic will allow you to join a higher education system with over 600 years of history.
The Czech Republic has a lot to offer international postgraduates. Along with its location at the centre of Europe - it’s within a train ride of places like Vienna, Berlin and Budapest - the Czech Republic has a proud tradition of higher education.
The oldest Czech university, the Charles University in Prague, dates back to 1348, and the country is home to some of the region’s most prestigious universities. And, if you decide to study a Masters in Czech, you won’t have to pay any tuition fees - regardless of nationality. Foreign language programmes do incur a charge, but this can be relatively low compared to courses in other countries.
Meanwhile, the cost of living in the Czech Republic is low, even though it enjoys an excellent quality of life. It’s also frequently ranked as one of the safest and most stable countries in the world, making it a perfect place to embark on Masters study.
There are over 40,000 international students in the Czech Republic, an impressively high number given the relatively small size of the country.
Masters programmes in the Czech Republic are usually two years long, but they can be as short as one year or as long as three.
If you choose to study in Czech, you won’t have to pay any tuition fees at public universities in the Czech Republic! However, if you study in a foreign language, you will be charged tuition fees. At a public university these will be a minimum of CZK 9,810 (approximately €386), and at private universities can range between CZK 40,000 and CZK 300,000 (€1,576-11,824).
Most teaching in the Czech Republic takes place in Czech, but more and more institutions are offering English-taught Masters.
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss national you won’t need a visa to study in the Czech Republic. Other nationalities will need to apply for a Czech visa before arriving in the country.
The LCT program is an international distributed Master program. It is designed to meet the demands of industry and research in the rapidly growing field of Language Technology. Research and innovation in Language Technology is vital for many of the smart applications that are pervasive in modern daily life, such as virtual assistants, automatic translation services, search engines, voice-driven technology, social media analytics etc. Language Technology (also known as Computational Linguistics or Natural Language Processing) is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of Linguistics, Computer Science and Mathematics (logic, probability theory, formal language theory, statistics). Hence, students in this program choose appropriate combinations of modules in Language Technology, Computational and Theoretical Linguistics, and Computer Science. Moreover, the students are able to acquire practice-oriented knowledge through our strong and continuous links with industry through internships, joint industry-academia supervisions, and the like.
The program involves studying one year each at two different European partner universities. Optionally, a stay at one of the non-european partners for some months is possible, as well as an internship at any of our industrial partners. After completing all study requirements, the students obtain two Master degrees: one from each of the two European universities where they studied.
The course consists of compulsory core modules, as well as elective advanced modules in Language Technology and Computer Science, possibly complemented by an internship project, and completed by a Master Thesis.
The LCT Masters program has been successfully implemented since 2006, being funding by the Erasmus Mundus Programme from 2007 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2017. In 2012 the LCT Program operated as an Erasmus Mundus Brand Name. Intake 2018: the program commits to respecting the Erasmus Mundus requirements and to maintain the high quality of the implementation during the years of funding.
+ duration 2 years (120 ECTS credits)
+ in-depth theoretical and hands-on instruction in computational linguistics methods and technologies
+ study one year each at two different partner universities in Europe
+ double degree
+ possibility to visit one of two non-European partners for a part of the study
+ language of instruction and academic and administrative support is English
1. Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany (coordinator)
2. University of Trento, Trento, Italy
3. University of Malta, Malta
4. University of Lorraine, Nancy, France
5. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
6. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
7. The University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko University, San Sebastian, Spain
8. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
9. The University of Melbourne, Australia
You can find answers to our Frequently asked questions here: https://lct-master.org/contents_2014/faq.php
The LCT program offers education and training opportunities for the next generation of leaders in research and innovation in artificial intelligence as well as language and speech technologies. Examples of jobs held by the LCT alumni include: PhD student; university professor; company founder, data scientist, software engineer, IT consultant, senior analyst, researcher, senior linguist, information extraction engineer, project leader, computational linguist, assistant professor, post-doctoral researcher.
Visit the European Masters Program Language & Communication Technologies page on the University of Malta website for more details!