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Erasmus Mundus is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that started in 2004. It aims at enhancing the quality of European higher education and promoting dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with third countries. In addition, the programme contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.

Please follow instructions as outlined in the applications section.

BIM A+ requires you to have at least 300 ECTS-credit points of previous training (typically equivalent to a 5 years Bachelor). At exceptional situations, applicants with 240 ECTS-credit points, with previous work experience may apply (subject to case-by-case analysis of eligibility of work experience to compensate for the missing 60 ECTS). There is no problem if you already hold an MSc degree. The degree you base your application on needs to be in a field related to Civil Engineering, Architecture or similar. You need to send a document to prove your graduation. See more details in the Admission Requirements Section.

All applicants need to have a degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or related field with a with a minimum of:

  • Bachelor degree with 300 ECTS-credit points* (typically equivalent to a 5 years Bachelor). At exceptional situations, applicants with 240 ECTS-credit points, with previous work experience may apply (subject to case-by-case analysis of eligibility of work experience to compensate for the missing 60 ECTS).
  • this requirement becomes a Master degree with 300 ECTS-credit points for all students whose mobility track includes POLIMI (typically equivalent to a Master with a total of 5 years of studies).

BIM A+ accepts applications from around the globe; there are no exclusions with regard to nationality or citizenship.

Please send ALL documents as certified true copies. Certification of copies can be done by embassies, the police, a notary public or (state or municipal) administration agency. Please note: all the certified documents must be sent by ordinary mail to University of Minho.

BIM A+ is taught in English and all applicants have to prove language proficiency. An applicant from an institution where the language of instruction is not English is required to provide official test results:

  • TOEFL:
    • Paper Based Test: 525 or higher
    • Internet Based Test: 72 or higher
  • Cambridge ESOL IELTS: 6.5 points or higher
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): B2 or higher
  • Cambridge English Scale: 180 or higher
  • Cambridge English (First): Grade B or higher
  • Cambridge English (Advanced): Level B2 or higher
  • Cambridge English (Business Vantage): Grade B or higher
  • Cambridge English (Business Higher): Level B2 or higher
  • other recognized language proficiency certificate

The language proficiency certificate must be less than 3 years old.

If you don’t have an official English proficiency certificate but consider that your English knowledge is enough to enroll in an English taught Master programme, you may still apply anyway. A relevant declaration/proof should be attached anyway in the application form in the field “other recognized language proficiency certificate”. Please consider that if you opt to not submit an official English proficiency certificate this may determine a lower score during the evaluation process. In case an applicant not having submitted a recognized English certificate reaches an eligibility position for scholarship or enrollment, an interview will be scheduled for verification and validation of the claimed English skills, as to assess the validity of the score attributed.

If you have any doubt, please contact us before applying.

BIM A+ admits students annually. The coursework starts on 1st October.

You can find the applications page here. Application are accepted only though the online form.

For the cohorts 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-2023, BIM A+ offers two types of scholarships: Erasmus Mundus scholarships and Consortium scholarships; please find details in our scholarships section.

The full lists of countries that are part of the Erasmus+ Partner countries and Erasmus+ Programme country are shown in the scholarships section.

A student can apply to up to three Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programmes in one selection year.

No, you can receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship only once.

BIM A+ will have an application call every year. Application periods will be beginning of October to end of August.

No. We are unable to accept any documents send to us by email. Applications must be sent through the website ONLY.

If you have any problem with the online application process, contact us at

BIM A+ is a two semester MSc programme, starting in early October of a given year, and finishing by the end of July of the following year . Students study will take classes in the first semester in one of three partners of the consortium and will perform the Master’s dissertation in another partner. BIM A+ does not offer a PhD programme.

People working at a university, who have been teaching for minimum 5 years, who are strong in research and who have a good knowledge of English.

Scholars are expected to do research and  give lectures.

Yes, students who have not completed their Civil Engineering or Architecture or equivalent degree but predict to graduate before August 31, 2020, can apply to the Master course and receive a grant. If selected, their admission will be conditional on the receipt of the degree diploma by the MSc Secretariat before July 31, 2020 (European Commission grant holders) and August 31, 2020 (other applicants).

If you apply, besides the application form dully filled in, soft-copies of the following documents should be attached to the electronic application:

1 – Scanned copy of national identity card (EU) / passport (non-EU)
2 – Letter of motivation
3 – English language proficiency certificates
4 – Academic degree certificates in original language
5 – Translation of academic degree certificates
6 – Copies of transcripts or other academic records
7 – Translation of the transcripts or other academic records
8 – Curriculum vitae

Your application is not valid if a document is missing.

Applicants should also obtain two letters of recommendation, which must be completed by faculty members, job supervisors, etc., who are most familiar with the applicant’s professional and/or academic abilities and character (see template here).

Hard-copies of these documents have to be submitted by eligible applicants only, and will be asked after the selection process.

Health insurance is covered for ALL students, scholarship holders as well as self-paying students.

The participation costs cover all obligatory programme activities and health insurance; they do also include the respective hosting university’s obligatory registration and student service fees. They do not include room and board as well as other living expenses and travel.

Changes of mobility path from the one defined by the Consortium and informed to the candidate will not be accepted, unless of exceptional reasons. Any student requesting a change in path must provide a substantiated request before the starting of the program. After the starting of the program no changes will be allowed.

We accept the following kinds of documents as a proof of residence:

  • Official document from local authorities;
  • Recent utility bill (gas, water, electric, landline phone, cable TV);
  • For EU citizens only: bank statement or mobile phone bill;
  • National ID (if your address is visible);
  • Driver’s license (if your address is visible).

The documents must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an
Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

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