What Can Erasmus Mundus Do for You?

In my opinion and having known about the Erasmus Mundus programme for a long time, I consider it one of the best Master's scholarships you can have. Not only is it open to any citizenship in the world, but the scholarship covers the tuition fee, living costs, and health insurance.

The students receive a lot of help from their universities (such as finding housing, or visa related matters). The key word here is "universities", because you will be enrolled in anywhere from 2 to 4 universities during your 2 year Master's programme.

You can choose to study not only in Europe, but in all parts of the world. You can also benefit from language courses, free of charge in all countries. For each university taking part in the Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme, between 10 and 20 students may receive a scholarship for each intake session.

You should know that from 2015 onward, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) are now delivered under the umbrella of Erasmus + Programmes.

Subjects provided

There are over 100 Erasmus Mundus Master's courses, ranging from:

Each Master's has a different consortium of universities that made it (the consortium is the group of universities organising the Master's course).

It is quite important not to choose the Master's based on the countries it will take place in, but following your area of interest.

Of course, it would be great if you could find a Master's in your area of interest that also takes you to a lot of countries and gives you a lot of opportunities.

For a full updated list of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees and the host countries, please check the official EMJMD page.

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Scholarships

The scholarship amounts depend mainly on the duration of your studies and your citizenship (scholarships for students outside the European Union are higher than for EU citizens). The programme offers full-time scholarships covering:

  • monthly allowance
  • participation costs
  • travelling costs
  • insurance

Scholarship amounts can vary according to:

  • the level of studies
  • the duration of studies
  • the scholar’s nationality

Scholarships for EU citizens

For citizens of the 28 EU member countries, the scholarship can be as high as 23.000 € for two years of study. This will cover:

  • The tuition fees (if there are any)
  • Health insurance
  • Any documents and administrative requirements from the university
  • A living allowance of 500 € per month for 24 months
  • A 3.000 € extra scholarship (on top of the 500€ a month) in case your studies take you outside the European Union
  • Different language courses and events

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Scholarships for non-EU citizens

In the case of citizens of third world countries, the scholarships are even better.

This is due to the fact that Erasmus Mundus was designed for non-EU citizens and only in recent years has it come to include EU citizens.

The Master's scholarship can get up to 48.000 € for two years of study, and this covers:

  • The tuition fees (if there are any)
  • Health insurance
  • Any documents and administrative requirements from the university
  • A living allowance of 1.000 € per month for 24 months
  • A 3.000 € extra scholarship (on top of the 1.000 € a month) every time you change your university
  • Different language courses and events
  • A 2.000 € initial payment, before the studies start, for visas and travel expenses
  • At the end of the Master's, you receive a double or multiple diplomas from all universities you attended

Study application

The requirements for entry and receiving scholarships differ for each Master's course (for example, the language level can differ, some applications require an essay, as well as one or more reference letters).

Another requirement is that you cannot apply for more than 3 Master's courses (only applies to third country citizens).

Applications usually start in September and end in early February, depending on the programme. This means you should have all required documents available by October\November, to be sure you can apply to any Master's and that the deadline didn't pass.

Students or scholars should contact the consortium offering the Master's course to find out detailed information about the application process.

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The competition is quite fierce and some programmes have a set limit for EU citizens they can accept. It's best to check with the universities before applying, to make sure they don't accept only non-EU citizens.

You should check the universities websites on the list of offered programmes for detailed information regarding available scholarships for EU students.

Usually, each Master's also has a Facebook page, with a helpful administrator or someone to answer your questions, if you cannot find the answer on the “Frequently asked questions” page.

Best of luck!

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