Frequently Asked Questions

Erasmus+ Scholarship categories

  • What are partner country scholarships?  
    These can be awarded to European students (including students from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Switzerland, Norway and Turkey).
  • What are program country scholarships ?  
    These can be awarded to Non EU students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) in a European country for more than 12 months over the last five years.

English language

  • I have TOEFL/TOEIC language certification. Am I eligible?  
    TOEFL is acceptable but not TOEIC.
  • My BSc was taught in English. Am I eligible?  
    Yes but an official certification from the graduating institution is required.

SSI and other MSc programmes

  • To make sure I get a funded place for study I am going to apply to many different Masters programmes, am I allowed to do this and who is to know?  
    If you apply to more than three programmes, you will be disqualified from obtaining any funding. This criterion will be rigourously enforced by the Erasmus   plus European Comission staff since they make the final selections of the students for all the Masters programmes.
  • I have actually obtained funding from the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Courses (EMMC) before, am I eligible for further funding?  
    Most definitely not. If you have benefitted from funding previously then you are not eligible for further funding.

Costs of study, travel and living

  • What will be the fees charged for this programme and will I have to pay? Are there any other study costs that I will have to meet?  
    The participation cost for EU students for the full 4 semester programme are 8,000 Euros and for Non-EU students the costs is 15,500 Euros. The cost of attending the summer school in Hungary is included in the above mentioned figures as are access to University libraries, graduation and gown hire costs. The fees will be paid directly to the coordinating institution for distribution to partners as per the consortium agreement.
  • Will my accommodation, food and other general living expenses be paid for as well?  
    While appropriate support services at all three institutions will actively help the students to find accommodation, the payment of accommodation costs and other living expenses (food, clothing etc.) is the responsibility of the student and is covered by the monthly maintenance which is being paid.
  • Since the programme study requires for me to travel to the three partner institutions, is there any further funding provided?  
    There will be no further funding on top of what is detailed above for any of the students. The programme requires that you carry out the studies as per the structure already advised, Semester 1 at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Semester 2 of year 1 at Vestfold in Norway. Semester 3 of year 2 in Budapest and for the Project in semester 4 of year 2, at one of the partner countries or at an associated company.

Services during your studies

  • Will I have to take out medical insurance in case I become ill while I am studying on the Masters programme?  
    The Coordinating institution on behalf of the consortium will put in place an insurance policy which will adequately cover any medical expenses for the duration of the programme in all three partner countries.
  • Will my accommodation, food and other general living expenses be paid for as well?  
    This will be covered by the monthly scholarship of 1000 Euros.

Visa and travel issues

  • Since the programme study requires for me to travel to the three partner institutions, is there any further funding provided?  
    There will be no further funding on top of what is detailed above for any of the students. The programme requires that you carry out the studies as per the structure already advised, Semester 1 at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Semester 2 of year 1 at Vestfold in Norway. Semester 3 of year 2 in Budapest and for the Project in semester 4 of year 2, at one of the partner countries or at an associated company.
  • I am a non EU student and have been accepted on to the programme but myself or my family cannot afford the visa or the travel costs for me to come to the UK, we will probably have to take out a loan.  
    You need to arrange your financial resources to reach UK and to cover the living expenses for the first month since the electronic payment of travel and scholarship won’t be received until the end of September.
  • I am having problems in trying to acquire a visa, things are not progressing very well at all, what should I do?  
    We will give you as much help and advice regarding the Visa process for each country.  Ultimately it is up to you to apply successfully for the relevant Visa for each country in a timely manner. The partner Universities have no influence over the Visa process in their countries.

Admission process, timescale

  • I submitted my application for the SSI Masters programme and received an acknowledgement from a Secretary advising that my application is going to be considered. What is the timescale for this process and what happens next?  
    Before the end of February 2018, the consortium will make up a main list of about  15 of the top students whose applications are going to be forwarded to the Erasmus  plus office in Brussels for approval and therefore funding. Another  longer standby list will also be sent to the  European Comission selection office.  In May 2018, as soon as we hear from the selection office, you will be told if you have been successful in acquiring a funded place.
  • I am a non EU student and have been accepted on to the programme but myself or my family cannot afford the visa or the travel costs for me to come to the UK, we will probably have to take out a loan.  
    Contact the Coordinator immediately. With advice from the International Office and the help of the Erasmus  plus staff, he should be able to help in speeding things up.
  • I have actually obtained funding from the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Courses (EMMC) before, am I eligible for further funding?  
    Most definitely not. If you have benefitted from funding previously then you are not eligible for further funding.
  • Study in SSI on self funding basis  
  • If I was shortlisted but did not receive any funding, can I come on to the programme if I can pay myself?  
    In the application process you should make it clear that you want to apply for Erasmus Mundus funding and if your circumstances are such that you can self-fund then you should also make this clear. Extra places on the programme will be available for students who are able to self-fund and these will not need to be ratified by the Erasmus  plus office.

Grivance and personal problems

  • If I have a grievance or personal problem about any aspect pertaining to my studies what should I do?  
    Policies and protocol to be followed in the case of any grievance/appeal is given on the Programme website. Your first point of contact should be the Coordinator for any advice relating to the study on the programme or any other personal matter which may be affecting your ability to study. In case of a grievance against the Coordinator, you should contact the Head of Teaching for Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.