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Application FAQ

  • Are you accepting new students?
    We will accept applications for a 2024-2026 intake (Edition 12) from 15 September 2023. Please visit our Applications page to learn more about deadlines for specific types of applications based on funding.
  • 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. Students and alumni of Erasmus Mundus programmes are invited to join the Erasmus Mundus Association as members.
  • How do I apply?
    Please follow instructions as outlined in the applications section.
  • Does a Bachelor's degree qualify me for the EMMIR programme?
    EMMIR requires you to hold a Bachelor's degree. If you are pursuing or you already hold a Master's degree, please explain in the online application form what an EMMIR degree would add to your professional/academic profile. 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 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. You can convert your grades in this webpage of the university: Once you have converted your final grade average into the German Grading System, the Final Grade Result would correspond to the following: 1 to 1,22 is A 1,23- 1,45 is A- 1,46 to 1,68 is B+ 1,69 to 1,91 is B 1,92 to 2,14 is B 2,15 to 2,37 is C+. EMMIR requires an average of at least C+
  • Will applications be excluded because of nationality?
    EMMIR accepts applications from around the globe; there are no exclusions with regard to nationality or citizenship.
  • 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 migration studies in the respective section of the online application form. There will also be space to upload documents i.e. research papers, certificate of participation, and other relevant documents you think is proof of your knowledge in migration studies. We consider professional and academic experience valid, and also volunteer, extra-curricular and activist experiences.
  • 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.
  • Will students be admitted annually?
    Since 2011, EMMIR admits students. The first semester starts on the first of September.
  • Where can I find the application form?
    Please find the link to the online application form in the applications section. You can apply for a study place and a scholarship at the same time; after that deadline you can only apply as a fee paying self funded candidate for EMMIR.
  • Does EMMIR offer scholarships?
    Yes - EMMIR is able to offer scholarships through the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master scholarship funding scheme (EMJM). You can learn more about participation costs and scholarships here. The EMMIR team will support you with scholarship applications, e.g. for national scholarship schemes of your home country or other programmes you are aware of. But the EMMIR team cannot provide you with access to other scholarship schemes. If you need a student visa to enter Germany, non-fee paying (NF) and fee paying (FP) students will have to pay 11,208€ in a blocked bank account (Sperrkonto) for their first year living expenses. Please do not apply as NF or FP student if you do not have access to this amount. Once you have started EMMIR, several scholarship schemes might be available but none of these covers your full monthly expenses.
  • Is there a maximum number of Erasmus Mundus Masters courses for which I can apply?
    In previous years, there has been a limit of three applications. However, we have recently (in early 2022) received word from the European Commission that there is currently no limit. However, we strongly request that students serious about studying an Erasmus Mundus programme do not apply for more than three, for the following reasons: Erasmus Mundus study places are highly competitive and your application has to convincingly justify why you want to study that specific programme. If someone applies for many different programmes, it may seem that they are not as serious about studying each individual one. Many applications crowd the online application system, causing delays Programmes may face issues if they admit multiple highly qualified candidates who all decline the study place because they were accepted into other Erasmus Mundus programmes Thus, we still recommend that prospective students are very intentional about the programmes they apply to and only apply if they are very motivated to study with that programme.
  • 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 is an interdisciplinary field and thus we appreciate if our students bring many different skills and knowledge to the table. We welcome all forms of diversity. Thus, if you have studied a seemingly unrelated field you 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.
  • Can I apply for a second Erasmus Mundus scholarship, if I've had one before?"
    No, you can receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship only once. If you have conducted another Erasmus Mundus programme as a self-funded student, you can apply to receive the scholarship in a different programme.
  • How long does the EMMIR master's 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. Learn more here. EMMIR does not offer a PhD programme.
  • Can I apply for EMMIR every year?
    EMMIR usually holds an application call every year. 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.
  • 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 of your test report form via application form is required.
  • I have not finished my first degree course. Can I apply for EMMIR?
    Yes, you can apply as long as you will receive your final grades before the deadline for applications. If you miss the deadline for scholarship or non-fee paying study places, you can still apply for the fee-paying self-funded study place which has a longer deadline. We need to have your final grades before the deadline in order to properly evaluate your application.
  • What should I send in?
    If you apply, you should send in all requested documents via eConsort. Once admitted, please make sure not to send originals but certified true copies. Your application is not valid if a document is missing. Only admitted students will need to send hard copies of their documents, 10 days after they receive an admission notification from the EMMIR Team. 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-funded 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. However if your degree is older than five years, you will have to provide convincing reasons in your Statement of Purpose on why you want to go back in academia and the university.
