2020 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship International Master of Science in Rural Development at Ghent University, Belgium

Deadline: February 1, 2020.

The goal of IMRD is to train professionals that contribute to solving socio-economic, natural resource and agricultural challenges in rural communities. The multi-disciplinary approach, the comparative study of EU and non-EU models, a flexible study programme and the unique mobility requirements stimulate students to gain a wide perspective of Rural Development and build an international network.

It is a master programme covering four semesters (2 years) and 120 ECTS. It is jointly organised by 6 core European partners and 9 associated partners from outside Europe.


Students can obtain the IMRD degree through one of 5 mobility tracks:


  • Erasmus Mundus track
  • VLIR-UOS track

Following one of the IMRD tracks leads to the awarding of a joint degree: International Master of Science in Rural Development.


  • ATLANTIS track: A double degree programme with the University of Arkansas
  • EKAFREE track: A double degree programme with Korea University and Seoul National University
  • EERUDEV track: A double degree programme with Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral


1. You have at least an academic bachelor’s degree of min. 3 years from a university or recognized equivalent in preferably bioscience engineering or agricultural sciences with good overall scores. Students in the last year of their bachelor studies can also apply, provided that they will obtain their degree before the start of the IMRD programme.

You must be able to demonstrate through your transcripts basic science training in:

(i) mathematics and/or statistics;

(ii) life sciences;

(iii) social sciences and/or rural development and/or economics.


Language requirements: The English language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate (validity of 5 years) of one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL IBT 80
  • TOEFL PBT 550
  • ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a minimum of 6,0 for writing
  • CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre
  • ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)

Language of instruction is not accepted anymore, except applicants who are nationals from or have obtained a bachelor and/or master degree in a higher education institute with English as mode of instruction in USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or Canada, and in the latter case a certificate that the mode of instruction was English has to be submitted.


Full Erasmus Mundus scholarships are now available for students from all nationalities!

The scholarships cover your tuition fee, 1000 euro monthly allowance and a 7000 euro contribution to be used for travel and installation costs during the programme.


You are now ready to start the application procedure!

  1. Register in EConsort and complete the application form on EConsort
  2. Our applications team checks your academic admissibility
  3. If you are eligible, you will be conditionally admitted
  4. Once conditionally admitted you need to send your legalised documents and results of English proficiency test by postal mail
  5. If everything is submitted correctly before the deadline you will receive a letter of Admission from Ghent University



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