During my bachelors in Linguistics at the University of Groningen, I decided to do a minor in speech therapy. During this minor, I found out that I was more interested in the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions behind the different language disorders and the therapy. Therefore, I decided to stop with speech therapy, and to apply for a research master that was based on language disorders, namely the master EMCL+ (Erasmus Mundus joint master degree in Clinical Linguistics). EMCL+ is a two-year master and each semester you will live in another country. Last semester, I started in Finland, and this semester I will study in Groningen. After the summer we will move with the whole EMCL group to Germany, and we will have to do an internship in another country and write our thesis in the last semester. During this master, you will be enrolled in several courses. For instance, you will learn to work with PRAAT and to use the program to analyze speech disorders. Also, you will learn more about statistics (which is indispensable in research). Moreover, we have to do several research projects and you get the possibility to improve your academic writing skills which you need to be able to publish papers. Also, we will get courses in language testing during awake brain surgery, language disorders, and even in the development of therapy based apps! This master is definitely recommended if you are planning on a research career. Lastly, I really like the fact that you study together with people from all over the world. You do lots of fun things together and you learn many things about their culture. Those people are like a second family to me.

Elise Oosterhuis