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Third Call

The third call of applications for the BIM A+ is closed!

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions to the secretariat of the European Master in Building Information Modelling

Application details

Please follow the instructions as outlined in the applications section. The third call for applications for the academic year 2021-2022 is closed.

The first call for applications for the academic year 2022-2023 will open in October 2021. More information will be available soon.

No. Applications have to be submitted online (directly on the website).

No. You should attach scanned copies of your documents to the online application. Hard copies will only be requested if you are pre-selected for the course.

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 helpdesk@bimaplus.org

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 the 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.

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

We accept the following kinds of documents as 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);
  • Passport (if your address is visible);
  • Driver’s license (if your address is visible);
  • Any other official document with your full name and current address.

The documents must have been issued in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, or Italian, within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

If the proof of residence you provide is not in English (or any language stated before), we advise you to add an explanation in English stating: (i) what is this document (residence certificate or electricity bill or…), (ii) the name of the institution which has issued the document, (iii) the date of issuance of the document, (iv) the name and address of the person to whom the documents belongs/has been sent (and the relation with you if the document is not yours).

On step 3 of the application form, you will have to write two email addresses for recommenders. Our platform will send an email directly to your recommenders asking to fill the recommendation in an online platform.
Don’t forget to ask for the hard-copies that you will need to send in case you are selected to enroll. Please note that your application will only be completed when the recommenders sent the recommendation letters.

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

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: after you have been pre-selected to the master you will need to send all the certified documents by ordinary mail to the University of Minho.

If the original degree certificate, transcripts or other academic records are written in English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish or French, you don’t need to translate them.
If the original degree certificate, transcripts or other academic records are not written in English, it is mandatory to send also a translation made by an officially recognized translator in English.

Language requirements

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
  • Duolingo English Test: 105 or higher
  • Medium of instruction of previous degree
  • 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.

The BIM A+ programme will be taught in English. Therefore, it is crucial to be able to understand classes, read documents, express yourself clearly and write essays in English. This is why we require non-native speakers to provide proof of their language ability (see the admission requirements page for details on minimum requirements in English).

If you are currently a student, your English-language test should be relatively recent (3 years at the most). However, if you are not a student anymore and can prove you have been working in English recently (with a certificate from your working place), we will accept an older English-language test.

There is no code for BIM A+. You should wait until you receive results of your test, scan the results and add them as an attachment to your application.

We do not accept any certificate sent after the application deadline. If you fail to submit the English certificate this may determine a lower score during the evaluation process.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

All applicants who are eligible for the BIM A+ Master’s course are also eligible for a scholarship, except if they have already obtained an Erasmus Mundus Action 1 scholarship (students who have already received an Action 2 scholarship are eligible as long as they do not receive both scholarships simultaneously). These are attributed on the basis of merit and excellence only. The number of scholarships is limited (around 20 for each Master’s cohort).

Whether you are eligible for Programme country or Partner Country depends on your nationality and your place of residence.

  • Generally speaking“Programme country” scholarships target students who are nationals or residents since at least 12 months in the European Union, while “Partner country” scholarships target students from all other countries and who have not been resident in Europe more than 12 months during the last five years.
  • More in details:
    • you are eligible for a “Programme country” scholarship
      • if you are a national of a country which is one of the European Union’s members states, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Turkey or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) (see official list);
      • or if you have a “Partner Country” nationality who is resident or has carried out your main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a Programme Country. The five-year reference period for this “12-month rule” is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline of applying for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. In such a case, you will be considered as a Programme-country student.
    • you are eligible for a “Partner country” scholarship if you are a national from all the other countries and if you have not been resident or carried out your main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a Programme Country. The five-year reference period for this “12-month rule” is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline of applying for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
    • See the Scholarships page for financial details.

You can only be eligible for both categories if you have two or more nationalities. In that case, you will need to decide to which category you will apply for by selecting the nationality with which you want to apply. Note that a minimum of 75% of the scholarships is Partner-country scholarships.

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

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

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

In case you decide to enrol as self-funded your application is not removed from the reserve list for the scholarships. Should there be a change in the status of your scholarship application, you will be informed.

Academic requirements

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

  • Bachelor degree with 240 ECTS-credit points* (typically equivalent to a 4 years Bachelor).
  • 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).

Yes, students who have not completed their Civil Engineering or Architecture or an equivalent degree but predict to graduate before July 31, 2021, 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, 2021.

BIM A+ requires you to have at least 240 ECTS-credit points of previous training (typically equivalent to a 4 years Bachelor).

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).

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.

Participation costs

The tuition fee for the BIM A+ programme is 9,000 Euro. This covers the administrative costs of the programme (registration, enrolment, subscription, administrative support, access to faculty and university services, the organisation of the case studies, the thesis defence, and other expenditures directly linked to the organisation of the course) and the health insurance.

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.

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.

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

Other questions

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.

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

The BIM A+ master does not have any special requirements for students of any nationality.

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

You can find the applications page here. Applications are accepted only through the online form.

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 a 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.

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 the path must provide a substantiated request before the starting of the program. After the starting of the program, no changes will be allowed.

The ranking of eligible applicants is based on the following criteria:

  • Previous higher education studies and quality of the institutions;
  • Relevant work experience;
  • Recommendation letters;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Additional information (publication, awards, etc.)
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