M.Sc. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration

University of Antwerp

Application deadline: 31 May
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,300 / Year (EEA)
  • € 7,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Programme offers a scientifically well-founded training in the field of economics of globalisation, international trade and European economic integration. It provides a profound insight into the current scientific knowledge in this field and is supported by scientific research at the partner universities, both at these universities individually and in a network context. The Programme leads to an in-depth understanding in the following core fields: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Open Economy Macroeconomics and International Finance, Economics of Globalisation, Economics of European Integration, and International Trade: Theory and Policy. As a master degree in economics should also include a strong quantitative component, Applied Econometrics is taught as an additional core discipline.

The Programme was established in the academic year 1994/1995 in the form of a European consortium. The partners of this consortium jointly awarded the masters degree MA Economics of International Trade and European Integration up to and including the academic year 2010-11. Till the academic year 2010-2011, it was jointly taught and organised by a consortium of seven European universities: Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium), Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro (Italy), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), Université de Lille 1 (France), Vysoká kola Ekonomická v Praze (Prague University of Economics) (Czech Republic) and Staffordshire University (UK).

From the academic year 2011-12 onwards the programme, with an updated content and a new title (MA Economics of Globalisation and European Integration), is organised by nine universities: the previous seven (see above) plus Xiamen University (P.R. China) and Universidade de Brasília (Brazil). From the academic year 2013-14 onwards the master programme will receive Erasmus Mundus financing.

Objectives of the European Commission's ERASMUS MUNDUS Programme
The Erasmus Mundus programmes overall aim is to enhance the quality of European higher education by fostering co-operation with third countries in order to improve the development of human resources and to promote dialogue and understanding between peoples and cultures.

The programme's specific objectives are:

* to promote a quality offer in higher education with a distinct European added value, attractive both within the European Union and beyond its borders;
* to encourage and enable highly qualified graduates and scholars from all over the world to obtain qualifications and/or experience in the European Union;
* to develop more structured co-operation between European Union and third-country institutions and greater European Union outgoing mobility as part of European study programmes;
* to improve accessibility and enhance the profile and visibility of higher education in the European Union.

The European Commission provides, within the context of Erasmus Mundus master courses (EMMCs), two types of scholarships. The first type concerns young people having already obtained a regular degree of higher education and wishing to enrol in an Erasmus Mundus joint master degree (hereafter called 'students'). The second type concerns senior researchers (from the level of postdocs up to full professors) of high academic quality who wish to carry out research and teaching assignments in the context of the master course (herafter called 'scholars').


The M.A. focuses on conveying the new insights that come from recent economic research with respect to the impact on the relations with the emerging economies in East Asia and Latin America of social evolutionary processes like trade globalisation, globalisation on international financial markets, globalised governance and the knowledge economy. In doing so, the M.A. programme adds to university excellence and yields European added value, thereby, at least indirectly, contributing to European competitiveness. The M.A. programme also creates specific European added valueand is completely in line with the Bologna declaration, the Berlin Communiqué and with EUA Joint Master Recommendations through 6 specific features:

* European integration is one of the two core subjects of the Master Programme Economics of Globalisation and European Integration;
* a joint European degree: 7 European universities from 6 EU countries, together with 2 universities from BRICS countries, jointly award a consortium diploma;
* ECTS: the joint degree programme in entirely conceived within the philosophy and practice of the ECTS grading system;
* internal and external quality control is in place in accordance with ENIC-NARIC recommendations;
* mobility: students move during the academic year as a group over three locations to three different countries, at least two of which are European; there is also teacher mobility;
* language: students stay during the year in three different language environments and they are offered the possibility to receive free and credited language courses in the corresponding countries.

The study-programme is full-time and runs over one year. The language of instruction is English. Courses are taught by professors from all partner universities. Professors from all partner universities act as supervisors and evaluators of the final dissertation. The Programme consists of 60 ECTS credits, the taught part of the programme consisting of 45 credits and the dissertation having a weight of 15 credits. One credit is roughly equivalent to 25 working hours (lectures, assignments and study time). Optional, but credited, language courses are offered in each of the languages of the countries involved in the Consortium (English excepted).


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


Scholarships for Erasmus MUNDUS Students and Scholars
Eligibility (students)

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.

Eligibility (scholars)

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.



All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

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