Published Sep 22, 2022, 11:58 AMUpdated September 22, 2022 at 2:02 p.m
After graduating from the Biology of Organisms and Ecosystems at the University of Bordeaux, Melina believes. What is the continuation of studies? During her university’s master’s presentation day, she discovered the course that made her want to: a master’s with the English title “Marine environment & resources”. The student quickly realizes that it is not training like the others, but an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree.
At least two European countries
This name may not speak to you. For the general public, the Erasmus program often corresponds to student mobility for one semester at a European university. However, these rather special Erasmus Mundus Masters have been around since 2004 and are often synonymous with great opportunities. Principle: a young person will study in several partner institutions, located in different countries, in a sector that is considered innovative and promising. The Erasmus Mundus catalog includes 163, in all sectors!
“All admitted students must pass through at least two European countries”explains David Flacher, head of the Erasmus Mundus master’s program “Economic Policy for Global Transition” at the Compiègne University of Technology. “We take the best of what’s in each university to deliver unique skills at a very high level. » The stated goal: to guarantee a quality academic course, fundamentally European.
For Melina, in addition to Paris, it was the Spanish Basque Country, then the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. “It was a very useful experience and an opportunity for me to discover completely different ways of working, from one semester to another.” He gave me a lot, also in terms of network », she rejoices. Now Melina is a researcher working on metal pollution in aquatic environments in Portugal. “The fact that I took a very European Masters course was obviously a big plus in winning my research grant”she thinks she knows, enthusiastic about her career.
However, research is not the only possible path after completing an Erasmus Mundus master’s study, on the contrary. Adélie can confirm this: during her studies she wants to specialize in psychology at work. “My project was to work in HR, in a group with an international dimension. I wanted to strengthen my language skills, while being interested in intercultural topics in business »he remembers, two years on an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree between Paris and Barcelona.
Five years after graduating, Adélie has only positive things to say: “In the second year, we had group work with master’s students from other European countries. We had to work and discuss our files remotely, with often different visions of the subject, it was an intense and special job. »
At the end of the master’s study, the Erasmus + agency evokes “excellent” integration. Adélie had no difficulties. “I felt confident immediately after my post-graduation internship at HSBC. In order to get a permanent contract, I remember highlighting this experience during the interview and it was appreciated »says our graduate, now an internal HR consultant, involved in transformation projects.
Applications open in October
Note that some of these masters are very selective. It is better to predict the file which can take a lot of time. “For example, in our master’s studies every year we have 1,000 candidates from 110 countries for 40 places. The file is difficult, it takes time and you have to be motivated”, emphasizes David Flacher, a teacher at UTC. The requirements differ from one master to another, but in general, it is a classic application (transcripts, administrative elements, letters of recommendation from professors, etc.), but the difficulty lies in the translation of all these documents.
Applications are open from October to the end of January. Knowing that letters of recommendation can be requested. It is also possible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, tuition fees are then free and the student receives up to 1,400 euros per month, during the entire master’s degree.
“The file took me a long time. Diplomas, transcripts had to be translated, investment is needed », confirms Nathan, a graduate of the master’s degree in “Media and Globalization”, who has passed through Denmark and London. A C1 level of English was also required to apply. But it was clearly worth it, Nathan also has very fond memories of his course: “Each of us had different experiences, some wanted to become journalists, others to engage in research, communication, work in institutions… This transversal dimension was exciting. » A good memory, but above all great opportunities, since he is an AFP journalist and an assistant at Sciences Po.
For those interested
To find out all the available trainings, the link is here.