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QUESTIONS:

 

General information:

 

What is the difference between an Erasmus Mundus Action 1 student and an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 student?

  • What is an exchange student and what is a degree student?
  • Is there any kind of degree offered at the end of the mobility period?
  • What is a consortium?
  • When must I spend my period abroad?
  • Are inter-European or inter-Third-countries mobilities allowed?
  • What courses can I take abroad?
 
Criteria students/staff:
  • What is a target group and how many target groups are there?
  • Can nationals from the third countries in the lot, living in Europe apply for a scholarship?
  • Can I benefit from more than 1 mobility flow?
  • I am a Techno exchange student. Is there need for a bilateral agreement between my home and host university?
  • What are the language criteria to apply for this project?
 
Application
  • What do I fill in in the field "study level"?
  • I will get the results of my TOEFL/IELTS test after the deadline, can I still make changes to my file?
  • I don't have a passport. What do I have to do?
  • I want to upload the copies of my course record transcripts, but the transcripts are not in English. What should I do?
  • Do the certificate of language test, the copy of diploma supplement or the document explaining the grading system and the copy of the diploma need to be in English?
 
Selection
  • How will the selection be done?
  • When will the selection results for the second call be available?
 
Selected students/staff:
  • What facilities are offered once I am abroad?
  • How will I receive my grant?
  • What about insurance?
 
Scholarship information
  • Do you charge tuition fees?

 

ANSWERS:


General information:
 
  • What is the difference between an Erasmus Mundus Action 1 student and an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 student?

When the 'Erasmus Mundus' programme was established by the European Commission in 2003, the programme evolved around specially selected international Master course programs of high quality, called the Erasmus Mundus Action 1. These Courses are offered by consortia each consisting of at least three universities situated in at least three different European countries. The 'Erasmus Mundus' programme only provides scholarships for students which get selected for attending these specific Erasmus Mundus Master Courses. On the other hand, The 'Erasmus Mundus Action 2' programme, which was established in 2006, focusses more on a wide-scale academic mobility between Europe and so-called third countries, and supports both exchange as degree-seeking students through scholarship funding.

 

  • What is an exchange student and what is a degree student?
An exchange student is a student (officially registered in a university or other institution for higher education) who temporarily lives in a foreign country and attends courses or is involved in other academic activities. The exchange period lasts for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 10 months. The exchange student does NOT get a diploma from the host university. However, all academic results will be sent to his/her home university. Tuition fee is paid to the home university.
A degree student registers at the university abroad and is no longer a student from the university at home. He or she will obtain a diploma from the university abroad. Students applying to a foreign university will need to comply with the local admission requirements. The Techno project funds the tuition fees for these students up to a maximum of 3000 €.
 
  • Is there any kind of degree offered at the end of the mobility period?
Exchange students go abroad for a period covering only a part of the curriculum required for a degree. Therefore they do not receive a diploma or degree but a "transcript of records" specifying the marks obtained for each of the courses followed and a "certificate of attendance" from their host university. The transcript must be used by the home institution for recognising the study period abroad as part of the general curriculum required for obtaining the final degree.
In addition, a Diploma Supplement should be issued at the end of his/her studies identifying the courses followed and the marks obtained during the student's period abroad.
Degree students who successfully completed a whole study programme will receive a diploma.
 
  • What is a consortium?
A consortium is a partnership or a group of higher education institutions that intends to implement a project (in this case a mobility scheme) together. For the Techno project, you can click here to see the consortium.
 
  • When must I spend my period abroad?
Students can start their mobility from March-September 2013 on, PhD and Postdoctoral researchers can start their mobility in accordance with their promoter and Staff can start their mobility during the entire period of the project. In any case all mobility (except Staff) should start before December 31st 2013 for first cohort.
 
  • Are inter-European or inter-Third-countries mobilities allowed?
No, this is not allowed. South-East Asian students/staff can only go to the EU universities.
 
  • What courses can I take abroad?
We invite you to visit the websites of the universities to consult the course catalogues. Pay attention to the language of instruction.
Not all of courses are accessible : access is restricted to those in the scope of TECHNO. In application online, you can browse openned courses for each HOST and each Level of studies.

 

Criteria students/staff:

 

  • What is a target group and how many target groups are there?
A target group is a group of students/staff having the same characteristics regarding the institution, country of origin and/or personal situation. There are 3 target groups:
Target group 1: Students and academic staff registered in one of the partner universities of the consortium at the moment of application. Undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least one year of studies in their home institution.

Target group 2: Students need either to be registered in a HEI (not included in the partnership) of the third country concerned by the lot or having obtained a university degree or equivalent by an institution of these third countries. This includes the possibility of providing mobility opportunities to people working in public administration, public and private enterprises.

Target group 3: Nationals of the third countries concerned by the geographical lot who are in particularly vulnerable situations, for social and political reasons. For example:

1. having a refugee status or asylum beneficiaries (international or according to the national legislation of one of the European recipient countries) or else

2. it can be proved that they have been the object of unjustified expulsion from university on racial, ethnic, religious, political, gender or sexual inclination or else

3. they belong to an indigenous population targeted by a specific national policy or IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons)
 
  • Can nationals from South-East Asia living in Europe apply for a scholarship?
Target group 1: no, because they should be registered in a university in South-East Asia
Target group 2: yes, if they have obtained a first higher education diploma in a university from their home country
Target group 3: yes, if they are in any of the conditions of vulnerability enumerated (refugee, asylum seeker, displaced population,..)
 
