Saturday, November 28, 2009

University of Oslo, Norway - The International Summer School 2010 (June 26 - August 6)

Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Goodwill

The International Summer School (ISS) is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. Every summer from late June to early August the ISS welcomes some 500 students from all over the world to its wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, mostly within the liberal arts and social sciences.

Admission requirements

Admission to the International Summer School follow the general admission requirements to higher education in Norway. Participating in undergraduate courses at the ISS requires that the applicant meets these requirements. The general admission requirements can be divided in (a) academic requirements and (b) language requirements.

Open HERE for more deatils on Admission requirements

Application procedures

1. Request Application Form

2. Deadlines

3. Application Procedures

4. Guide to complete application Form

Fees and Financial Aid (Scholarships)

1. Scholarship Information

List of Courses ISS 2010

1. Graduate Courses

2 Undergraduate Courses


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Five leading research and educational institutions in Europe are collaborating to offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science program in Photonics, providing a top-quality eduction in all aspects of photonics. The master programme has a duration of two years (120 ECTS points), with students spending a year in two different countries.

Coordinator: Ghent University (Belgium)

Partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel(Belgium), St Andrews University and Heriot-Watt University (U.K.), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Photonics is now widely recognized as a major innovation enabling discipline for the 21st century. It can be defined as that field of science and technology where the fundamental properties of light and its interaction with matter are studied and applied.

Full scholarships are available for non-EU students to cover the tuition fee and all living expenses(24000€/year).

Limited scholarships available for EU students (10000€/year). Other grants for EU students are also available

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Per academic year a number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for EMMP non-EU (category A) students.

This is a scholarship for 4 semesters of 48000 euro which will be paid on a monthly base and which includes the yearly tuition fee of 7000 euro to cover expenses, like subscription fees, insurances and administration.

For the academic year 2010-2011, the consortium can select a total of 19 students, including 2 students under the "Western Balkans and Turkey window" (see below), to be granted a scholarship. Without prejudice to the respect of high academic standards, in order to ensure a geographical balance across third-country students, the EMMP consortium shall respect the following basic criteria when selecting third-country students:

no more than 2 of the selected third-country students should come from the same country.

Admission criteria

The Erasmus Mundus MSc in Photonics offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are the most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice.

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full time study or 180 ECTS credits) in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Physics, Materials Science or a related discipline. Students in their last year of such a bachelor programme will however also be considered.

Sufficient English language ability. The following shall be accepted as sufficient proof:

the prospective student has already successfully completed a one-year English-language study programme, either at a different institution of higher education or at a secondary school;

a TOEFL-TEST, taken as recently as within the last two years, showing a score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 87 (internet-based)

an original "test report from" (TRF) from IELTS, issued as recently as within the last two years, showing a score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 per each part
If prospective students hold a secondary education diploma, an academic Bachelor's diploma or a Master's diploma awarded by an educational institution that is duly recognised by the Flemish Community, no proof of sufficient English language ability must be provided.

Candidates will be ranked according to the criteria given below:

Obtained degrees. Applicants are recommended also to provide additional information (short course description, course credits,…) on the courses they have taken during their previous studies, especially in the fields of applied mathematics, electromagnetics, optics, electronics, telecommunications and semiconductor physics.
English language ability
Motivation statement
Any relevant publications, thesis or project work, etc.
The information about these 5 points has to be given in the application form.

In addition candidates are asked to provide at least two (2) letters of reference from persons who are very well acquainted with their academic performance. These letters may be sent directly to the office of the EMMP or together with the other application documents under sealed envelopes.

Candidates that have scored well on the above points will be briefly interviewed via telephone. They will be asked questions about their motivation and about their previous experience as well as technical questions.

Step 1: Online registration

Fill out the online registration form and obtain your personal application ID.

Upload an electronic version of a completely filled in standard application form during online registration.

For the electronic submission of the standard application form no signature nor application ID is required.

Please pay attention so you don't lose your username, password and application ID.

Step 2: Paper submission of application documents

Your application file should consist of the following documents. All documents should mention your personal application ID. Files not mentioning the application ID will not be accepted!

A completed and signed standard application form.

A copy of the pasport or other official identification proof.

