Admission and Selection

Know the selection procedure, application details and criteria

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Admission requirements

  1. Partner countries students must be in possession of a University academic qualification of at least three years, 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 allow entry to higher level university studies. For European students, the qualification should be of a minimum of three years and correspond to 180 ECTS, i.e. a Bachelor’s degree 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 Governing Board will assess the relevance of the degree case-by-case. Applicants in the last year of their bachelor’s degree may apply only if they expect to graduate not later than 30 April 2016 if they are Partner Country students and not later than 31 July 2016 if they are Programme Country students.For a complete list of Partner and Programme countries please check the Erasmus + Programme guide pages 22-24 at the following link:
  2. Languages: applicants are required to be proficient in English and French at level B2 and B1 of the CEFR respectively, and to produce a recognised qualification of the required level (both for English and French). Certification for English language must be produced before the enrolment at the first year (June 2016). Recognized certifications are listed here: obligation to produce an English language certifications is waived for the all the cases listed at: (“Exemption from assessment”).Certification for French language must be produced before September 2017 when students start the mobility period at UPVM.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);
    • 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;*
    • Candidates with a double nationality must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship 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, and French language certification (level B1) if already obtained;
    • 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 Master;
    • 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) on the concept of cultural mediation and its relevance in the MENA region, OR on the topic of Euro-Mediterranean relations;*
    • 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.

For more detailed information on the required documentation and the application procedure (art. 6) please download the complete call for applications at the following link:

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;


Selection Procedure

The selection will be conducted by a Selection Committee made up of the course directors. It comprises two stages: 1) a desk-based evaluation of four distinct elements: (i) academic excellence, (ii) the essay, (iii) the motivation letter and (iv) 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. 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. Admission to the interview does not guarantee the admission to the programme.

Applicants will be informed of the selection results by mid-April/May, via email. The course is full time and students are not allowed to enrol in other study programmes. 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.

For more detailed information on the selection procedure (art. 7) please download the complete call for applications at the following link:



The participation costs are:

  • For students from Programme countries (countries participating in the EMJMD Programme): 4,500 euro/year, i.e. 9,000 euro for the two-year course;
  • For students 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 21 December 2015.
The deadline for the applications is 15 March 2016.
The selection will take place mid March/early April 2016, and the applicants will be informed by Mid April/May 2016.

All applications must be done ONLINE, with the application form available. Any other form of application will not 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


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 June 2016.

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.