Questions about the programme
The first year of studies in the EDISS programme is carried out at Åbo Akademi University (Finland) where studies always start in August-September. Before the courses start, students will take part in mandatory orientation activities organized by the host university.
The second year of studies in the programme is carried out either at Mälardalen University (Sweden), University of L'Aquila (Italy) or University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) where studies start in August-September. Students can also take part in orientation activities at these universities.
Students in the EDISS programme will get a double degree from two universities. The possible university combinations are
- Åbo Akademi University (Finland) + Mälardalen University (Sweden)
- Åbo Akademi University (Finland) + University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
- Åbo Akademi University (Finland) + University of l’Aquila (Italy)
Students start to write their thesis during the second academic year and their main supervisor will be from the second-year university.
EDISS programme graduates have the qualifications to continue doctoral studies in world-renowned universities. All EDISS partner universities have their own doctoral schools offering the possibility to get a PhD on topics introduced in the EDISS curriculum.
The EDISS programme provides insurance for students taking part in the two-year programme.
The EDISS programme has its own social media channels:
- Facebook: masterediss
- Instagram: @edissprogramme
- YouTube: Master EDISS
- LinkedIn: EDISS Master's programme
EDISS publishes relevant information (e.g. about student life in Finland, Sweden, Italy and Spain) in the EDISS blog. In addition, information on EDISS can be found in other relevant websites, such as the websites of the participating universities.
Questions about the application process
Two application periods will be organized for the second EDISS intake (academic years 2022-2024):
- Application round with Erasmus Mundus scholarships: 1 November 2023 at 8:00 am (Helsinki time) - 2 January 2024 at 3:00 pm (Helsinki time).
- Application round for self-funding students only: 1 March 2024 at 8:00 am (Helsinki time) - 11 March 2024 3:00 pm (Helsinki time).
The online application form will be available on the Studyinfo.fi portal during the application period.
The online application form will be available on the Studyinfo.fi portal when the application period for the second EDISS intake starts. Note that the form can only be filled in during the application period.
The document that is used to demonstrate the place of residence of the applicant must
- be issued within the 12 months prior to the submission deadline of applying,
- include the current address of the applicant,
- include the name of the applicant
- and be in English or officially translated in English.
Documents that fulfill all these above-mentioned requirements are accepted as proof of place of residence.
Examples of documents that can be used if they fulfill all the above-mentioned requirements:
- A residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality's normal registration rules
- A certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training institution issued by the employer in question.
- A certificate issued by the police office in your city
- Driver's license
- A renting contract
- A phone/electricity bill
Applicants can also decide to use the EDISS certificate of residence template for getting this information.
I would like to use my passport to verify my place of residence but it is issued more than 12 months prior. What should I do?
If your passport is issued more than 12 months prior the submission deadline of applying, it will not be accepted as proof of your place of residence. Please upload another document in the online application form that fulfills the requirements. You can for instance use the EDISS certificate of residence template, or upload a certificate from your place of study, work or training institution issued by the employer in question.
Questions about the language requirements
Good command of English language is a requirement for admission. The EDISS programme only accepts TOEFL iBT and IELTS Academic language tests to demonstrate the level in the English language. No other tests, or versions of the above-mentioned tests (e.g. Home Edition), will be accepted. For more information on the required minimum test scores that we accept, as well as more information on the exemption criterion please see admission requirements.
Is there any maximum year of the English proficiency test taken to be considered valid/accepted (and not expired) for EDISS?
The language test results for the TOEFL iBT and IELTS Academic are usually valid for two years from the date of completion (you can check this with the test organizer). When applying for EDISS, the test results must be valid at least 14 days after the application period ends. If your test score has expired or will expire during the application period or during the 14 days after the application period, you will have to take the test again.
I have received my university education in English in Pakistan. Do I have to take the language test?
Yes, you will need to provide a valid English-language test score with your application since Pakistan is not one of the countries that fulfills the exception criteria.
I have been on an Erasmus exchange for one year in the UK (which is a country on the exceptions list) and studied in English for a Bachelor’s Degree. Is this enough to demonstrate my skills in English?
An exchange period is not enough to demonstrate your language skills. You must have completed your whole Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree or secondary school education in English and received a diploma for it in one of the listed countries to be waived the language skills requirement.
Questions about the degree requirements
I have a degree in Mathematics/Bioinformatics/Electrical engineering, am I eligible to apply for EDISS?
