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Selection criteria

The Consortium aims to admit highly qualified students from the widest possible range of countries and with an equal representation of both genders if possible.

Each year we receive around 500 applications and admit 80-90 students. As we have 20 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the 2017-19 programme we expect that 25% will be offered admission as scholarship students, while 75% will be offered admission as self-funded students. Only applicants being superior in all categories can expect to be offered admission as scholarship students.

The admission process for students is highly selective and is based upon a variety of factors to ensure that the selection is as objective and fair as possible. During the selection process, all applications are read by academics from Aarhus University and the first priority specialisation university. 

To ensure that the best candidates are admitted, the consortium has decided to give priority to academic merit; candidates will only be admitted if they have an above-average Bachelor’s degree (a minimum of an above-average class mark/GPA is expected).

However, a reliance on grades achieved in very different educational systems does not yield a reliable ranking through which the best-qualified students can be identified. Consequently, an estimate of the applicant in terms of ability to successfully finish the degree and enter the job market is evaluated through the criteria of journalism experience, the application reflections and life experience.

These are the categories used by the Mundus Journalism Consortium when evaluating the applications in order to select applicants for admission and for the Mundus scholarships:

Academic background

This criteria evaluates the applicant’s academic ability, previous academic record and academic references based on transcript of records, academic reference letters etc.

Journalism experience

This criteria evaluates the applicant's journalistic experience based on the quality of work samples and journalistic career as well as the journalistic reference. 

Application reflections

Within the Application Form you will find a section called Application reflections. These are reflections/questions related to your academic and journalistic past as well as your future career expectations. Though short, these answers will be evaluated not only on their content but also on their writing style, quality and clarity. 

Applicants selected for Mundus scholarships

As we have 20 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the 2017-19 programme we expect that 25% will be offered admission as scholarship students, while 75% will be offered admission as self-funded students (although extra Erasmus+ stipend will be available for the second year of studies for self-funded students).

Only applicants being superior in all categories can expect to be offered admission as scholarship students. Students who already have a 2-year MA-degree cannot be granted a Mundus scholarship.