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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Water and Coastal Management




The Call for Application 2020/21 is CLOSED

PLEASE NOTE: Official communications will only be sent to the Applicant’s institutional account @studio.unibo.it.

Eligibility check and selection process

Eligibility check

The "Eligibility Committee" is now performing the Eligibility Check of Students Applications. Please be ready to answer any request from Wacoma coordinator about your application (requests for additional documents or clarifications).

The eligibility check covers all the aspects listed below:

  • respect of application deadline;
  • completeness of the application file;
  • eligibility of the candidate in relation to the EMJMD criteria.

Ineligible applicants will be:

  • informed immediately after the eligibility check;
  • provided with the reasons of ineligibility;
  • provided with information on the appeal procedure.

Selection process

Once completed the Eligibility Check, the “Academic Selection Committee” will assess the quality of eligible applications and carry out the selection process.

The selection process will result in a ranking list of candidates in decreasing order of merits.

Non-selected student candidates will be:

  • informed immediately after the selection decision;
  • provided with the reasons of being rejected;
  • provided with information on the appeal procedure.

The main and reserve list students will be informed immediately after the Selection Committee decision.


Targeted Students

WACOMA is open to students holding a suitable 1st Cycle/Bachelor Degree.

Candidates with solid background in subjects related to Earth Sciences, Geology, Environmental Biology and Chemistry, and Environmental Monitoring and Management possess the basis for a positive evaluation.

NOTE: Students holding a Bachelor Degree in other subjects may apply. The Academic Board will reserve the right to consider, assess and evaluate the Academic background of the applicant for admission to the selection procedure.

Students from all over the world, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are welcome to apply to the program.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • holding a suitable first cycle/undergraduate/bachelor degree*
  • having an excellent and adequate academic and scientific background and personal skills. Please use the Application Form and CV samples (see the downloadable PDF files below and online application).
  • English language proficiency – B2**/***. Please fill in and upload the English Proficiency Statement form (mandatory - download the form below) and attach any relevant certificate and official statement in case of Exemption (mandatory)

*WACOMA is open to students holding a suitable Bachelor Degree in subjects related to the focus of the Master, e.g. Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology, Geology, Natural Sciences, Chemical Oceanography, Physics/Oceanography, Environmental Management.

Please note: Non graduate students can apply provided they upload an official document issued by the University of origin stating the estimated date of graduation that shall take place before the beginning of the Programme (by August each year).

**Accepted English language certificates:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet Based Test (iBT) total score 90 or above, with a minimum sub score of 21 for each part of the test; Paper Based Test (PBT) 577 or above; or Computer Based Test (CBT) 233 or above.
  • IELTS (academic version) total score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum sub score of 6.0 for each part of the test, i.e. speaking, writing, reading and listening.
  • The Cambridge English Language Assessment: Grade B2 First (FCE) and Grade C1 Advanced (previously CAE).
  • Trinity College London ISE II.

***English language certificates Exemptions:

Please note: exemption from the English language proficiency requirements will be granted only to applicants complying with either one or both following conditions and provided they upload an official statement from their home university indicating that the language of instruction for the degree that have obtained was English.

  • Applicants with full Higher Education in English (certified by the Academic Institution issuing the BA with an Official Statement or Certificate)
  • Applicants from English-speaking countries (Official Language) with full Higher Education in English (certified by the Academic Institution issuing the BA with an Official Statement or Certificate)

NOTE: In case the applicant does not fully meet the abovementioned English Requirement, the Academic Board will reserve the right to consider, assess and evaluate whether the documents provided are suitable for admission to the selection procedure or not. If so, please be informed that the English proficiency criteria would not be taken into account to sum up to 10% weight of the total score (see SELECTION CRITERIA).

PLEASE NOTE: WACOMA CONSORTIUM does not take any responsibility for technical problems that may arise during the application phase. Applicants are strongly advised to upload complete application before the deadline, not on the deadline.

EMJMD APPLICATION RULE: Please be informed that Students at Master level can apply to a maximum of three different EMJMD Programmes.
(see the EMJMD catalogue website available under the following LINK)

How to apply

The Call for application 2020/21 is CLOSED.

Applicants shall complete the online registration and upload all the necessary application documents by the deadline on Studenti Online (www.studenti.unibo.it).

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants shall use their Family Name and Name as it appears in the Passport.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will only be contacted at the @studio.unibo.it email address that will be given to candidates at the registration phase. Students are advised that any official communication, request for additional documents, assessment results will be only sent to that email address. Students are expected to check their account regularly.

