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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (NordSecMob) Scholarships for International Students

Overview

NordSecMob - Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing is one of the European top-quality Masters Courses selected by the European Commission Erasmus Mundus Programme. Erasmus Mundus, which is a co-operation and mobility programme, both promotes the European Union (EU) as a centre of excellence in higher education around the world and supports European top-quality Masters Courses. Erasmus Mundus programmes offer culturally enriching higher education opportunities for both European and Non-European students. Students from any country can apply to the NordSecMob - Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing. Both European and non-European students have the opportunity to apply for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. The NordSecMob-programme gives the students a chance to experience the cultures of two northern European countries.

NordSecMob — Master's programme in Security and Mobile Computing allows students with strong computer science backgrounds to specialize in mobile computing technologies. The mobile computing and communications industry provides the user with tools that make data and communication available anywhere and at any time. This programme is about the technologies and techniques needed to allow the user to benefit from these pervasive technologies in a secure and safe manner. New mobile devices extend mobile communication with powerful computing, enabling new services in new markets.

The programme gives students a broad knowledge of different aspects of modern data communications architectures and their evolution. Key areas in the curriculum are network applications and services, information security, and mobile networking. The students will gain both practical engineering skills and theoretical insight, including capability to follow and apply the latest scientific research. The graduates will be able to design and develop their own solutions for the mobile Internet. The aim of the programme is to grow graduate engineers who will take responsibility for creating the next generations of products and services for the European ICT industry.

The language of instruction is English. Upon completion, students will receive a degree from each of the two universities in which they spent a part of their study (double degree).

Partner universities

The five universities jointly offering this programme are: Aalto University School of Science (formerly Helsinki University of Technology, TKK) in Finland, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Tartu (UT) in Estonia.



DEGREES AWARDED

This two-year NordSecMob programme leads to two officially recognized M.Sc.degrees (120 ECTS) issued by the home and the host university.

InstitutionTitle of Degree awarded
AALTOMaster of Science (Technology), Security and Mobile Computing
KTHMaster of Science (two years)
NTNUMaster of Science in Security and Mobile Computing
DTUMaster of Science in Engineering, Security and Mobile Computing
UTMaster of Science in Engineering (Computer Science)


Admission & Language Criteria

UNIVERSITY BACKGROUND

Successful applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree from a university fulfilling the following requirements:

* The university must be an official and recognized part of the national education system.
* The university has to be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organization (e.g. UNESCO)

STUDENT BACKGROUND

Admission criteria to the programme is a high quality Bachelor's degree encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in Engineering (Computer Science or Information technology) or equivalent studies i.e. a degree consisting of at least three years of full-time studies.

The applicants should have solid knowledge of mathematics (discrete mathematics), programming skills, data structures and algorithms, computer architecture and basics of computer networks. In addition, basic knowledge of the following subject areas will be an advantage: databases and database management, principles of theoretical computer science, logic in computer science, software engineering, operating systems, concurrent programming.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The language of instruction in the NordSecMob programme is English. The applicants must have an excellent command of English and they must present an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). No other English proficiency tests are accepted.

TOEFL

  • TOEFL minimum scores are:
    • 580 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test)
    • 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test)

IELTS

  • IELTS minimum score is 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

  • grade B or A

The language test requirement (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE) is waived for the following groups:

The language test requirement is waived for those students who have obtained a university degree (minimum 3 years of full-time higher education studies) taught in English with physical presence in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand or in EU/EEA countries. Please enclose a relevant certificate of language of instruction (e.g. diploma supplement) from your university with the application. Please note, however, that English proficiency is taken into account in the selection process and a good TOEFL/IELTS result is an advantage.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS FOR ERASMUS MUNDUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Eligible applicants for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships are students who are NOT nationals of the EU member states, the EEA states nor nationals of the candidate countries for accession to the EU. Furthermore, eligible students may not be residents of the EU/EEA/candidate countries, nor may they have, by the end of February of the applying year, carried out their main activities (study, work, etc) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in the EU/EEA/candidate countries.

