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What do you need when you want to apply for an Erasmus+ program?

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

There are several kinds of requirements for the Erasmus+ JMD programs. You have the general requirements that apply to all students regardless of whether they are from partner countries or program countries, then there are the specific requirements for those from partner countries, and program countries, then the even more specific requirements for applicants from particular countries.

Depending on where you fall, you will need to note all the requirements that relate to you. Also bear in mind that these requirements may vary from program to program. What appears rigid in one Erasmus program’s requirement may be flexible in those of others (language proficiency!). Having mentioned this now, I’ll move over to setting out the most general requirements I’ve seen in all the programs I’ve checked out over the years. Some of them are no longer running under Erasmus+ but students can still apply for them at the coordinating institutions.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

In no particular order, these are the most basic requirements for any Erasmus+ application:

  • A copy of your academic transcript of records. This is a given for any application, whether Erasmus+ or not. As an intending Master’s degree student, you should have this one ready so that when you decide to apply, it doesn’t set you back or make you miss the application. Students from countries with poor record systems can attest to the fact that the transcript application system made them lose or nearly lose admission opportunities.
  • A copy of your bachelor’s degree diploma or certificate. This is required as evidence that you have graduated from your bachelor’s program. Final year bachelor’s degree students can also apply for the Erasmus+ program but they have to graduate and tender their graduation certificate before they can enroll for the Master’s program.
  • English Proficiency. The Erasmus+ Master’s programs are usually taught in English. As a result all applicants must show a minimum level of English language proficiency when applying for the Master’s program. Various programs have their English proficiency requirements that are based on having a TOEFL or IELTS score. The main exceptions are usually citizens of UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There are other exceptions based on country of bachelor’s degree or national language or other approved certificates of English proficiency. However these requirements differ from program to program so you should do well to go through the language requirements for the Erasmus+ program you want to apply to.
  • A Curriculum Vitae. For most Erasmus programs, even EU programs, your CV should be written and submitted in a Europass format. This allows for uniformity. If you are thinking of applying for an Erasmus JMD or internship, get your CV ready the Europass way and you already have an advantage.
  • Motivation Letter. The motivation letter usually consists of a personal statement giving a bit of background on yourself then your motivation behind applying for the Erasmus+ program you are interested in. It should also include your career prospects post-Master’s. Do you want to venture into entrepreneurship, or advance as a career person, or follow up with a PhD? Whichever your intention, it should reflect in your motivation letter. That helps the admissions’ board know what students show the most promise when they are admitted.
  • Reference Forms. Usually your references will be a minimum of two and sometimes up to four, depending on the program. These are usually people who can vouch for your ability to follow a master’s program through with all the research and responsibilities that come with it. At least one must be an academic reference, the other can be a superior at work for those who have worked for sometime before going back to school.
  • Passport. Your passport shows that you can travel abroad for any legitimate purpose including schooling. You have to attach it at the time of application so that you can be offered supporting documents to apply for your visa in your home country or country or residence. This brings us to the next one.
  • Proof of residence at the time of application. One of the stipulations for qualifying for an Erasmus+ scholarship especially for non-EU/EEA citizens is that you would not have lived in an EU country for the last 12 months prior to your application. So you need to have that ready to show that you are deserving of the scholarship.

These are the basic and general requirements you should have regardless of which program you are applying to. That’s all for this post. In another post, we’ll be looking at some other requirements that may be specific to certain programs.

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The Student Tourist

Traveling abroad is one way to see the world. As a traveler you see things from two perspectives. One is the perspective of the visitor, the outsider. In this frame of mind, you’re comparing where you are with where you’ve come from.

The other is the point of view of the one who is welcome who also belongs here even though he’s not from here. In this perspective you have several layers of identity to your views. You know that different places have their own ways of doing things. Your own task is to take the best from here and apply it to there, or from there and apply it to here.

That is what makes travelers sometimes wiser than those who do not travel. That is how travel transforms people. One very easy way to do this is to study abroad.

Regardless of where abroad is, a period spent in a foreign country will open your eyes to the vastness of the physical world, the sameness of individuals everywhere and at the same time their striking uniqueness and variety.

When you study in a foreign country that has other foreign students you are able to visit new places without leaving where you are. You instantly become instantly a tourist through the eyes of others.

And should you be fortunate to be invited to any of those places you have been seeing in your mind’s eye, you will realise like a child that life is beautiful.

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Erasmus+ Scholarships for foreign students available for 2019/20

Erasmus+ Scholarships now open

Hi there beautiful people!

