The application period for Humak’s international master programme in sign language interpreting has begun. The Humak University of Applied Sciences organises the EUMASLI master programme (European Master in Sign Language Interpreting) together with Heriot-Watt University (Scotland) and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Germany). The deadline for applications is 30 September, and you can apply to any of these three universities.
You can find information on the EUMASLI programme, the application procedure, the tuition fees, and the application links on the programme’s website www.eumasli.eu.
Seminars in Helsinki, Edinburgh, and Magdeburg
The strength of the EUMASLI programme lies in its international approach and in the genuine collaboration between the universities, which provides the students with an opportunity to study and network in an international learning environment. The duration of the study programme is 2.5 years and its extent is 90 ECTS, corresponding to work carried out for 2,700 hours.
The studies include two seminar periods in each university city: Helsinki, Edinburgh, and Magdeburg. The studies start with an online kickoff event on 20 January 2017 and continue in February 2017 when the first seminar is held in Edinburgh. You can find the dates of the events on the EUMASLI website.
EUMASLI programme gives a boost to your international career path
We interviewed Päivi Rainò, who is in charge of the programme at Humak. We asked her why the EUMASLI programme is worth participating in and what skills it provides to the students.
Whom is the EUMASLI programme meant for?
Rainò: The EUMASLI programme is meant for those who have a lower university degree in any field. It is particularly well suited for those who have a degree in sign language interpreting (university of applied sciences). We require that the applicant has worked for three years, at a minimum, in the interpreting sector.
Students from EU/EEA countries, as well as from other countries, have participated in this programme. It is worth noting that completing a degree at Humak is free of charge for EU/EEA citizens, but a tuition fee is charged from all students by the other collaborating universities.
Why is the EUMASLI programme worth applying to?
Rainò: I can recommend participation in this master programme if you are interested in boosting your career path. This degree opens up a route to academic research carried out in sign language interpreting. Heriot-Watt University in Scotland provides the graduates from this programme with a direct route to doctoral studies at the university level. So far, no one has a doctoral degree in sign language interpreting in Finland (on the other hand, those who have carried out their doctoral studies in English may be working abroad).
What kind of skills will the students obtain in the EUMASLI programme?
Rainò: The master programme provides the student with skills (but not the qualifications) for working in positions in which International Sign skills are needed. In addition, the studies will definitely promote the student’s ability to work using the English language. Many graduates from this programme currently have international positions.
What else does the master programme offer?
Rainò: During two and half a year programme, the student will become part of a wide, global network of professionals, consisting of those acting in the sign language interpreting sector. Networking is a clear advantage in the professional field.
What will the students benefit from the EUMASLI programme?
Rainò: The students will benefit a great deal from the programme. For example, they will obtain cutting-edge research information on interpreting and sign languages. In addition, they will acquire the basic skills for carrying out academic research. The students’ interpreting skills will be assessed many times by deaf and hearing trainers from many countries, cultures, and backgrounds, as well as by their fellow students, which will, no doubt, make them stronger people and, professionally, more confident.