The 27 EU member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. The EEA states are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The candidate countries for accession to the EU: Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF ERASMUS MUNDUS SCHOLARSHIP?

For each student the scholarship amounts to 21,000 Euro per academic year. This includes 10 monthly grants of 1,600 Euro and a fixed amount of 5,000 Euro for fees, travel expenses, relocation costs, etc. For the NordSecMob-programme (lasting two years), the student receives double this amount, i.e. 42,000 Euro.

Category A scholarships (non-Europeans): The scholarship covers the programme fee including insurance coverage. In practice the student receives contribution to travel 8000 € + monthly allowance 1000 € per month for two years (total 24 000 €).

Category B scholarships (EU/EEA nationals, any student not fulfilling category A): In practice the scholarship payment is 500 € per month for two years (total 12 000 €).

NORDSECMOB CONSORTIUM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EU/EEA NATIONALS

The NordSecMob consortium offers a couple of scholarships (3000-5000 EUR) for EU/EEA nationals. These scholarships will be granted for excellent EU/EEA nationals selected to the programme. Eligible applicants for this scholarship are nationals of EU and EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. All EU/EEA applicants to the NordSecMob programme will be considered as applicants for these scholarships and there is no separate application form for the scholarship.


NORDPLUS SCHOLARSHIPS

The students selected to the NordSecMob programme (all nationalities except Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders) can apply for the Nordplus scholarship for the duration of their stay (from 4 to 10 months) at the host university (i.e. for the mobility period). The selected students will be informed about this possibility once they have started their studies at the home university. These scholarships are subject to funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Nordplus scholarship is not sufficient for covering the full living and studying expenses. Normally, the maximum Nordplus scholarship amount is 330 EUR for travel costs + 200 EUR/month for accommodation and living costs. The students must have sufficient funding already when they apply for a residence permit (non-EU citizen) and the Nordplus funding can be applied for only after enrollment to the programme.



Required Documents

Applicants must fill in the web-based online application form (basic student and degree information) and then send the signed paper copies to theConsortium Admissions Office at Aalto, including the following documents:

  1. Officially attested copy of original Bachelor of Science degree certificate (+ graduation certificate if separate document)An attested copy of your degree diploma or certificate in the original language must be attached to your application. If the document is in a language other than English, you must also submit an authorised translation of the degree diploma or certificate.Applicants who graduate after the application deadline can apply if they will graduate by the end of July of the applying year. The Bachelor of Science degree must be entirely completed by the end of July. If you are selected to the programme, you will need to send us a certified copy of your degree certificate by the beginning of August. If you do not have the completed degree by the application deadline, you must:

    a) assemble a list of courses + descriptions of courses that will appear in the final transcript, but are not in your current transcript
    b) append a description of your thesis/final project work (if such thesis/work is included in your degree normally), preferably signed by the supervising professor
    c) ask your supervisor to provide a letter stating that your thesis/final project will be completed by xx date and then you will fulfill the requirements of graduating
    d) include an officially attested copy of original secondary school (high school/upper secondary school) leaving certificate and its authorized translation in English

    Applicants who have completed a second degree after the Bachelor's degree are requested to provide also the official true attested transcripts and degree certificates of that degree.


  2. Officially attested copy of original study transcript (courses in the B.Sc. degree)An official academic transcript of records or an attested true copy of your official transcript (preferably directly from the university or attested by the university registrar) must be attached to the application. If the transcript is in a language other than English, an authorised translation of the transcript must be submitted. An academic transcript of records is an official document containing information on the courses taken and the grades and credits awarded.University degree from Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan and USA: Only official transcripts sealed by the university and sent directly from the university to Aalto University will be accepted.University degree from Pakistan: If your degree was awarded in Pakistan, the degrees/transcripts and diplomas awarded have to be attested by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan. Each page of the transcript of records and the degree certificate/diploma has to be stamped and signed by HEC. The translations must be made by an authorised translator and they have to be submitted in original or as attested copies.
    If your documents have been attested by HEC after February 2009, you can provide photocopies of the documents, because the attestation can be verified from an online service. In case your documents have been attested by HEC before February 2009, you have two options: you can send the copies with the original attestation or send the copies of HEC attested documents which have been officially verified by a Notary Public. In this case the verification by the Notary Public has to be original; copies of verified copies cannot be accepted.

