Criteria and Requirements
GLODEP International Development Studies is open for candidates with an undergraduate degree preferably in areas relevant to the program, such as development studies, geography, economics, international relations and sociology. The program seeks candidates with excellent academic results, strong interest in international development and proficiency in English.
In the first step of the application, candidates must submit the following documents through GLODEP e-application. The admission process for the 2017-2019 intake is now opened. Follow this link to the GLODEP e-application on the Palacky University website (select: Form – Master, Field – GLODEP – International Development Studies).
Before submission read carefully this document. Do not forget to attach all required documents (it is not possible to reaccess the e-application once you have submitted it). The deadline for application is 15th March 2017 (23:59 CET). No applications will be reviewed until the call for applications closes. No applications will be considered after this deadline. UNCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
Be aware that you have to fill in the application and upload the documents at the same time as it is not possible to save the application and continue later.
- Proof of nationality – copy of passport
Candidates with multiple nationalities must specify at the application stage under which nationality they are applying. The nationality has implications for the amount of the scholarship. The declaration of nationality cannot be changed later. Applicants whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries and who are not residents, nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a Programme Country, are considered as Partner Country students.
- Proof of place of residence – e.g. a) residence certificate, b) certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question (the document must be issued within 12 months before the application submission deadline)
- Original/certified copy of a diploma proving completed tertiary education (bachelor/master)
- Original/certified copy of transcript of records of all completed courses. If the original is in a language other than English, the certified copy must be a certified translation in English.
- Original/certified copy of knowledge of English at the minimum level of C1 (according to CEFR). Minimum level of English skills: TOEFL – at least 79 points; IELTS – at least 6.5 points. Other comparable certificates indicating required level of English language may be accepted in exceptional circumstances (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS certificate is not available in both candidate’s country of origin and country of residence). The relevance of the certificate must be consulted prior to the submission via email. The English certificate rule is not applicable to native English speakers and students who have finished their tertiary studies in a program fully taught in English. In this case the declaration of honour stating that the candidate is either an English native speaker and/or a student who has finished tertiary studies in a program fully taught in English must be uploaded.
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivation letter (maximum length 500 words)
- 2-3 letters of recommendation – at least two academic
The recommendation letter must include: date, name, institution, position, signature and contact details (phone number and email) of the person recommending you.
Candidates cannot apply for more than three different joint programmes.
The opening of the program in September 2017 (intake 2017–19) is subject to the confirmation of Czech National Accreditation Office (announcement will be made by the beginning of 2017).
The candidates selection is based on two rounds: (1) assessment of the applications and (2) the interview.
1. The admission committee assesses student files according to:
- Academic merit: the relevance of the degree (courses) studied, overall grades – 10 points maximum
- Motivation, references, and curriculum vitae – 5 points maximum
2. Shortlisted candidates are asked for an distant interview. The interview aims to consider the applicant’s knowledge, motivation, and language skills (5 points maximum). Candidates who do not participate in the online interview are not accepted onto the program.
Diploma Recognition („nostrification“)
All candidates who have been selected (approx. end of April) to study in the GLODEP program must apply for diploma recognition („nostrification“). The instructions are available here. Without diploma recognition candidates cannot study the GLODEP program. For diploma recognition candidates need to fill in the application form and prepare a number of other obligatory documents (see here). Therefore we recommend that candidates start the process as soon as possible as it could take up to 60 days.