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Please consult also the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus FAQ.

Course Contents

•      What is IMaHS?

•      Which Universities participate in IMaHS?

•      What is the duration of IMaHS?

•      How is the mobility scheme organized?

•      Which are the course’s main topics?

•      What type of degree will be awarded at the end of the course?

•      How does the credit system work?

•      How many courses will students attend per year?

•      How are the exams organized?

•      What happens if one or more subjects are not passed?

Eligibility

•      Who is eligible to apply to IMaHS?

•      What happens if a student have yet to obtain his BSC degree when applying?

Application

•      How can I apply to IMaHS?

•      What documents are needed in order to apply to IMaHS?

•      Can students apply to IMaHS through the European Commission?

•      Can European students enrol in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course?

Selection

•      Who selects students and scholars for IMaHS and how?

•      What are the selection criteria?

•      When and how will applicants know if they have been accepted by IMaHS and if they
       have been granted a scholarship?

•      If a student is accepted by IMaHS does this mean he will receive an Erasmus Mundus
       grant?
•     What documents are needed in order to be enrolled in IMaHS?

•     Can an applicant be rejected after having been selected?

Fees and Grants

•     Does IMaHS offer any scholarship for students?

•     Who is eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

•     Can third-country nationals living in Europe apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

•     Can European students receive scholarships from other Community programmes for the
      purpose of following an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course?

•     Can European nationals living in third countries apply for an Erasmus Mundus
      scholarship as third-country nationals?

•     How can students apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

•     How much is the scholarship worth, and how is it paid to students and scholars?

•     Does IMaHS charge tuition fees?

Language

•     What is the official language of IMaHS?

•     Are all courses taught in English?

•     Does IMaHS offer local language courses?

•     Will the local language course give credits within IMaHS?

•     Is there a basic requirement for the English language knowledge?

Assistance and practicalities

•     How can students obtain a visa to study in Europe on the IMaHS course?

•     Will students be assisted in applying for their Visa/residence permit?

•     Is IMaHS in charge organizing and paying students’ travel arrangements?

•     Does IMaHS offer welcome facilities?

•     Does IMaHS offer housing facilities?

•     Are all IMaHS students covered by an insurance scheme?
Course Contents

What is IMaHS?

IMaHS is a two-years programme jointly offered by three European horticulture schools.

Which Universities participate in IMaHS?

Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna (Italy), the Technical University of Munich
(Germany), the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna

What is the duration of IMaHS?

IMaHS is a two-years (24 months) MSc programme.

How is the mobility scheme organized?

The first semester has to be spent at UNIBO (30 ECTS), the second at TUM (30 ECTS), the
third at BOKU (30 ECTS). The fourth semester will include the practicum and the mater thesis
on a research topic common to two of the participating University. The master thesis defence
has to be discussed at UNIBO.

Which are the course’s main topics?
The Masters Course includes three main disciplines: Horticulture, Agricultural Economics and
Food Science and Technology

What type of degree will be awarded at the end of the course?

At the end of the Masters Course, the student will have acquired a level of instruction
corresponding to the second degree in the Sorbonne-Bologna scheme (3+5+8), certified by
the award of a multiple degree by the hosting Universities.

How does the credit system work?

Students are expected to successfully complete a total of 60 ECTS credits per year (30 ECTS
per semester). All academic achievements are assessed using the European Credit-Transfer-
Systems (ECTS): 60 credits have to be earned during the first year, 60 credits during the
second year (including the completion of a Master Thesis).

How many courses will students attend per year?

Students will be asked to attend 10-14 courses per year: 8 in the 1st semester, 6 in the
second, 10 in the third one.

How are the exams organized?

At the end of each course students have to undergo a written and oral examination.

What happens if one or more subjects are not passed?

Exams can be repeated two times. At the end of each year the IMaHS Board will decide if
students that have not passed one or more subjects will be allowed to continue or not. If the
judgment is positive students will have to repeat the exams in extraordinary sessions.
Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply to IMaHS?
European and non-European graduate students who have completed at least three years of
undergraduate education in Life Science study program (e.g. Horticulture, Agriculture,
Forestry, Biology). Bachelor of Science examination (or equivalent examination that totals
at least 180 ECTS) is required to enter the program. Documentation of proficiency in English
(TOEFL or IELTS) is also required.


What happens if a student has yet to obtain his BSc Degree when applying?

As our students need to have completed at least three years of undergraduate education in an
horticulture discipline or in an applied life science (which is usually the time required to obtain
a BSc Degree), while we wait for the degree completion, we need from the student a certificate
describing the state of his academic career.




Application

How can I apply to IMaHS?

The application file consisting of a completed application form, a word file with a list of all the
courses attended during undergraduate studies and a CV should be sent either by e-mail
(secretariat@horticulturemasters.org) or by fax (+39 051 209XXXX) to the IMaHS Secretariat
by the deadline specified on the website. Application forms and instructions can be downloaded
from the IMaHS website or can be obtained on request.

What documents are needed in order to apply to IMaHS?

No documents are required at application level. Just the application form, the list of the
courses attended and the CV.

Can students apply to IMaHS through the European Commission?

No. The only way to apply to IMaHS and Erasmus Mundus scholarships is through the IMaHS
office in Bologna.

Can European students enrol in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course?

Yes, regardless of whether or not part of the course take place in their home countries.




Selection

Who selects students and scholars for IMaHS and how?

