Information for self-funded applicants


The application period for self-funded applicants for the 2022/23 intake has ended.
Application form: the EMJMD-EMLex application form can be found here.
A sample of the student agreement for the study period 2021-23 can be found here.
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Erasmus Mundus

  1. Information for students without a scholarship
  2. Erasmus Mundus: EMLex benefit package
  3. Erasmus Mundus: participation costs
  4. Erasmus Mundus prerequisites and application


1. Information for students without a scholarship

The Erasmus Mundus EMLex offers an excellent international study programme which is globally unique and highly attractive due to various activities. In the two-year programme students will spend the second semester together with all EMLex students at one university, which changes every year. It is possible to study at a third university of the EMLex consortium in the third semester upon request. In the 1st and 4th semester studies take place at the so-called home university. Erasmus Mundus applicants have the possibility to indicate their preferred choices for their home university; the selection committee then distributes the applicants equally among the partner universities. Self-paying students (i.e. students without a scholarship) are guaranteed a place at the university of their first choice and will be able to profit from our EMLex benefit package (see point 2).

The Erasmus Mundus programme is fee-based, i.e. students have to pay participation costs to the EMLex consortium for each semester. In return, the consortium pays for costs arising in the course of the studies, for example tuition and administration fees, health insurance, library fees, etc. A supporting programme will be organized additionally. All students have to sign a Student Agreement before the beginning of their studies.


2. Erasmus Mundus: EMLex benefit package

Students who do not receive a scholarship are also able to study in the EMLex programme on a self-financed basis. Self-funded students will profit from our EMLex benefit package, which includes the following:


  • freedom to choose any home university
  • possibility to work for the EMLex programme
  • possibility to get an EMLex mentor/buddy
  • support of the common summer term abroad by Erasmus+
  • assistance in finding an accommodation
  • study fees of the home university are covered by EMLex
  • health insurance is covered by EMLex
  • all teaching materials are free
  • airport/train station pick-up service


Furthermore, the EMLex programme is open for external funding for students without a scholarship. Please note that the students must take care of this matter themselves.


3. Erasmus Mundus: particiaption costs 

In order to participate in the Erasmus Mundus EMLex programme, all students have to submit an application (see point 4 for requirements). A total of 32 university places are provided per intake. About half of these positions will be allocated to students on a self-financing basis if their application is successful. Applications for an Erasmus Mundus EMLex university place on a self-financing basis could be submitted from November 1, 2021 – April 15, 2022 (see below for details).

The participation costs are as follows:

  • for students from partner countries (non-EU countries except for Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland): 4,500 € per semester
  • for students from programme countries (28 EU member states + Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland): 2,250 € per semester


4. Erasmus Mundus: prerequisites and application

Application period

The application period for the 2022/23 intake has ended.

Prerequisites and admission

These conditions apply to both Erasmus Mundus students with and without a scholarship (self-financing basis).

4.1. Degree

Applicants must have a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) degree in the area of

  • (Computational/Applied) Linguistics
  • (Foreign) Languages
  • Translation
  • Communication/Media
  • Book Studies / Library and Information Science
  • or other relevant disciplines, subject to the consent of and the approval by the Consortium’s admission committee.

If your HEI degree is still in progress, you may nevertheless submit an application. The condition in this case is that the HEI degree certificate must be available before the start of the EMLex study programme.

4.2. Language requirements

Competences in textual reception that enable the students to understand texts in their field of studies and to take an active part in specialist discussions are absolutely necessary for a successful participation in the EMJMD EMLex master course. Instruction languages are English and German as lectures will always be held in one of these languages. Language skills must be proven by the respective language certificates.


  • In your application you have to document your text production skills in one of the two instruction languages that correspond to at least level B2.
  • You need to have sufficient text reception skills in both languages, which have to be proven by certificates (see notes below).
  • Language certificates cannot be older than two years.
  • No other documents than the those mentioned below will be accepted as evidence for the necessary language requirements.

Proficiency in English (for non-native speakers) must be certified by one of the following institutions for at least the given level (equivalent to B1 // B2):

  • onSet-Englisch. This test can be taken at a licensed test centre in your country (
  • British Council (IELTS): 4.5 – 5 // 5.5 – 6.5
  • Trinity (ISE Foundation): ISE I // ISE II
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 42 // at least 72
  • Cambridge: Preliminary Certificate // First, Advanced or Proficiency Certificate
  • English studies / Anglistik Bachelor degree (or comparable degree) from one of the universities in the EMLex programme

Proficiency in German (for non-native speakers) must be certified by one of the following institutions for at least the given level (equivalent to B1 // B2):

  • onSet-Deutsch (former “OnDaF”). This test can be taken at a licensed test centre in your country (
  • Goethe-Institut: Zertifikat B1, grade at least ‘gut’ // Zertifikat B2, grade at least ‘gut’
  • Österreich-Institut: ÖSD-Zertifikat B1, grade at least ‘gut’ // Zertifikat B2, grade at least ‘gut’
  • TestDaF
  • Germanistik Bachelor degree (or comparable degree) from one of the universities of the EMLex programme
  • telc Language tests: Deutsch (B1 / B2)

4.3. Selection criteria

Students (i.e. scholarship holders and students on a self-financing basis) are selected for the EMJMD EMLex programme on the basis of their performance and excellence in their previous studies. All applications are first screened for fulfilling the following eligibility criteria:

  1. having met the application deadline
  2. completeness of the application
  3. proof of the necessary language proficiency
  4. completion of a first HEI degree (see “degree” section above)

All applications that meet the eligibility criteria mentioned under section 4.1. and 4.2. are then assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • grade and quality of HEI degree(s)
  • motivation letter
  • competence in linguistic analysis
  • lexicographic/terminographic knowledge and experience
  • language proficiency

Note: Candidates may be interviewed via video or phone conference.