  3. Officially attested transcripts and degree certificates of a possible second degree after the Bachelor's degree (if applicable).If you have taken another degree after you Bachelor’s degree, please provide an officially attested transcript and degree certificate. If you have any further university master level studies after your graduation, please include an attested transcript. If you do not have a transcript of your current studies yet, please include a short description of your studies, a list of courses you have taken and a certificate of attendance.

  4. Motivation letter / statement of purposeThe motivation letter is part of your online application form. You can prepare the letter in advance (max. 4000 characters) and copy-paste it directly to the online form. In the letter of motivation, please outline your academic and professional reasons for applying for admission to the programme.

  5. CVA summary of your academic and work history with contact details.

  6. Two academic recommendation letters in sealed envelopes with contact information (including email address of the referee)The recommendation letters should be written by a person who has supervised you in either academic or employment capacity and at least one of the recommendations should be written by a university professor or lecturer. The recommendation must be an original document: photocopies are not accepted. The recommendation letter can be freely formulated.

  7. University course descriptionsThe academic evaluators would like to check the content of your courses from certain subject areas as quite often the course titles in the transcript are not informative enough. The subject areas are: mathematics (discrete mathematics), programming, data structures and algorithms, computer architecture, computer networks, databases and database management, principles of theoretical computer science, logic in computer science, software engineering, operating systems and concurrent programming.
    To provide the course descriptions, use the following form: Course descriptions form

  8. Photocopy of the applicant's passport (personal data page)If the passport is not available, the applicant must attach a certified copy of identity card or other identity document (with photo) including information on nationality.

  9. Photocopy of a residence permit to EuropeIf you have a residence permit to some European country, please include a copy of the permit in your application documents (non-European applicants).

  10. Language certificate (See more information on Admission & Language Criteria)

  11. Attested copies of relevant work certificates or other relevant activities (if available)If you have work experience or other activities (publications, patents etc.) that could support your application, please include copies of these documents in your application. On work experience, please attach only true attested work certificates.

  12. GRE test result (if available)GRE is not a requirement, but if you have taken the GRE test, you can attach a copy of your results to the application. A very good GRE test score may support the application, especially GRE Computer Science.

Documents 1 - 3 and 10 must be officially attested / certified copies of the original documents. An attested or certified copy is a copy that bears an official stamp and signature of an authorised university official (degree administration / examinations office or equivalent department) at the issuing institution, or a Notary Public. Certifications and statements given by professors or the head of department will not be accepted. Do not send your original documents. Application documents will not be returned. If your degree was awarded in Pakistan, your degrees/transcripts and diplomas awarded have to be attested by the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan. Each page of your transcript of records as well as your degree certificate/diploma has to be stamped and signed by HEC. The translations must be made by an authorised translator and submitted in original or as attested copies.

Recommendation letters must be submitted in original.

TOEFL language test report must be sent directly from the testing center, IELTS results can be sent as a copy with the application.

All required documents in any other language must be translated into English. All translations must be officially certified and accompanied with the certified copy of the original document.

The Consortium Admissions Office at Aalto University will check all applications to make sure they fulfill the formal requirements. Please note that you should not send your original university degree certificate as the Consortium Admissions Office will not return any application documents. Include an attested copy instead. Please enclose your paper application with all the required documents to one envelope and avoid unnecessary staples and clips in order to expedite the processing of your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

The applicants will apply for admission in one specific consortium institution, denoted as the "home institution" (Aalto, KTH, NTNU) and in addition, they must specify in order of priority which host university (Aalto, KTH, NTNU, DTU, UT) they are interested in already in the application phase.

