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GEM MSc course - Frequently Asked Questions

This is a short list of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Click on one of the questions below to find the answer:

Application:

1.

Do I need a proficiency test in English?

2.

Which countries are exempted from English language testing?

3.

Can I send my English Proficiency Test outcome after the deadline?

4.

Am I eligible for the course with a Lower Second class (2.2) BSc degree?

5.

What should I describe in my (provisional) research topic?

6.

What is the time schedule of the selection progress?

7.

Why did I not receive a confirmation of my new account after I created my personal profile when I registered for the GEM course?

8.

I have applied last year, but did not participate in the course. Do I have to apply again for this year?

9.

What tuition fee do I need to pay?

10.

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

11.

What background do I need?

Upon arrival:

12.

Do I have to arrange all the visas by myself?

13.

Can I bring my partner while I participate in the course?

14.

What are the typical costs to live in the EU countries?

15.

Can I start the course at a different time of the year?

16.

Do I need to bring my own laptop?

During my study:

17.

Is this course fully taught in English?

18.

What does a typical programme look like?

19.

Do I need to speak another language during the course?

20.

Can I work during my study period in the EU?

21.

Can I do my fieldwork outside Europe?

22.

Why should you follow a 120 ECTS MSc course instead of a 60 ECTS MSc course?

23.

What degree will I receive?

Application

1.

Do I need a proficiency test in English?

Yes. If your country is not on the list of exempted countries, you need to submit the results of a recognized English test, e.g. British Council/IELTS.

2.

Which countries are exempted from English language testing?

If you are a national of one of the following countries, we will not ask you to provide evidence of an English language test.

For the list please check: The list of countries with exemptions.

3.

Can I send my English Proficiency Test outcome after the deadline?

No. We need all the documents before the deadline. You may upload the results of your IELTS test (if you do not have a valid certificate yet) up to 19 December 2014.

4.

Am I eligible for the course with a Lower Second class (2.2) BSc degree?

No. The requirement is a First class or Upper Second (2.1) class BSc degree or equivalent.

5.

What should I describe in my (provisional) research topic?

The description of the provisional research topic is to contain a concise description of the research you propose. This should not be more than about 1500 words (about 2 to 3 pages of standard text).

6.

What is the time schedule of the selection progress?

In mid-February the GEM consortium has to send to the EU, the list with the candidates, and reserve candidates, who are provisionally accepted and recommended for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. The EU will check all the selected candidates and will send us an approval by the end of May. As from then the GEM consortium can officially invite the selected candidates to join us in the September intake.

7.

Why did I not receive a confirmation of my new account after I created my personal profile when I registered for the GEM course?

First check your spam or junk mail and if you still have not received please contact GEM Course Secretariat.

8.

I have applied last year, but did not participate in the course. Do I have to apply again for this year?

Yes, you have to re-apply.

9.

What tuition fee do I need to pay?

European citizens pay € 3,500 tuition fee for the whole course.

Non-European citizens pay € 9,500 tuition fee for the whole course.

10.

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

Approximately 12 EM scholarships are awarded each year.

11. What background do I need?

Applicants should have a first or upper second class (2.1) BSc honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course.

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Upon arrival:

12. Do I have to arrange all the visas by myself?

Yes, but we will assist you wherever possible. The visas required for your second year will be handled once you start the GEM course.

13. Can I bring my partner while I participate in the course?

We strongly advise you not to bring your partner for the full duration of the whole course.

14. What are the typical costs to live in the EU countries?

The cost of living in the EU varies slightly from country to country. As an example, accommodation and living costs in the Netherlands are estimated at a minimum of € 850 per month.

15. Can I start the course at a different time of the year?

No. The course starts in September every year.

16. Do I need to bring my own laptop?

Participants are required to have a laptop/notebook that meets the foundation year university requirements.

Course participants can either bring their own laptop/notebook or purchase one from other sources as long as they meet the minimum requirements.

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During my study

17. Is this course fully taught in English?

Yes

18. What does a typical programme look like?

For example, you could study your foundation year at the University of Lund or University of Twente (ITC), followed by a specialization year at the University of Southampton. During this period you may spend a period of up to three months at the University of Sydney, for example to collect field data. Other combinations of universities are of course possible from within the partnership consortium.

19. Do I need to speak another language during the course?

No, the entire programme is taught in English. You do have the opportunity to learn a second language (Dutch, Swedish, Polish, Icelandic) while studying at one of the consortium universities, but this is voluntary.

20. Can I work during my study period in the EU?

Yes, this is allowed. However, the GEM MSc is a programme of full-time study.

21. Can I do my fieldwork outside Europe?

GEM MSc projects (funded by Erasmus mundus) must be conceptualized and based centrally around a need or problem for Europe. Fieldwork cannot be carried out outside Europe.

22.

Why should you follow a 120 ECTS MSc course instead of a 60 ECTS MSc course?

You gain more knowledge and expertise because you are studying more topics in greater detail.

120 ECTS MSc is required for entry to many European PhD programmes, as well as increasingly by industry and government.

Not all EU and International employers consider a 60 ECTS Master as a university degree.

23. What degree will I receive?

You will receive a diploma (degree) from the universities at which you study, as well as a detailed course record and diploma supplement. For example, if you follow the foundation year at the University of Twente (ITC) and the second, specialization year at the University of Southampton, you will receive two degrees, one from each university.

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