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Apply now for a non-fee-paying study place with the Erasmus Mundus programme, EMMIR!

The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations is happy to receive self-funded applications for the 11th edition of students to study the two-year master's programme.

Since 2016, EMMIR has been funded under the European Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus label of excellence, one of Europe's most prestigious study programmes.

EMMIR students study in Germany and Norway in their first year, and then can choose to study in South Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Czech Republic, Slovenia, or India in year 2.

Applications for scholarships have now closed, but we are still accepting applications for two types of self-funded students: non-fee-paying and fee-paying.

What is the EMMIR programme?

The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) is two-year Erasmus Mundus migration studies course and is jointly run by three African, four European, and two Asian partners, facilitated by a wider network of associate partners.

EMMIR is a unique study programme focusing on migration through an intercultural approach. It equips students with profound theoretical and methodological skills in migration studies and allows them to conduct fieldwork primarily in Asian, African, and European contexts. It is designed as a multidisciplinary two-year master’s programme (120 ECTS) that addresses important contemporary issues in a still emerging field of study.

As an EMMIR student, you will become acquainted with different cultures and academic traditions and gain knowledge about migration issues in academic settings and in internships. You will gain profound skills and specialise in one of the programme foci, this will provide you with excellent chances for employment in national and international governmental and private sector organisations or in academia.

What is it like to be an EMMIRian?

EMMIR students lead exciting academic, professional, and personal lives over the two years of their degree programme. Student mobility is one of the programme’s crucial features, meaning that students spend every semester on a different mobility path. EMMIR begins in Oldenburg, Germany, and in the second semester, all students move to Stavanger, Norway.

In the third semester, students attend the partner university of their choice, they complete courses and a project-based internship. Before the final semester, a joint proposal colloquium leads to the formation of supervision groups continuing in the fourth semester in order to support the research and thesis writing.

Learn more about what it's like to be an EMMIRian on our EMMIR Life page, read about what our alumni are up to after graduation here, and make sure to check out our blog posts to hear directly from students and alumni!

Graduates of the EMMIR programme receive a joint Master's degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations, issued by the University of Oldenburg.

Alumni of our programme lead successful careers in academia as well as the private and public sectors, with many working in prestigious organisations around the world such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Labour Organisation (ILO), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Development Agency), International Committee of the Red Cross, World Food Programme, Plan International, Caritas, and more.

How can you apply for the EMMIR programme?

EMMIR is a competitive programme and we have thorough processes to select top candidates for each cohort. Each edition of EMMIR consists of between 25-35 students, a mixture of self-funded students and scholarship-holders.

The application process is coordinated by UOL and supported by the EConsort application manager online. The final admission decision is taken by the selection committee consisting of members of all nine partner institutions.

There are currently two types of applications that we are still accepting: non-fee-paying and fee-paying self-funded students.

Both deadlines are on a rolling basis. The deadline for non-fee-paying students will close before 15 March 2023 or when all positions are filled. The deadline for fee-paying students will close before 15 August 2023 or when all positions are filled.

Before applying, please contact us for more information

For interested self-funded prospective students, we recommend that you email us first at emmir(at) before filling out your application to ensure that you meet the self-funding criteria.

Thank you for sharing this call for applications with your networks!

Tschüß from Oldenburg,

- The EMMIR Team


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