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Apply now for a self-funded study place in EMMIR Edition 12 (2024-2026)!

The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations is happy to receive self-funded applications for the 12th edition of students to study the two-year, fully accredited 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 open for fee-paying study places. If you were not able to apply for an EMMIR scholarship or non-fee-paying study place (e.g. because you are still completing your first degree this summer), you can still apply as a fee-paying EMMIR student.

The limited number of these fee-paying study places are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants. We expect to have this call open until July, but we might close it sooner if all study places are filled. We encourage you to apply early.

Fee-paying students pay participation costs of 4500€ per semester, i.e. a total of 18000€ for the two years of the EMMIR programme. They do not have to pay registration fees at any of the EMMIR partner universities and they receive the EMMIR health and travel insurance free of charge. Depending on your country of origin, you might also be able to apply for national funding/grants e.g. Norway, Finland, Mexico, and Germany (BAfÖG). EMMIR will support successfully admitted students (not applicants) to access scholarship schemes that might cover parts of their living costs.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Keti Antadze-Tamminga at with the subject line “Fee-Paying Application” prior to submitting their application.

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.

EMMIR Cohort 8 students on a study trip in New Delhi, India.

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 M.A. degree from 8 different partner institutions 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.

EMMIR Edition 11 on a study trip in Nuremburg, Germany.

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.

EMMIR is accepting applications for fee-paying, self-funded study places until 15 July 2024 (depending on the availability of study places).

EMMIR Cohort 7 graduation. Will you join our network of student and alumni all over the world?

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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