The application procedure is completed when all mandatory documents have been uploaded by the candidates. Only complete applications will be assessed. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Applicants will be requested to upload:

  1. copy of Diploma with Official Academic Transcript of Records with Grades, Final mark/grade and Syllabus of previous studies. Diplomas without Transcript of Records, Grades, Final mark/grade and syllabus will not be considered [mandatory]
  2. proof of English language proficiency (use both the English Proficiency Form and attach a certificate and/or an official statement) [mandatory]
  3. CV (preferably use the sample provided) [mandatory]
  4. students Application Form (use form) [mandatory]
  5. copy of Passport (all pages and visa) [mandatory]
  6. 2 reference Letters (ask your referees to UPLOAD ONLINE a reference letter addressed to the EMJMD WACOMA Consortium – see Form and Guidelines) [mandatory]
  7. proof of Residence [mandatory]
  8. Declaration on Honour (use Form) [mandatory]
    • other supporting Documents [recommended]
    • interview [according to the Selection Board]

The Academic Board may as well request to have an online (Skype) interview with candidates. In case a candidate is invited to sit an interview, the interview will become part of the selection process and will therefore be mandatory.


  • Download WACOMA Students Application Checklist and F.A.Q. on requested documents
Appropriate Academic background and Excellence 60%
CV, Professional and/or Research experience, Personal Statement, Reference Letters 30%
English Proficiency 10%
TOTAL 100%

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Selection Procedure

Quality assessment of the candidates applications will be jointly performed by the three WACOMA Consortium Universities (Academic Board).

A final ranked list of candidates, based on all obtained points, will be produced. A main list containing the top applications will be submitted to the European Commission for scholarship approval. The applicants receive a preliminary notification of results. The scholarship applicants on the main list and reserve list receive the final results of their applications after the Consortium has received the final approval on selection from the European Commission. Confirmation of awards under the Geographical Windows scheme may be later.

Eligibility Check

All complete applications are subject to an eligibility check which covers all aspects of the application: respect of the application deadline, completeness of the application file, eligibility of the candidate in relation to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree criteria.

Applicants who fail to provide necessary documents and certificates by the deadline will be excluded from the application assessment procedure.

Ineligible applicants will be informed of the specific reason for ineligibility.

Tuition fees · participation costs

WACOMA Participation costs are 9,000 € per year for students from Partner Countries and 4,500 € per year for students from Programme Countries. Participation costs include: tuition fees, administrative costs (e.g., enrolment and registration fees in at least 2 Universities, student card, access to services for students, welcome and orientation week/day, administrative costs), organization of Mobility tracks, participation to WACOMA winter schools and full insurance coverage.

For EMJMD Scholarship Holders, participation costs are covered by the EMJMD Scholarship (paid directly to the Consortium, not to students).

Students will be required to sign a Student Agreement where all relevant terms and conditions will be detailed.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The deadline to enter the selection for Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) EU Funded Scholarship for the Academic Year 2020/2021 is 30th December by 12:00 PM (CET).

For 3 years, every academic year 20 to 22 EMJMD WACOMA scholarships will be funded by the European Union will be offered to candidates based on their results from the admission process, subject to EMJMD nationality/geographical restrictions.

Description of Components of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarships

  Partner Country* students scholarships Programme Country** students scholarships
  *Partner Countries: other countries which are not considered as Programme Countries. **Programme Countries: member states of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the periods of the program (study and research/internship) held in their country of residence.
  Note: special conditions apply to students from Partner Countries who have formerly lived in a Programme Countries (see FAQ for details).
Contribution to travel and installation Depending on the Country and the distance
Contribution to the participation costs (including insurance coverage) 9,000 € per year 4,500 € per year
Contribution to subsistence costs 1,000 € per month (24 months maximum)

Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for periods they spend in their Country of residence.

Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to Partner Country scholarship holders for periods exceeding 3 months spent in any Partner Country.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships depend both on nationality and residency. 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 12 month rule”. When determining the contribution to participation costs, the Consortium defines the student category - either Programme country or Partner country. The definition of the student category depends on his/her nationality and on whether the student resided in a Programme country (for studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years before applying (applicable only to students with Partner country nationality).


All students supported by the EMJMD Scholarship will be provided health insurance according to Erasmus+ guidelines. The insurance covers the scholarship holder’s stay at consortium universities as well as the internship/research period, both in Programme and Partner Countries.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships, aid and benefits for students. Economic support for Italian and international students. Check HERE the opportunities: grants, prizes and incentives offered by the University of Bologna and for suggestions about other opportunities.

Appeal Procedure

All candidates will be notified of the decision of the Scholarship Selection Committee by email. Candidates who do not secure an Erasmus Mundus scholarship and who wish to appeal the decision of the Wacoma Consortium must do so in writing by email within 2 weeks (14 days) from the point of notification. The email subject heading should contain the words "EMJMD WACOMA Scholarship Appeal". The reasons for the appeal must be clearly stated in the email.

WACOMA Scholars/Guest Lecturers Call for Application Academic Year 2018-2019


Applicants will receive confirmation that the application has been received. The applications will be evaluated by the WACOMA Consortium Academic Board- Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their candidature and funding by the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme as soon as possible, no later than 16 July 2018.

Selected Scholars 2019/2020

Paolo Ricci

Paolo Ricci

Home Institutions: Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and Holy Names University (USA)

Eduardo Barboza

Eduardo Barboza

Home Institution: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Marcus Polette

Marcus Polette

Home Institution: University of Vale do Itajaí – UNIVALI – BRAZIL


Last update: 5 Jan 2020


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