Two letters of recommendation using the standard form under sealed enveloppe (doc)

Legalised copies of diplomas and a translation in English. (Keep the orginal legalised copy with you; you will need this for erollment at the university and send us a copy together with your other documents.)

Copies of diploma supplements stating courses followed and scores obtained per course and a translation in English. (This is also known as a transcript of the degree)

Copies of language test scores (TOEF OR IELTS) or certificate stating that you received education in English. The TOEFL score can be sent directly to Ghent University (institution code: 2643). In that case, a copy of the TOEFL score sheet should also be included in your application documents! In case of IELTS an original test report form should be included in your application documents.

Contact details (name, telephone, email, address) of a professor (or dean) who is well acquainted with the study programme that was taken by the applicant

Contact details (name, telephone, email, address) of the persons who have been requested to provide reference letters. This may include the person meant under 7.

Application files should be posted to:

Secretariat of Erasmus Mundus MSc in Photonics
Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University
Department of Information Technology
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41
B - 9000 Ghent

No email documents will be accepted.

Remark that the posted application file becomes property of the secretariat of the programme. Therefore no original official documents should be sent. Upon admission to the programme, legalised copies of diplomas, certified copies of language tests and certified copies of certificates will be required.

Step 3: Follow Up and Changes
Once you have your own account, you will be able to edit your online profile. Also you will be able to follow up the progress of your application.

In view of the telephone interview and the receipt of official documents (if you're accepted) it's important that all contact information stays up-to-date.

Edit or view your profile here (log in first). At the bottom of the form you can see whether we have received your application forms.

Timetable: for non-EU students

Follow up: Dec 5 - Jan 5: Please check regularly the status of your application.

Application deadline: Jan 5: no documents or applications will accepted after this deadline.

First selection outcome: Jan 10: all students who passes the first selection round will be invited for a telephone interview

Telephone interviews: Jan 10 - Jan 20: selected students will be interviewed by phone.

Final selection: Jan 31: all selected students from first selection will be notified of their result of admission and scholarship.


non-EU students:

- Online registration: January 01
- Paper submission: January 05

EU students:

- Overall deadline: May 05


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China Scholarships for International Graduate Students 2010

Graduate Student Scholarships for International Students (2010)

(Supported by Chinese Government Scholarship Program)

The Graduate Student Scholarships, supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council(CSC), are provided for prospective international students to study for Master or Doctoral Degrees in top universities in China thus to expand student exchanges and academic collaborations between Chinese Universities and their overseas partnership institutions.

China Agricultural University(CAU) is among the list of the top universities supported by CSC to directly recruit the scholarship students from the academic year of 2008.

I. Basic Information and Duration of the Scholarships Program

1. Up to 25 scholarship students will be accepted to China Agricultural University for the 2010-2011 academic year (normally the academic year in China starts from September).

2. The Graduate Student scholarships only support the students who apply to be fully registered as graduate students (Master or Doctoral students) in CAU.

3. Duration:

The duration of the scholarship for all programs is the same as the normal length of the specific graduate programs in CAU. (Please check the Catalog of graduate Programs for International Students of CAU in the appendix)

If the courses for doctoral and master degree students could not be conducted in English, applicants who are non-Chinese speakers are generally required to take Remedial Chinese language courses for 1 year before their major studies. The one-year Chinese language study is also covered by the scholarship.


Duration for scholarship specified at the time of admission can NOT be extended in principle

II. Application

Applicants should submit written application materials directly to Office of International Relations in China Agricultural University.

The deadline for the materials to arrive at CAU is before January 5, 2010 for the academic year starting from Fall, 2010.

III. Eligibility

1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health.

2. Applicants are not studying in Chinese universities.

3. Education background and age limit:

- Applicants for master degree studies must have bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35.- Applicants for Doctoral degree studies must have master’s degree and be under the age of 40.

IV. Details of the Scholarship

Full scholarship:

- Exempt from registration fee, tuition fee, fee for laboratory experiment, fee for internship, fee for basic learning materials and accommodation on campus;
- Living allowance;
- One-off settlement subsidy after registration;
- Fee for outpatient medical service, Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China.

1) Costs of the laboratory experiment or internship that beyond the university’s arrangements should be afforded by the student himself.

