Erasmus Mundus-EMLE Scholarships

The European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) is offered by a consortium of seven universities: Erasmus University Rotterdam (co-ordinating institution), University of Hamburg, University of Bologna, University of Gent, University of Aix-Marseille, Victoria University of Manchester and University of Vienna.

The EMLE has been recognized by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme of "outstanding academic quality". The Erasmus Mundus label allows the EMLE programme to annually grant a substantial number of scholarships (including several full scholarships to non-European students).

This programme offers the unique opportunity for interdisciplinary studies of law and economics at two or even three European and Non-European universities. Each partner university awards a Master degree (LL.M. / M.A. / M.Sc.). The programme provides students with an advanced understanding of the economic effects of divergent laws and prepares students for a professional career, for example, in public organisations, in multinational law firms or consultancy firms. Graduates are also well prepared for doctorate research in a PhD programme such as the European Doctorate in Law and Economics.

The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for non-Europeans aim at strengthening European co-operation and international links in higher education by enabling students and visiting scholars from around the world to engage in postgraduate study at European universities.

In the EMLE programme, this means that each year a number of non-European students will receive a grant of 24,000 € per selected student.

1. The EMLE programme has been selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Course under the Erasmus Mundus II Framework for the period 2010/2011-2013/2014! This implies that the EMLE programme will be able to offer Erasmus Mundus students scholarships for those academic years.

2. The EMLE consortium will change per the academic year 2010/2011: The University of Manchester will no longer participate in the EMLE programme; the Warsaw School of Economics (Warsaw, Poland) and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (Mumbai, India) will join the Consortium and the University of Bologna will no longer participate in the third term. The EMLE website will be updated to the new situation in due time.

3. The European Commission has asked us to inform you that applicants can apply for a maximum of three Erasmus Mundus courses in the academic year 2011/2012. Applicants who apply to more than three programmes will be excluded from a scholarship!

4. Furthermore, students who have already received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in previous years cannot apply for a subsequent Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

5. The distinction between 'European Students' and 'Third Country Students' is made in accordance with the criteria of the European Union. Third Country Students are: "Nationals coming from all countries other than the 27 EU Member States and the EEA-EFTA states (Island, Liechtenstein and Norway) who are not residents of any of the above countries, and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries."

6. The fifteen highest ranked admitted non-European applicants who are not nominated for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship will receive a partial waiver of the tuition fee of 4,000 euro.

Application Procedure

Students from third countries who wish to apply for the EMLE programme have to follow the procedure that is described below. If you also want to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you can indicate this in the Online Application Form, there are no separate documents to fill out.

Please fill out and submit the Online Application Form.
You have to attach your letter of motivation and your CV (in Europass CV format) to the Online Application Form. (note: you can store your entries and finish the form later). After submission of the form, you will receive an e-mail with the filled-out form. Please print out this e-mail, sign it and send it together with the other application documents (see below) to:

Marianne Breijer (Application EMLE Programme)
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law
Room L5-084
Burg. Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Note: All application documents should arrive at the Erasmus University ultimately on November 15, 2010. Please make sure that you send your documents in time, so that they reach us before the deadline!Incomplete applications or applications that reach us after the deadline will not be taken into consideration!

Along with the Online Application Form, send the following documents.

a) Europass C.V. in English.
Besides this hardcopy of your CV, you also have to attach the C.V. to the Online Application Form. Click here to download the Europass C.V. template and instructions.

b) Letter of motivation.
In this letter, explain why you are interested in Law & Economics in general and in the EMLE Programme in particular. Besides this hardcopy, you also have to send the letter of motivation as attachment to the Online Application Form.

c) Two letters of recommendation.
These letters can be e.g. from your university or employers. Referees must use this form.

d) Certified copy of your diploma.
The EMLE is a postgraduate course. Preference will be given to applicants who have already a first masters degree. The minimum requirement for admission is a bachelor degree, provided that this degree leads up to employability in the relevant labour market. In particular with respect to the legal profession, stricter job qualifying criteria (first master degree) may be required by national regulations. Applicants with a bachelor degree only need to provide proof that this degree is an appropriate level of qualification in the labour market in their home country.

Besides graduates in Law or Economics, applicants with a first degree in business administration or in social sciences may also apply under the condition that the completed study programme includes a substantial number of courses in law and/or economics. The above requirement with respect to employability in the labour market equally applies.

Students who have not yet graduated but who expect to graduate before July 2011 can also apply for admission to the EMLE programme. If such a student is selected for the programme, this is under the deferring condition that (s)he sends a copy of the diploma ultimately mid-July 2011.

Completed and official certificates, or legalized copies thereof, of all previous university studies must be submitted. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.

Please note that only official certificates or legalized/certified copies are accepted. Ordinary copies will not be processed!

e) Transcripts / grade lists.
Completed and official transcripts, or legalized copies thereof, of all previous university studies must be submitted. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Transcripts and grade lists can also be sent to us directly by the university. In that case, please clearly indicate this in the application files that you send to us.

Please note that only official transcripts or legalized/certified copies are accepted. Ordinary copies will not be processed!

f) Statement regarding English proficiency.
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide original test scores for one of the following standardized English proficiency tests (important: the test result has to reach us before the application deadline, so make sure to schedule the test in time!):

*TOEFL: minimum score of 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based or 90 internet based. The Institutional Code is 0798 (this is the Rotterdam School of Management, which forwards the TOEFL test results to the EMLE programme)
*IELTS (academic module): minimum score of 6.5
*Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grades A, B, C
*Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grades A, B

Applicants who have studied for two or more years in, or received a degree from, a college or university in a country where English is both the language of instruction and the native language are not required to take one of the above-mentioned proficiency tests. This also includes for example India, Nigeria, the Philippines etc. An official certificate from the applicants' school/university is required to confirm that the medium of instruction is English.

g) Photocopy of passport or ID.

h) An original Passport Photo (please write your full name on the back

i) Proof of payment of the application fee.
The application fee is differentiated in five categories, based on the Gross National Income Per Capita (GNIPC) in 2003, as calculated by the Worldbank. The lowest fee, for countries with the a GNIPC below $ 1,000 is 0 EURO. The highest fee, for countries with a GNIPC above $ 20,000 is 120 EURO.

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