Frequently Asked Questions
Student Application Portal
Where can I submit my application?
Applications are managed through the UPF portal, which is the same for students applying to other UPF masters. It is also the same portal for EMS, fee waivers, and self-funded students. Follow the application instructions and include all mandatory documents.
What fees do I have to pay to apply to the master?
We do not charge any fees neither for registration nor for applying to the programme during the application periods for students with EMS and fee waivers. Among all the master's programmes that are managed through the student application portal, the EMAI programme is the only one that does not charge a fee for the mentioned students. It can happen that fees are mentioned in the portal, but they will not refer to the EMAI.
I couldn't find the name of my university on the list of universities in my country. What can I do?
Please send an email to [email protected] asking for your university to be incorporated into the database.
Can I edit my application documents after submission?
The UPF Admissions Office will give you 10 days after the deadline to complete your application. Please write to [email protected] if you have problems updating your application.
Should the CV be in Europass format?
The format of the CV is free, but it must have a maximum length of two pages.
Application: English Requirement
I do not have at the moment an English certificate like the ones mentioned in the mandatory documents, or my certificate was given more than two years ago. Is there any way I can still apply to the master?
Unless your nationality is one of the listed countries in the application requirements, at the moment of application, you need to provide a certificate of English proficiency. Please plan with enough time in advance to satisfy this requirement.
Application: Recommendation Letters
Are recommendation letters required to be written by individuals in an academic field, or can they be obtained from someone at my workplace? Do recommendation letters have to be written by someone from the Artificial Intelligence discipline?
The letters of recommendation should preferably be from someone with an academic profile and will be valued more positively during the selection process if they are related to the field of the master's degree.
Can I attach the recommendation letters to my application?
No. Recommendation letters are treated confidentially and must be submitted by the referees via an URL that the platform sends to the referee. Please provide only the contact email of the referees in your application. For other issues about this, please contact [email protected].
Application: Other Documents
What documents do I need to include regarding "research experience"?
You must provide evidence of your previous research activity. You do not need to attach a research paper to your application. You need to add the bibliographical reference and a source link that we can use to download it.
Do we need to have work experience in AI to apply for this programme? What kind of documents are you expecting to be uploaded in the "Professional experience related to the master programme"?
Any official document that proves professional activities besides the curricular activities. For example, if you spent time in a company or a research institution doing an internship, you have to attach a document to provide evidence of that.
Having already done another master, i.e., course masters affect my application? If not, can the transcript be added as a document to the "additional academic training related to the master"?
Yes, any training prior to application that is relevant to the EMAI programme should be added.
What is a fee waiver?
A student who is accepted and does not pay any cost related to the tuition and academic fees (enrollment, insurance, title expenditure, etc.). The tuition fee does not cover travel, visa, installation and subsistence costs.
I understand that fee waiver is not the same as scholarships. What exactly are the scholarships?
The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships (EMS) holders receive a monthly stipend to cover travel, visa, installation and subsistence costs. It is calculated taking into account the actual number of days of the entire period needed by the enrolled EMS holder to complete the EMAI and all its additional activities: Welcome Event, Summer School, Spring Event, thesis preparation and others. The EMS can only be awarded in full and only to full-time students. It will cover the entire duration of the EMAI programme (24 months).
Is the number of offered fee waivers/scholarships limited by country? Can students outside of the EU, for instance, American students, also apply?
Fee waivers and EMS can be offered to students from all over the world. There is one limitation: no more than 10% of the total number of EMS awarded during the first four editions of the EMAI programme can be awarded to candidates from the same nationality.
Is the EMS able to cover accommodation for cases where regular assistance is needed? Do you provide help for people with disabilities?
We are not able to provide additional support for people with disabilities.
Will the EMS be available next year?
Yes, the EMAI programme will offer EMS in all its first four editions.
If I cannot finish the EMAI in 2 years, can I get an extension of the EMS?
No, the EMS will cover the 24 months needed to complete the master's degree. If you cannot finish the EMAI during this period, there will be no extension of the EMS.
Is there any incompatibility between having an EMS and another non-Erasmus Mundus scholarship?
Students who have previously obtained an EMS are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master programme. Apart from this restriction, EMS are compatible with other scholarships.
Do I have to sign any kind of binding document before starting the EMAI programme?
Yes, all students must sign the EMAI Student Agreement, in which the responsibilities of both parties (the EMAI Consortium and the student) are clearly stated.
Can I enrol in the programme part-time?
No. The Erasmus Mundus joint Master programmes are full-time programmes.
What type of diploma will I get once I finish my studies and graduate?
The EMAI expects a joint degree to be delivered by the four partner universities. Exceptionally, if any national joint accreditation is not obtained, double or multiple degrees will be issued by the relevant partners. In this case, the degree will be issued by the rules and regulations of each partner university.
Specifically, for the 2023/25 intake, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as the coordinating University, will issue a joint degree entitled Erasmus Mundus joint master in Artificial Intelligence and the corresponding European Supplement to the Degree. The format of the Diploma will follow Spanish regulations.
For students taking the itinerary at RU, if required, RU will issue an additional Dutch degree entitled Master of Science Computing Science degree and an additional diploma supplement describing the student's individual curricula content and personal achievements.
For students taking the itinerary at UL, if required, UL will issue an additional Slovenian degree entitled Master in Computer and Information Science or Master in Artificial Intelligence degree and a diploma supplement describing the student's individual curricula content and personal achievements.
What kind of support and resources are available for students during the program, such as career development or academic advising?
Every student will have an academic tutor during the entire duration of the master's that will provide supervision and support. Resources for career development and academic advising are provided by all partner universities, as well as during the special events included in the EMAI programme.
Is there any option for online lectures and exams?
The teaching model in the EMAI programme is face-to-face. We do not foresee remote teaching unless there are major causes, for example, a new pandemic.
Are there regulated professions to which this master gives access?
The EMAI title does not give access to any regulated profession in any of the countries of the partner universities except Italy. In Italy, this title is registered as LM-32 (Computer Engineering profession), allowing access to the state exam.