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Entrance Requirements and Application

Entrance Requirements

Students with an undergraduate degree, at least three years full-time study, in

  • language technology,
  • computational linguistics,
  • computer science, or
  • linguistics (with at least 30 hec, corresponding to half a year full-time study, in formal linguistics)

are eligible to apply for this programme. Students with an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, languages, philosophy, software engineering, information technology or mathematics can also be considered provided they can show a background in either programming or formal linguistics corresponding to 30 hec, half a year full-time study.

Formal linguistics is linguistics that uses formal methods (e.g. rule based systems, trees, feature structures, graphs, finite state machines, logic, models and statistics) to study or represent language. To show a background in formal linguistics or programming, please supply for each course in formal linguistics or programming the following:

  • course title
  • HEC for the course
  • a short paragraph describing the course contents and explaining how this is formal linguistics or programming
  • a link to the course webpage (if available)


The programme language is English. To provide the requirement in English by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, the English proficiency should be equivalent to the level of English 5/English Course A from Swedish Upper Secondary School.


Selection is based on

  • the grades obtained in previous study and the appropriateness of courses for study in language technology, and
  • a personal statement explaining clearly the motivation for choosing this programme. It should introduce the applicant both personally and academically/professionally.


In addition to these formal requirements we would also like a statement, maximum 5000 words in English,

  • explaining your interest in language technology,
  • your relevant academic background, and
  • what you hope to do after taking our programme.

Instruction on how to submit the statement can be found on the webpage programme description.

Other documents in support of the application may also be submitted, particularly written work such as project work or papers/theses that you have written for courses. For work not written in English or Swedish please submit in the original language with a summary in English.

Please note, your official application is on




The deadline for applying to the Master's Programme in Language Technology is

  • 15 January for international students, especially those in need of a resident permit, and
  • 15 April for students from EU/EEA countries and others not in need of a resident permit.

Apply now at the national website for applying to higher education:


No fees for EU/EAA citizens.

If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees.

Tuition and applications fees.

For students outside EU/EEA, please review the application and tuition fees statement on the University of Gothenburg's programme web page.

Contact Information

University of Gothenburg

Master's Programme in Language Technology
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
P.O. Box 200
se-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Olof Wijksgatan 6

46 (0)31 786 5086

Page Manager: Robert Adesam|Last update: 11/6/2015

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