Abbreviations: RM = Research Master, RM1 = First year Research Master = with less than 2 semesters of RM education; RM2 = Second year Research Master = with 2 or more semesters of RM education

Only students who have accomplished at least 2 semesters of Research Master education can register for the summer school. LOT organizes special courses for RM1 students during the winter schools.

Course levels

The summer schools have only regular courses, but these are organized on three different levels: fundamental, intermediate and advanced. Please take note of these levels and make sure you have sufficient knowledge of the topic before registering for an intermediate or advanced level course. If you think you don't have the right level, it is your responsibility to get up to the right level (e.g. by reading a handbook on the topic).

  • Fundamental level = you have followed a BA-course that included this topic
  • Intermediate level = you have followed an MA-course that included this topic or you wrote a BA-paper on this topic
  • Advanced level = you have written an MA-paper on this topic or you do research in this field

Guidelines for ECTS assignment to RM and PhD students for participation in the LOT summer school

LOT and the institutes participating in LOT have agreed that RM / PhD students can follow a maximum of 4 LOT-courses during one school. Also, students can write a LOT-paper. See below for more detailed instructions.

LOT course
By attending a LOT course, you can earn 1 ECTS per course. You should be present at all (normally five) sessions of a course. For each class, the student should complete the obligatory readings mentioned in the course description.

Course consultants keep track of daily presence in class. If you have an extremely good reason to be absent, please confer with your local coordinator and notify both the teacher of the course and the course consultant of your local coordinator's verdict. Only if the course consultant has kept track of this information, the LOT-office has sufficient information to send you your certificate after the course.

You can earn 2 ECTS by writing a paper. Whether or not a student has the option or obligation to write a paper differs per university, so check with your local coordinator before the school. For those universities who require their students to write a paper, it should be noted that students can only choose a LOT affiliated teacher as their supervisor (not one of the international or other non-LOT teachers). Ask your local coordinator for guidelines on this paper. The guidelines from LOT are only practical; see below.

Practicalities concerning the LOT-paper: The student needs to contact the supervising teacher during the LOT school, who has to agree on the content of the paper. The paper has to have a minimum length of 10 pages. The deadline for submitting a paper is set at 4 weeks after the end of the LOT school. Papers must be sent directly to the supervising lecturer. The lecturer then has 2 weeks to assess the work, and informs the LOT office of the outcome (pass/fail). If the paper fails, there is no possibility for the student to revise and resubmit. If the paper passes, the LOT office sends a certificate for 2 EC to the student for writing the paper. It is the student’s responsibility to have the credits signed off by their home university.


At most 8 weeks after the end of the class, the students who passed will receive their LOT certificate from the LOT office. The credits are also collected at the institutional level, and sent to the contact person for the RM Linguistics programme at each university. The credits are to be signed off by the student’s home university towards the completion of the MA degree