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Linguistics and Communication Sciences

Radboud University and Tilburg University welcome you to the Research Master’s programme Linguistics and Communication Sciences! On this study start page we highlight the information that is of importance while preparing yourself for a smooth start. If after reading the information below you are still left with any questions, please contact our student advisor.

Introduction day LCS

On Thursday 31 August you are invited to the Faculty specific part of the Welcome Day. Next to that we’d like to meet you during the programme specific introduction on Friday 1 September from 13.30h, which will take place in the Erasmus Building, room E2.55.

On 1 September, we will start with a general introduction for you to get to know the programme. After a short break we hope to inspire you with some research presentations by alumni. After the more formal part we will have a campus walk and drinks at the Cultuurcafé. You will then also be able to meet the senior students. We will send you more detailed information by the end of August after registration.

Please register before 28 August via this registration form. Note that the Welcome day on 31 August organized by the faculty has a separate registration form, which you received via email. We highly recommend students who have not studied at Radboud University before to also take part in this session.

Information about studying LCS in Nijmegen

Programme and courses 2023-2024

For an overview of the programme and the courses offered by Radboud University in 2023-2024 see the attached document ‘Programme and courses overview (docx, 34 kB)’.

First semester: Mandatory courses

In the first semester there are three courses that are mandatory for all students enrolled in the programme:

These courses are joint Nijmegen-Tilburg courses for which students enrolled in Nijmegen are expected to travel to Tilburg on those occasions when classes are scheduled to take place in Tilburg, just like Tilburg students should travel to Nijmegen when a class are to take place in Nijmegen.  For international students who do not have a student season ticket for the public transport, you can have your travel costs to and from Tilburg reimbursed. This is only applicable in case of compulsory courses. More information can be found here.

Foundations in Language and Communication is scheduled to take place in Nijmegen in weeks 1, 2, 4 and 6 between 15:30 and 18:15. In the other weeks, classes will be in Tilburg. At this point in time, the exact times are not yet known (the Tilburg schedule has yet to be published). Please check the online schedules for the definitive information.

The course Statistics and Experimental Methods 1 is scheduled to take place in Nijmegen.

Term Paper is not a course that will feature a class every week, as most of the work is done at home. The scheduling of meetings for the Term Paper course will be dealt with by the lecturers Frans Folkvord (TiU) and Aurora Troncoso Ruiz (RU).

Signing up for the first semester mandatory courses will be taken care of for you by Manon Evers (secretary for the programme).
N.B. Grant Proposal Writing and Societal Impact are second year courses. Please don’t register for those courses in your first year of studies.

First semester: specialization courses

Through the selection of elective courses in your area of interest, along with your choice of a topic of your Term Paper and the Lab Rotations you do later on in the programme you can specialize in one of the research areas in linguistics or communication. In the course of two years you choose five electives in total (schematic outline programme).

In your first semester you are expected to choose two elective courses with a combined study load of 12 EC. Please consult the online study guide to see what courses are available and check out the course descriptions. Make sure that you choose courses that fit your schedule. In case courses overlap we expect you to give priority to core courses and select another elective. To give you an easier start, we created this overview (pdf, 44 kB).

In order to take part in a course you need to sign up for courses via Osiris.* For new Radboud students this instruction might come in handy.  If you need assistance, you can contact Manon Evers or go to the Student Information Point Arts.

* If you wish to register for one of the courses offered in the Cognitive Neuroscience programme, please send an email to studentadvisor-lcs@ru.nl before 23 August with your name, student number and course name/code. The student advisor will handle the CNS registrations later that week. Note that you do need to meet the entrance requirements if applicable.

First semester: Skills/methods course

Students who were admitted on the condition that they take the course Introduction in R Statistics, will be signed up for this course by Manon Evers. The course will be taught in Nijmegen during the first semester and replaces the first skills/methods course. All other student are free to choose a skills/methods course from what is on offer. This includes the aforementioned Introduction in R Statistics course. We do strongly recommend to take this course if you did not have official education in R before. Taking this course will be beneficial through the rest of your master’s programme.

Information about taking courses at Tilburg University

Step 1: Registration as a subsidiary student in Tilburg

As you will follow courses both in Nijmegen and Tilburg you need to register at both universities. There are various reasons for this: receiving timely information on courses and exams, prevention of double payment of tuition fees, access to course pages on Canvas (Tilburg equivalent for Brightspace) and allowing credits to be transferred to Radboud University. At Tilburg University, you will be regarded as a subsidiary student. This registration is free of charge.

As a student with a main registration in Nijmegen you should register as a subsidiary student in Tilburg. To do so you will need to do two things as soon as possible:

  1. Request for a Proof of Paid Tuition Fees (in Dutch: Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld, BBC) by filling out and submitting the online web form.
  2. Send an e-mail to Susanne Warmerdam (student advisor at Tilburg University) (s.warmerdam@tilburguniversity.edu) from your RU e-mail account that you would like to register yourself as a subsidiary student at Tilburg University and include a copy of your valid passport or ID (both sides) and your address details (street, house number, postal code, city).

We advise you to register yourself as soon as possible, without this enrollment you cannot register yourself for Tilburg courses, cannot access TiU study materials, cannot attend TiU exams etcetera.

This message applies not only to new Research Master students, but also to those who were already enrolled last year. It is necessary to re-register as a subsidiary student each academic year.

Step 2: Search for courses + registration

As mentioned earlier you are also welcome to select electives and skills and method courses from Tilburg University. Here (docx, 20 kB) you can find a list of the courses that are available. You can use this website to read the course descriptions. Tilburg uses MyTimetable to inform you about the schedules (instruction video).

In case you’d like to register for a course at Tilburg University, you need to do that via OSIRIS (instructions). Note that Tilburg University has its own calendar. Here you can find more information about registration dates and how to register. For block 1 and 2 you can register around mid August. This study programme is part of TSHD (Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences). Note that Tilburg lectures start from 28 august on!

Travelling costs

For Nijmegen students not or no longer holding a public transport travel card, expenses incurred as a result of having to attend classes of mandatory courses in Tilburg may be reimbursed. Here you find more information. In case you have additional questions please contact the study advisor.

Practical information Tilburg

Checklist (summary)

  1. Complete your registration at Radboud University via Studielink.
  2. Arrange your registration as a subsidiary student in Tilburg as soon as possible. This can be done as soon as your registration process at Radboud University is completed.
  3. Register for Nijmegen elective and skills/methods courses through (Nijmegen’s) Osiris.
  4. Register for Tilburg elective and skill/methods courses through (Tilburg’s) Osiris.
  5. Register for the Master Welcome Day: faculty programme on 31 August for new Radboud students.
  6. Register for the programme introduction on 1 September.

Contact information

Kim Oyen, student advisor (RU): studentadvisor-lcs@ru.nl

Manon Evers, executive secretary (RU): via stip@let.ru.nl

Nelleke Oostdijk, programme coordinator (RU): nelleke.oostdijk@ru.nl

Susanne Warmerdam, student advisor (TiU): S.Warmerdam@tilburguniversity.edu

Student Desk Tilburg University

Tessa van Leeuwen, programme coordinator (TiU): T.M.vanLeeuwen@tilburguniversity.edu