Erasmus Mundus scholarship is also known as Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s degree program or EMJMS (Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s scholarship).
It is one the most generous & best scholarship in the world, which any lucky international student can prevail.
The student can apply to three programs, which will be completed in 2-6 countries in the time span of two years, with a fully funded master’s scholarship.
Erasmus Mundus is funded by the EU. Only graduates can apply for it, Who has a bachelor’s degree or are in the last year of a bachelor’s degree.
Masters students can also apply for it for 2nd master’s.
This detailed Erasmus Mundus scholarship guide will give you all the details about eligibility criteria, participating countries, universities, documents required, and the detailed application process.
We try our best to not leave any queries.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
1. Benefits of Erasmus Mundus scholarship
Erasmus scholarship is one of the most generous scholarships.
mostly the applicant is paid for 24 months. The allowance is different for European & non-European students.
European applicants get a little less grant compared to the other international students.
The gray could be a little different depending on your program too But the general essential benefits are given below.
- Tuition & health insurance are covered by the Erasmus program. Make sure you contact your coordinators for the health insurance (in case they didn’t send you)
- Living allowance cost is given around 1100-1400 euros per month, for the entire duration of 2 years course.
- Traveling cost is covered. It could be the airfare cost. It’s around 1000 euros at the end of every semester.
- Installation cost covered. I.e visa costs for some international students. It could be an extra 1000-2000 euros.
- Extra funds are offered to those with special needs. (They can get between 3000-6000€ extra funding)
2. Eligibility criteria for Erasmus Mundus scholarship
The eligibility criteria for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship are very simple,
- Applicant must be a graduate. Should have at least a bachelor’s degree.
- Even if the student has done one master’s they can still apply for 2nd master’s.
- The student can’t get an Erasmus scholarship twice. It can be awarded only once.
- Some programs even require IELTS (6.5), while for some English proficiency certificates or an IELTS, alternative is enough. However, Having good bands in IELTS certainly help.
- In order to win the scholarship, the Student must provide proper relevancy between previous & future studies. work experience in a relevant field is more helpful.
- Students should focus on providing the 2 best recommendation letters, a Motivation letter, a proper Europass Cv & the rest of the documents which we discussed below in detail.
2.1. List of eligible countries:
Here you can find out the list of eligible countries for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
3. Documents required for Erasmus Mundus scholarship
3.1. Academic documents
This includes all your certificates & academic record like
A: Bachelor’s transcript & certificate
B: Master’s transcript & certificate (if the student is applying for 2nd Master’s)
C: Metric & FSC transcripts (10-12th Grade) (A level) (DMCs) and certificates (Supporting academic documents)
D: Course summary (to explain your courses & how your previous courses & studies resemble your future studies to which you are applying)
All of the above documents should be attested by respective boards.
Also, attest them from issuing authority of home countries. The respective university must attest university documents.
In the case of Pakistan, The documents mentioned above must be attested by IBCC, HEC, and MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
IBCC authority is only responsible for the attestation of metric and inter documents.
Dear offices are present in Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and also in other cities of Pakistan.
3.2. Valid Passport, Birth certificate, NIC & Residence card
The passport of the applicant must be valid at the time of visa application and on arrival to the host countries.
3.3. English Proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL)
The IELTS requirements in Erasmus Mundus may vary from course to course and degree to degree.
Applicants may find some courses where IELTS is not required, but as a whole, Students with IELTS 6.5 overall or TOEFL above 100, have a great chance to get the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
Meeting the English language requirements set by Erasmus courses is an important step toward achieving your bigger goal.
Some courses may also accept IELTS alternatives like Duolingo etc, or even an English proficiency certificate from the previous university.
For example, in “EDUCATION IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE (ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTERS)” the English requirements are given below.
See the screenshot
3.4. Recommendation letters / Letters of References
The applicants must provide 2 letters of recommendation. One from the previous university, (Depending upon courses) & one from the employer.
