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Programme

Please go to the programme outline on this website for the complete overview.

Q: Is the programme theory or practice oriented?
A: The programme combines both theory and more practice-oriented modules. In the research seminars, theory is discussed and in the writing of the MA thesis, the theoretical framework is an important aspect. In the Eurocompetence modules, the focus is on the development of practical academic and professional skills. Moreover, in the third semester students are offered the opportunity to opt for a research track or a professional track; this involves a work placement in a European affairs related organisation.

Q:  What is the Intensive Programme?
A: The Intensive Programme is a 7-day conference or summer school in which all the Euroculture students come together to follow courses, workshops, discuss and present their research papers to their fellow students. Its aim is to deepen the knowledge and understanding obtained during the two semesters by joint discussion and reflection. A ‘career day’, lectures by important scholars, project management, and workshops with relevant field experts also form part of the programme. Each year the IP focuses on a topical theme, also the site of the IP changes, because every year the organisation is done by a different university in the consortium.

Mobility

Q: What is the Euroculture consortium?
A: The Euroculture consortium is a network of eight European universities and four non-European universities that work closely together. The coordinating university of the consortium is the University of Groningen.

Q: How does the mobility work? Do I have to go abroad?
A: Mobility between the different universities is a crucial and mandatory element in the Euroculture programme. Students are expected to choose a home and a host university. At the home University they will spend their first semester, while they move to the host university for the second semester. Between the second and the third semester, students are expected to attend the Intensive Programme, which is hosted by a different consortium university each year. In the third semester, students can opt for either a professional or a research track. The professional track entails finding a work placement in a European affairs related organisation.

The research track can be spent at any European partner university (provided the application and research proposal matches with the university specialization) or at one of the four non-European partner universities (for a selected group of European students). In the fourth semester the student is expected to return to  the universities  where he or she studied in the first or second semester, in order to write the MA thesis and  a prject or research application.

Q: Do I need to speak the local language of the university(ies) I am applying for?
A: No, it is not necessary to have knowledge of the local language of the university you are applying for. Furthermore, each consortium partner offers (intensive) courses in their national language to the Euroculture students admitted to the programme for free. However, language proficiency in other European languages is a recommendation for admission. If you can convincingly argue that you have an affinity with the country you are applying for, this can strengthen your application. Knowledge of the local language would be an important aspect in this.

Q: What are the differences between the universities in the consortium?
A: The programme  modules are identical, yet each of the partners has a specific thematic focus. You can find these components explained in the programme on our website.

Scholarships

Q:  Is it possible to get a grant for studying Euroculture?
A: The Erasmus Mundus Programme provides EU-funded scholarships for Third Country students (Category A) and European students (Category B) who have applied to and have been accepted by the Euroculture Master Course. There are only a limited number of grants available. Click here for more information.

Q: Should I apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship- Category A or B?
A: Category A: Students who DO NOT come from any of the countries listed below, and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in the countries listed below, are eligible for “Category A” scholarships:

– Member States of the European Union,
– EEA-EFTA States (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein).

All other students are eligible for “Category B” scholarships, i.e., students who come from one the countries listed above, or have resided or conducted their main activity in one or several of the countries listed above for more than 12 months in the past 5 years (from February 2009 until February 2014).

Q: When and who will notify me of my grant application the outcome?
A: The euroculture consortium will email you within 12 weeks after the 1 December deadline.

Q: Last year, I applied for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship but was not selected. Am I eligible to reapply and do you still have my application package or should I send all documents again?
A: You are free to apply again, but please note you are allowed to apply to a max. of THREE different Erasmus Mundus master programmes. You will have to fill in the online application again and upload all documents again as well.

Q: Can I apply to more than one Erasmus Mundus programmes?
A: Yes, a maximum of three different programmes.

Career Prospects

Q: What are the career prospects of Euroculture students?

A: The curriculum of the Euroculture programme satisfies an existing need on the professional market, and also forms an adequate preparation for entering this market. Euroculture alumni have found employment in a wide range of sectors, ad a recently conducted survey among our alumni shows that the average time  to find a job after graduation is  relatively low. For more information on the career prospects of Euroculture students and for a list of examples of jobs of Euroculture alumni, please click here.

Admission Requirements

Q: How do I apply for the programme?
A: You have to apply online on the Euroculture consortium website. The application procedure is explained here.

Q: By whom will my application be assessed and who will notify me of the outcome?
A: The selection committee of your first choice university will assess your application and this university will also be the one who will contact you about the outcome of the selection process.

Q: I am not allowed to open my letters of reference, therefore I am not able to upload them. What should I do?
A: You can ask your referee to email your letter to us via euroculture@rug.nl. We will upload it for you.

Q: I have a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree that was taught in English. Do I still need to pass the IELTS or TOEFL test to prove my proficiency in English?
A: No. With a degree in English you can ask for a waiver of the English test requirement.

Q: I will complete my Bachelor’s degree after 1 December. Can I send my application documents before 1 December, and send my degree certificate later?
A: 1) If your applying for an Erasmus Mundus Grant: No. Your application package needs to be complete before the deadline of 1 December .  The commission will not be able to review incomplete applications.

2) If you apply as a self-financing students: Yes, you can send in your documents till the June deadline.

Q: I will receive my TOEFL/IELTS score in January. Can I send my application documents before 1 December, and send my TOEFL/IELTS score later?
A: 1) If your applying for an Erasmus Mundus Grant:  No. Your application package needs to be complete before the deadline of 1 December .  The commission will not be able to review incomplete applications.

2) If you apply as a self-financing students: Yes, you can send in your documents till June.

Q: Can I send my application package by email?
A: No. Application packages that are sent by email will not be taken into consideration.

Q: Is it possible to send a copy of my TOEFL/IELTS results or should I send the original?
A:  You are also allowed to send us copies of your TOEFL/IELTS score.

Q: What is the Designated Institutional code for sending my TOEFL scores?
A: The DI code of the University of Groningen is 7191; however, we prefer you send us your results digitally, a copy or scan is sufficient.