Student Selection Appeal Procedure

The Global-MINDS Master in the Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society is a highly selective Master programme. Only the very best applications will be selected for admission. Applications will be deemed eligible if they meet all the eligibility criteria, outlined below:

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Administrative prerequisites are:

(a) Compliance with the application calendar and deadlines.

(b) Submission of a complete set of required application documents in English, or with a certified English translation.

(c) Application to no more than 3 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree programs in the given selection year.

  1. Academic prerequisites are:

(d) Completed Bachelor of Science in psychology or another degree in psychology recognized by the EU as a 1st or 1st & 2nd cycle degree, equivalent to at least 180 ECTS. This prerequisite must be fulfilled at the time of administrative enrollment. Applications from students of the last year of Bachelor or equivalent study programs may be accepted conditionally.

  1. Language prerequisites are:

(e) Proficiency in written and spoken English at a B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR), with preference given to those with a C1 level or above. Certificates should be no more than 2 years old. The list of accepted certificates includes:

  • COE/ALTE (Council of Europe/Association of Language Testers in Europe) – B2
  • IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.0 – no less than 5.5 on each section
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) with an overall score of 78 – no less than 18 on each section
  • TOEFL CBT (computer-based test) with an overall score of 210 – no less than 18 on each section
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) with an overall score of 550 – no less than 45 on each section
  • TOEIC with an overall score of 800 – no less than a 57 on each section
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – FCE (First Certificate in English), grade A or B
  • A certificate proving attendance in at least 1 year of higher education completed entirely in English

If, for logistic reasons, an official certificate is not available at the time of application, sufficiently convincing proof of English proficiency may be considered at the discretion of the admission committee. In the case that such an application is ranked within those accepted for admission, the acceptance of this application may be considered provisional until proof of English proficiency is provided.

The language proficiency certificate requirement is waived for Native English language speakers or those who completed their higher education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

Evaluation Procedure

All applications deemed eligible will be evaluated on a 100-point scale by two Local Academic Coordinators from two different Partner Institutions on the following joint criteria:

  • academic achievement and potential (e.g., grades and distinctions; 1 to 40);
  • the CV as well as academic and/or other experience (e.g., international/ volunteering experience, higher English language proficiency; 1 to 30);
  • motivation letter (e.g., motivation, career ambitions) (1 to 20);
  • recommendation letters (1 to 10).

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview conducted via Skype, video conference or by telephone. The remaining candidates will be notified by email about the panel’s decision and informed of this appeal procedure.

Short-listed candidates will be assessed against individualized criteria defined in advance of each interview in order to obtain more complete information about the candidate (e.g., applicants’ background) and common criteria (e.g., career ambitions). The Governing Board will agree on the final candidate rankings and on the allocation of candidates to mobility paths (based on preferences and candidate ranking) in order to achieve approximately equal distribution of students across mobility paths.

Appealing Admissions Decisions

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision regarding the eligibility of their application to the program or the manner in which the admission criteria and assessment were applied in their case must submit a statement explaining why they believe the decision or decision process was flawed, via a letter emailed to within seven (7) days of the announcement of the results of the process. Applicants should make it clear in their letter whether their appeal concerns the assessment of their eligibility to the programme or the assessment of the selection to the programme. Appeals will be considered by the entire Global-MINDS Governing Board. A decision will be made within 2 weeks of receipt of the appeal.