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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (EUROPEAN FORESTRY) Scholarships for International Students

Overview

MSc European Forestry is a top class taught masters programme in the field of forest sciences. The quality of the programme was acknowledged by the European Commission already in 2004 when MSc European Forestry was awarded the Erasmus Mundus status.

The MSc European Forestry programme provides academic education in forestry focusing on the international dimension of sustainable forest management issues. The programme is an extra dimension to the already existing educational markets in forestry and nature management in Europe. In this programme, European forestry universities collaborate intensively to offer joint courses as well as their existing curricula, based on the knowledge and experience of forest management for which European forestry was the cradle already centuries ago.

The MSc EF programme responds to the increasing number of issues in forest and nature management at international as well as national levels, which provide a whole range of new challenges and demands for policy making and management at the national, European and wider international level. The European view on forest management is well founded both in the latest research results as well as centuries of experience.

The MSc European Forestry graduates are highly demanded by the international labour market. The majority of our graduates are currently employed around the world by organisations such as:

- Forest and nature management agencies and governmental bodies
- Research institutions
- Forest enterprises in paper and pulp industries and saw milling
- Environmental NGO's

After completing the MSc EF programme, the students obtain a double degree i.e. two national MSc degrees of which one is always issued by the University of Eastern Finland and the other by the partner university where the student has taken majority of his/her second year studies. In addition to degree certificates, the graduates receve Diploma Supplements that describe the contents of the programme.


Partner Universities

University of Freiburg, Germany
University of Lleida (UdL), Spain
Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
University of Eastern Finland, (Coordinating university)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParistech ENGREF), France

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

MSc European Forestry programme welcomes all highly-motivated and talented people from around the world to apply. The minimum requirements are:

1) Bachelor's degree with good results in forest science or related field issued by an internationally recognised university.
2) English language proficiency, minimum TOEFL paper-based 550 / computer-based 213 / Internet-based 79, or IELTS 6.0.

ERASMUS MUNDUS SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

Generous Erasmus Mundus scholarships of 48,000 and 20,000 € are available for students on a competitive basis. Anyone who has been admitted to study in the MSc European Forestry programme can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarhip. Scholarships must be applied simultaneously with the study place and can conveniently be done with the same application form.

The Erasmus Mundus scholar grants of 2,400 - 14,800 euro are available for merited academics from all over the world.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The call for the MSc European Forestry course 2012–2014 and Erasmus Mundus scholarships for all the nationals is open during the

September 1st - December 31st .

The application for the MSc European Forestry programme consists of an on-line application and a printed version to be submitted by post together with the required enclosures.

Applications submitted ONLY electronically are NOT valid.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE STEP-BY-STEP

1. Gather all the belowmentioined enclosures A-G and scan them into PDF files. Do not scan any additional documents.

2. Fill in the on-line application form and follow its instructions to print the application. Attach the PDF files and submit the application electonically.

3. Sign the printed version of your application and send it along with true attested copies / originals of the requested enclosures to the Admissions Services if the University of Eastern Finland. Be clear and concise and send only the requested documents. Additional documents shall neither be read nor considered as an asset to the applicant.

THE REQUIRED ENCLOSURES FOR YOUR APPLICATION ARE:

A. Officially attested true copy of your Bachelor's degree certificate.

B. Authorised translation of the degree certificate in English, unless the original is in English.

C. Official academic study transcript or a true copy of it officially attested by the issuing university registrar.

D. Authorised translation of the study transcript in English, unless the original is in English.

E. Curriculum vitae. CV must be presented in chronological order and musto not have gaps longer than 12 months during the recent five years.

F. Copy of a passport (the page with information on personal details). If passport is not yet available, attach a copy of an identity card or other identity document with a photograph. ID must contain information on nationality and date of birth.

G. Proof of proficiency in English language.

  • You must proove your English language proficiency by passing a TOEFL or IELTS test. With regard to TOEFL test, ask your language test administrator to send the results of your test directly to the University of Eastern Finland. The TOEFL code for the university is 9779. Regarding IELTS test, an attested copy of the test score sheet is enough.
  • If you have studied your previous university degree (BSc) in English, you do not need to take a TOEFL or IELTS test. Alternatively you enclose a certificate from your university stating that the language of instruction during your BSc studies has been English.
  • Nationalities of USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the English part of Canada are considered native speakers. Native speakers do not need to proof the proficiency in English language.

H. Two letters of academic recommendations. The letters of recommendation must be based on the standard reference letter format provided below. The referees must be academics (teachers/supervisors) from the university/universities where the applicant has studied. Recommendation letters must arrive at the University of Eastern Finland insealed envelopes with contact information of the referee.

I. Two passport-size photos of you.


REFERENCE FORMS

ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM

This call is open September 1st - December 31st.

SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION

The deadline for submitting both the on-line application and sending the paper version of the application is December 31st 2011 as per postmark. Applications submitted ONLY electronically are NOT valid.

Please note that the submitted applications and annexes shall become the property of the MSc EF secretariat and will not be returned to the applicant.

Postal address:

"Application for admission MSc EF"

University of Eastern Finland

Admission Services

P.O. Box 111

FI-80101 Joensuu

FINLAND



CONTACT US

Mailing address:
MSc European Forestry secretariat
University of Eastern Finland
School of Forest Sciences
P.O. Box 111, 80101 Joensuu, FINLAND
Email: secretariat@europeanforestry.net
http://www.europeanforestry.net/



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