4.4. Deadline and procedure

Application period

The application period for the 2022/23 intake for self-funded students has ended.

Note: If you are selected for a scholarship, placed on the reserve list or enrolled as a self-funded student, your data may be used for purposes of evaluating the Erasmus Mundus Programmes by funding agencies.

Application procedure
  1. Fill out the application form on the computer and sign it by hand.
  2. Send the application form together with the following documents to
  3. Pay attention to the following requirements:
  • All documents must be submitted in one single PDF.
  • The name of the file should correspond to the following pattern: EMLex application + your name 
  • The file should not exceed 4 MB (if it does, you may have to zip the files).
  • The documents have to be sent in the following order:

(1) application form

(2) motivation letter (2 pages max., in English or German). In the letter you should respond to the following aspects:

(a) Explain the reasons why you wish to study the EMLex master programme, express your expectations and your own contribution. Additionally, you should state what you plan to do with the EMLex master degree.

(b) Report on your experiences with scientific or practical lexicography that you have already made and explain why you have an interest in lexicography.

(c) Explain your choice of the preferred home university (while your preferences* will be taken into account as far as possible, the final decision will be made so as to best fit your study needs).

(d) Answer the following question: Which lexicographic project would you like to realize in your home country if you had the chance to do so?

                 (3) certificate of HEI degree

                 (4) a transcript of academic records

                 (5) language certificates 

                 (6) a copy of your identity document

* Please keep in mind that you will be spending your first and fourth semester at the same university and that every university focuses on different research areas within lexicography and dictionary research. Your prioritization as concerns the first semester should thus be oriented towards your own main focus of interest so as to easily turn it into a topic for your master thesis.



  • PDF files which do not follow the requested order (1)-(6), and/or do not include the applicant’s name, and/or are incomplete, and/or are too big will not be considered!
  • If your original documents are written in a language other than English or German, please also submit certified translations.
  • Please note that we cannot return any documents that you send us.
  • Students starting the programme in 2022/23 cannot study in Stellenbosch, South Africa, or in Budapest, Hungary. The EMLex 2023 summer term will take place at Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem (Budapest).
  • Students from China: In case of acceptance to the EMLex Programme, please also have your documents certified by Akademische Prüfstelle des Kulturreferats of the German Embassy in Beijing.
  • Students from Vietnam: In case of acceptance to the EMLex Programme, please also have your documents certified by Akademische Prüfstelle at the German Embassy in Hanoi.
  • Students from Mongolia: In case of acceptance to the EMLex Programme, please also have your documents certified by Akademische Prüfstelle at the German Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

4.5. Selection

If you are selected for a scholarship, you will have to accept the offer within ten days after the approval notification. If you do not meet the deadline, you are no longer entitled to receive the EMJMD-EMLex scholarship. After accepting the scholarship you can enroll in the university to which you have been assigned as your home university. We will try to assign your first choice university to you.


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) organises the application procedure. However, FAU is a home university in the same sense as the consortium partners in Braga, Budapest, Katowice, Nancy, Rome and Santiago de Compostela. The selection committee will distribute the applicants evenly among these universities. As most students chose Erlangen as their first priority in the past, chances are not very high for any applicant to be assigned a study place at Erlangen. We therefore recommend that you take this into account when choosing your home university. However, students on a self-financing basis will always be assigned to the university of their first choice. The study places for students without a scholarship will be assigned as from 16.4.2022.

4.6. Appeal procedure

If you have not been selected and have reasons to believe that your application file has not been processed correctly in the selection procedure, you may engage an appeal procedure.

Before submitting an appeal, please check carefully whether

  • you observed the application deadline
  • you followed the application procedure
  • you submitted the documents required for a complete application

If the above conditions are met and you have reasons to believe that a mistake has been made during the selection procedure you may submit an appeal. An appeal request must be made in writing and meet the following requirements:

  • The appeal request must be sent in writing to the EMLex Coordinator (Prof. Dr. Stefan Schierholz).
  • You must clearly state the reasons for the appeal.
  • The appeal request must be sent within 7 working days after receiving the notification of non-selection.
  • The appeal request must be sent via e-mail to
  • The subject line of the appeal request e-mail must contain the text “EMLex non-selection appeal”, and the last name of the candidate.

You will be contacted as soon as a decision has been made.

Note: A candidate may appeal ONLY on the grounds of defective or unfair procedure. The appeal procedure is concerned with how the application was handled in the evaluation and eligibility-checking process. It does not automatically lead to a re-evaluation of the application. Please note that new information or clarifications that should have been in the application will not be taken into consideration.