It is advised to provide a letter of recommendation from the HOD (Head of the department or Relevant course head) who should be a PhD.
The referees need to write their contact details (Email, phone number) at the end of the letter.
The letter must include an official letterhead, signature, and official stamp and must be of the current date.
Ask your Referees to write about your academic plus professional achievements & discuss their confidence in you that you are fully compatible with the project or course you wish to pursue in Erasmus.
Europass CV can be easily made here.
The Cv must contain all the latest & relevant information about your occupation & interests.
A perfect CV must be hand signed.
3.6. Hope certificate (If applicable)
If the final transcript isn’t ready then students can apply with a Hope certificate from their university.
However, they must be graduated before the final result of Erasmus.
(Please make sure you contact your program supervisors in this regard )
3.7. Thesis Plan / Proposal (Optional)
The Thesis proposal is optional. (Depend upon the courses)
It asks you to write about the research project you agree to complete with the assigned academic advisor.
Your thesis proposal could be a brief description of your research goals and objectives, the methods with which you wish to process that research, the outcomes you desire, the timeline and budget you have estimated, and the area of study you wish upon exploring.
It shall be a brief document yet explain the entire vision to the reader so that those analyzing your application could know of your objectives and grant you the scholarship if they match the program’s criteria and eligibility.
3.8. Statement of Purpose or Letter of Motivation for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Technically SOP (Statement of purpose) and LOM (Letter of Motivation) are the same things.
It’s a Short biography to tell the panelist about yourself:
A letter of motivation or SOP could be a tricky part while applying for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
In this letter, you are asked to write about your personal and professional reasons why are you applying for a course & scholarship.
The maximum length of this letter is three pages, But it is advised to make it short & concise to one page.
How to write a perfect letter of Motivation
If you are interested in writing your LOM on one page concisely, then follow this exact method.
LOM consists of three parts.
3.8.1. Introduction (one paragraph)
3.8.2. Body (3 paragraphs)
3.8.3. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
Let’s explain these three things one by one.
The introduction is the gateway to the rest of the letter. Try to capture their interest in the first few sentences. Be original & creative.
Make it personal & full of enthusiasm.
TIP: Try to initiate a story about yourself relevant to the scholarship you are applying for & then expand it to the first paragraph of the body.
In the first paragraph of the body, try to tell about your relevant academic & experienced background to the course.
And your professional goals attached to the visiting countries & Programs. Share your expectations of the scholarship.
In the 2nd paragraph be more precise & focus on the specific achievement related to the scholarship & course.
In the 3rd paragraph expand on what you are currently doing & the interesting things you look forward to.
Tell them why you are the best candidate for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Don’t sound needy or use pompous language instead focus on why you deserve it.
3.9. Experience letter (Optional)
Applicant must provide an Experience letter of the previous jobs & Internships.
Try to customize the work experience letter with future studies.
Mention your job descriptions, work projects & the skills you learned through time.
The letter must be signed & verified by the Head or CEO of the company.
3.10. Portfolios or Workshop or Relevant certificates (Optional)
It’s optional. But students can attach portfolios or workshops to support their cases for the Erasmus programs.
4. How to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship
The process to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship may sound tricky to some students but here in this blog we will try our best to define the whole process as easily as possible in five easy steps:
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application shortcuts:
EMJM catalogue> Filter your interest > Visit specific program website > Check requirements & collect documents > Submit application > Perform interview
4.1. visit the official website:
Visit EMJM catalogue, go to the search filter & choose different programs of your desired courses, which are highly related to your educational background, or work experience.
Do not apply to more than 3 programs,
While checking for the duration & credits, remember 30 ECTS means one semester and 120 ECTS means four semesters (Full masters).
Note: Be careful while applying filters, because sometimes the exact keywords aren’t available, so look into programs by opening the sites & see what courses are relevant to your interest & select those, rather than only going for the keywords.
