Erasmus Mundus: Joint European Masters of Excellence

Lesser known than the Erasmus programme, the Erasmus Mundus Masters are also a high-level way to study internationally. In all areas, these courses are designed based on 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 provide top-notch training for top 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 Master?

Erasmus Mundus Masters are courses of excellence that have existed since 2005. “They are very special because they are very specialized, innovative, aligned with the current challenges of sustainable development, 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)that “agree on the educational program, courses, teachers and recruit students together”. They issue a joint or multiple diploma.

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 Master allows them to develop “transnational skills, speak several languages, know how to work interculturally…”, lists Erasmus+. The course is “made to attract the best students from the world and Europe, with promotions of 20 to 30 people, of all nationalities🇧🇷

For institutions too, “the impact is significant”, underlines Mathilde Begrand, because the master’s degree leads to double or joint degrees. France is also well positioned in Europe: “By 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 courses are internationally recognized and allow for closer ties with European partners, joining in this sense the ambition of “european universities”boosted 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, it is the “most talented students” who are selected by the establishments – 20 to 30 people per class. “The European Union grants cover the cost of the student’s participation in the program, travel expenses and subsistence allowance”, specifies the European Commission on its website, that is, a grant of 1,400 euros per month (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 different Erasmus Mundus masters can be consulted on the European Commission website.

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