Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Institut für Computerlinguistik

FAQ Master: General information

Last change: November 2019

  1. Where can I get additional advice?
  2. Is Computational Linguistics closer to Linguistics or to Computer Science?
  3. How to contact the study advisors?
  4. I have a technical problem. How do I get help?

  1. Where can I get additional advice?

    There is more information on the general Masters page. If this is insufficient then contact the study advisor (studienberatung-master(at)

  2. Is Computational Linguistics closer to Linguistics or to Computer Science?

    Computational Linguistics is an interdisciplinary subject so that it has close ties to both subjects. Please note that formal models are essential for computational linguistics, however. Which direction you want to focus on in your studies, will depend on your own interests. Heidelberg offers possibilities for focusing on both directions, including a close link to computer science.

  3. How to contact the study advisors?

    Please see the study advisor page.

  4. I have a technical problem. How do I get help?

    The first step is to consult our technical FAQ. If that does not help you can write an email to the technical support at technik(at) The following rules apply:

    1. Make it as easy as possible for the technical support to help you. Include a concrete description of your problem: "My program does not work" is insufficient.
    2. The email should include the following information that allows to reproduce the error: the exact command (with all arguments and options), system changes, environment variables (command env), needed files etc. Important: Make sure that the technical support has the rights to access the files needed.
    3. Describe the error. If there is an error message, copy it into the email.
    4. Please include the code that produces the error or a link to it. Make sure it is accessible. If the code is long, it should be commented and accessible.
    5. Which computer/server are you working on? What is your user name? Which operating system do you use?
    6. What did you already try to solve the problem? It is extremely frustrating to look for solutions just to find out that you already tried them without success. Have you already looked for solutions yourself? After all, you can use a search engine and look for solutions...
    7. If there are several emails between you and support, please use the reply-button so that one can follow the email thread. Please do not delete the old text in the email so that the whole thread can be seen in one go.
    8. Use concrete subject lines that allow technical support to identify the problem and the thread. Do not use general subject headers such as "Help", "Problem", "Python", "Hello", "Software project". Emails are not a movie where we are supposed to wait for the exciting resolvement until the end.
    9. When you work with others: please be organized. Send emails to all (cc). Your replies should also go to all who are concerned (reply-all).
    10. If you visit technical support in person: Please have the relevant information ready. Where are the files? What are the environments one needs? How is the program started? You should be able to reproduce the mistake while visiting.
    11. If you come with your own laptop, be prepared. Does the internet connection work? Is there an ssh/client? Do you know your unix user name? Your password?

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