2) Fee for basic learning materials covers the necessary learning materials prescribed by the host institution, and other materials shall be self afforded.

3) Monthly living allowance is paid to the students by the host institution at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):
- Master degree students: CNY 1,700 Yuan
- Doctoral degree students: CNY 2,000 Yuan

Scholarship students shall get their monthly living allowance from the date of registration. New students who register before 15th (15th included) of the registration month will get the full amount of the living allowance of that month, and those who register after 15th will get half amount. The graduates will be given a living allowance for another 15 days after the graduation time set by the university. The allowance will be terminated from the next month after students suspend their studies, drop school or complete schooling from the university. Monthly living allowance covers school holidays. Scholarship students who do not get the monthly living allowance during holidays can get that upon return on campus. The allowance will be suspended for one month if students do not register on time without permission from the university in advance, leave for non-health reasons or are absent from the university over a month.

Further Scholarship details and Application, CLICK HERE

Application Forms CLICK HERE

Foreigner Physical Examination Form HERE


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MSc Scholarships in African Studies, Oxford University

ORISHA MSc in African Studies

The African Studies Committee invites applications for the ORISHA Studentship for MSc in African Studies from persons who will be registered as students for the MSc in African Studies from October 2010. The scholarship will cover full university and college fees and a maintenance allowance.

In order to be considered for the ORISHA scholarship you must indicate in the funding section of your admissions application that you intend to apply for ORISHA MSc Scholarship and you must name St. Cross OR St. Antony’s college as your first college choice. Your application for admission to the course must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office by the closing date of the 2nd application deadline (22nd January 2010) if you wish to be considered for the ORISHA scholarship. Incomplete applications received by this deadline will not be considered for ORISHA.

MSc African Studies
The MSc in African Studies is a three-term, nine-month course designed both as a stand-alone interdisciplinary introduction to current debates about Africa, and as a preparation for doctoral research on Africa. This advanced degree programme provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to expand their knowledge of African Studies, prior to working for NGOs, the civil service, international organizations, and the media, or in other professional capacities.

There are four components to the MSc degree in African Studies:
• The Core Course on ‘Methodology, Ethics and Research Strategies’
• The Core Course on ‘Themes in African History and the Social Sciences’
• An Optional Paper
• A dissertation of 15,000 words

Students who complete the degree to a sufficient standard may transfer to doctoral programmes in disciplinary departments, such as Politics and International Relations, Development Studies, Modern History, Anthropology, or Geography. (There are currently no doctoral programmes in any Area Studies region at the University of Oxford). Staff with expertise in African Studies supervise doctoral theses across all of the main disciplinary departments of the university, and students can continue to work with the same supervisor who has guided their MSc work, where this is appropriate. Students who wish to progress from the MSc to doctoral studies can begin their doctoral research over the summer following completion of the MSc

Please address your enquiries concerning the MSc in African Studies to:

For application details, CLICK HERE


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Hamburg International Graduate School for the Study of Regional Powers, GERMANY

Fundamental shifts within the global and regional architecture of power are expected in the coming decades. However, the new global and regional configurations of the twenty-first century are currently only partially understood. The newly established Hamburg International Graduate School for the Study of Regional Powers analyzes the emerging power shifts among non-European regions and states, related conflicts with respect to regional leadership within these regions as well as competition for spheres of influence, and the global formation of governance structures among new regional powers and the “old” powers of the OECD world.

Within the school, applications are being invited for 8 Ph.D. scholarships

starting 1 April 2010, for a duration of three years. The programme is open to young academics in the fields of international relations/international political economy and comparative area studies. Applicants must have an excellent M.A. or equivalent degree in hand by the time of appointment. We strongly encourage young candidates from abroad to apply.

Interested persons should send a letter of interest, their CV, an abstract and the table of contents of their M.A. thesis or diploma, a longer (max. 10 pages) outline of their planned Ph.D. project, copies of all relevant academic certificates (M.A., B.A., etc.), and two letters of recommendation to the following address:

Regional Powers
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented.
Further particulars can be found at

For informal inquiries, please contact
PD Dr. Dirk Nabers
Head of Research Programme 4: Power, Norms and Governance in International Relations

Screening of applications will begin on 03 January 2010


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