In this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page you can find answers to some of the most asked questions in relation to the MERGED programme.
Question: When will the next call for applications open?
Answer: It depends on your citizenship: Citizens from a country from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland: the application portal opens on 15 November. The deadline is 15 January. Citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland: the application portal opens on 16 January. The deadline is 1 March. We do not accept applicants after the deadline.
Question: How do I apply for the programme?
Answer: You apply for admission via the online application portal at the University of Copenhagen. A link to the application portal is available when the call for application opens.
Please follow the instructions carefully and submit all required documents.
Question: How do I submit the recommendation letters?
Answer: You upload the recommendation letters to the application portal when you fill out your application.
Question: What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
Answer: The requirement to the letters of recommendation is described under Application Procedure > Letters of recommendation.
Question: What are the requirements for the letter of motivation?
Answer: The requirement to the letters of recommendation is described under Application Procedure > Letter of motivation.
Question: Is it possible to apply to more than one Erasmus Mundus programme?
Answer: Yes, however you be aware of the specific academic requirements and profiles of each programme.
Question: Being from within the European Union and granted a programme country scholarship, can I be enrolled at a university in my home country for the first or second academic year?
Answer: Scholarship holders are obliged to spend at least two semesters (half a year) in at least two different countries, not being the country of residence at the time of enrolment.
This implies that if you, for example, are a scholarship holder residing in Italy at the time of enrolment, you must choose the following study track: Copenhagen – Warsaw
Question: Is it possible to apply as a part-time student?
Answer: No, all Erasmus Mundus students must study full-time.
Question: Can I apply, if I already have completed an Erasmus Mundus programme previously and/or have obtained an Erasmus Mundus scholarship previously?
Answer: It is only possible to obtain an Erasmus Mundus scholarship once, but you are welcome to apply as a self-financed student.
Question: Can I apply to an Erasmus Mundus programme if I already hold a master’s degree degree?
Answer: Yes, it is possible to apply. However, to meet the application requirements, you will have to upload your BSc/BA transcript and certificate. Your MSc is not taken into consideration in the assessment for admission.
Question: Is it necessary to submit a Language Proficiency Test if English was the language/medium of instruction during my undergraduate studies?
Answer: Yes, you must take and submit an English Test, even if English as a medium of instruction is not acceptable proof of English proficiency. You can read about the language requirements for Global Environment and Development here.
Question: I have previously taken an English test; can I use this as part of my application?
Answer: The IELTS and TOEFL results are only valid if they are not older than two years counted from the application deadline. There is no limitation for validity for the Cambridge tests. Other language tests are not accepted.
Question: Can I send the language test results after the submission deadline?
Answer: No, the language test result must be submitted by the application deadline.
Question: I will not receive my bachelors’ diploma before the deadline for submission expires; can I send my diploma after graduation?
Answer: Yes, in this case, you must document that you have completed your bachelor’s degree as soon as possible and no later than 20 September.
Question: What kind of certification is required?
Answer: Your documents must have an original stamp and a signature verifying the True Copy. Typically, your university can assist you in certifying your documents. Otherwise, we also accept signatures by embassies and official representatives or public offices, e.g. police stations. The document must carry an official stamp and a signature, or we must be able to verify the documentation online.
Question: When will I get the result of my application?
Non-EU applicants: From March to May.
EU, EAA or Swiss applicants: From late May to June.
You will be informed of the result of your application regarding admission as well as the Erasmus Mundus scholarship through the application portal. If you receive an offer of admission (and scholarship), you will have one week to accept the offer through the application portal.
Question: What is the assessment procedure with regard to Erasmus Mundus scholarships?
Answer: Each assessment category (i.e. academic excellence, recommendations, relevant work experience, and personal motivation) is allocated a grade between 0 and 5. A final application grade is obtained using a weighting system whereby 60% of the final grade is allocated to academic potential, 10% to each of the categories recommendations and relevant work experience, and finally 20% to personal motivation.
Question: Can I file a complaint after receiving the result of the assessment of my application?
Answer: You may submit an appeal regarding legal issues such as legal errors and irregularities if you find that the decision does not comply with Danish legislation. You cannot file an appeal against the assessment of your academic qualifications made by the assessment committee.
An appeal shall be submitted within two-weeks of receiving the result to the University of Copenhagen via email@example.com. An appeal on grounds of legal matters must be made in writing, and you must state exactly on which grounds you believe that the decision is not in compliance with the applicable legislation. The appeal regulations can be found in paragraph 50 of Ministerial Order no. 35. The Ministerial Order can be found here.
Question: Will the submitted material be returned to me?
Answer: No, the submitted material is never returned. It is shredded or filed (for accepted students).
Question: Will I receive academic feedback on my application?
Answer: Due to the high number of applications, we cannot provide academic feedback on your application.
Question: How much money does an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship include?
Answer: The Erasmus Mundus scholarship amounts to 33,600 EUR. 1400 EUR per month for up to 24 months.
Question: When do I receive the first instalment?
Answer: You will receive the first instalment only upon arrival at the University of Copenhagen. Instalments are not transferred prior to departure.
Question: Are there any other sources of funding available?
Answer: On the MERGED website, can find a list of other funding sources. You are welcome to research other options for funding too.
Question: Can I get accepted as a self-financed student?
Answer: If the MERGED Commission assesses your application positively, you can pay the tuition fee and join the programme without a scholarship.
The tuition fee depends on your nationality.
For Non-EU students, the tuition fee amounts to € 30,000 for the two-year master’s programme.
For students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland, there is no tuition fee for the two-year master’s programme.
Question: As a Non-EU student, when do I have to pay the tuition fee?
Answer: The payment deadlines are:
-1st semester: 15 April
-2nd semester: 15 January
-3rd semester: 15 August
-4th semester: 15 January
Please note that tuition fees are not refunded after 1 August. After this date, only a failed visa application will result in a refund of your tuition fee.
Question: What will be the estimated costs of living in Europe?
Answer: Monthly living expenses include rent and utilities, internet and phone subscriptions, food and household supplies, local transportation, books, and other study material, as well as sports and leisure activities. Living expenses will vary individually depending on the cost of housing and your personal lifestyle choices. Living in Europa is estimated at EUR 1,280-1,800 per month.
Question: I am an American national who has been granted a US Loans. Can I pay the tuition fee with money from the US loan?
Answer: Due to a number of factors, US Loans cannot be used to cover the tuition fee.
Question: How do I find accommodation?
Answer: Your host institution will assist you in finding accommodation. You will receive information on accommodation along with your letter of admission.
Question: How can non-EU students and scholars obtain a visa to study/conduct academic activities in Europe on an Erasmus Mundus programme?
Answer: Once non-EU students have received a letter of admission from the University of Copenhagen and information on how to apply for a visa, they must apply for a visa.
Instructions on the visa application procedure are available on the websites of the respective host countries. You will receive adequate information from your host universities in due time.
Please note that it is your own responsibility to pay the processing fee for your visa. We cannot make any payments of your scholarship in advance to cover travel, visa fees etc.
Visiting scholars will receive a confirmation letter and, if needed, an invitation letter from their host university.
Question: When can I expect to receive my visa?
Answer: It generally takes 10-12 weeks to process a complete application to Europe. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you start the application process as soon as you receive your admission letter and relevant information on the visa application process. A delay in handing in the complete visa application could add approximately eight weeks to the process.
Question: Who arranges and pays for my travel?
Answer: You have to organise the booking and the cost of travel yourself.