Deadlines & Important Dates
What are the application deadlines for 2019-21 intake?
The deadline for the application is 30th April 2019. Your application must be submitted by 23:59 CET (Central European Time) on the deadline date. No applications will be reviewed until the call for applications closes. We recommend you to avoid last-minute application due to the risk of online application system slowdown. However, if you want to apply for a scholarship, you must do that before 31st January 2019 (23:59 CET) having your tertiary degree finished at the time of application.
When will admission results be communicated?
If you have applied for the scholarship, you will be notified about the results of the admission process in March 2019. Candidates applying to study on a self-funded basis will be notified about the results in May 2019. For more information on the admission timeframe, please check section Criteria and Requirements.
When does the Program start?
The Program generally starts in the first half of September. For the 2019-21 intake, the first day of the Program is Monday 9th September 2019 in Orientation Week.
When should I arrive in Olomouc? What happens if I miss the beginning of the Program?
One week before the first semester starts, there is an obligatory orientation week (9-15 September 2019). You will find all the important dates in the academic calendar and in the information package. We strongly advise you to make all the arrangements to arrive in Olomouc at least a few days before the start of the Program (i.e. before the start of Orientation Week). The Consortium Director may not grant the EMJMD/Consortium scholarship to a selected applicant who does not participate in the Program from the beginning.
Do I have to submit hard copies of the documents?
The documents related to the GLODEP application are directly submitted electronically together with your e-application.
Which academic backgrounds are eligible?
You are eligible to apply if you have completed at least a bachelor degree. While the program is open to applicants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, knowledge, and experience, a suitable applicant typically has: excellent academic results in relevant degree (e.g. development studies, economics, geography, international relations, and sociology); strong interest in international development with aspirations to work in the area related to development policy; very good command of English.
Can I apply for GLODEP if I have not finished my bachelor degree yet?
Yes, you can apply for GLODEP if you have not finished your bachelor degree yet, however, you will not be considered as an eligible candidate for the scholarship. If you do not have your bachelor degree finished at the time of application (deadline 30th April 2019) you have to hand in a Declaration of Honor stating when you expect to receive it (if you are admitted to the program, you must provide the diploma and its recognition for enrolment in early September 2019).
Which English language certificates are acceptable?
You can apply for GLODEP with following English language certificates. You can submit an English language certificate:
- TOEFL: minimum level 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based (attention: TOEFL ITP will NOT be accepted)
- TOEIC with minimum level: 785
- IELTS: minimum level academic module 6,5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
No scores below the above-stated minimums will be accepted.
Please note, that TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS certificates cannot be older than 2 years from the program application deadline, i.e. not older than 30th April 2017. CAE and CPE certificates cannot be older than 4 years, i.e. not older than 30th April 2015. Only the language tests mentioned above are accepted.
Do all applicants have to submit English language requirements? Are there any exceptions?
You do not have to apply with English language certificate only in the following cases:
- you have a diploma of tertiary education where English was the language of instruction (in this case, submit a Declaration of Honour);
- you have successfully completed course units in tertiary education with a minimum total of 60 ECTS credits from courses taught in English (the proof that shows the number of ECTS credits studied in English must be signed and stamped by the educational institution);
- you are a native speaker – in this case, you must provide a Declaration of Honour);
The admission committee will not make any other exceptions. We kindly ask you not contact us to ask for an exemption.
How can I apply for GLODEP?
First, you have to access GLODEP e-application. Once you register in the system, open the application and fill in your personal data. You will get to Creating Applications where you choose:
- Type of study: Postgraduate Master
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
- Choose a study program: Geography
Then click on Login next to International Development Studies (GLODEP). Please note that there are two versions of the International Development Studies program and you need to select the one with GLODEP if you want to apply for the Erasmus Mundus program. In the next steps follow the application, on Acceptance decision of admission, select Agree. Do not forget to attach the documents listed in the section Criteria and Requirements in the last step of the application. You have to upload all mentioned documents, otherwise, your application will not be considered for the admission process.
Selection and Registration
How are applications evaluated?
All eligible applications are evaluated by the Admission Committee (for criteria see Criteria and Requirements). The best-ranked applicants are invited for an online interview.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes. Applicants who are considered to be qualified for GLODEP but are not offered admission and/or scholarship due to a limited number of places and/or scholarships are placed on a waiting list. If you have been placed on the waiting list it will be clearly communicated to you. You will be informed if and when a place becomes available.
I was selected for GLODEP – what happens next?
Congratulations! You will receive a list of instructions for the next steps. You should immediately begin the visa application and diploma recognition procedures as these processes may take quite a long time.
Fees & Scholarships
Are scholarships available?
Yes, about 20 EMJMD Scholarships in each intake will be offered through the Erasmus+ programme. If you are selected for GLODEP but not offered the EMJMD Scholarship, you can be awarded the Consortium Scholarship. The decision is made by the Board of Directors. GLODEP is under no legal obligation to offer a Consortium Scholarship.
How much financial support do scholarships provide?
An EMJMD Scholarship covers the Participation Costs (paid to the Consortium) and provides direct funding to the student. A Consortium Scholarship only covers the tuition fee: all other costs must be paid by the student. For details see Fees and Funding.
Who is eligible to apply for an EMJMD scholarship?
Applicants of all nationalities are eligible for EMJMD scholarship provided they have not received an EMMC or EMJMD Scholarship before.
How can I apply for EMJMD and Consortium scholarship?
When you fill in the GLODEP e-application, you will have the opportunity to apply for EMJMD scholarship by selecting Yes in respective question. Please note, that only selected applicants that applied by 31st January 2019 are offered the EMJMD scholarship. If you are among the best students who have not been selected for the EMJMD scholarship, you may be offered a Consortium Scholarship. This possibility will be clearly communicated to you. You cannot be awarded both scholarships at the same time.
Why is the diploma recognition (“nostrification”) needed? What are the required documents and procedure? How long does the process take?
The nostrification (i.e. the recognition of the diploma from your completed tertiary education) is one of the conditions for being registered to the Program. The purpose of this process is to have your university degree and qualification recognized in the Czech Republic. You can find the list of required documents and the description of the procedure at the website of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. We recommend you to check the guidelines before applying for GLODEP in order to become familiar with the process and know all the documents you will be required to hand in at a later date. Please note that the process of diploma recognition may take up to 60 days. It is not required to have your diploma recognized at the time of application.
If you are one of the selected applicants, we will provide you more information on diploma recognition in order to enable you to apply for your diploma recognition early enough as it has to be provided before the enrolment at Palacký University in the first half of September 2019.
Visa and Housing
In case I do need a visa, how do I apply for it?
National embassies handle visa applications. You can apply for a long-term residence permit at the Czech Republic embassy according to your nationality. For more information, consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
How long does the visa procedure take?
The duration of the visa procedure depends on your home country and on the agreement that exists between your country and the Czech Republic. In our experience, three to four months are quite common. Therefore you should start the process as soon as you receive the documents in a paper from us.
Are the GLODEP Consortium universities helping me with an arrangement for accommodation?
You will be helped to arrange the accommodation at each university. During the internship/research period in the 4th semester, our partners can provide you with advice regarding your accommodation but in most cases, you will have to arrange your own.
How much do I pay for the housing?
The price will vary according to the type of accommodation you will be living in. However, you can consult the Numbeo website to calculate the living costs city by city.