The ERASMUS MUNDUS M.A. in Economics of Globalisation and European Integration is a specialised academic master’s programme. The programme is targeted at European and third country economists with career aspirations in universities, government and international organisations, and in research departments of banks and industrial or commercial corporations. It aims to develop competence in the core subjects of the programme. Students will benefit from an increased awareness of the place of the EU in the world economy and from an in-depth understanding of the importance of globalisation and international trade.
Since students attend courses in three different countries and the diplomas are jointly awarded by the nine partners of the consortium, graduates of the programme have considerable international experience. They will be able to do research-oriented work in an international environment, and do so in a professional and independent way. Some will follow an academic career and do research at a university. Others will apply their knowledge in practice when preparing and implementing economic policy decisions and by analysing their effects on the national, European and international economy.
All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).
First term at Staffordshire University (UK): classes from September to December 2015
Second term at Universidad de Cantabria (Spain): examinations and classes from January to March 2016
Third term at Universidade de Brasília (Brazil): examinations and classes from April to June 2016
The programme is open to students who have earned 240 ECTS credits in an economics or applied economics university study programme or have a bachelor degree in these areas that is considered by the Joint Studies Board to be equivalent. Applicants who are enrolled in the final year of their academic programme should submit an official letter in English from their university confirming that they are expected to finalise their course at the end of the current academic year, and submit up-to-date authenticated transcripts with the results of the previous years. The proficiency in English of the students of the participating universities is checked by the local academic co-ordinators. Students from other universities should submit proof of an internet-based TOEFL level of minimum 90 (or its equivalent in another TOEFL score system), or a IELTS grade of at least 6.5, or should submit proof of having studied at least one academic year in an English-language programme. The selection procedure of all students (with and without an EM scholarship) is a common one. After having passed the eligibility check (see above) the candidates are first ranked according to their study results (GPA and/or class of degree). The weights used to differentiate those applicants who passed the eligibility tests, are the following: 30% for the type of diploma, 30% for the GPA average, 20% for fluency in English and 20% for the reputation of the home university based on the Shanghai ranking. This ‘reputation’ criterion is applied in conjunction with the requirement to strive for regional balance in the student population. The global intake of new students (with and without a scholarship) is limited to 45.
The tuition fee for 'Category A' Erasmus MUNDUS students for the academic year 2013-2014 is set at 7,000 euro, payable to the Erasmus MUNDUS coordinator of the Programme. 3rd country 'regular' students pay the same amount.
The tuition fee for 'Category B' Erasmus MUNDUS students is set at 3,300 euro. European 'regular' students pay the same amount.
The award recognises studying abroad as a positively life changing experience for many students as well as promoting intercultural understanding and tolerance. Successful candidates will receive up to £10,000 to be applied toward the cost of tuition fees.
The EM scholarships for students come in two types.
Category A is for so-called ‘3rd country’ students. These students are defined as students from all countries in the world, except the EU member states, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Switzerland, Turkey and a number of Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). 3rd country applicants may not be residents of the latter countries or have carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the last five years in these countries.
These scholarships should be considered as 'full scholarships'.
Category B is for all other student applicants, including European students. These scholarships should be considered as financial contributions.
The number of Category A and B scholarships available for the academic year 2013-2014 shall be communicated at a later stage..
Applicants cannot apply for more than 3 Erasmus Mundus programmes simultaneously. Candidates that have applied for more programmes than this number will not be considered.
Applicants for a scholarships for scholars should be holders of a doctorate degree or PhD (postdocs or higher) and be staff members of a 3rd country or a European institution. They will be selected by the EMMC consortium to contribute to the joint programme. There are scholarships for 3rd country scholars wishing to visit one of the European partners of the M.A. EGEI consortium, and scholarships for European scholars wishing to visit one of the 3rd country partners of the consortium.
The number of these scholarships available for the academic year 2013-2014 shall also be communicated at a later stage.
The selection procedure
– Firstly, student candidates have to apply to and be accepted by the Consortium. The University of Antwerp acts as coordinator of the Consortium. All applications for scholarships have to be addressed to this university. The selection criteria are the same for 'Category A' applicants, 'Category B' applicants, as for 'regular' (i.e. non-scholarship) students.
Erasmus Mundus scholars should equally apply to the University of Antwerp.
The candidates should use the appropriate application form and submit it at the latest on 31 December, 2012.
Applicants should carefully read the instructions on the application form with respect to additional documents that have to be submitted.
Scholarship applicants should see to it that the required 'paper file' arrives at the University of Antwerp at the latest on 10 January, 2013.
– Secondly, on the basis of this selection, the Consortium applies to the Commission for scholarships for the selected persons by proposing a list of potential grantees, including a reserve list. The Commission then has to give its agreement to the award of a specific number of scholarships.
The amount of the scholarship
For each 'Category A' applicant the scholarship amounts to 23000 Euro per academic year. This includes 4000 Euro for travel and installation costs, 7000 Euro for academic and insurance costs (incl. the tuition fee) and 12 monthly grants of 1000 Euro.
For each 'Category B' applicant the scholarship amounts to 9300 Euro. This includes 3300 Euro for academic and insurance costs (incl. the tuition fee) and 12 monthly grants of 500 Euro. In the academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 this amount is increased with 3000 Euro since one term is spent in a 3rd country university (Xiamen Univerity in the P.R. China).
The amount of a 3-month scholarship for scholars is 1200 Euro per week.
The Consortium pays the grants to students and scholars according to its own payment arrangements that are communicated to the grantees in advance.
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