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Frequently Asked Questions. Prospective Student Section.

Thank you for your interest in GEMMA! We encourage you to carefully read the information about our programme, about the Erasmus+ scholarships, and about candidate eligibility, available in the application and scholarships sections of our website.

1. What is GEMMA?
2. When will the next call for applications be open?
3. What is the Erasmus+ scholarship and what does it cover?
4. What requirements do I need to fulfill in order to apply to the Erasmus+ scholarship for Partner Countries (formerly Category A)?
5. How much do the tuition fees cost (if I participate as a self-financed student)?
6. Is it necessary to have a previous academic degree related to Women´s and Gender Studies in order to be admitted to GEMMA?
7. Do I have to provide proof of knowledge of all Consortium languages (English, Spanish, Italian)?
8. What are the requirements with regards to language certificates?
9. How do I submit my application?
10. The language certificate will only be sent to me after the deadline for application – can I send it separately at a later stage?
11. I have not graduated yet – can I still apply?
12. What is the grade point average certificate?
13. Is there a specific template for recommendation letters?
14. Is it necessary to translate the documents?
15. Should I legalize my BA diploma?
16. Should I send my documents through ordinary post?
17. Are all mobility combinations available? Can I choose Rutgers as my Home or Mobility Institution?
18. Is there a template for the motivation letter?
19. What would happen if the European Commission do not grant funding to the GEMMA programme? Would there be any other scholarships?
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1. 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.

2. When will the next call for applications be open?

The call for applications for participation in the 11th edition of our programme (2017-2019) with the Erasmus+ scholarship will be open from the 15th of March until the 20th of April 2017, while the application period for participation as a self-financed student will be open until the 15th of May 2017. Please visit the GEMMA website regularly, as we will be updating information on the exact dates for application.

3. What is the Erasmus+ scholarship and what does it cover?

Erasmus+ 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+ scholarship in their lifetime. Students who have been scholarship holder of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, are not eligible to apply for Erasmus+. Those students, who have benefitted from the Erasmus LLP mobility grant before, are still eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ 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/defence of the final thesis in the last six months). Please see page 116 of the new 2017 Erasmus+ Programme Guide available HERE

4. 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 available HERE . You can also find the current definitions of Partner countries on pages 21-23 of the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide available HERE .

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to fulfill the criteria of eligibility for the scholarship, students must complete their entire GEMMA study programme in a country different than the one from which they have obtained their last university degree. For example, if your last university degree was awarded by a Spanish university, the mobility route you indicate in the selection process must not include the University of Granada or the University of Oviedo. Please see pages 110-115 of the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide available HERE .

5. How much do the tuition fees cost (if I participate as a self-paying 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.

6. Is it necessary to have a previous academic degree related to 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, previous experience in the field of Women´s and Gender Studies will be considered an additional merit and will increase the final evaluation score of the candidate.

7. 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 two out of seven 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 criterion under consideration when applying.

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

  • Granada – Spanish in the first year (Home) and English and Spanish in the second year (Mobility)
  • Oviedo - Spanish in the first year (Home) and English in the second year (Mobility)
  • Bologna – Italian and English;
  • CEU, *Hull, Utrecht, and Lodz - English.

*Please, consult the changes in language requirements for the University of Hull

8. 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. For more details, you can check the “admissions” section of each University of the Consortium.

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 will also be recognized as a proof of your English proficiency.

HERE you can find a conversion table for languages and scores required

*Please, consult the changes concerning the TOEFL language certificate at the University of Hull

9. How do I submit my application?

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 the application according to the instructions. The required documents in the indicated order are:

  • 1. Current resume or CV
  • 2. Bachelor´s Degree (Diploma)
  • 3. Official academic records (transcript)
  • 4. Grade Point Average (GPA) certificate
  • 5. Language certificate for chosen Home University
  • 6. Language certificate for chosen Mobility University
  • 7. Copy of passport
  • 8. Motivation letter
  • 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. Other documents (courses, seminars etc., not compulsory but recommended)

10. 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 application.

11. 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.

12. What is the grade point average certificate?

The grade point average certificate is a document which reflects your average grade throughout the course of your Bachelor's studies. This document is necessary for the Selection Committee to be able to compare your records with those of other applicants. Some universities include the grade point average on the official transcripts of records. If this is not the case for your transcript, you should request a separate document which specifies your grade point average from your university. In exceptional cases, you may calculate it and indicate it in a declaration signed by yourself.

