Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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PROGRAMME

Q: What is the workload per semester?
A: The workload per semester is defined with 30 ECTS credits (approximately 750 working hours).

Q: What is the duration of the programme?
A: The duration is normally four semesters, including the obligatory semester abroad, the master's thesis and all examinations.

Q: Are lessons held in English?
A: The entire program is taught in English.

Q: Can I start the programme only in the winter semester?
A: Yes. The course always starts in the winter semester.

Q: Are there any regulations per number of eligible students?
A: The number of eligible students is decided upon by the consortium on an annual Basis.

APPLICATION

Q: In which language do I have to hand in the required documents for my application? 
A: All documents for the application procedure must be submitted in English.

Q: Do I have to send the original documents for application?
A: In the first step you have to apply online for the programme: http://jointdegree.biobs.com/

If you get selected for the programme, your entrance university will inform you about all further steps, e.g. enrollment, housing.

 Q: What is the "financial statement" ?
A: During the online application you will be asked to confirm that you are aware of the fact that you will need to have enough financial resources in order to finance your study and sustain yourself. The programme doesn't offer any financial aid. However, in most cases a small scholarship is available and/or tuition fee waiver during the mobility semester.

 Q: I don't have my diploma yet, can I still apply for the program?
A: You can apply for the program, but you should mention in your application that you will provide the selection committee with your diploma as soon as possible after graduation.

 

Q: I applied for an English test, but I do not get the results before the application deadline?

It is possible to hand in the language certificate after the application deadline. Please upload the confirmation of application for the English test and indicate the exam resp. result date in the application. The certificate should be available during the selection committee meeting which takes place mid April!

 Q: I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Geography. Can I still apply for the program?
A: In general, graduates from different fields of study can be admitted if the completed program is judged to be equivalent by the selection committee.

Q: Is it necessary to have language knowledge other than English?
A: It is not necessary to know other languages if you go on your mobility semester in the 2nd semester. However, we advise you to attend courses of the languages of the countries of the respective consortium members.
Q: I want to take one of the consortium members as my home university, but spend the mobility semester at a university that is not a partner. Can I still get the joint Master's degree?
A: The Joint Master's degree is only awarded if at least 30 ECTS credits for a mobility semester are accumulated at a partner university within the consortium (60 ECTS for the double degree of Utrecht). See detailed information in the Curriculum.
Q: I earned my Bachelor's degree at one of the participating institutions. For the Joint Master's Degree I would nevertheless prefer another consortium member to be my home university. Is this possible? 
A: Yes, it is.
Q: Is international experience relevant for the selection of the applicants?
A: Program-relevant experience will be given consideration during the selection process.
Q: Can I apply although I'm working full-time?
A: Please consider that the programme involves four consecutive semesters of full-time study, including an obligatory semester abroad in the second or third semester.
Q: When are the results of selections presented?
A: After the application deadline, the selection committee will meet and by the end of the following month all applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee so the second step of the application procedure - registration at the chosen entrance university - can start.

FINANCES

Q: Do you charge tuition fees? If yes, how much?
A: Please find the relevant information in the "Finances Section" of this Website.

Q: Can I apply for a scholarship?
A: Universities may offer a number of different scholarships. Please contact the academic coordinator of your chosen entrance university for more Information.

Q: Will I receive financial support for the mobility semester?
A: The consortium members are doing their best to secure mobility grants for as many student as possible. Please note that you will need to ask about a mobility grant at your entrance university (not at the university where you want to spend your mobility semester).

MOBILITY

Q: Is it possible to spend two semesters abroad?

A: Yes. In the course of the Master's programme you can earn a maximum of 60 ECTS credits in mobility.

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