What are programme country scholarships?

These can be awarded to students from EU countries, as well as students from Norway, Iceland, UK, Liechtenstein, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. If you have been a resident or carried out your main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of these Programme countries, you will be considered a Programme Country applicant, independent of your country of origin.

What are partner country scholarships?

These can be awarded to students from any other country in the world than the Programme Countries, provided they are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the Programme countries.

How do I document the English language requirements?

My BSc was taught in English. Does this cover the language requirements?

Only if you completed the degree in either Canada, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or Australia. Note, the degree must have been physically taught in one of these countries.

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.

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 costs for EU students for the full 4 semester programme are 8,500 Euros and for Non-EU students the costs are 17,000 Euros. The costs of attending the summer school in Hungary and winter school in Norway are included in the above mentioned figures as are access to University libraries. 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. If you are awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you will receive a monthly maintenance contributing to cover such costs.

Since the programme study requires me to travel to the three partner institutions, is there any further funding provided?

For Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders, travel allowance for programme country students is 1000 Euros per year and it is 2000 or 3000 Euros per year for partner country students depending on the distance (<4000 km or >4000km) between the address (city) in home country and USN in Horten, Norway. There is also a 1000 Euros scholarship for installation in Europe for partner country students. The programme requires that you carry out the studies as per the structure already advised, Semester 1 at Aalto University in Helsinki/Finland, Semester 2 of year 1 at USN in Vestfold/Norway. Semester 3 of year 2 at BME in Budapest/Hungary and for the Project in semester 4 of year 2, at one of the partner countries or at an associated company or institution.

Will I have to take out medical insurance in case I become ill while I am studying on the Masters programme?

For Scholarship holders, 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?

The monthly scholarship of 1000 Euros will contribute to this.

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 Finland, we will probably have to take out a loan.

You need to arrange your financial resources to reach Finland 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 have problems 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.

I submitted my application for the SSIs Masters programme and received an acknowledgement that my application is going to be considered. What is the timescale for this process and what happens next?

Before the end of February, the consortium will make a main list of the top students whose applications will be forwarded to the Erasmus plus office in Brussels for approval of Erasmus Mundus scholarship. A longer standby list will also be sent to the European Commission selection office. In May, as soon as we hear from the selection office, you will be told if you have been successful in acquiring a funded place. If you are found qualified for admission, while not sufficiently highly ranked to receive Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you will be offered admission 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?

Yes, when applicants receiving funding have been informed, we will send out offers to self-funding students.

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 Department, Institute of Microsystems, USN.

If I have any concerns about corona

The consortium partners will run all courses in the programme. Courses may be run in virtual mode, if required by national/ institutional restrictions at the time of giving the courses. Campus specific information is given AaltoUSN and BME 

Disclaimer: This project is funded with support from the European Commission.
The information reflects the views only of the consortium, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information herein.