Erasmus Mundus: Joint European Masters of Excellence

Lesser known than the Erasmus programme, Erasmus Mundus Masters are also a way to study internationally at a high level. In all areas, these courses are designed on the basis of a partnership of international establishments, with a joint diploma as the key.

Studying in Europe and obtaining a joint degree has been possible since 2005 with Erasmus Mundus Masters. These European masters offer high-level training to the best students. The key for selected students: a scholarship of 1,400 euros per month for a maximum period of 24 months.

What is an Erasmus Mundus Masters?

Erasmus Mundus Masters are courses of excellence that have been in existence since 2005. “They are very special because they are very specialized, innovative, aligned with the current challenges of sustainable development, the digital transition, etc.”, specifies Mathilde Begrand from the Erasmus+ agency that manages the system in France.

These masters are created by several European universities (at least three)who “agree on the educational program, courses, teachers and who recruit students together”. They issue a joint or multiple degree.

The students must then complete their course in several partner countries, a minimum of two and a maximum of four.

What is the purpose of Erasmus Mundus Masters?

For students, doing a joint Erasmus Mundus Masters allows them to develop “transnational skills, speak several languages, know how to work interculturally…”, Erasmus + list. The course is “made to attract the best students from around the world and Europe, with promotions of 20 to 30 people, of all nationalities“.

Also for establishments, “the impact is significant”, emphasizes Mathilde Begrand, because the master’s degree gives rise to double or joint degrees. France is also well placed in Europe: “In 2021, 63% of Mundus masters involve French establishments, she says, or about 150 masters in progress. But it’s still complicated because it’s not always easy to work with partners. You have to get a master’s degree from at least three other universities in Europe.”

Nonetheless, these training courses are internationally recognized and make it possible to establish links with European partners, joining in this sense the ambition of “European universities”pushed in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron, during his speech at the Sorbonne.

Who can apply for Erasmus Mundus Masters?

technically, any Master’s candidate from any country in the world can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. In fact, the “most talented students” are selected by the establishments – 20 to 30 people per promotion. “European Union grants cover the cost of student participation in the programme, travel expenses and subsistence allowance”, specifies the European Commission on its website, i.e. a grant of 1,400 euros per month (for up to 24 months).

More than 30,000 Erasmus Mundus scholarships have been awarded since 2005. In France, around 13,000 students were accepted thanks to these masters and around 600 French students were able to leave.. The list of the different Erasmus Mundus masters can be found on the European Commission website.

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