Fees and Scholarships

Programme fees and what they cover

Programme fees are the following:

  • 9000€/year for non-European students
  • 4500€/year for Europeans

Programme fees include:

  • Registration fee*
  • Management fee (including laboratory expenses, supervision and running costs)
  • Health insurance
  • Access to the infrastructure of the universities (libraries, WIFI etc.)
  • Assistance from the international relations department of each University on administrative matters, accomodation, bank account etc.

Programme fees are paid yearly to the coordinating university. If you drop out during the first semester, then the second semester will not be refunded.

Registration fee does not include contributions to the student unions or any other non obligatory activities.

Students who do not have a scholarship can apply for reduced participation fees. Partial waivers can be decided by the Master Management Committee (MMC). If you are applying as a self funded student and wish to be considered for a waiver, then please request this in your online application.

Living costs

Living costs in Europe may be higher than your home country. It is therefore important that you have a sufficient budget to cover your expenses while you are studying in Europe.

Individual average living costs are around 10,000 €/year (more information on seperate country living costs can be found here: Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany.

Different types of scholarships available to participate in the EMerald Master Programme

Please use the online application form to apply for all types of scholarships. If you wish to apply for a partial scholarship or as a self-funded student, you will be asked to provide a financial plan with your application.

Erasmus + Erasmus Mundus Grants (full grants)

If you have already benefited from an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master course scholarship, you can apply to the EMerald Master Programme but you cannot apply for the Erasmus + scholarship.

Erasmus + divides the scholarship holders into two categories:

  • Students from Partner Countries (non-EU countries)

Or

  • Students from Programme Countries (EU countries+ Norway+ Turkey+ Iceland+ Liechtenstein+ Macedonia).

75% of the scholarships will be granted to students of a partner country. All students are allowed to apply to a maximum of 3 EMJMD programmes.

This scholarship includes three different contributions, as detailed below:

          I. Contribution to the participation costs

The contribution to the participation costs includes the following:

  • Registration fees.
  • Management fees (including laboratory expenses, supervision and running costs etc.).
  • Health and accident insurance coverage.
  • Access to the universities’ infrastructure (libraries, WIFI, etc.).
  • Assistance from the international office at each University regarding administrative matters, accommodation, bank account, etc.

Contribution to the participation costs EUR 4,500 per year per programme country scholarship holder.

EUR 9,000 per year per Partner Country scholarship holder.

The contribution to the participation costs is defined in the following way:

  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner countries and 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 any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline (defined by the consortium) of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.
  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ programme countries count as Programme Country students.
  • Students with a Partner Country nationality who do not fulfil the Partner Country criteria defined above (12-month rule) count as Programme Country students.
  • Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.


          II. Contribution to travel and installation costs

Contribution to travel and installation costs of EUR 1,000 per year per scholarship holder resident of a Programme Country for travel costs EUR 2,000 per year for travel costs + EUR 1,000 for installation costs for scholarship holders resident of a Partner Country which is situated less than 4,000 km from the coordinating institution

EUR 3,000 per year for travel costs + EUR 1,000 for installation costs for scholarship holders resident in a Partner Country which is situated 4,000 km or more from the coordinating institution.

The contribution to travel and installation costs takes into account ONLY the residence of the scholarship holder (regardless of the category under which the student has been enrolled).

        III. Contribution to subsistence costs

There is a contribution to subsistence costs (for both Programme and Partner Country scholarship holders) of EUR 1,000 per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (24 months maximum).

A contribution to subsistence costs may not be given to:

  • Scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study /research /placement /thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence.
  • Partner Country scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS) spent in any Partner Country.

EIT RawMaterials grants (partial grants)

The EIT RawMaterials grant of EUR 9,000 will automatically be offered to all self-funded students. It doesn’t cover the participation costs to the EMerald Master Programme but can be used to partially cover your subsistence costs.

Please note – It is strictly forbidden to receive two European scholarships.

ULiege grants (partial grants)

Two “University of Liège grants” are awarded every year to two EMerald Master Programme students. These grants consist of a partial financial support that offers monthly allowances to students, but does not cover registration fees (see above):

  • The grant for a European student: 20 monthly payments of EUR 500 and the refund of a round trip ticket per year between Belgium and the student’s country of origin.
  • The grant for a non-European student: 24 monthly payments of EUR 850 and the refund of a round trip ticket per year between Belgium and the student’s country of origin.

To apply to this partial grant you need to fill out the online application form where you will be asked whether you wish to apply for this grant. As the participation costs are not covered by the partial grant, you will be asked to provide us with a financial plan.

EU grants (for the mobility of students)

All students who join the programme on a self-funded basis will have the opportunity to apply to the regular EU mobility grant. This grant is a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence for a period of 12 months. These amounts are defined by the National Agencies in agreement with National Authorities and/or the higher education institutions. They should be between EUR 250 and EUR 500 per month. Students can apply to this grant upon their arrival at the University of Liège.

Other grants or loans

Find out more about scholarship or loan opportunities in your own country:
European students: Erasmus + master loans
Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education
Colombia: Colfuturo Crédito Beca
México: CONACyT Becas en el extranjero, Becas MOB

Seeking corporate sponsorship: Scientific societies in the field of georesources may grant scholarships to their student members.

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