Frequently asked questions
What is Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that started in 2004. 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.
How do I apply?
EMMIR has a two-tiered application process. Please follow instructions as outlined in the
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.
Who is elligible 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.
Will applications be excluded because of nationality?
EMMIR accepts applications from around the globe; there are no exclusions with regard to nationality or citizenship.
Are there any special requirements for Chinese students?
EMMIR does not have special requirements for Chinese students.
What is the timetable for the next cohort's application procedures and selection process?
Please see the applications section.
How can my documents be certified?
Please send your relevant documents as CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES. Documents which MUST be certified true are your diploma and transcript.
What is a certified true copy? A certified true copy is a
copy of a document which is certified to be a
true copy of the original, thus not edited or forged in any way. Certified true copies are necessary for your application so that we can be sure your documents are real copies.
Certification of copies can be done by embassies, the police, a notary public or (state or municipal) administation agency. Documents can be certified as true copies only by someone who has the legal authority to do so. Peolpe who
cannot certify your documents as true copies include family members, those living at the same address as you, or those in a relationship with you.
For specific details about certified true copies in your country (which we are unable to provide in every instance), please contact:
- local embassies
- police stations
- notary publics
- your university institutions or
- local banks
Applications without certified true copy stamps or signatures (or in instances where these have been falsified) will not be considered for a position within EMMIR.
Please note: all the certified documents must be sent by ordinary mail to University of Oldenburg.
How do I provide proof of knowledge in the field of migration studies?
Please elaborate on your knowledge in the field of mirgration studies. We consider professional and academic experience valid.
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!
Will students be admitted annually?
Since 2011, EMMIR admits students annually. The first semester starts on 1 September.
EMMIR has recently re-applied for funding. The outcome of this decision will impact whether or not we will open the call for new applications for the 2020-2022 (Cohort 10) applications. A decision will be made public about this in July 2019.
Where can I find the application form?
Please find the link to the online application form in the applications section. Until 20 December, you can apply for a study place and a scholarship at the same time; after that date you can only apply as a self funded candidate for EMMIR.
Does EMMIR offer scholarships?
For the cohorts 2017-19, 2018-20 and 2019-21, EMMIR offers Erasmus Mundus scholarships; please find details in our scholarships section.
What is a programme country? What is a partner country?
Depending on if you are from a 'programme country' or a 'partner country', there are different participation (i.e. tuition, etc) costs for the EMMIR programme and different scholarship stipulations.
It is important to know which category you fall into for the Online Application.
1) Partner Country:
applicants who are not residents in one of the 28 EU member states or Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey or North 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.
2) Programme Country: applicants who
are residents in one of the 28 EU member states, in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey or North 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.
Dual Citizenship: students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.
For more information, please see the
European Commission's website about programme versus partner countries.
*The 12-month residency rule, applied to Partner Country students and applicants, should not apply to the Partner Country candidates who for various reasons and under various circumstances have sought refuge and received a refugee status in a Programme Country. If you have received refugee status in a programme country, you should apply as a
partner country applicant, not a programme country applicant.
Is there a maximum number of Erasmus Mundus Masters courses for which I can apply?
Yes. The maximum is three.
Can I apply for a second Erasmus Mundus scholarship?
No, you can receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship only once.
Can I apply for EMMIR every year?
EMMIR will have an application call every year. Application periods will be beginning of September to end of June. If you have not been accepted, we encourage you to apply again next time. In the meantime, work on building your CV, editing your Statement of Purpose, and increasing your chances of acceptance for next time.
Can I apply for EMMIR by email?
No. We are unable to accept any documents send to us by email.
How long does the EMMIR student 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.
Does EMMIR have a TOEFL code?
Yes, please use the TOEFL Designated Institution Code 3556 (University of Oldenburg) to provide us with your TOEFL results, if applicable.
How do I proceed with IELTS 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.
I have not finished my first degree course. Can I apply for EMMIR?
Yes, you can apply as a self funded candidate given you present a preliminary graduation certificate.
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.
Please note: we won't consider any media devices such as CD's, memory sticks, etc.
What about health insurance?
Health insurance is covered for ALL students, scholarship holders as well as self paying students.
What do the participation costs cover?
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.
From how long ago can my last degree be from?
It is recommended that your last degree is not older than 5 years.
My previous degree is unrelated to Migration and Intercultural Relations... can I still apply?
EMMIR builds on previous knowledge from a first degree in a related field, such as Social sciences, History, Cultural studies, Educational sciences, Law, Economics, Development Studies and Journalism.
Migration studies as a social scientific field takes draws on other fields such as anthropology, history, economics, law, sociology and postcolonial studies. As such, we recognise that it is a very interdisciplinary discipline and thus our students can bring many different skills and knowledge to the table. We welcome diversity in the backgrounds of our students.
Thus, those who have studied an unrelated field are still welcome to apply to EMMIR as long as you appropriately and
convincingly justify why you are changing fields and want to pursue a degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It would benefit your application to display knowledge of migration or intercultural relations through other experiences, such as volunteering, internships, or work experience.
For those who do not have access to migration studies as a discipline in their higher education institutions, and thus have not been exposed to various social scientific theories that EMMIR builds on, please visit our "
Migration 101" page.