Some Erasmus Mundus programs even allow students to visit more than 6 countries.
See the screenshot
4.2. Visit the program website:
After shortlisting the program & finding the relevant courses, check when will that program starts & ends. Also, check the grant.
See the screenshot to find out, where to apply & which countries are involved.
4.3. Fulfill all the requirements & extra details
Look for tiny detail related to relevancy to your previous education & work experience.
See if the program requires you to do IELTS or any other alternative.
You will also find the scholarship application form here.
Also, check the GPA & academic points requirement.
The rest of the documents are discussed above in detail.
The screenshot for the Erasmus program “EDUCATION IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE” is attached here as an example.
4.4. Submit the application
After visiting the program thoroughly, selecting the courses & collecting all the documents, it’s time to submit the application.
Click on “Apply now”, Sign in to the application & Choose your host university name.
Make sure you submit the application on time. Some programs may also require an interview.
So make sure you prepare it well enough according to your CV, cover letter, Motivational letter & work experience.
If you have any problem, you can always “contact the organization” or ask your queries at “Ask about the program” about some specific courses.
5. Deadline for Erasmus Mundus scholarship
There are more than 100 programs for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degree program, & every program has its own website, which students can find here, So the deadline varies according to every program.
However, most of the programs open between October & November, & the portal remains open till February or even March every year.
So technically, International students have 3-4 months to apply for the program.
September is the intake.
6. Selection criteria for Erasmus Mundus scholarship
The selection criteria of EMJMS depend on every program, however, there are a few factors that can clearly outshine you among the lot.
- Try to make a convincing Motivational letter. That reflects your enthusiasm & your will to learn & explore. We explained it above in detail.
- A good score in IELTS (Above 6.5 ) can help a lot & certainly increase your chances of getting the Erasmus scholarship.
- Relevancy to the previous education & experience to the future Erasmus studies matters a lot in the selection process. Therefore it is advised to provide certificate & letters according.
- Prepare the interview properly, and rehearse it. It is the last but the most important part of the section criteria.
7. FAQS: Frequently asked questions about the Erasmus Mundus scholarship
7.1. What is the difference between ERASMUS, ERASMUS +, and Erasmus Mundus?
In earlier days,
Erasmus was used for higher education mobility, which gives the opportunity to students to study up to 2 semesters abroad,
While Erasmus+ is the combination of multiple programs that provide opportunities not only to students but also to trainees, teachers, etc
The Erasmus+ includes “Erasmus Mundus”, “Erasmus exchange”, “Life-long learning programs”, “The youth in action programs” etc.
(“Erasmus+” means “Erasmus & more”.)
Erasmus Mundus on the other hand, is the only full-time Master’s program, to finish an entire degree. In Erasmus Mundus, the student can apply to three programs, which will be completed in 2-6 countries in the time span of two years, with a fully funded master’s scholarship.
While Erasmus exchange is mostly for only one semester. (6 months thing)
7.2. Which bank should be used for the applicant to get the Erasmus grant?
It depends on the university. Most of the time, the university chooses it for you.
Revolut Bank (Online) can be helpful too for international students.
7.3. How many programs you can apply for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degree program?
A: students can apply for 3 programs at a time. It is advised that students should apply for the relevant courses & must add relevant experience to their portfolio to increase their chances of getting the scholarship.
Q: what is the difference between the program country & partner country in the Erasmus Mundus scholarship?
In simple words, Program countries are usually the countries of the European Union, with & a few exceptional countries, like Iceland, Turkey, the UK, etc
While partner countries are the rest of the participating countries all over the world.
So in other words, Students from the following nationals can be considered program counties.
See the list
|Erasmus Mundus program countries (EU & few exceptions)
|Republic of North Macedonia
8. Important websites for Erasmus Applicants
The EMA (Erasmus Mundus Association) 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.
And know your rights when you study abroad.
We cover everything in detail, but if you still have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments.