Scholarships & Fees

Participation costs

Costs for participation in the EDISS Master’s programme amount to 9 000 € per year for students from Partner Countries and to 4 500 € per year for students from Program Countries.

The Programme Countries are: all EU Member States  and the following non EU Programme Countries: North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Serbia. See the exhaustive list of programme countries as defined in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
The partner countries are all countries not listed in the programme countries. See the exhaustive list of partner countries as defined in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

  • Tuition fees: educational expenses such as courses, academic supervision, exams, counselling and university support services such as student services, use of library services and use of IT services in accordance with university regulations and policy concerning degree studies.
  • Insurance: including accident and health insurance satisfying the minimum requirements as published by the EACEA in its guidelines for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees.
  • Compulsory winter school participation: travel and accommodation costs.
  • Orientation course and reception upon arrival to the first- and second-year universities.
  • Support service and counselling by the international student services of the first- and second-year universities.
  • Tutors/student assistant who can help with everyday issues like settling in the dormitory, registering for classes,  etc.

  • travel from and to the original country of residence
  • possible travel costs to internship positions or summer job positions, travel costs to thesis positions, if applicable
  • travel between EDISS consortium countries and universities
  • visa and residence permit related costs
  • accommodation and personal living expenses
  • textbooks, personal computers, printers or study materials the student decides to purchase
  • any other compulsory or voluntary local costs that may be charged according to the university rules (e.g. student union fees, casing of thesis) or national legislation. For example, at Åbo Akademi University, the compulsory Student Union fee is currently 92,50 euros for the academic year 2020-2021

Erasmus Mundus scholarships

EDISS offers very attractive scholarship opportunities to allow all students with outstanding academic background to join our programme. Applications to the EDISS program and for Erasmus Mundus scholarships are completed simultaneously through one single online application.

The scholarships are available for non-EU and EU students, and the total amount of the scholarship varies according to the students’ nationality and place of residence. The EDISS participation cost is covered by the Erasmus Mundus scholarship through the participation costs for two years (24 months). Moreover, Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders will get subsistence, travel and installation costs as outlined below.

ScholarshipDetermined byStudents from programme countriesStudents from partner countries
Contribution to participation costsCitizenship or previous countries of residence4500€/year9000€/year
Contribution to travel costsCountry of residence1000€/year2000€/year if residence is less than 4000 km from Åbo Akademi University
3000€/year if residence is 4000 km or more from Åbo Akademi University
Contribution to installation costsCountry of residence1000€
Contribution to subsistence costs (max 24 months)Citizenship and Country of residence1000€/month1000€/month
Total35 000€ over the 2-year programme47 000 or 49 000€ over the
2-year programme

Applicants will be considered as either partner or programme country students as follows:

Partner country students: Citizens of partner countries who 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. 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.

Programme country students: Citizens of programme countries and citizens of partner countries who have carried out their main activity for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a programme country.

Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

The place of residence will be verified on the basis of the provision of the documents listed in the PRADO website and provided in the student application. For example:

  • a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules;
  • a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.

Both documents must have been issued within the 12 months prior to the submission deadline of applying and they must include a home address.

In absence of such documents, alternatives such as renting contracts, phone and electricity bills can be provided.

The contribution to subsistence costs (1000€ per month) can be received for the entire duration of the EDISS master programme, that is 24 months. However, the contribution to subsistence costs will:

  • neither be given to scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence;
  • nor to scholarship holders from a Partner Country for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country.

The "Distance calculator" available on the Erasmus+ website will be used in order to calculate the travel distances from the scholarship holder city of residence to Turku (Finland), and to decide the distance band (unit cost) applicable to scholarship holders. A unit cost per academic year and a distance band of 4.000 km applies to any student resident in a Partner Country (including students with a Programme Country citizenship).

Students resident in a Programme Country (including students with a Partner Country citizenship) are covered by a fixed unit cost of 1 000 EUR per academic year.

Candidates are not allowed to apply for scholarship for more than 3 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programmes for the same academic year. It is possible to apply at the same time for an Erasmus + Scholarship and as self-funded students with one application. In this case, candidates are considered self-funded applicants, if they are not selected for an Erasmus + Scholarship

Students who have already obtained an EMJMD scholarship or are former Erasmus Mundus Master/Doctoral scholarship holders are not eligible for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action. Students benefiting from an EMJMD scholarship cannot benefit from another EU grant while pursuing their EMJMD studies.

The following picture illustrates the Erasmus Mundus scholarship scheme:

Scholarship Scheme

Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the 2021 student intake

The applicants are informed about the scholarship decision when the selection results are published. There will be a reserve list for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships. It is always possible to enrol in the EDISS programme with your own funding.

For the 2021 student intake, i.e. for studies starting in August 2021, the expected number of available Erasmus Mundus scholarship is the following:

Number of scholarship
Students from programme countries2
Students from partner countries13

Without prejudice to academic excellence, Erasmus Mundus scholarships will be offered to students by taking geographical balance into account, i.e. no more than 3 candidates from the same country (i.e. with the same nationality) will be awarded an EMJMD scholarship during the same intake.

In addition to the number of Erasmus Mundus scholarship indicated above, EDISS will offer for the 2021 intake an expected number of 7 additional scholarships targeting students from the following partner countries:

RegionsCountries
Western Balkans (Region 1)Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Eastern Partnership countries  (Region 2) Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law
South-Mediterranean countries  (Region 3) Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine*, Syria, Tunisia
* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.
Region 6  Asia  LDC countriesAfghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal
Region 6  Asia  remaining countriesChina, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, , Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam 
Region 7 Central Asia L-LMI countriesKyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Region 7 Central Asia remaining countriesKazakhstan, Turkmenistan
Region 8 Latin America LMI countriesBolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Region 8 Latin America Mexico and BrazilMexico, Brazil
Region 8 Latin America remaining countriesArgentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela 
Region 11  ACP Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo -Democratic Republic of the, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia-Federated States of, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Eswatini, Timor Leste -Democratic Republic of, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe. 

This page contains preliminary information and is subject to change until the signature of the EDISS consortium agreement.

Last updated on 8 February 2021