Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are high-level integrated study programmes at master level. The programmes are designed and delivered by an international partnership of higher education institutions from different countries worldwide. Erasmus+ funds scholarships for students to take part in these programmes. The masters programmes themselves offer these scholarships to the best-ranked student applicants worldwide, in annual application rounds.
EU scholarships cover the cost of a student’s participation in the programme, travel, and a living allowance.
Activities and outcomes
- Erasmus Mundus joint masters programmes provide 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits. This means that they last from a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of 24 months. The majority are 24-month programmes.
- Your study must comprise at least two study periods in two countries (different from your country of residence). Programmes offer different study tracks that meet this condition.
- The successful completion of the study programme will lead to the award of either a joint degree (i.e. one single degree certificate issued on behalf of at least two higher education institutions of the EMJMD consortium) or multiple degrees (i.e. at least two degree certificates issued by two higher education institutions of the consortium).
Applications and more information
First you should consult the online Catalogue of Erasmus Mundus masters programmes. Each programme’s website contains all the information you need on content, entry requirements and the universities for you to decide if this is the right programme for you.
How to apply?
In preparation of the Erasmus+ mobility period, a participant with physical, mental or health-related conditions should indicate her/his needs and extra costs in order to apply for the Erasmus+ special needs support grant with the support of their sending higher education institution. Ask the Erasmus+ coordinator of your sending higher education institution about the application procedure (application deadline, where you can obtain the application form, where to submit your application form etc.).
A new batch of selected Erasmus Mundus Masters is added to the list each summer. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.
Make sure you know your rights when you study abroad.
The EMA (Erasmus Mundus Association) is the alumni-association specific to the joint master degrees. Their website offers advice and inspiration for applicants.
The ESAA – Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance offers Erasmus+ students and alumni a dynamic forum for networking, professional development and intercultural exchange.
Doctoral candidates can also receive EU support for periods of research abroad through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
you can receive a full degree scholarship for a Master-level international study programme.
With Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs), you can receive a full degree scholarship for a Master-level international study programme. EMJMDs are distinguished by their academic excellence and the high level of integration of the courses between multiple higher education institutions across countries. EMJMDs are run by international consortia formed by at least three higher education institutions from different Erasmus+ Programme Countries. In addition, one or more higher education institutions from Partner Countries may form part of the consortium.
The students will receive either a double (or multiple) degree or a joint degree awarded by your higher education consortium, which is officially recognised in the degree-awarding countries. The EMJMD program is worth 60, 90 or 120 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits depending on the duration of the course.
Students from all over the world can apply. Before applying for an EMJMD, make sure you respect the following conditions:
You must have a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent of learning according to the legislation and practices in the countries that will award the degree. More specific information about entry requirements can be found on the website of each EMJMD. If you have already received an EMJMD scholarship, you are not eligible for an additional scholarship.
Students at Master level can apply to a maximum of three different programmes. You cannot benefit from another EU-funded scholarship scheme at the same time as receiving support for your EMJMD.
EMJMD scholarships cover travel expenses, participation costs, fees and living costs for the entire duration of the Master course. The total amount of your scholarship can vary according to the duration of your course and your nationality. Non-EU students receive larger scholarships as follows:
– Scholarship holder from a Partner Country (including Libya)
– Travel costs €2,000 per year (located less than 4,000 km from the EMJMD coordinating university) €3,000 per year (located at or more than 4,000 km from the EMJMD coordinating university)
– Installation costs €1,000
– Living costs € 1,000 per month
– Tuition costs Up to €9,000 per year
For EMJMDs, you must apply directly to through your chosen programme website, where you can find out about entry requirements, the application procedure and submit your application (when the application process is open). The application takes place through a single step: you do not need to apply for a scholarship separately. Hence, when applying to the Master’s programme, tick “Erasmus+ or Erasmus Mundus scholarship” in the online application form.
The regular documents required for application to EMJMDs include (but are not limited to):
– BA/Bsc diploma
– Transcript of records/Diploma supplement
– CV (Europass format)
– Motivation Letter
– Recommendation Letters
– Proof of English (or other) Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificates)
– Proof of Residence