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What's it all about?

A Joint Master Degree (JMD) is your chance to really take your education to the highest level, and thanks to Erasmus+ you can finish your studies and get to travel at the same time. Set up on 1 January 2014, Erasmus+ offers an internationally recognised Joint Master Degree in countries across the world.

An Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree will help you expand your knowledge of the world, while completing your education and enhancing your understanding of your chosen subject specialism.

Can I apply?

If you have successfully completed a first class degree, or a recognised equivalent level of education you can apply.

Find a list of Joint Master Degrees on offer.

What countries are involved?

Universities from the different 33 countries working with Erasmus+ make up a consortium which can also include universities in countries outside of Europe, known as Partner Countries. Read more about participating countries on the Erasmus+ website. The different consortia offer a range of Joint Master Degrees between them . 

What qualifications will I receive?

A Joint Master Degree is an internationally recognized qualification, worth 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits. Find out more about ECTS credits.

How much will it cost?

Taking your education overseas shouldn’t leave you with a huge hole in your finances. In fact, there are a number of scholarships available, as well as loans for either one or two-year courses.

Individual scholarships vary massively depending on the country, the course and the cost of tuition, but they should generally cover travel, living expenses, course fees and insurance. There are normally between 10 and 20 scholarships per year, but just bear in mind that you can’t submit applications to more than three JMD consortia. 

Master Loans are being rolled out across Erasmus+ countries and are now available in France, Luxembourg and Spain. These loans can be anything up to €12,000 for a one-year course, or €18,000 for two years, and have some useful benefits:

  • interest rate lower than the market rate
  • grace period of up to one year before repayments begin
  • additional payment holiday of up to one year.

Learn more about how to apply for a masters loan.

When’s the deadline?

There’s no set timetable for deadlines as each programme follows its own guides. The best thing to do is check the European Commission website for any new opportunities that have come up and apply directly to the consortia.

Why should I go?

By studying a Joint Master Degree you’ll be expanding and proving your knowledge of a subject while benefitting from the international expertise on that subject. You’ll meet new people, you’ll improve your language skills, and a Master's qualification on your CV will further demonstrate your academic prowess and help you stand out. So perhaps the question you should really be asking yourself is: why shouldn’t I do it?

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