Admission and Selection

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Admission requirements (2018)

The call for the academic year 2018-2019 is open until 30 April 2018

Please note that the 2018/2020 intake will not be funded by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme, but directly by the Consortium. No EMJMD scholarships will therefore be available.

Please note also that some changes in the structure and academic offer of the programme will take place starting from the edition 2018/20.

The main innovation will concern the structure of the academic programme, which will be now organised around two core modules, offered in Venice and Montpellier respectively.

In the first year, the Venice module, will take place over two terms, running from September to March. As in the past, this will be followed by a period of Complementary training taking place at the Université Moulay Ismail (Morocco), Université de Sousse (Tunisia), Université de Strasbourg (via its Centre d’étude et de recherche sur l’intervention sociale, CERIS).
The structure of the second year remains unchanged, with a core module at Montpellier, followed by a period of stage.

The changes introduced in the first year of the course respond to the need expressed by students over the years to anticipate and expand the educational offer of the Venice module, as well as to the aim of simplifying the structure of the course, and to consolidate its disciplinary coherence.

The modules held in Venice will continue to see the participation of a large number of international experts, providing students with a deep understanding of the histories, societies and cultures of the Mediterranean. Taking place over two terms, the Venice programme will also allow students to pursue greater independent learning and to follow specific interests in an environment characterised by great expertise on Mediterranean matters. Students will also receive training in research methodology and project design and implementation, and will start the linguistic training in Arabic and Hebrew languages (offered at different levels, in order to answer students’ different entry level), which will be continued throughout the programme.

By the end of this long module, students will have gained a thorough grounding in Mediterranean studies, research methodology and project design, on which the rest of the course will build.

In the second year, a compulsory three month module held at the UPVM will expand and consolidate students’ training in the fields of political and social sciences. The teaching offered at UPVM will concentrate on the comparative analysis of Mediterranean politics and societies, migration and refugee policies in Europe, development and cooperation.

By the end of the second module, students will have gained a sophisticated understanding of the Mediterranean as a cultural and political area and will have acquired the methodological skills to conduct independent research.

This will allow them to choose the most relevant stage, the final part of their formative path, opting for either professional or research training.

To sum up, by the end of the course, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the Mediterranean region; a good knowledge in the field of migration and refugee studies; a good grounding in the methodologies of social research, particularly how to organise and conduct fieldwork and how to work with qualitative approaches. They will have also acquired the competences necessary to draft and manage projects and the linguistic skills necessary to conduct research or to work professionally in the area and beyond.

Throughout the course, students will develop their competence in English and French, (these are the course’s languages of instruction, whose knowledge at level B2 and B1 respectively is requested at enrolment), Italian and Arabic (with an option of Hebrew and Moroccan Arabic).

Unlike in many Area Studies projects, MIM sees language competence as a crucial element of students’ scientific and professional training, necessary to form graduate able to excel both in research and in their professional life.

Instructions on how to apply can be found in the Call for Application.

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Admission requirements (until 2017)

