Application and Eligibility

  • What is the application procedure? How to submit CVs, letters of reference, transcripts, etc.? Are there templates for these documents?
    Applicants must use the online application form. Please do not sent documents directly by email. The online application system provides templates for the letter of reference and the recording of academic results.
  • Who is eligible to apply?
    Students from all countries can apply to the IT4BI-DC programme. Students should have been awarded a Master's degree (i.e., the equivalent of 300 ECTS), from an accredited university. The university has to be listed in the International Handbook of Universities published by the International Association of Universities, and degrees with a major in Computer science will be preferred. Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level C1 in the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
  • Can I apply to more than one Erasmus Mundus Scholarships?
    Yes, you can apply to more than one, but no more than three. If you apply to more than three Erasmus Mundus scholarships you will be automatically excluded from all of them.
  • I don't have a Master of science with major in computer science, is it possible to apply?
    Indeed, you can apply to IT4BI-DC, but students with major in Computer Science will be ranked higher. Please provide as much information as possible about your working experience in the domain of BI or Computer Science in general in order to counterbalance the fact that you don't have a major in Computer Science. That will increase your ranking.
  • Can I apply if I do not have obtained my Master yet?
    Candidates applying to IT4BI-DC who do not have yet obtained the Masters degree at the time of application deadline, may nevertheless apply to the programme. In this case, if accepted, its acceptance will be conditional. Candidates must upload proof of obtained Masters degree no later than the deadline specified on the page "How to apply".
  • How do I choose my study track?
    During the application process, you will be asked to explicit your preferences for at most three Joint Doctoral Topics that are published in the IT4BI-DC web portal. However, the final assignment to the topics will be done during the selection process, based on your preferences, your marks and the availability at each of the topics.
  • Are documents not in English accepted?
    No. Every document must be translated in English and the translation must be officially certified (e.g., by a sworn translator).
  • How can I show English proficiency?
  • (1) The tuition language of at least one of the bachelors or masters provided in "Academic Results" was English. In this case you should indicate which of your degrees was this and provide a brief letter explaining it. (2) Provide a certificate of an English test stating a result equivalent at least to level C1 in the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • What is an ECTS and what are ECTS credit points?
    The ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study. Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken by mobile students through the transfer of credits. The ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits are equivalent to the workload of full-time student during one academic year (one credit generally corresponds to 25-30 hours of work). To calculate the equivalence of your local credits into ECTS, take the total amount of local credits of your degree and divide this by the number of full-time years of studies. Use this factor to obtain the number of ECTS of each of your courses.
  • Will submitted material be returned to me?
    No! Submitted material is never returned. It is filed for three years according to the EACEA regulations.