The IMaHS Admission Panel (formed by representatives of the three Universities) selects
applicants meeting entrance requirements for admission to the course and compiles a list of
applicants to be proposed to the European Commission for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
The Commission has the final decision on awarding the scholarships.
What are the selection criteria?

Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and
records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills and
relevant work experience, if any. The Admissions Committee may also consider research
papers, publications and other original work.

When and how will applicants know if they have been accepted by IMaHS and if they
have been granted a scholarship?

Applicants will know if they have been accepted to attend IMaHS by at the beginning of March.
They will know if they have been granted an Erasmus Mundus scholarship approx. at the end
of June.

If a student is accepted by IMaHS does this mean he will receive an Erasmus Mundus
grant?

No. The two things are independent. A student can be admitted even if he is not chosen to
receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

What documents are needed in order to be enrolled in IMaHS?

Upon selection students are asked to provide transcripts or records of all courses, seminars,
and examinations attended at each college or university including grades, scores, grading
scales, and award of degrees, with complete translation in English (or other European
language) , and TOEFL or equivalent test score certification. Documents also have to be
legalized by a representative authority in the country of origin.

Can an applicant be rejected after having been selected?

Yes. In case enrolment documents to not reach the IMaHS office by the stated deadline or if
any of them is missing (without a certified reason).




Fees and Grants

Does IMaHS offer any scholarship for students?

Erasmus Mundus scholarships are made available by the European Commission each year for
students from third countries participating in an Erasmus Mundus Programme. The Erasmus
Mundus scholarship amounts to 21,000 Euro per student selected per year. Other funding
possibilities are listed on the course’ s website.

Who is eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

Students from third countries. That is to say nationals coming from all countries other than the
25 EU Member States (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece,
Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia), the EEA-EFTA
states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the candidate countries for accession to the EU
(presently Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey), who are not residents of any of the above
countries, and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more
than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries are considered
“third-country nationals”. Therefore, the term “third-country” does not have anything to do
with the term “third world”.
Can third-country       nationals      living   in   Europe   apply   for   an   Erasmus   Mundus
scholarship?

Third-country nationals living in Europe can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarships if they
are not residents of the 25 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states and the candidate
countries for accession to the EU, if they have not carried out their main activities (studies,
work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above
mentioned countries, and if they fulfil all the other admission criteria (graduate student or
high-quality scholar, accepted by the Erasmus Mundus Masters consortium).

Can European students receive scholarships from other Community programmes for
the purpose of following an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course?

European students can apply for an Erasmus/Socrates scholarship under the standard
Erasmus/Socrates conditions and procedures. In practice, this means that the university in
which the European student starts the Erasmus Mundus Masters Course may grant an
Erasmus/Socrates scholarship for the student’s study period at the second hosting institution
within the Erasmus Mundus Masters consortium. Erasmus/Socrates scholarships can cover
mobility periods of 3 to 12 months. It is therefore not (yet) possible for European students to
receive an Erasmus/Socrates scholarship for the whole duration of an Erasmus Mundus
Masters Course. However, the proposal for the new Erasmus/Socrates programme (as of 2007)
foresees this possibility.

Can European nationals living in third-countries apply for an Erasmus Mundus
scholarship as third-country nationals?

No. If thier nationality is European they cannot be considered as third-country students.

How can students apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

Students have to apply directly to IMaHS ticking the relevant box in the application form .
Applications cannot be submitted to the Commission.

How much is the scholarship worth, and how is it paid to students and scholars?

For each student the scholarship amounts to 21,000 Euro per academic year. The scholarship
is paid by quarterly instalments by the Coordinating Institution, DIA (Università di Pisa).

Does IMaHS charge tuition fees?

Yes. The tuition fee for the IMaHS Programme is 2500 Euro per year for EU students and 5500
Euros of third country students. This includes fees needed to register at the two hosting
institutions of each cycle and use of all students services. Accommodation, insurance, living
and travel costs are nor included.




Language

What is the official language of IMaHS?

Instruction is delivered in English.

Are all courses taught in English?

Yes.
Does IMaHS offer local language courses?

Yes. The students will have access to language courses, lectures and seminars delivered in the
local language of the hosting University.

Will the local language course give credits within IMaHS?

No.

Is there a basic requirement for the English language knowledge?

Yes. Students from non-English-speaking countries are expected to read, write, comprehend,
and speak English in order to be admitted for graduate study. Satisfactory completion of the
TOEFL or IELTS or equivalent certification is required. The documented insufficient ability of a
student to express him/herself clearly in both spoken and written English can be a sufficient
reason for exclusion from the Masters program.

Assistance and practicalities

How can students obtain a visa to study in Europe on the IMaHS course?

They have to apply to the representative authorities (Embassies, Consulates) in their country.

Will students be assisted in applying for their Visa/residence permit?

Upon admission they will receive from the IMaHS office documents to support the request
(invitation letter, official letter from the European Commission, Insurance certificate; the last
two just for EM granted students).

Is IMaHS in charge organizing and paying students’ travel arrangements?

No. Students will have to organize and cover their travel expenses independently.

Does IMaHS offer welcome facilities?

Yes. Cultural events will be organized in the three cities, and in particular in the welcoming city
(Bologna) to integrate the third countries students not only into the academic life and into the
“hosting culture”. At this regards the International Relations office offers a service to foreigners
students called Cultural Paths.

Does IMaHS offer housing facilities?

It depends from the hosting Institution. If available, students can apply to stay in the
University residence hall. Otherwise they are assisted in finding alternative solutions.

Are all IMaHS students covered by an insurance scheme?

No. Just students which have been awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

				
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