An innovative continuing education program at the University of Strasbourg The Master in Technical Communication and Localization (TCLoc) is a year-long, part-time, distance-learning program taught entirely in English. TCLoc is highly career-oriented and specially designed for professionals wishing to take their education and skills to the next level. By the end of the program, TCLoc graduates simultaneously obtain a master’s degree from the University of Strasbourg, and an International “Technical Communicator (tekom) Professional Level” certificate, issued by tekom, Europe’s largest professional association for technical communication. This type of double-certification is unique in Europe and embodies an active and shared commitment to bridging the gap between industry and academia.
TCLoc was created for professionals and students with wide-ranging academic backgrounds and careers. The program focuses on five main fields: technical communication, localization, project management, web technologies, and visual communication. TCLoc graduates can, therefore, pursue careers in numerous expanding fields such as technical writing and editing, content creation and management for websites and documentation, localization engineering, and project management. The program constitutes the second year of a French master’s degree and is placed at level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF = 300 ECTS).
Candidates should possess:
- A degree equivalent to four years of higher education, or
- A professional experience of at least three years in the field (please ask validation - VAPP, detailed below)
- A high level of fluency in English
- Good computer literacy skills
VAPP - Validation of Acquired Professional and Personal Experience: Students lacking the number of credits required for registration in the second year of a master’s degree can apply for VAPP (Validation des Acquis Professionnels et Personnels - Decree No. 2013-756 of 19 August 2013). This process allows prospective students’ personal and professional experience to serve as substitutes for traditional university accreditation. Application Process Applications are open throughout the year on the TCLoc website. After an initial short-listing phase, selected applicants are invited for a Skype interview. Registration starts in September, and classes begin in January each year.
Fees: 5310 Euros (2019) in five installments