The graduate program in linguistics in the Netherlands has three main ingredients:
- specialized training programs such as EMLAR
- local courses and extracurricular activities offered by the LOT institutes
LOT institutes take turns in organizing the Winter School (in January) and Summer School (in June/July). The topics of the courses are determined by general considerations in accordance with the research topics of LOT, and the proposals made by the curriculum committee in collaboration with the organizing institute.
EMLAR provides specific training in experimental methods for language acquisition research, and is organized yearly in Utrecht (in the fall).
The courses offered by the participating institutes are principally aimed at their own graduate students. However, these courses are also open to graduate students of the other LOT-institutes. The local courses are primarily aimed at filling gaps in the basic linguistic training and skills of the students, or at providing education which is typical for the character of the research at the institute/group. Moreover, other forms of education are offered such as individual training, participation in discussion groups, tutorials etc.
In addition, all institutes organize extra-curricular activities which are directly related to the research of the graduate students, such as colloquia in which senior and junior researchers discuss their work, participation in international conferences and workshops, and training in international summer schools.