  1. Applicants must have a University academic qualification of at least three years (Bachelor’s Degree), or a post-secondary school qualification of at least three years awarded by a non-university higher education institution which, in the country of issue, is considered sufficient to undertake higher level university studies. For European students, the degree should be a minimum of three years and correspond to 180 ECTS.The degree/qualification should be in the fields of Sociology, Political Sciences, Social Geography, Communication Sciences, Anthropology, Economics, Languages, Intercultural studies, Humanities, History, Law, International relations, Development studies, Mediterranean studies. The MIM Selection Committee will assess the relevance of the degree/qualification case-by-case. For non-EU degrees/qualifications, the MIM Selection Committee will also evaluate the Certificate of Equivalence of Qualification (Dichiarazione di Valore), a certificate issued by the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree/qualification was obtained.Applicants in the last year of their bachelor’s degree may apply only if they expect to graduate not later than 30 April 2017 if they are from a Partner Country, and not later than 31 July 2017 if they are from a Programme Country. To be eligible for further selection, Partner Country applicants must obtain their bachelor’s degree by the aforementioned date (30 April 2017), produce (if required) the Certificate of Equivalence of Qualification (Dichiarazione di Valore) issued by the Italian Diplomatic Representative, and apply for the visa and the permit of stay in good time. It is up to the applicants to contact the Italian Consulate/Embassy to verify if they are required to present the Certificate of Equivalence of Qualification/Dichiarazione di Valore.
    For a complete list of Partner and Programme countries, please check the pages 22-25 of the Erasmus + Programme Guide.
  2. Languages: Applicants shall be proficient in English at level B2 and French at level B1 of the CEFR, and shall produce a recognised certification of the required levels. The certification for the English language must be produced before the enrolment at the first year. Recognized certifications are listed here: (tab “Recognized certification”). The requirement to produce English language certifications is waived for (tab “Language requirements” – Master’s Degree Programmes).
    The certification for the French language must be produced before 31 March 2018 (end of the UNIVE term).
    The knowledge of English and French will be also tested during the interview.
  3. Required Documentation:
    • Copy of a valid passport, OR national ID card (for EU citizens ONLY). Candidates with a double nationality must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.
    • A residence certificate or a certificate from the candidate’s place of work/study or training issued within 12 months before the submission deadline. The residence certificate aims at identifying where the student is mainly carrying on his/her activities at the moment of the application;*
    • Certified copies of University diplomas;*
    • Transcript of records (University grades/marks);*
    • Copy of a recognised English language certification (level B2) or a proof of exemption according to the specific cases indicated at the Art. 5.1.4 and French language certification (level B1), if already obtained. Applicants who have not already obtained the English language certification and the French language certification shall provide a declaration stating their level of proficiency and their commitment to submit the required English certification before the enrolment and the required French certification before 31 March 2018;
    • A max. 2 (two) pages Curriculum Vitae in English including extracurricular activities (courses, seminars, conferences, published researches etc.) and professional experience related to the fields of knowledge of the course;
    • A max. 2 (two) pages motivation letter, explaining the background of the candidate and the reasons for applying to the programme;*
    • A short essay (5,000 characters excluding spaces): candidates are requested to choose and develop one of the following topics: 1) How would you manage the current refugee crisis? 2) Have you ever had any experience of mediation? If so, please explain;*
    • At least one letter of recommendation (max. 1 page) written by academics, researchers and/or by professionals who have participated in the candidate’s academic or professional training, complete with their email and phone numbers, and the contact details (email/phone) of at least another referee;*

      * These documents may be produced in English, French, Italian or Spanish.

In order to be considered official, a diploma or academic transcript must bear a seal and a signature of an authorized official. Photocopies of diplomas and transcripts must be certified by the institution that issued the diploma or transcript. Documents with an Apostille are also considered official.

To meet the official and detailed information on admission requirements, ineligibility and application procedure, please download the Master MIM Call for Applications for the Third Intake – Academic Years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Important: applications which do not satisfy all of the admission requirements above may be declared ineligible, and not further considered for evaluation and selection.

Please note: after the selection results are notified to the successful candidates, additional documents may be requested by the Consortium’s host institutions for enrolment or other academic/administrative purposes;

The course is full time and students are not allowed to enrol in any other study programme.

Selection Procedure

Applications will be evaluated by a Selection Committee as appointed by the MIM Governing Board. The selection will comprise two stages: 1) a desk-based evaluation of four distinct elements: (i) academic excellence, (ii) the essay, (iii) the motivation letter and (iv) the recommendation letters; and 2) an interview. The purpose of the desk-based evaluation is to assess the candidate’s merit, motivation and experience. A strong motivation and concern for migration, cultural mediation and international development issues, as well as an interest to conduct research in collaboration with organizations in the fields of policy and practice, are essential. Work experience in a relevant field (including volunteer work), such as in national or international organizations or non-governmental organizations in the North/South of the Mediterranean, as well as experience in conducting quantitative and/or qualitative research, will be an advantage. For each criterion, the scoring will be as follows:


Max. Points

Academic Excellence




Motivation Letter


Recommendation Letters


Students with a minimum score of 80 points will be admitted to the interview, either face-to-face or via Skype. The Selection Committee will contact the candidates via email to book an appointment for the interview. Candidates shall produce a photocopy of a valid identify document on the day of the interview.

