Erasmus Mundus: Grasp’s diploma to review in at the least two European nations

Posted on September 22, 2022, 11:58 amUpdated on September 22, 2022 at 2:02 PM

After graduating in biology of organisms and ecosystems at the University of Bordeaux, thinks Melina. What follow-up to your studies? It was during a day of presentation of the masters of her university that she discovered the course that made her want: the master whose title in English is “Marine environment & resources”. The student quickly realizes that it is not training like the others, but an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree.

At least two European countries

This name may not speak to you. For the general public, the Erasmus program often corresponds to a mobility of students during a semester at a European university. However, these very special Erasmus Mundus masters have been around since 2004 and are often synonymous with great opportunities. The principle: the young person will study in several partner establishments, located in different countries, in a sector considered innovative and promising. The Erasmus Mundus catalog includes 163, in all sectors!

“All admitted students must pass through at least two European countries”explains David Flacher, Head of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program “Economic Policy for the Global Transition” at the University of Technology in Compiègne. “We leverage the best of each university to deliver unique, top-notch skills. » Declared objective: to guarantee a quality academic course, fundamentally European.

For Melina, in addition to Paris, it was the Spanish Basque Country, then the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom. “It was a very rewarding experience, and the opportunity to discover completely different ways of working, from one semester to the next. It gave me a lot, also in terms of networking », she rejoices. Now, Melina is a researcher working on metal pollution in aquatic environments in Portugal. “The fact that I did a very European master’s degree was clearly a big advantage in winning my research grant”she thinks she knows, delighted with her career.

cross-cultural topics

However, research is not the only possible path after completing an Erasmus Mundus Master’s, on the contrary. Adélie can attest to this: during her studies, she wants to specialize in work psychology. “My project was to work in HR, in a group with an international dimension. I wanted to strengthen my language skills while also being curious about cross-cultural topics in business »recalls, on an Erasmus Mundus Master’s between Paris and Barcelona for two years.

Five years after graduating, Adélie has nothing but positive things to say: “In the second year, we had group work with master’s students living in other European countries. We had to work and discuss our files remotely, often with different views on the subject, it was intense and special work. »

At the end of the Master’s, the Erasmus + agency evokes an “excellent” integration. Adelie had no trouble. “I felt confident since my final year internship at HSBC. In order to get a permanent contract, I remember highlighting this experience during the interview, and it was appreciated »tells our graduate, today an internal HR consultant, involved in transformation projects.

Applications open in October

Note that some of these masters are very selective. It is best to anticipate the file which may be time consuming. “For example, in our master’s degree, we have 1,000 applicants a year from 110 countries for 40 vacancies. The file is heavy, it takes time and you have to be motivated”, emphasizes David Flacher, a professor at UTC. The requirements vary from one master to another, but overall it is a classic application file (transcripts, administrative elements, professors’ recommendation letters, etc.), but the difficulty lies in translating all these documents.

Applications are open from October to the end of January. Knowing that letters of recommendation can be requested. It is also possible to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, the tuition fees are then free and the student receives up to 1,400 euros per month throughout the master’s degree.

“The file took me a long time. It was necessary to translate diplomas, school transcripts, it requires investment », confirms Nathan, a graduate of the “Media & Globalization” master’s degree, who visited Denmark and London. A C1 level in English was also required to apply. But obviously it was worth it, Nathan also has fond memories of his course: “Each one had a different experience, some wanted to be journalists, others to do research, communication, work in institutions… This transversal dimension was fascinating. » A good memory, but above all great opportunities, as he is a journalist for AFP and research assistant for Sciences Po.

For those interested

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