Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are high-level and integrated study programmes, at master level. They are designed and delivered by an international partnership of higher education institutions (HEI). They involve at least three HEI from three different countries, of which at least two must be EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (previously called Programme Countries).
By supporting these jointly recognised Master degrees, the EU aims at fostering excellence and internationalisation of the participating institutions. There are also scholarships for students to take part in these prestigious programmes; the masters themselves offer them to the best-ranked applicants worldwide.
Scholarships cover the cost of a student’s participation in the programme, travel and a living allowance.
Activities and outcomes
The programme covers the period of your study, research, placement activities, thesis preparation and defence, in line with the requirement of the joint Master. The latter comprises at least 2 study periods in 2 countries, which must be different from your country of residence. Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters offer different study tracks to meet this condition.
Duration of the masters: 1 to 2 academic years (60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits)
Type of degree awarded: either a joint degree (i.e. one single degree certificate issued on behalf of at least two higher education institutions) or multiple degrees (i.e. at least two degree certificates issued by two higher education institutions of the consortium)
Applications and more information
You should consult the online catalogue of Erasmus Mundus masters programmes. There you will find detailed information about these EU funded programmes and a link to the websites of the masters. These latter contain all the information you need to decide if this is the right programme for you: description of the course of study, list of the participating universities and entry requirements.
The programme’s website will also take you through all the steps of the application process. Don’t hesitate to contact directly the relevant university if you have further questions.
A new batch of selected Erasmus Mundus Masters is added to the list each year. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.
Make sure you know your rights when you study abroad.
The EMA (Erasmus Mundus Association) is the alumni-association specific to the joint master degrees. Their website offers advice and inspiration for applicants.
The ESAA - Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance offers Erasmus+ students and alumni a dynamic forum for networking, professional development and intercultural exchange.
Doctoral candidates can also receive EU support for periods of research abroad through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.