During the interview, which will be carried out both in English and French, candidates will be required to prove their familiarity of the MIM programme, as well as their motivation and their future plans. Candidates are deemed to have passed the interview if they reach a minimum score of 10/20. The admission to the interview does not guarantee the admission to the study programme.

Applicants will be informed of the selection results by May 2017, via email. Although the selection is strictly based on merit, the Selection Committee will pay attention to gender equality, integration of the disabled, enhancement of social and economic cohesion and the combat of xenophobia.

Please note that:

  • candidates who fail to meet the criteria above may be declared ineligible, and not further considered;
  • if, at any stage in the application procedure, it is established that the information provided by the applicant has been knowingly falsified, the candidate will be disqualified from the selection process.

To meet the official and detailed information on selection procedure, please download the Master MIM Call for Applications for the Third Intake – Academic Years 2017-18 and 2018-19.



The participation costs are:

  • For students from Programme countries: 4,500 euro/year, i.e. 9,000 euro for the two-year course;
  • For students from Partner countries: 9,000 euro/year, i.e. 18,000 euro for the two-year course.

The participation costs include: tuition fee, administration and other costs related to the students’ participation in the course (complementary training, supervision, tutoring, facilities, insurance, etc.)

The participation costs do not include: Travel costs and accommodation costs.

A number of different scholarships and fee waivers are available.



All students will be covered by a high-quality health and accident insurance service that complies with the requirements of the EACEA.


Application procedure

The application procedure will open 1 December 2016.
The deadline for the applications is 1 March 2017.

All applications must be submitted ONLINE, with the pre-enrolment form available. No other form of application will be accepted.


  • Please make sure you have all the information and the required documents at hand before starting the application process, because you will have to complete the application in one single session;
  • Please note that the system will not allow you to send your application if you have not provided all the required information, and/or you have not uploaded all the required documents;
  • All documents must be uploaded in PDF format. Each of them should not exceed the size of 1 MB. Each document must be named as follows: name_surname_type of doc (e.g. Paul_Young_CV);
  • At the end of the application process, you will receive a confirmation email that your application has successfully been submitted;
  • If at any point of the application process you have any difficulties with uploading documents, please try from another browser or to improve your network connection. In case of further problems with the application procedure, please write an email at


Privacy statement

The data of selected applicants (proposed for a scholarship/fellowship, put on the reserve list or enrolled on a self-paying basis) may be used for the purposes of evaluating the programmes, efficiently manage the projects, and producing statistics. Such data could be made available to the EACEA, the European Commission, the European External Action Service staff, as well as to other stakeholders of the Erasmus+ programme, such as Erasmus+ National Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association. The full EACEA provisions for the processing of personal data are available at


Appeal procedure

If your application has been rejected and you consider that a mistake has been made in the process, or that your application has not been fairly evaluated, you can file a complaint to, explaining your reasons, not later than 30th May 2017.

However, please bear in mind that complaints from applicants who have failed to satisfy all of the eligibility criteria (e.g. who have not produced the required documentation, or have applied for an EMJMD scholarship but do not meet the EMJMD requirements, etc.), or have failed to satisfy them within the established timeframes, will not be taken into consideration.

The appeal procedure can only come into play if a candidate feels that the consortium/partnership has not handled his/her own application in line with the scholarship application and selection process as described on the MIM website. In other words, the appeal cannot concern the decision itself, but only an alleged error made in the process.