Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply for an Erasmus Grant for my first semester in IMBRSea?

    Yes, this is possible in case you obtained your bachelor degree at one of the participating IMBRSea Main Partner Universities. Explore with your international office when and how to apply. Keep in mind that in this case you cannot study your first semester at this university.

    Do Erasmus mobility Grants restrict my mobility possibilities?

    In some cases they do! In case you wish to study at the same university in semester 1 and semester 3, you will not be able to apply for an Erasmus Mobility grant for the third semester. 

    What is the amount of the grant?

    The exact amount depends on the university where you apply for a grant and depends on the university you plan to go to. Grants are normally awarded for 1 semester (3 months). Amounts range between 200 and 400 euro per month.

  2. Until when can I change my Specialization Track?

    During the selection process you indicate your preferred specialization track within IMBRSea. But it is only until the early start of the programme that you need to fix this decision (1 October).
    After this date, you can no longer make changes to the specialisation track since the track is mentioned on the final diploma and diploma supplement.
    The specialization track defines your pathway throughout the programme in terms of mobility and course selections. You basically remain in the same 'coloured band' during the entire programme.


  3. Can I change items in my application form once it is submitted

    In principle no! Once an application is submitted, the reviewing process will start. In case you uploaded a wrong document or you have an additional supporting document relating to your studies, you can still send it to the coordination office ( with mentioning clearly your Unique application number. 

    Can I defer my admission to the next academic year?

    Theoretically it is possible. However there are procedures and agreements to be put up by all the members of the consortium and the applicant should provide valid and sufficient reasons why they cannot attend. Please consult the coordinator for further advice.

    Can I re-apply for a scholarship in my second year of the master programme?

    Unfortunately, the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is for two years and students who could not secure a scholarship and are enrolled in their first year do not qualify to re-apply for a scholarship only for the second year.

    Can I submit English Test results after the application deadline?

    Yes, the English test is required by the time the regsitration at the University starts. Applicants that are not in possession of a proof of English proficiency can simply indicate their level of expertise in their CV using the guidelines provided in the Europass template. In case, by the start of the academic year, proof can not be shown, you can still be expelled from the programme. Acceptance in this case remains thus conditional until proof is submitted!

    Am I eligible to apply if I do not have my Bachelor’s diploma (or equivalent education certificate) at the time of application?

    Yes, applicants graduating before September are eligible to apply. Admitted students need to hand in their degree certificate (diploma and diploma supplement) as soon as they receive it. Note that admission for this group of students will be conditional. The degree certificate (or other relevant graduation documents) must be sent to the IMBRSea coordination office at the latest by the end of August. If you expect to graduate later, you cannot be admitted to the programme this year but are welcome to apply for the next year.

  4. I have an unrelated degree, but am very interested in your programme. Can I apply?

    IMBRSea is a specialization programme in Marine Biological Resources on Master level. You need to have the sufficient background in certain topics (ecology, statistics, genetics,...) in order to be able to follow this programme. If your degree is not listed in the requirements above, but if you feel you have a solid academic background, we encourage you to apply. The selection board will assess your files to check your eligibility.

    In my country the ECTS credit system is not used and the grading system is different from Europe. How will my previous education be evaluated?

    There are indeed a large number of different grading systems used in different countries. The IMBRSea selection committee consists of people who have sufficient background in evaluating the diverse grading systems.

    Can I learn local languages during the programme?

    Language diversity provides an added-value to studying and living in Europe. IMBRSea students have the opportunity to learn a language within the transferable skills course in semester 1.

    Can the English proficiency certificate be sent after the application deadline?

    While the selection board clearly prefers complete application forms, a slithgly later submission of the language test result will be accepted e.g. if the test dates do not coincide with the application deadline.
    In such case, upload a proof of the booked test, and send the digital test result to as soon as you receive it.

    If by the start of the academic year, valid proof can not be shown, you can still be expelled from the programme. Acceptance in this case remains thus conditional until proof is submitted

    Do native English speakers have to provide proof of proficiency?

    No. In this case, indicate 'native speaker' in the application form, and upload a note or your ID card again under the field for 'certificate of test'.

  5. Can I pay the participation fee in installments?

    As a self-funded student you will be able to pay the fee of the first year in two installments. After completion of the first academic year you will be invited to pay the fee for the second year. This second year fee should be paid in one installment.

    When do I pay the participation fee?

    After being accepted to the programme, you will receive the request to pay the first part of the participation fee of year 1 of 1000 euro. Only after payment of this part your place in IMBRSea at the starting university will be secured. The second part of the participation fee should be paid by 1 August of the year in which you start the programme.

    The fee for the second academic year should be paid prior to 1 August again, once you have succesfully completed your first year.

  6. Is the Joint School Obligatory

    Yes, the school is obligatoy for all students. It counts for 6 credits of the total 120 credits.

  7. At which University am I enrolled during thesis work?

    During your thesis, organized during the fourth semester, you are enrolled at Ghent University. Depending on where you studied during your third semester, you may also be enrolled at the third semester University. Thesis insurance is covered by your enrollment at Ghent University.