  • When should I submit my application?
    Please submit your application as soon as you complete all the necessary documents and have been able to double-check the information you provided. Avoid waiting for the last minute of the deadline date as the platform might experience technical issues that would delay your submission. The EMMIR Team only recognises the time stamp of your submission in the database i.e. if the system registers the time stamp after the 11:59 CET/CEST of the scholarship deadline, you will not be qualified for the scholarship study places. Please also be aware of the time differences between your location and CET/CEST. Submitting earlier than the deadline also gives the EMMIR team enough time to check the application i.e., are all documents uploaded properly in the system, are there any technical issues in the application, which facilitates a more convenient application process.
  • Are there any special requirements for Chinese students?
    EMMIR does not have special requirements for Chinese students.
  • Can I discuss my application with the EMMIR team?
    Our aim as well as our obligation is to treat all applicants fairly and equally. Due to the high number of applicants, the EMMIR team is unable to discuss individual applications or to do individual consultations with applicants. All queries have to be sent online resp. can only be discussed in our online office hours (technical issues only) and webinars. Both exclusively take place during the application period and will be announced on the website. We do not reply to individual queries but you are welcome to send us questions so that we can prepare and answer the questions during the Webinars. A summary of the Webinar Q&A will published after the session. There will be no recordings due to data and privacy protection laws.
  • Who decides about ranking and admissions?
    Please note: at no stage of the application process any member of the EMMIR team is able to provide you with info on the prospective result of your application. The selection process involves various actors. The final ranking of each applicant is done by the Selection Board (all partner universities are involved plus a student representative) based on all the formal checks plus independent evaluations by two academics from two partner universities. Usuall, already on the next working day after the Selection Board Meeting successful candidates will receive notifications. This is also announced on the website.
  • How do I find out my rank in the results? Should I wait with my acceptance of a non-fee paying or fee paying study place in order not to loose a scholarship or a non-fee paying study place?
    We will not disclose any rank to the candidates. Our communication is exclusively about study places. If you are initially awarded a fee-paying or a non-fee paying study place that you accept, you would still be notified if a scholarship or a non-fee paying study place becomes available for you. In other words: to accept a non-fee or fee paying study place does not come with the risk that you loose your other option.
  • How can I improve my application for the next edition?
    Please refer to the info given on our website. If you have not been involved with migration studies academically, we encourage you to study our Migration 101 materials. We also encourage you to do MOOCs on migration related issues e.g. in EdX or Coursera and to do volunteer, internship or activist work connected to migration. In your application, please pay special attention to your description of Knowledge in the Field and particularly to your Statement of Purpose - this is a key document for evaluators.
  • How can I appeal the admission decision?
    Please wait until you receive your rejection letter. It contains details about appeal procedures and you will need this file for the appeal. According to NHZG §5 (Niedersächsisches Hochschulzulassungsgesetz/Law of Admission to Institutions of Higher Education in Lower Saxony) you may file a lawsuit regarding the decision within four (4) weeks upon receiving the rejection letter. The claim must be made in writing and signed or recorded by the clerk of court (Urkundsbeamte/in), Verwaltungsgericht Oldenburg, Schlossplatz 10, 26122 Oldenburg, Germany. The claim is to be directed against: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, represented by The President, Ammerländer Heerstraße 114–116, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany.
  • When should I apply for the German National Visa for Students? What are preconditions for the visa?
    Please check with the respective German Embassy where you will have to apply for a German National Visa for Students and inform yourself about the visa process, i.e. the waiting time, documentation needed, and other related verification processes. Very important: check with the Embassy the length of the waiting time to get a visa appointment, and the length of the visa process. In some cases, like for applicants who are citizens of Afghanistan, it takes around 12 months or more for the German Embassy in Islamabad/Pakistan to give a visa appointment plus several more months to process the visa. We recommend that you apply for a visa appointment as soon as possible, i.e. at application stage and before you know the result of your EMMIR application. Once you receive a notification letter from us, please share with us the info on your visa application process. We will try to back you up, although our possibilities to do so are increasingly limited. The EMMIR team aims to monitor visa requirements but can not do so comprehensively. But we would like to alert you that non-fee paying and fee-paying applicants from India ( and Vietnam ( with degrees from a university in their home country will have to go through the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) Verification before they can apply for a visa. Please check with the German Embassy if you have to do this – as far as we understand the regulations this does not apply to scholarship students. In EMMIR, we do not necessarily require an English Language Certificate test if certain language waiver conditions apply to you (please find the conditions in this link). However, the APS Verification might require this from you – so please be prepared.
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