13. Is there any specific template for recommendation letters?

The GEMMA Selection Committee requires you to submit two letters of recommendation from two professionals who have taught you or worked with you. When filling out your application form, you will need to provide us with the contact details of the two authors of your letters. The system will send an automated email to each person, with a link enabling them to attach the letters, signed and stamped, to your application. You will receive email confirmation each time a letter is uploaded to your application.

The letters should indicate the professional or academic relationship between yourself and the author of the letter of recommendation and reflect on the applicant's academic and general suitability to undertake the proposed course of study. The letters of recommendation should specifically include the following information:

  • How long the author has known the applicant and in what capacity.
  • The nature and class of degree already obtained or expected to be obtained prior to the commencement of the course.
  • How the applicant's achievements compare to those of her/his peers.
  • For applicants who hold professional qualifications or have professional experience, how these qualifications and/or experience contribute to the applicant's eligibility.
  • The applicant's general suitability for graduate study, including any distinct strengths or weaknesses.

Please remember that both letters MUST BE submitted before the established deadline. The system will generate links which will be valid until a specific absolute deadline for uploading the letters.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the deadlines are met by both authors, therefore we highly recommend submitting the application sufficiently in advance.

14. Is it necessary to translate the documents?

If the supporting (official) documents, certificates or letters have been issued in a language other than one of the Consortium languages (Spanish, English and Italian), you should enclose the corresponding legalized or sworn translation.

15. Should I legalize my BA diploma?

The rules for the recognition of BA diplomas vary among the universities that form the GEMMA Consortium, therefore we recommend that you visit the “admissions” sections of the universities that you wish to include in your mobility route. In order to enroll at the University of Granada, for example, students need to provide The Hague Apostille or official legalization for all diplomas that were issued in countries from outside of the European Higher Education Area. If the diploma was issued in a country belonging to the EHEA, only an official translation will be necessary (unless the diploma was issued in English, French, Portuguese, Italian or Spanish).

16. Should I send my documents through ordinary post?

It is not necessary to send hard copies of your documents by post – your application should be submitted exclusively online. Only in case you are selected for a scholarship will you be requested to provide hard copies of your documents (originals or certified official copies), which ought to be the same as the ones you uploaded online. Successful candidates will be informed on how to proceed. We recommend that you carefully check the expiration date of your passport or identity card.

17. Are all mobility combinations available?

In the selection process you are encouraged to indicate your preference for two universities where you want to study: your Home University and your Mobility University. Students can start at any of the European consortium institutions and all mobility paths are available providing they involve institutions from two different European countries (thus excluding Granada-Oviedo/Oviedo-Granada), which makes a total of fifty four different mobility paths.

IMPORTANT: Applicants who have obtained their last university degree in the same country in which they wish to complete a part of the programme (either as Home or as Mobility), are not eligible for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, but may apply as self-financed students.

Please note that the Selection Committee will make every effort to respect the candidates´ preferences. However, due to the high number of applications to our programme, there is a possibility that you will be offered a different mobility route than the one you originally requested.

18. Is there any template for the motivation letter?

Yes, the motivation letter should contain your answers to the following questions:

1. Please refer to those aspects in your academic and professional background that you consider most relevant.

2. Explain your previous experience (academic, professional, vocational) in women’s and gender issues.

3. Briefly explain why you are interested in being accepted in the GEMMA program.

4. Explain how you consider that your studies in this Master’s program will contribute to your present or future professional career.

19. What would happen if the European Commission do not grant funding to the GEMMA programme? Would there be any other scholarships?

The award of Erasmus Mundus scholarships (2017-2018) is conditional on the GEMMA Master course renewal under the Erasmus+ call EAC/A03/2016. Only if successful in this competitive project call, GEMMA will be able to award any Erasmus Mundus scholarships. The selection results of this call will be announced mid-2017, after which the highest ranked students will be informed whether or not they are entitled to receive an EM scholarship.

Nevertheless, if the European Commission's resolution is not favorable, the GEMMA Consortium will look for alternative ways of funding in order to award some scholarships.

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We wish you all the best in the selection process.

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