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What is GEMMA?

Erasmus Mundus Master´s Degree in Women´s and Gender Studies - GEMMA - is a postgraduate program that consists of two years of study (120 ECTS) at two chosen centres out of the seven prestigious European universities that participate in the Consortium. One will be your Home University, where you start and complete the first year of study, and the second will be your Mobility University, where you complete your compulsory mobility period in the third semester (second year of study). The minimum number of credits to be acquired during the mobility semester is 30 ECTS. You also have the possibility of spending the time devoted to thesis writing (fourth semester) at the Mobility University.

When will the next call for applications be open?

The Call for applications for the ERASMUS MUNDUS SCHOLARSHIP for the 13th edition (2019-2021) is CLOSED. A second Call for applications for self-financed students will open in April.

What is the Erasmus Mundus scholarship and what does it cover?

Erasmus Mundus scholarships are offered as part of the worldwide cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education Erasmus+, funded and managed by the European Commission. Scholarships offered in GEMMA belong to Action 1 strand of Erasmus+ (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees - EMJMD), and are destined to cover some of the expenses students incur throughout their study period. Each scholarship is strictly linked to a placement in the programme and can only be offered for the entire duration of GEMMA, which is two years.

Scholarships are assigned by the European Commission to candidates chosen by the GEMMA Selection Committee on the basis of CVs, academic merit, motivation, recommendations, language skills, etc. One person can only get one Erasmus Mundus scholarship in their lifetime. Students who have been scholarship holder of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, are not eligible to apply for Erasmus Mundus. Those students, who have benefitted from the Erasmus LLP mobility grant before, are still eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, provided it is not within the same study programme.

The scholarship covers tuition fees (at both universities), health insurance and part of the living expenses during the two years of study in GEMMA (including the preparation and presentation/defense of the final thesis in the last six months).

What requirements do I need to fulfill in order to apply to the Erasmus+ scholarship for Partner Countries (formerly Category A)?

PARTNER COUNTRY scholarships can be awarded to Partner Country students selected by the GEMMA Consortium who come from a country other than a Programme country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) in a Programme country for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years. Please see footnote 97 on page 116 of the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide availableHERE. You can also find the current definitions of Partner countries on pages 21-23 of the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide available HERE.

Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a higher education degree and haven't benefitted from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship previously.

How much do the tuition fees cost (if I participate as a self-financed student)?

If you decide to participate in GEMMA without the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, the tuition fees are currently 2,100 € for European students and 5,500 € for Third Country students, per academic year.

The fees can be paid in two installments, but always before the 31st of December of each academic year.

The real participation costs for an academic year amount to 4500 € for Programme Country students and 9000 € for Partner Country students. However, the GEMMA Consortium offers a fee waiver to self-financed students of 2400 € and 3500 €, respectively. Therefore, the final tuition fees for self-financed students are the result of the difference between the real participation costs and the contribution of the Consortium.

NOTICE: In case you received external funding from non-GEMMA sources (for instance, Spanish Ministry scholarship or any other), you will be compelled to pay the difference between the amount received and the above-mentioned participation costs.

For further information, please visit the section 'Scholarships > Other Scholarships'

Is it necessary to have a previous academic degree related to the Women´s and Gender Studies in order to be admitted to GEMMA?

GEMMA is an interdisciplinary programme, and therefore previous education in Women´s and Gender Studies is not a necessary condition for participation.

The Selection Committee is formed by GEMMA representatives from all participating universities, specialists in various fields of study. The Committee evaluates applications from any discipline and the assessment carried out includes different merits, such as academic records, motivation, plan of study, past and future professional career plans, and so on.

This said, however, previous experience in the field of Women´s and Gender Studies will be considered by the Committee to be an additional merit, which increases the final evaluation score of the candidate.

Do I have to provide proof of knowledge of all Consortium languages (English, Spanish, Italian)?

The required languages will vary depending on the mobility route that you wish to complete. In the selection process you are encouraged to indicate your preference for 2 out of 7 GEMMA universities where you want to study: one will be your Home University (where you will spend the 1st year of your study) and the other will be your Mobility University (where you will spend the 2nd year). GEMMA partner universities differ in the language of instruction and that is why you need to take the language criteria into consideration when applying.

The languages of instruction used in the universities that form the GEMMA Consortium are:

  • Łódź, CEU, York, and Utrecht- English.

  • Granada – Spanish in the first year and English and Spanish in the second year (Mobility)

  • Oviedo - Spanish in the first year and English in the second year (Mobility)

  • Bologna – Italian and English;

What are the requirements with regards to language certificates?

It is mandatory to provide language certificates (or other official documents proving your language ability) for both the Home and the Mobility University language of instruction. If both universities teach in English, only the English certificate (or any official document proving your proficiency in English) is necessary.

Language certificates must be submitted together with all other documents at the time of submitting the application. If you wish to submit certificates with international recognition, such as IELTS, *TOEFL, etc., it is your responsibility to make sure that you can have the results ready before the deadline for applications. The selection Committee has established recommended scores for language certificates: IELTS: 6.5; *TOEFL (Internet Based): 93; Cambridge Certificates: CAE: B grade, CPE: C grade. Applications with lower scores will also be considered, provided that the candidate can demonstrate their mastery of the language in question.

If you do not have any recognized language certificate of the language required, you can provide a transcript of records from a period of study completed in this language, or some other document, as long as it is issued by an academic institution. A certification from your university stating that English is their language of instruction can also be recognized as a proof of your English proficiency. For more details, you can check the “admissions” section of each University of the Consortium.

How do I submit my application?

Applications for participation in the 9th edition of GEMMA (2015-2017), in both calls for applications (with scholarships and without scholarships), should be submitted online through the GEMMA website. You will need to submit a single application, which will be managed by the GEMMA Consortium.

Please note that it is not necessary that you request a placement at the universities of your choice separately.

The application form, which will become available when the application period is open, should be filled out and submitted online. All other required documents (originals or official and certified copies) should be scanned and attached to it according to the instructions. The required documents in the indicated order are:

  1. 1. Current resume or CV

  2. 2. Bachelor´s Degree (Diploma)

  3. 3. Official academic records (transcript)

  4. 4. Average grade certificate

  5. 5. Language certificate for chosen Home University

  6. 6. Language certificate for chosen Mobility University

  7. 7. Copy of passport

  8. 8. Motivation letter

  9. 9. Recommendation letters (*An automated email will be sent to the two professionals you indicate as authors of your recommendation letters, with a link enabling them to attach the letters to your application.)

  10. 10. Other documents (courses, seminars etc., not compulsory but recommended)

The language certificate will only be sent to me after the deadline for application – can I send it separately at a later stage?

No. Please note that the application will be submitted exclusively online. All required documents (except for the recommendation letters), originals or official and certified copies, should be scanned and attached to the online application form, and therefore you need to have your language certificate ready before the deadline.

If the results are not delivered to you by that date, you should attach a pdf printout of your score from the internet database (for example the TOEFL database) to your applications

I have not graduated yet – can I still apply?

Yes, you may submit your application to GEMMA without the BA diploma, provided that your degree will be issued before the beginning of our academic year. In this case you should attach a declaration of the estimated graduation date, signed by yourself. You must also submit the grade point average certificate from your current study programme.

Please note that it is necessary for you to have your BA diploma in order to begin and officially enroll in the GEMMA programme.

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