Application Steps and the Applicant's Quick Guide to the Online Application System


Note: Online Application System opens the same day as the application round begins!


Registration

  1. Go to the online application service (https://eage.aalto.fi)
  2. Register as a user of the application service (Register -> Create a local user account)
    • E-mail will be used for contacting you during the selection process. It is very important that you use an e-mail address that is valid through the entire selection process.
  3. When you have filled in the registration form, the application service will send a confirmation link to your e-mail address. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to complete the registration.

Applying

  1. After your registration is complete the system will direct you to the right form automatically. You can also find the forms from the system navigation by selecting Forms -> Application forms: applications to Master's Programmes -> NordSecMob application 2012.
  2. Fill in the online application form and follow the instructions below to submit it:
    • In the application form, you will be asked about your personal contact information and your educational background.
    • The motivation letter is part of the online form: you can prepare it in advance (max. 4000 characters) and copy-paste it directly to the online form.
    • Your session will expire in 120 minutes if you do not keep it active. Unsaved data will be lost.
    • You can save your application form even if it is incomplete, and it is possible to return to modify your application data before submitting it.
    • After you have completed the application form, click the Save button.
  3. When you are ready to submit your application form, click the Save button on the case details page.

You cannot print out the form before it is submitted!

  1. After you have submitted your application, you must print out the form. You can do this on the Case details tab. Download the application as pdf file and print it. In some internet browsers you must first save the downloaded pdf file to your computer (right click pdf icon -> save as) and open it from there before printing.
  1. Sign the application form and send it to Aalto University Student Services Office with all the required documents so that your application arrives by the deadline. Send your application and the required documents to:
  2. Student Services
    Aalto University School of Science
    P.O. Box 15400
    FI-00076 AALTO (city: Espoo)
    Finland
    (if you use a courier service, street address: Konemiehentie 2, room A225, city: 02150 Espoo, Finland, tel. +358 9 470 26016)


Monitoring your application status

  1. When your paper application with the required documents has arrived at the Aalto University School of Science, it will be checked. Only eligible applications will proceed to the academic evaluation. Not eligible applications (for ex. if required documents are missing, the application is not eligible) are rejected at this stage.
  2. You are responsible for checking the status of your application yourself! If you notice that some documents are missing from your application, you should send the missing documents by the deadline. You can monitor the status of your application in the online application system by logging in and choosing Monitoring application process on your Case details page.
  3. During the selection process, we are not able to comment on individual applications or their position. The selection process schedule is available on the programme website.


If your contact information changes during the selection process

  1. If your contact information changes during the selection process, you are responsible for updating it in the online application system. You can update your information by logging in to the application system and selecting User details from the navigation tree on the left. You must confirm the changes with your password. Please note that if you change your e-mail address, your username will remain the same (i.e. the e-mail address you used when registering).

Print out the Application Steps 2012 (pdf)



Application deadline: 8 December

Further Information about applying and admission:

email: nordsecmob@aalto.fi
tel: +358-9-470 26016

Application documents to be sent to:

Student Services
Aalto University School of Science
P.O. Box 15400
FI-00076 AALTO (city: Espoo)
Finland
(if you use a courier service, street address: Konemiehentie 2, room A225, city: 02150 Espoo, Finland, tel: +358-9-470 26016)

Further Information on the programme and the consortium

NordSecMob Consortium
Aalto University School of Science
Coordinator Eija Kujanpää
street: Konemiehentie 2 (P.O. Box 15400)
FI-00076 AALTO (city: Espoo)
Finland
email: eija.kujanpaa@aalto.fi
tel: +358-9-470 24773


http://nordsecmob.tkk.fi/


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