What is Erasmus Mundus and Why It's Perfect for Your Master's Studies Abroad

by Robert Balan

If you have your mind set on studying in Europe, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme is the perfect opportunity to both learn and develop yourself through new experiences in more than one European country. The greatest advantage of taking an EMJMD is the opportunity of having most of your costs covered. How’s that for exciting news?

It’s important to mention that the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree is a new initiative, which is part of the Erasmus+ programmes, and it should not be confused with the similar Erasmus Mundus project that ended in 2013.

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What is the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme?

It is a highly rated international study programme that is offered by a group of European higher education institutions (at least two). The study period will be spent in at least two of the programme countries.

If you’re wondering how long this programme will actually take to complete, you’ll be glad to find out that it ranges between 12-24 months, which is very common for a Master’s programme. You’ll have plenty of time to study and explore Europe’s culture, landscapes and ancient history.

Who can apply for the EMJMD?

Any student can apply, regardless of their country of origin, as long as they already have a Bachelor’s degree. Depending on the legislation of the countries you will study the EMJMD in, the Bachelor’s degree can be replaced if you manage to prove that you have the equivalent level of learning.

This means that some countries may allow you to apply for a Joint Master Degree as long as you manage to pass one of their own tests that prove you have the level of knowledge expected from a regular Bachelor’s graduate.

What is the Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

This is a scholarship that covers your participation costs to the EMJMD. The scholarship will pay for:

  • tuition fees
  • insurance
  • library or laboratory costs
  • other costs that are required in order to participate in your chosen Master’s degree

In order to receive this financial support, you have to first be admitted onto one of the courses and then be selected for a scholarship. The amount will depend on the duration of the programme and your country of origin.

For example, students from non-EU countries will receive larger scholarships. Please make sure to check the official programme page in order to discover all the funding options available.

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How to apply for an EMJMD?

You can simply apply to one of these Erasmus Mundus programmes available on our website:

If you want to check out more Erasmus Mundus Master's courses, you can consult the official EMJMD Catalogue where you will find an entire list of courses waiting for you.

Usually, applications for this programme are submitted between October and January, but there are courses where the deadline is either in March, or even May. Check the official page of each programme to find out the specific application requirements and deadlines.

Some of the typical admission requirements and documents:

  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
  • Proving you have the financial resources to cover your costs if you do not qualify for the scholarship from EMJMD
  • Recommendation letters

Your hard work and unique experiences will pay off at the end of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree when you will receive either:

  • A joint degree – a single degree issued on behalf of at least two universities
  • Multiple degrees – at least two degree-certificates issued by two or more universities

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There you have it! Now you know everything you need in order to apply for this great European study opportunity. If the chance to learn and live in at least two different countries doesn’t convince you, then the possibility of having most of your costs covered definitely will. You can also check out other Master’s degree options in Europe and find the perfect one for you.

Good luck with your application process and enjoy your study experience!

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