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1 European Union funded Scholarships & Fellowships. Worldwide Opportunities.

2 Why Erasmus Mundus?

3 Erasmus Mundus - objectives Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme funded by the European Union in the field of higher education. It aims to:  Enhance the quality of HE through international co-operation  Improve the development of human resources and create valuable skills that increase future employability  Internationalise HE institutions’ teaching methods and services  Promote dialogue and understanding between peoples and cultures

4 Erasmus Mundus - what does it offer?  Scholarships for students, researchers and academic staff to follow a Masters Course or Joint Doctorate at two or more European universities (ACTION 1) or study 1 or more semesters in a European University at under or post graduate level (ACTION 2)  Top-quality masters and doctoral courses in a broad variety of disciplines  A scheme open to students throughout the world

5 What is an Erasmus Mundus course (under Action 1)? A course (masters or doctorate)… developed and delivered by a consortium of universities… located in at least three European countries and… co-ordinated by a European university (non-European universities can be partners)

6 What is an Erasmus Mundus course (under Action 1)? An Erasmus Mundus course:  offers an integrated study/research programme, fully recognised in the countries where it is delivered  requires study or research in at least two countries in the consortium  leads to the award of a double, multiple or joint degree to all successful students/doctors (MS & PhDs under Action 1)  awards full-study scholarships/fellowships

7 What is an Erasmus Mundus course? Since 2004, more than 800 universities… have developed over 150 joint masters and doctoral courses… attended by over 10,000 students and 2000 academics from 140 countries… in a wide range of disciplines…

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10 Erasmus Mundus - thematic disciplines  Agricultural and Forestry Sciences  Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning  Art and Design  Business Studies, Management Science  Communication and Information Sciences  Education, Teacher Training  Engineering, Technology  Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies  Health Sciences  Humanities  Languages and Philological Sciences  Law  Mathematics, Informatics  Natural Sciences  Social and Cultural Sciences, Economics

11 How is quality guaranteed?  Over 75% of Europe’s top 100 universities (according to Shanghai rankings) are participants in Erasmus Mundus courses, plus top universities from other parts of the world (e.g. Harvard, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins)  Rigorous and competitive selection process for EM Masters Courses and Joint Doctorates  Continuous quality monitoring of courses through annual reports and visits by European Commission  High quality of students + active feedback

12 What languages will you need? About 90 % of Erasmus Mundus courses are taught in English, but… …whatever the language of instruction, it is important to have the right level of linguistic ability, and… …one of the great advantages of Erasmus Mundus is the chance to enrol in tailor-made language courses, add to your skills and improve your employability

13 Scholarships - types of recipients There are two categories of students/doctoral candidates:  Category A : Non-Europeans who are not resident, nor have carried out their main activity for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years, in a European country  Category B : Any individual fulfilling the academic admission conditions set by the consortium and who does not fulfil Category A requirements (mainly Europeans)

14 How much is the scholarship? For Sri Lankan students (Category A):  Up to 24 000 Euro per year for Masters Courses (Action 1) = 3.6 Million Rupees  60 000 Euro to 130 000 Euro for three-year Joint Doctorates (Action 1) = up to almost 20 Million Rupees

15 How do I apply? As a postgraduate under Action 1 You:  have obtained an appropriate higher education degree with excellent marks  fulfil the specific selection criteria defined by the Joint Masters or Doctorate programme of your choice  are eligible for a scholarship under Category A or B

16 How do I apply? Go to the Erasmus Mundus website: Select “Funding & scholarships - for students and academics” Click on the link to: Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs) or Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs) Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs) Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs)

17 How do I apply? You can view all available courses or search for courses in a specific discipline Once you have made your selection, go to the website of your chosen course - the course website will give you the details you require about tuition, fees, application procedures, etc. Please remember to send your application directly to the co-ordinator of your selected course

18 How do I apply? TimingWhat to do? As from October 2011 Find and select your EM Joint Programme (you can only apply to a max. of 3 programmes) Deadline indicated by the consortium Submit your scholarship application (deadline usually between November 2011 and January 2012) March 2012Selection results From April 2012 Acceptance of your scholarship/fellowship Start preparing your stay in EU September 2012Normal start of the courses/doctorates

19 If you are successful! Prepare your visa requests/other administrative procedures (  very long procedure! Start in time and take into account that not all European countries have embassies in Colombo) Ensure you have all the necessary documents ready well in advance (certificates, certified copies) Ensure that you are properly informed about your rights and obligations (e.g. tuition and other fees, class attendance, examination mechanisms, final degree, etc.)

20 If you are successful! The consortium to which you successfully applied will provide you with:  a scholarship confirmation letter  medical/accident insurance to cover your stay

21 Erasmus Mundus in Sri Lanka 26 Sri Lankan students and University staff selected for scholarships for the academic year 2011-2012  300% increase from 2009 Six under Action 1; sixteen under Action 2 Majority of scholarships for MCs (10) plus 4 PhDs, 4 fellowships for staff, 2 post doc and 2 undergraduates 3 Universities represented (Colombo, Peradenyia, Ruhuna)

22 Useful links Information on the Erasmus Mundus Programme E-mail enquiries Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka Study in Europe Website A portal that aims to answer the questions of students interested in following a course of higher education in Europe SL2College:

23 Thank you, good luck with your application.. … and see you again at the presentation on Action 2

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