You can apply for EDISS if you have knowledge of basic computer science, software engineering, and applied mathematics. If your degree contains several courses in computer science (e.g. programming, algorithms and data structures), basic computer architecture, computer networks, software engineering and mathematics, you are eligible to apply for EDISS. Also having relevant work experience in tasks requiring skills in computer science and/or software engineering will be considered during the evaluation of your application. Please visit the page on admission requirements for more information.
I will graduate after the application period ends. Thus, I cannot provide my university's official degree certificate and transcript in the application form. Can I submit the documents after the application period?
If you have not graduated by the time of the application period, we ask you to submit an official statement (with a signature and preferably an official university letter head/stamp) from your higher education institution where the following information is stated:
- the course units that are yet to be finished
- your expected graduation date
- any other relevant information concerning your application
This statement replaces your degree certificate during the application process.
You will also need to upload your transcript of records in the online application form at the application stage.
Please note that if you are admitted to the programme, your admission will be conditional until you have provided the EDISS programme office your final official academic documents (+their translations). The deadline for providing the final documents is always the last Friday in July at 3:00 pm (Helsinki time).
I will graduate in September 2024. Am I eligible to apply for the second EDISS intake (academic years 2024-2026)?
The academic year at Åbo Akademi University always starts 1 August. All admitted students must have graduated prior the start of the academic year in order to be eligible to start their studies in the EDISS programme. The academic documents (degree certificate, transcript) stating the graduation date must have arrived to the EDISS programme office by the latest on the last Friday in July at 15:00 (Helsinki time), i.e. before the start of the new academic year. Thus, if you graduate in September 2024, you are unfortunately not eligible to apply for the second EDISS intake (2024-2026).
An official translation (in English) must be one of the following:
- issued by the awarding institution
- an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution
- translated by an official translator
- an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator
Each page of an official translation must bear the translator's stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. An applicant's own translations are not accepted.
Questions about the application documents
At the application stage, all the documents should be submitted to the online application form in Studyinfo. All the enclosures must be uploaded in color and in pdf-format (except the motivation video) on the online application form. No other formats will be accepted or reviewed during the selection process. Please note that students from some countries have country-specific requirements to follow.
Do I have to send officially certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates in online application or just after selection we have to give certified copies?
Applicants for the EDISS programme can already at the application stage upload attested documents according to the country-specific requirements to the online application form (recommended). However, please note that some country-specific requirements only concern admitted students, i.e. applicants should not ask their universities to send any documents to the EDISS programme office by regular mail at the application stage.
The EDISS programme only accepts academic recommendation letters. The recommendation letters must contain a signature, and preferably an official university letter head and a university stamp. Applicants should submit the recommendation letters themselves in the online application form. Applicants are also asked in the online application form to provide the contact information of the professors/lecturers that recommend them.
The admission requirements are listed on the EDISS website. Applicants will need to submit a motivation video instead of a letter of motivation. The online application form will also have a few open questions on your motivation. The maximum number of characters for these answers is indicated in the application form.
Questions about the scholarship and fees
All eligible applications that have been submitted by the application deadline (application round with Erasmus Mundus scholarships) with the required enclosures (in pdf/video format) will be considered in the student admission and the selection for the EMJMD scholarships. For more information, please check the page Evaluation criteria.
Information on the scholarships and fees is provided on the website, as well.
I am a partner country student but I have stayed in the UK for 12 months and 2 days within the last 5 years. Will these 2 extra days restrict me from applying for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship?
Students that are citizens of partner countries and have not carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any programme country are considered as partner country applicants. The five-year reference period for this 12- months rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the Consortia) of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship. Students that are citizens of partner countries and who have carried out their main activities for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any programme country are considered as programme country students. This means, that if you have stayed in the UK for 12 months and 2 days for work, study or training purpose, you will be considered as a programme country applicant. You will still be able to apply for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, but as a programme country applicant.
For more information on the scholarships is available on the website.
I did not find my country in the table of countries given on the "Scholarships & Fees" page. Can I still apply for a scholarship?
Students of all nationalities can apply for the scholarships. The number of expected scholarships as well as an explanation on which countries are considered programme/partner countries is listed on the EDISS website. In addition to the expected number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships, EDISS offers 7 additional scholarships for students from targeted partner countries. These targeted countries are given in the table.
Questions about admission
The admission results will be announced in the beginning of the spring. Applicants will have one week to accept the scholarship and study place. If an applicant does not accept the offered study place and scholarship, the scholarship and study place will be offered to the next applicant on the reserve list.
Last updated on 4 December 2020