Costs & Funding

Participation Costs

Currently, the Consortium charges the following participation costs to be paid to the consortium:

* i.e. students from one of the 28 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
** all other countries.


The participation costs cover all obligatory programme activities and health insurance; they do also include the respective hosting university's obligatory registration and student service fees. They do not include room and board as well as other living expenses and travel. For required travel read more about our mobility path.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

When applying for EMMIR, applicants are invited to apply for one of a very limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarship (except if they have benefitted from such a scholarship before). Applicants will be informed if they are awarded a scholarship with the admission notification. Please note that you can only apply for a scholarship if you have completed a first degree (i.a.w. if you are able to document a finalised degree) by the application deadline in December. No exceptions can be made from this rule.

Applications for Erasmus Mundus scholarships are open from 15th October 2018 to 15th January 2019 for the 2019-21 cohort. Please see visit this page for further information about deadlines of applications.


There are two different forms of scholarships, those for students from Erasmus+ Partner Countries and those for students from Erasmus+ Programme Countries. The scholarship terms depend on the student's country of permanent residence and main academic and/or professional activity.






A number of region specific scholarships have been earmarked for Erasmus+ applicants from:

  • Brazil and Mexico

  • South Africa

  • ACP group of states.

Erasmus+ Partner Country

Erasmus+ Partner country scholarships are available for applicants who 

  • are neither resident in one of the 28 EU member states or Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey or the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

  • nor carried out their main academic and/or professional activity for more than 12 months in any of the countries mentioned above in the last five years.

Erasmus+ Programme Country

Erasmus+ Programme country scholarships are available for applicants who 

  • are resident in one of the 28 EU member states, in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey or the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and/or

  • regardless of their residence carried out their main academic and/or professional activity for more than 12 months in any of the countries mentioned above in the last five years.

  • 2250 € per semester for students from Erasmus+ programme countries*.

  • 4500 € per semester for students from Erasmus+ partner countries**.

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* resident of a Partner Country whose location is 4.000 km or more away from Oldenburg/Germany.

**Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of the
JMD (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in their country of origin/residence.

Other Scholarships and Loans

Among other funding possibilities there are third party grants and student/ government loans available. In order to apply for these many donors require you to plan well ahead of your individual study schedule.

We recommend to start scholarship applications 1,5 years ahead of the MA programme's start. Loans require usually less time to secure and may be more convenient in the short term. 


Third Party Grants

There are manifold opportunities to apply for third party grants available. Click here for an overview offered by the University of Oldenburg. Most important for your scholarship application is to start with the procedure in time. If extra information regarding these scholarships is required, Cohort 7 student Yara wrote about scholarships available to EMMIR students as of autumn 2017 on the Cohort 7 Blog (read here, though we cannot take responsibility for any incorrect information on the students' blog). 

Please note: Application windows are often closed one year before the indicated programme start.


Government Loans​

More timely and applicable for the EMMIR programme's starting in September you can apply for government loans. Many of the current students and Alumni are financed by these sources, as ERASMUS+ scholarships are limited to only a few.


Government loans usually cover living costs and tuition fees (at least partly).

  • To give an example: German government loans are calculated according to the parents' income; therefore not all candidates are eligible to receive it. They are not necessarily limited to German citizenship status (details; only in German), but also available to EU citizens, refugees and stateless non-Germans with a permanent residency in Germany. German government loans for studying abroad ('Auslandsbafög', applicable to semester 2 to 4) are available even to candidates who do not receive Bafög in Germany.


Inform yourself about funding opportunities in your country. Our team is happy to assist you during the application procedure for third party grants or loans.


Current students are financed by (among others): 


Other grants and scholarships

A list of grants available to students of the University of Oldenburg (which you are as an EMMIR student) can be found here: UOL scholarships. As a self-paying student you are eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funds to support your mobility path. Additionally the University provides a database of scholarship programmes that you might want to have a look at.

Cost of Living

The information below is useful to both scholarship and full fee paying students who will need an idea of how to financially support their stay in Europe/Africa.

Please note that this information refers specifically to the cost of living in various countries, and does not refer to any visa-related expenses. Some countries, such as Germany, may require you to deposit a certain amount of money into a blocked account in order to receive your student visa. For more information on applying for visas, please see the Next Steps page.


Oldenburg/Germany: 700 to 1000 Euro/month

The cost of living in Germany is relatively high. However, there are many ways for students to reduce their costs: student dormitories and shared flats offer affordable housing, cheap super markets and pubs catering to students are also helpful. Cultural events, sports centres, as well as public transport even certain shops, offer student discounts. Estimations of living costs (incl. accommodation, food, leisure, etc.) in Germany vary between 700 and 1000 Euro per month. Find more detailed information on the website of the German Studentenwerk.


Stavanger/Norway: about 1150 Euro/month

Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately 9000 NOK (about 1150 Euro) per month in order to cover basic expenses. However, as a student you can access discounts and significantly reduce your expenses. Manage your budget well and you can enjoy a wide range of activities. Follow this link to find information on average prices in Stavanger.


Nova Gorica/Slovenia: about 600 Euro/month

The cost of living in Slovenia is relatively cheap compared to that of Germany or Norway. Prices are highest in Ljubljana, in Nova Gorica students need an average of 600 Euro per month to get along.


Ceské Budejovice/Czech Republic: 400 to 600 Euro/month

The Czech Republic is one of the cheaper European countries in the partnership, you will need only 400 to 600 Euro per month to get along. Find out more about student life in the Czech Republic on this website. For a room in Ceské Budejovice's student dorm you pay only around 90 euro per month, lunch in the canteen is around 2 Euro.


Omdurman or Khartoum/Sudan: about 700 Euro/month

The approximate costs for living expenses per months around Sudan's capital sum up to around 700 Euro per month. The monthly rent for a studio or appartment is around 250 Euro (incl. electricity and internet), all other living expenses should not exceed 15 Euro per day.


Mbarara/Uganda: about 500 Euro/month

You will need around 450 to 500 Euro per month to get along in Mbarara. The monthly rent for a single room on campus is around 120 Euro including utilities. All other living expenses should not exceed 10-12 Euro per day. A return trip to Kampala by car service is around 350 Euro, buses operate regularly at a price of around 10 Euro per trip. 

Last update: March 2019.