Erasmus Mundus- A Great Scholarship
How would you like to study in Europe? Wait, here's a better
question- how would you like to study in Europe on an
amazing scholarship? Well, the Erasmus Mundus
program, managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture
Executive Agency of the European Union, can help.
- What is Erasmus Mundus?
- What's the nature of the scholarship?
- Why is the scholarship being offered?
- How will Erasmus Mundus affect studying abriad?
- What are the requirements?
- How do I apply?
What is Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus is the European co-operation and
mobility programme which supports academic excellence and the
attractiveness of European higher education worldwide and fosters
cooperation with various countries. The expected budget for Erasmus
Mundus will be an indicative amount of €950 million from 2009 to
2013, which means there's a lot of money to go round. Some money
goes to developing exchange programs and relationships between
European and non-European educational institutes, some money goes
to promoting European education, and some money goes to
scholarships. In the period between 2004-2008, Erasmus
Mundus offered more than 10,000 scholarships to students and
academics from all over the world
What's the nature of the scholarships?
The Erasmus Mundus programme offers scholarships to students of
exceptional quality to follow an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course at
two or more European universities. The scheme is open to students
throughout the world, excluding those from the countries of the
European Economic Area. The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni
) provides a forum for
the recipients of Erasmus Mundus scholarships and offers a wealth
of information about the programme from a student perspective.
programmes are highly selective
programs at the postgraduate (Masters and Doctorate) level that
offer specialized education in important disciplines. A few
examples include the European Joint Master in Water and Coastal
Management and the EMBC
- Erasmus Mundus
Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation.
You might also be interested to know that in 2008/09, 164 out of
the 456 EM students came from India
Why is the scholarship being
The European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood
Policy, Mrs Benita Ferrero-Waldner emphasised the importance of
this programme in building a more united world: "Erasmus Mundus
enables the brightest students inside and outside the EU to fulfill
their potential and maximise their opportunities in life. It
ensures academic excellence and helps students forge a shared
vision for the world.
With this programme, the EU promotes knowledge transfer and
multiculturalism in action, key factors of progress and development
Thus we are adding a crucial component in our external cooperation
programmes, going beyond support for government reform programmes
by strengthening people-to-people contacts in this very particular
area. These contacts might be useful in the future given our
How will Erasmus Mundus affect studying
The programme offers the opportunity to third-country students to
obtain a degree in Europe, and to academics to share know-how and
to contribute to study programmes through teaching or research
activities whilst avoiding the brain drain and favouring vulnerable
groups. Thanks to these exchanges and through cooperation with non
EU partner countries the programme also made a significant
contribution to the enhancement of intercultural dialogue and to
the sustainable development of higher education in third
In short, Erasmus Mundus will strengthen the intellectual ties
between European and third countries, providing both sides of the
world with an opportunity for advancements in many areas.
Scholarships will ensure that the best students can get the best
education possible by removing the financial boundaries to higher
education. This will make Europe a more competitive choice for the
world's top students.
What are the requirements?
Requirements vary according to which EM programme you choose. Here
are the requirements for one of the programmes:
- Certified proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (excepted for native speaker)
- Academic achievement equal or up to 70% of the maximum
Academic ability (60%): Evaluation based on…
- Quality and recognition of home institution having awarded the
first degree, quality and recognition of the degree, quality of
transcript of records, suitability of past curriculum with aims of
EMAE. (i.e. good grades in a good
- Two references
- Additional language skills. According to the specialization
preferred in the 2nd year, a fluent level of understanding in
French, German or Portuguese, or a higher level in English could be
taken into account.
Motivation (25%): Evaluation based on…
- Applicant's free letter of motivation (2 pages at a maximum, in
English, type-written or word-processed)
- Brief responses (200 words each) to the following questions:
Why should you be selected in EMMC
EMAE? and How your participation in
EMMC EMAE will
be helpful in your professional project?
Work experience (15%):
- Evaluation based on present and past work experience,
professional qualifications, leaded projects and so on.
How do I apply?
Students who wish to follow an Erasmus Mundus
Masters Course must apply directly to an Erasmus Mundus consortium
offering such a course:
- Go to the
Erasmus Mundus website, find the academic discipline of
interest and click on it. You'll find a list of Erasmus Mundus
courses offered throughout Europe.
- Select on the title of the course. A full description of the
course along with a website address will appear. Each course has
its own website with information about the specific application
requirements, application forms and deadlines. There are no
common application forms or common deadlines for Erasmus Mundus
Masters Courses. Students must apply directly to the
consortium offering the Erasmus Mundus Masters Course of their
choice by following the application procedures specific to that
consortium (from the academic year 2008-2009 onwards, the maximum
number of courses for which a student can apply is three).
- When enrolling in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course, students
can simultaneously apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.