The European Master's in Agricultural Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences aims at providing a high quality education in designing and assessing public policies targeted to the agricultural and food sector as well as the rural environment. This European Master's responds to the increasing need to better understand and anticipate the various and often complex socio-economic and environmental effects of these policies, either in a functioning market economy as in the European Union or in economies in a development or transition phase.
Recipients of this European Master's are qualified to design and assess public policies oriented to the agricultural and food sector, rural areas and natural resources, as well as provide sound and relevant policy recommendations for a more sustainable development. They are qualified to take responsibilities in international, national and regional agencies, non-governmental organisations, consultancy firms, professional organisations and private companies.
The European Master's offers a two-year academic curriculum with integrated and advanced theoretical and applied courses in economics and quantitative methods as well as in agricultural and trade policy, environmental and natural resource policy and rural development policy. To connect theory and methodology to practice, a problem solving project is developed and presented as a Master’s thesis at the end of the two-year curriculum. The student will study at two of the partner universities and be awarded a double degree.
AFEPA is jointly organised by five leading European educational and research institutions: the Corvinius University of Budapest (CUB) in Hungary, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden, the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn (UBonn) in Germany, the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain.
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Erasmus Plus Mobility Scholarships
Erasmus Plus is a European Union student exchange programme, which aims at promoting the intra-European mobility of students. It does so in a variety of ways but the most relevant aspects for potential AFEPA students is that it also offers the possibility to obtain an Erasmus Plus scholarship for their study stay at their second-year partner university. Students planning to attend their second academic year at another European partner university can then request their first-year university to be considered for such mobility scholarship for one semester or the entire second academic year in the programme. Students selected for such mobility scholarship would receive a monthly stipend in the amount of 300€ when attending their second year in Sweden, 250€ when attending their second year in Belgium or Germany and 200€ when attending their second year in Hungary or Spain.
Each partner university has its own administrative procedure in selecting students for an Erasmus Plus mobility and therefore scholarship. This generally includes an interview and a test of the language abilities of the interested students. In addition, an important selection criterion is generally the academic performance expressed in a grade point average or academic mean. Note that the country of origin is not a discriminatory criterion. First-year students will be informed about the possibility and the procedure to follow to request such mobility scholarship at their first-year university.
Sweden (Swedish Academy of Agricultural Sciences)
Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master's programmes. The scholarships are granted by both SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI). Scholarships offered by SLU cover tuition fees only (not the cost of living). The number of scholarships awarded changes from year to year.
Information about scholarships at SLU, including how to apply, is sent out to all applicants applying in time.
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