Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus (2009-2013) is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that started in 2004 and has been extended until 2013. It aims at enhancing the quality of European higher education and promoting dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with third countries. In addition, the programme contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.
2. Does a BA degree qualify me for the EMMIR programme?
EMMIR requires you to have at least a BA. It does no harm if you already hold an MA degree. The degree you base your application on needs to be in a field related to migration studies: i.e. Social sciences, History, Cultural studies, Educational sciences, Law, Economics, Development Studies and Journalism. You need to send a document to prove your graduation.
3. Who is eligible to apply?
All applicants need to have a degree in a field related to migration studies with a final grade of at least C+ (or equivalent), have knowledge of or professional experience in migration studies and proficiency in two languages including English.
4. Will applications be excluded because of nationality?
EMMIR accepts applications from around the globe; there are no exclusions with regard to nationality or citizenship.
5. Are there any special requirements for Chinese students?
EMMIR does not have special requirements for Chinese students.
6. What is the timetable for the first cohort's application procedures and selection process?
a. apply online by 15 December 2012
b. send hard copy of application by 30 December 2012 (postmark)
c. deadline for arrival of hard copies, language tests and diplomas is 20 January 2012
d. get notification of selection in March/April 2013
e. online registration within 15 days after notification
f. travel to Oldenburg in early September 2013 and enrol
g. EMMIR programme begins 2 September 2013
7. How can my documents be certified??
Please send ALL documents as certified true copies. Certification of copies can be done by embassies, the police, a notary public or (state or municipal) administation agency. Please note: all the certified documents must be sent by ordinary mail to University of Oldenburg.
8. How do I provide proof of knowledge in migration studies?
Please elaborate on your knowledge in the field of mirgration studies. We consider professional and academic experience valid.
9. How long does the EMMIR study programme take?
EMMIR is a four semester (two year) MA programme. Students study together for the first two semesters (semester 1 in Oldenburg, Germany, semester 2 in Stavanger, Norway) and may split up in semester three and four when choosing specialization and topic of master thesis. EMMIR does not offer a PhD programme.
10. What are the language requirements?
EMMIR is taught in English and all applicants have to prove language proficiency. This may in certain cases be done by requesting an English language proficiency waiver. If you apply for a waiver, please elaborate on your language proficiency and be aware that the consortium might request further prove of language skills. For documentation of language proficiency, please include a copy of your TOEFL (or other) certificate in your application. Besides, all applicants are asked to document knowledge of a second language relevant for migration studies. Please note: all certified documents must be sent by ordinary mail to University of Oldenburg!
11. Will students be admitted annualy?
Beginning in 2011, EMMIR will annually admit students to study in Oldenburg. The first semester will start annualy on 1 September.
12. Where do I find the application form?
Please find the link to the online application form on the right hand side of this website. With this application form, you also apply for a scholarship.
13. Does EMMIR offer scholarships?
Yes. Your application to the EMMIR programme means that you will be automatically be considered for a scholarship. However, no more than two scholars of one nationality will be awarded a scholarship. The number of scholarships offered has not yet been finalized, but will be based on the list of selected applications. With notification of selection, you will also be notified if you will be awarded a scholarship. Please consider in advance if you are willing to attend EMMIR without being awarded a scholarship.
14. What does "third country national" mean?
The term "third country" is used to refer to a country which is not a Member State of the European Union and which does not participate in the programme according to Article 9 of the Programme Decision. In practical terms, it refers to all countries other than the EU member states, the EEA-EFTA states, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the candidate countries for accession to the EU.
15. Is there a maximum number of Erasmus Mundus Masters courses for which I can apply?
The maximum number of Masters courses for which students can apply is three. This is meant to encourage students to focus their choice. To this purpose, students are required to specify in their application whether they have applied to other courses. The Commission will verify if students have been selected on more than one course and notify the relevant Consortia of such cases.
16. Can I apply for a second Erasmus Mundus scholarship?
No, individuals who have already benefited from an EMMC scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another EMMC.
17. Can I apply for EMMIR every year?
EMMIR will have an application call every year. Application periods will be September to December.
18. Can I apply for EMMIR by email?
No. We are unable to accept any documents send to us by email.
19. Does EMMIR have a TEOFL code?
Yes, please use the TOEFL Designated Institution Code 3556 (University of Oldenburg) to provide us with your TOEFL results, if applicable.
20. How to proceed with IELTS test results?
You can submit your Test Report Form number. We can then use this to verify your score via the IELTS website. A copy via application form is appreciated.
21. I have not finished my first degree course. Can I apply for EMMIR?
Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications that do not include a finalized degree.
22. What should I send in?
If you apply, you should send in all requested documents. Please make sure not to send originals but certified true copies. Your application is not valid if a document is missing.
23.What about Health insurance?
The scholarship covers your participation costs, your cost of living and you would receive installation costs. Health insurance is covered for ALL students; scholarship holders and self paying students.
24.How long ago can my last degree be?
Your last degree obtained must not be older than 5 years.
Last update of this section: 7 August 2013