FAQ - Frequently asked Questions

Scholarships: General Rules and Eligibility

Question: Is it possible to apply to more than one Erasmus Mundus joint programme?

Answer: Yes, applicants for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship may apply to a maximum of three different Erasmus Mundus joint programmes (EMMC or EMJD) at the same time.

Question: Is it possible to apply as a part-time student?

Answer: No, all Erasmus Mundus students must study full-time.

Question: Can I apply to MARIHE if I already hold a Master degree?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to apply.

Question: Can I apply if I already hold a Master degree from an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course (EMMC)?

Answer: It is only possible to obtain an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for participating in an EMMC once. If you already have been a scholarship holder in an EMMC in the past, you cannot apply for a scholarship for participation in MARIHE. In this case you are still welcome to apply to MARIHE as self-paying student.

Question: Eligibility rules say that Category A scholarships can be awarded to third-country applicants who a) come from a country other than a European country and b) who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these European countries. How is this "12-month rule" calculated?

Answer: The 5 years are counted backwards in time from the last day of February of the year of student intake (the date the scholarship lists are sent to the EACEA for approval). If in this period you have stayed in European countries (defined as the 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) for more than a total of 12 months you are NOT eligible for a Category A scholarship. But: You can still apply for a Category B scholarship.
For application period for student intake in summer 2016, this means that the last five years cover the period from 01 March 2011 to 29 February 2016.

Application Requirements and Documents

Question: I want to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship but I will not receive my final university degree diploma before the application deadline. Can I hand in my diploma later?

Answer: Yes, if you submit until application deadline the “Statement on expected first university degree”, you may submit the scanned copy of your final university diploma until 30 April of the year of student intake your are applying for. Find out more in section "Application Documents".
Please note: For application as a self-paying student other deadlines apply. If you want to apply as a self-paying student please contact MARIHE Secretariat.

Question: English was the language of tuition during my secondary education (high school etc.) and/or during my university studies...
Or: I come from a country in which English is the official language...
Or: I am a teacher of English language...
..., can I be exempted from providing a test of proficiency in English from TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge CPE?

Answer: Applicants who have obtained their secondary education or their Bachelor's degree or Master’s degree in English in one of the following countries can be exempted from providing an English language test certificate: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom/UK and the United States of America/USA. Find out more in the section "Admission Requirements".
Apart from this MARIHE programm cannot grant any other exemptions.

Question: Concerning the two letters of recommendation - what are the formal requirements for the letters?

Answer: The letters of recommendation should be submitted as scanned copies of the original typed and signed paper letters. They have to include the signature and the contact details of the referee, and (if possible) should be on headed paper of the institution and bear the stamp of the institution.
Letters, where the signature has been integrated as a graphic item into the PDF will NOT be accepted. Applicants should ask referees to provide them either with with the original signed letter or with a scanned copy of the original signed letter. Applicants should turn in the letters electronically.

Question: Concerning the two letters of recommendation - I am already working. Can I submit as letters of recommendation letters from my employer/ persons supervising me at my job?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to hand in letters from employers/supervisors at work. However, we recommend that you hand in at least one letter of recommendation from a university professor or university lecturer that knows you from university classes.
Another possibility: In addition to two letters of recommendation from university professors/lecturers you can hand in a letter/confirmation from your employer or the person that supervises you in your job as an optional document.
For more information see next FAQ-entry.

Question: Is work experience required for applying to MARIHE programme?

Answer: No, this is not required. However, work experience can be a strong advantage for an application, especially if it has been acquired working for (higher) education institutions. To have work experience acknowledged applicants should clearly state it in their CV and hand in a letter/confirmation of their employer with their electronic application. This letter/confirmation should describe the type of work experience (function and responsibilities) as well as the applicant's skills.

Question: Do I need a first university degree in a certain subject or field to apply?

Answer: No. MARIHE programme requires at least a Bachelor degree issued by a university, quantified as three years of studies corresponding to 180 ECTS.
We do not require this university degree to be in a certain field or subject. More important to us is the applicant's motivation to choose the MARIHE programme with regard to his/her previous education, working experience (if applicable) and future career plans.

Selection and Admission Process

Question: What is the review process?

Answer: To select the students for the programme, MARIHE partners will review all eligible applications. Each application is reviewed by two reviewers that assess the applicants academic quality, motivation, personal skillls and english language skills. Both reviewers will give scores which will lead to a ranking list of all eligible applications. The final decision on the selection then lies with the MARIHE Admission Board.

Question: When will I get the result of my application?

Answer: If you are nominated for one of the Category A or B scholarships (=scholarship main list) or if you are included on the scholarship reserve list, you will hear from MARIHE programme during March. However, the final decision of the EU Commission and the confirmation of the scholarships will not be available until April or May. Students who have been rejected for the programme (and who are not on the scholarship main or reserve list) will be notified in March. Find out more in section "Application Process and Timetable".
Please note: All these dates are relevant for applications for participation in MARIHE with an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. For application as a self-paying student (without scholarship) other dates apply.

Question: I have a degree from a Chinese university. Is it necessary that I get my graduation documents checked by the Akademische Prüfstelle/APS for application for MARIHE?

Answer: No, a check of your Chinese graduation documents by Akademische Prüfstelle/APS is not required for the application process, but it will be required later for admission process in case you are selected for participation in MARIHE (no matter if as a scholarship holder or as a self-paying student). More information here


Question: How much are the living costs in the cities of the MARIHE consortium partners?

Answer: This will vary due to personal requirements and preferences. As a general orientation please calculate for accomodation, food and other amenities with the following estimates:

Question: Will MARIHE consortium partners provide accommodation for students?

Answer: MARIHE consortium will support students of the programme in finding accommodation, either through special arrangements with e.g. student dormitories or by providing the relevant information and contacts to accomodation providers. For the internship period, the host institution can provide support in finding accommodation.
Please note that participants will have to pay all accommodation themselves and that MARIHE Consortium is not involved in any contractual issues related to accommodation (i.e. students will sign a rent contract directly with an accommodation provider and not with MARIHE consortium).

Question: Can students in MARIHE programme choose at which of the European partner universities they spend the fourth semester?

Answer: The allocation to a university where a student in MARIHE spends the the fourth semester is connected with his/her master thesis topic. MARIHE consortium will also take into account personal preferences and organizational issues (e.g. visa issues and an equal distribution of students among the partners hosting the fourth semester). Please note that the final decision for allocating a student to a mobility track and to a partner university is with MARIHE consortium. The allocation will be made during the second semester in connection with a proposal for a master thesis topic.

Question: I would like to apply as a self-paying student. Is there an estimation on the total costs available?

Answer: An up-to-date information on the estimated costs for MARIHE programme (including participation costs/tuition fees as well as subsistence, travel and other costs for the whole programme duration of two years) is availbale here.

(Last update of this page: 28.08.2015)