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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.

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.

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, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish or French, it is mandatory to send also a translation made by an officially recognized translator in English.

Yes, the CV and Letter of Motivation shall be written in English.

If you are not from the EU/Schengen area you must hold a valid passport at the date of application. The passport must be from the country you select as your nationality.

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 is 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.

Academic requirements

All applicants need to have a degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or related field with a minimum of a Bachelor degree with 240 ECTS-credit points* (typically equivalent to a 4 years Bachelor).

Yes, students who have not completed their Civil Engineering or Architecture or an equivalent degree but predict to graduate before July 31, 2023, 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, 2023.

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

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) the insurance intrinsic to the institution where the student is enrolled.

The participation costs cover all obligatory programme activities and the insurance intrinsic to the institution where the student is enrolled; 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 2023-24, BIM A+ offers Consortium scholarships; please find details in our scholarships section.

BIM A+ was funded by EACEA under the ERASMUS+ programme for “Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree” until 2022/2023. However,  we are still offering several Consortium Scholarships (see the Scholarship section)!

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.

Students are allowed to work and there are some students who are able to balance both.

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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