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Who is Erasmus, anyway?
Desiderius Erasmus was a 15th century Dutch scholar from Rotterdam who lived and worked in different places in Europe.
I was just kidding. I do know Erasmus. Do all Erasmus students go to the Netherlands?
Some do, but not all.
What is ERASMUS?
The ERASMUS (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) program began in 1987 to support the mobility of higher education students and teachers within Europe. For European students, this means studying in another European country for a semester as part of their course.
What is Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus, an expansion of the original ERASMUS program, began in 2004 to promote European higher education to non-European Union nationals through scholarships. Third-country (meaning outside EU/EEA/accession states) students who have not studied or worked in Europe for more than 12 months over the last five years may receive a full scholarship.
There are over 100 Master’s degree courses in various fields, all of which must undertaken in least two European countries (usually three; four is rare). Most courses (programs) take two years, but some take 18 months or even just a year. Since 2009, doctorate programs have also been offered. In addition, there are External Cooperation Windows in association with Third-country higher education institutions.
How does it work?
Each program is facilitated by a consortium of universities in different countries. The consortium oversees the program on behalf of the European Commission. Among the universities in the consortium, there is a coordinating university which takes care of the administrative side, including releasing funds.
How much is the scholarship worth?
The total amount varies according to the length of the program. The student receives €1,000 a month as living allowance. This is more than enough for food, accommodation and travel. The student will have to spend his own money (or borrow, if necessary) in the beginning to pay for visa applications, flight tickets, accommodation deposit and personal items needed for study. But after the student reaches Europe and the allowance commences, he or she will be able to pay back these expenses.
Do I apply for the scholarship at the same time as the program or after I get into the program?
The scholarship application is generally simultaneous with the program application. You will be informed whether or not you are accepted and if so, whether or not you receive the scholarship.
Where can students go?
It depends on the partner universities in the consortium. You can choose your mobility (where you want to study at a particular semester) in some programs; it is fixed in others.
How do I apply?
Application processes, requirements and deadlines vary from program to program, but generally you will need letters of recommendation, a personal statement of intent (motivation), transcript of records of your bachelor’s degree, and language test results (TOEFL or IELTS). Some programs ask for a research proposal. There are no work experience requirements, application fees, entrance tests or interviews.
How much does it cost to apply for Erasmus Mundus?
There is no application fee, unless otherwise stated in the application guidelines.
Do I have to be living or working in the country of my citizenship when I apply?
No, you may apply from anywhere in the world for as long as your nationality is among those being accepted for the programme.
Am I required to take a language exam for English (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS) since English was the medium of instruction at my institution?
It may be possible to argue your case and get a certification that English was the medium of instruction, but it is best to take a language exam when it is asked for so that the consortium can gauge your competence in the language.
How many Erasmus Mundus programmes am I allowed to apply to?
Up to three per selection year.
What languages do I need?
Most programs are conducted completely in English, but some require other European languages. There are a few programs that use no English at all.
How competitive are the scholarships?
In the 2011 stats, 16 Filipino applicants landed on the main list (accepted) and 87 on the reserve list (wait-listed) out of 344 applicants. It really depends on the number of places available (this is usually not announced) and the quality of the applications you’re up against.
When is the deadline for application and when are the results released?
Usually between December and January for the September intake. The results are usually announced between February and March.
I’m in my last year of college. Can I apply for a Master’s course even if I’m just about to graduate?
Yes, you can, if you can get a document from your university stating that you are about to graduate. Between you and me, it would be better to get some work experience first (it just might bolster your chances), but historically, scholarships have been awarded to fresh graduates.
Where can I find more information about a program?
For information specific to each course, check our Links section in the sidebar for the main Erasmus Mundus website, which lists the website of each consortia.
Are the same programs offered every year?
Generally, yes, with new additions every year. However, some programs may be discontinued after the evaluations, which happen every four years.
Do they ask for anything in return during or after the program?
As far as we know, none. There are no required hours of service or conditions about what you should do after the program.
Can I work while studying?
Yes, if the law of the country where you are studying permits international students to work. There are usually limits to the number of work hours per week.
Can I bring my spouse and children with me to Europe when I study there?
Your spouse must be able to support himself/herself and your children without your help, as your allowance can only support you. It also depends on the labor laws and visa regulations of the countries you will be living in.
I’m an applicant. When can I get word on my application?
Erm, we are former EM students, not university reps. We can give you advice on applications, but we cannot advise you on application decisions. Just wait a little bit longer or contact the consortium directly. Or leave a comment below and hope a fellow applicant can enlighten you. 🙂
I’m a Filipino Erasmus Mundus student/alumna/alumnus…
Mabuhay, kababayan! Please sign up for the Erasmus Mundus official students and alumni association and join the Pinoy Erasmus Mundus Yahoogroup. And yes, you’re welcome to contribute stories, photos and articles on this blog.
Is there an orientation in the Filipinos for new Erasmus Mundus students?
There is usually an informal get-together at the EU delegation where you can meet fellow new students. Hope to see you there!
I’ve got another question…
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