EUMASLI is a 2.5 year part-time Master’s level program (90 ECTS) aimed at professional sign language interpreters. It is an innovative international program that brings together interpreters around Europe and prepares the participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries.
In addition to Humak University of Applied Sciences, the EUMASLI program is organized by Magdeburg-Stendal UAS in Germany and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Over the course of the program, students attend intensive seminars and additional shorter events at each of the partner universities. In between the visits, students also complete phases of independent studying.
As the EUMASLI program includes international travel and it is still impossible to predict how the Covid-19 pandemic will progress, the organizers have had to come up with alternative options for studying in case of travel restrictions.
– The next group of students will begin in January 2021. If needed, we are prepared to organize a part of the teaching online in the beginning, says senior lecturer Liisa Halkosaari.
For information on applying, entry requirements, and tuition fees, see the EUMASLI website.
The majority of the EUMASLI program can be completed as part-time studies. However, the final semester entails full-time commitment. As the participants often continue to work while studying, effective time-management skills are required.
According to Liisa Halkosaari, the students have generally been satisfied with the contents of the program.
The feedback from the previous group of students was particularly positive. The students seem to value the shared European nature of the program and hope that it continues in the future.
As the EUMASLI program values development and innovation, the organizers are keen on making continous enhancement of its contents. The students are also encouraged to contribute.
– The students can offer invaluable insight on how the courses can be improved. We are constantly developing the program and we make sure to include the students in the conversation, Halkosaari says.