Call for Applications: Become a Cohort 10 EMMIRian!

Dear esteemed EMMIR network of prospective students, alumni, partners, and those interested in our migration studies masters programme,

The EMMIR team wishes you all a very happy new year and hope that you are all safe and healthy.

We would like to share with you the exciting news that we expect EMMIR to be funded once again by the European Commission! We are currently in the grant preparation process and will inform you once it is completed. The new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) grant will allow us to open up 4 more editions (this period will be called EMMIR-III), starting with Cohort/Edition 10 incoming in September 2022. The application portal where prospective students can apply is open now, starting on Friday, 07 January 2022 for a period of 60 days.


Learn more about this exciting opportunity to apply for the EMMIR programme below.



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.


EMMIR offers study periods Europe, Asia, and Africa. Student’s mobility is understood as a key to mutual understanding of different views and cultures of migration and movement and will sharpen intercultural sensitivity.


EMMIR student mobility

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 programmes. 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.


Cohort 8 students in their first semester in Oldenburg

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 previous students!


How can you apply for the EMMIR programme?

EMMIR is a competitive programme and we have thorough processes to select top candidates for our scholarship and self-funded placements. 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.

Application requirements for entry into EMMIR

To be an eligible candidate for the EMMIR programme, you should have:

  • a first degree in a field relevant to migration studies (or be able to convincingly justify why you are switching fields),

  • a final grade from your last degree minimum of C+ or equivalent,

  • proficiency in English or a second language if English is your native language,

  • a last degree from no more than 5 years ago (or be able to convincingly justify why you are returning to your studies), and

  • knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations, and empirical methods.


These requirements should be made clear in your application documents as well as in your Statement of Purpose.


For interested prospective students, we recommend you familiarise yourselves with our programme as much as possible, and you can find the updated application form here.

Please email emmir(at)uni-oldenburg.de with any questions you may have related to the admission and application processes.


Thank you for sharing this call for applications with your networks! Tschüß from Oldenburg,


The EMMIR Team

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