It’s another Erasmus+ season again. You all know that every year Erasmus+ publishes programs that are going to be funded for the coming academic year. In case you’re wondering what that means, not to worry. Harper Lee says, “no one is born knowing.” That’s from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Erasmus+ used to be called Erasmus Mundus. It’s a prestigious program that you can apply to if you want to have your Master’s degree or PhD in Europe. You can see why we’re talking about it. We’re all about degrees in Europe around here — European Master’s and European doctorates.

As we were saying, the Erasmus+ program is a partnership between the European Union (EU) and some universities in Europe. The universities form a partnership in order to offer Joint degrees in a particular field of study. The joint degrees are either Master’s (JMD) or Doctoral (JDD). Usually the Master’s degrees last for two years (four academic semesters) while the doctorate degree lasts for four years (eight semesters).

What’s the beauty of the Erasmus+ Joint Master’s degree (or Joint Doctorate degree)?

Here’s the deal. How would you like to study in a minimum of two universities and two countries in two years in two European cities for … let me put it well …for being paid to study?

That’s it! If you have a good application, a good bachelor’s degree, a strong motivation letter, then you’re good to go. One more thing, you should also have an interest in studying and learning.

With these you can prepare your application for up to three different Erasmus+ programs. There is usually funding for the Erasmus+ programs from year to year depending on the partners and the agreement with the EU. So what if you’re not sure if the program that interests you is available for the coming academic year?

That’s not a problem. Each penultimate year to the next academic session, the European Commission publishes a list of the programs available for the coming year. You can find that list here. If you want to have it for a closer look, then simply download it.

“An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions.

The EMJMD Catalogue displays the masters offering Erasmus Mundus funded scholarships in the academic year 2019-2020.

Most consortia require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.

Students can apply to a maximum of three different programmes. Students and potential scholars/guest lecturers should contact directly the relevant consortium for more information on courses and application procedures.” — EACEA website

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/emjmd-catalogue_en

The following are some of the programs available for the 2019-2020 academic session:

SOME ERASMUS+ PROGRAMS FOR 2019/20 ACADEMIC YEAR

ACRONYM - TITLE OF THE COURSE

4CTS+ - 4CITIES+ ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE IN URBAN STUDIES

ACES+ - ERASMUS MUNDUS JMD AQUACULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY PLUS (ACES+)

ADVANCE - MA ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT IN SOCIAL WORK (ADVANCES)

AFEPA - AGRICULTURAL, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYSIS

ALA - EMJMD ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND ARCHAEOLOGY

AMASE - JOINT EUROPEAN MASTER PROGRAMME ON ADVANCED MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

ASC - ADVANCED SPECTROSCOPY IN CHEMISTRY MASTER'S COURSE

BDMA - BIG DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS

BIFTEC - EUROPEAN MASTER OF SCIENCE IN FOOD SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS

CARTO - ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CARTOGRAPHY

CEERES - CENTRAL AND EAST EUROPEAN, RUSSIAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES

CHOREO - CHOREOMUNDUS - INTERNATIONAL MASTER IN DANCE KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICE AND HERITAGE (ACRONYM:

CHOREOMUNDUS)

CLE - MASTER ERASMUS MUNDUS EN CULTURES LIT

EMNANO+ - ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTER NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

EMPLANT - ERASMUS MUNDUS MASTER PROGRAM IN PLANT BREEDING

EMSE - EUROPEAN MASTERS PROGRAMME IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

EMTM - EUROPEAN MASTER IN TOURISM MANAGEMENT

EPH+ - EUROPUBHEALTH PLUS

EPS - EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETY: VACLAV HAVEL JOINT MASTER PROGRAMME

ESTEDE - EXTENDED SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

EU4M - EMMC MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING

EU-HEM - EUROPEAN MASTER IN HEALTH ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

EUPADRA - PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES AND LEGAL DRAFTING

EURCULT - EUROCULTURE: SOCIETY, POLITICS AND CULTURE IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

FAME+ - FUNCTIONALIZED ADVANCED MATERIALS & ENGINEERING+

FIPDES - ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREE IN FOOD INNOVATION & PRODUCT DESIGN

GEMMA - GEMMA: MASTER'S DEGREE IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

GEOTEC - MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES

GLOBALMINDS - EUROPEAN MASTER IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GLOBAL MOBILITY, INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY IN SOCIETY

GLOCAL - GLOBAL MARKETS, LOCAL CREATIVITIES

GLODEP - EMJMD INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

IDOH - INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND ONE HEALTH

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