  • Can I benefit from more than 1 mobility flow?
No, you can only benefit from 1 mobility flow inside a program.
 
  • I am a Techno exchange student. Is there need for a bilateral agreement between my home and host university?
No, there is no need when your home institution is a member of the Techno consortium: the Techno Consortium Agreement replaces the bilateral agreement. The only exception is when you are an exchange student within Target Group 2, i.e. currently registered at a non-partner institution in South-East Asian third countries in the lot. In this case, ask the International Relations Office of your home institution to contact the Techno secretariat, so it can work out a bilateral agreement between your home institution and the Techno consortium. What are the language criteria to apply for this project?
 
  • What are the language criteria to apply for this project?
Every host university has its own language and admission criteria. Under 'University information' you can find more information about the criteria for each partner university.

 

Application

 

  • What do I fill in in the field "study level"?
You have the choice from the following terms: undergraduate, master, PhD, post-doctorate, academic staff.
 
  • I will get the results of my TOEFL/IELTS test after the deadline, can I still make changes to my application form?
After you have submitted your application, no changes to your file are possible anymore because we want to treat all the applications on an equal footing. You can always send the results directly to the requested host university.
 
  • I don't have a passport. What do I have to do?
Because during this call there will be more time between the announcement of the selection results and start of the mobility( 3-4 months), you can now apply with an ID card. Selected students will now have sufficient time to apply for passports and visa.
 
  • I want to upload the copies of my course record transcripts, but the transcripts are not in English. What should I do?
We require that the transcripts are translated into English or another language known by the people of the host university (you can do this yourself) and that they are stamped and certified by your home university.
 
  • Do the certificate of language test, the copy of diploma supplement or the document explaining the grading system and the copy of the diploma need to be in English?
Yes. We require that all the documents, that have to be uploaded, are in English.
Selection
 
  • How will the selection be done?

1. The application forms from TG1 students and staff members will be screened and validated online by the International Relations Office or contact person of their home university. Validation is a technical screening of your file: is the student enrolled in the home university? Are all the supported documents included? Is mobility allowed during this phase of the study program?

 

2. The host universities get access to application files of the students. The local coordinators do a first, initial screening of the applications. They check whether the requested study program is available, the language requirements are fulfilled, the admission requirements are fulfilled etcetera. They send the files to the responsible professors of the relevant departments. (e.g. the file of student of electrical engineering will be evaluated by a professor of the engineering department). The professors use a standardized evaluation form with questions regarding the academic merit, motivation and language level to evaluate all files. The IROs upload the evaluation forms and total points to the database. The requested host universities have the final word in the decision whether you will be accepted.

 

3. The Techno Secretariat (located at Toulouse University) decided upon the number of available scholarships.(check mobility scheme) The number of available scholarships is being divided among the different partner universities, aiming on an equal spread. There are no fixed quota, some universities will host more students than other universities. The coordinator makes separate lists with all the scores of the students per study level, target group and requested mobility duration.(e.g. a list with all the target group 2-PhD students- 6 months scholarship or target group 1-Master-10 months mobility. The candidates with the highest score per list receive a scholarship.

 

4. The Techno Secretariat informs all applicants (selected, reserve and rejected candidates). Afterwards the host university will be responsible for further processing of the mobility and contact with the student.

 

5. All students and staff members must start their studies/research 31st of December 2013 the latest for first cohort. 

 

  • When will the selection results for the first call be available?
By mid December 2012
 
Selected students/staff:
 
  • What facilities are offered once I am abroad?
Your host university has an International Relations Office, that offers assistance for housing, coaching, language support, social life and administrative procedures. Your host university will inform you about all services offered.
 
  • How will I receive my grant?
Your travel ticket will be bought by your host university (the International Relations Office). Insurance will be arranged by the Techno project. Your subsistence allowance will be paid to you by your host university, on an (EU) account. You will be informed about this by your host university. Tuition fee (if applicable) will be paid directly to the host university.

Attention: in case of problem contact secretariat (info@techno2-em.org) to arrange insurance and flight tickets. 

 

  • What about insurance?
The consortium will provide a full insurance coverage to the student and staff participating in the project.
 
In order to arrange your insurance, you should communicate your travel dates to your IRO (Target Group 1 students) or to Miss Ilse Van Renterghem chinaplatformbeijing@gmail.com (Target Group 2). Also, once you have been selected you will have access to the grant holders pages on the Techno website. On the basis of these dates, the Techno Secretariat will apply for insurance for the period that you are abroad. You will receive the insurance card by email - you should use this for the embassy.
 
Via secretariat you can get the insurance policy. The claim form for luggage and for medical expenses with contact details can be obtained there. Please make sure to report claims within 7 days as stated in the policy.
 
  • How can I obtain a visa?
Inform yourself whether you need a visa to go to your host country. Once the candidates have received an official confirmation from the host university that they have been accepted, they should obtain a visa in their home countries via the embassies of their host country. Make sure you receive a letter of invitation from your host university.
Scholarship information
 
  • Do you charge tuition fees?
Exchange students do not have to pay a tuition fee at their host university, they pay at their home universities because they are enrolled there. For degree students, some universities can charge tuition fees up to 3000 € per academic year. The student himself does not have to pay this, the tuition fee is paid directly by the TECHNO project to the university of his/her choice.