Frequently Asked Questions

In case of uncertainties, please send an e-mail to emabg@boku.ac.at

What are the most important deadlines for the EMABG programme?

The stated months are estimates. Exact dates will follow:
September: The new application round for a study start in summer of the following year will be launched.
End of the year: Application deadline (exact date will follow)
January/February: Selection Meeting
February/March: Notification of Results
August: Start of Study Programme

I already knew about the EMABG, but it was connected to a Wageningen university website and email. Is this MSc programme different?

The current MSc programme is a re-designed iteration of the long running EMABG studies. The change of the website and email localization is due to a change in the coordination. The Wageningen-related website and email is not updated anymore, so in case of questions, please send us an email.

I do not understand what is meant by “study tracks”. Could you please explain?

The set-up of EMABG is such that students study at two different universities (within the Consortium). The four study tracks differ in their scientific and thematic focus. When asking for your preferred study tracks, we would like you to list your preferences regarding the universities where you would want to study if you were selected for the EMABG programme.

Is the application for scholarships the same as the application for applying for the master programme itself?

When you apply for the EMABG programme, your application is considered for the EMJMD scholarships as well as for the master programme itself. The application deadlines are the same.

I just started my Bachelor studies but your programme sounds interesting. Should I apply already, even though I will graduate in two years’ time?

Please do not apply yet. The programme will be available in the next years ahead as well. Please apply when the call for your respective start of studies is announced. Check our homepage for updates and news.

I already hold a Master’s degree. Can I still apply for the EMABG programme?

Yes, you can apply even if you already have a Master’s degree. However, note that Goettingen University cannot accept students that already hold a Master’s in a similar field of studies.

I have finished my Bachelor/Master studies in (name of study programme). Am I eligible to apply for the EMABG programme?

First of all, please check our information given in the section on application and admission.
The EMABG Selection Committee needs to see your documents in order to decide if you are eligible for EMABG or not. Please upload your application documents to our application database.

I want to apply for the EMABG programme. What should I do?

After the new call for applications, you can register to the EMABG application database. Follow the steps described to submit your documents to the EMABG Consortium.

Can I get more information on the EMABG admission procedure?

Please find more information on the procedure on the Application and admission page. In case of questions, please send us an e-mail.

I do not own a passport. Is it possible to apply without a passport?

The passport is an important document to check your identity. Please make sure to upload your passport until the application deadline.

Which English language tests are accepted for admission to the EMABG programme?

The accepted English language tests are listed in the section regarding application and admission.

I have a IELTS/TOEFL score that does not meet the overall score but my speaking and writing sub-scores meet the requirements. Will you still accept my application?

The language proficiency requirements listed on our homepage are the official requirements demanded by our partner universities. The results of your language certificate need to meet the overall score as well as the speaking and writing sub-scores.

The medium of instruction during my Bachelor studies was English. Do I still need to submit an official English language proficiency certificate?

Please note the following conditions:

  • Applicants who have completed their Bachelor or Master Degree in one of the following countries do not need to submit an English language proficiency certificate:
    Australia, Ireland, Canada (except those educated at universities in Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America.
  • Applicants who have completed their Bachelor studies at a Dutch university do not need to submit an English language proficiency certificate. This does not apply to applicants who obtained their Bachelor at a Dutch university of Applied Sciences.
  • National of one of the following countries who have completed their Bachelor or Master degree in their home country are strongly encouraged to submit sufficient results of an English proficiency test. If this is not possible, a signed statement for the university that the medium of instruction during their complete Bachelor programme was English is needed:
    Botswana, Caribbean, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

All other applicants have to submit sufficient results of an English language proficiency certificate as stated in the admission criteria.
Please note: The Consortium partners have the right to request any applicant to submit an English language proficiency test.

I am not sure if I am a Programme Country student or Partner Country student? What is the difference?

Programme Countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and in addition: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Turkey

Partner Countries:

All other countries

Special rules:

  • Students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a Programme Country, count as Programme Country students. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline defined by the consortia of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.
  • Students with dual nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

I am from a Programme Country. Can I still apply for an EMABG scholarship?

Yes. A limited number of scholarships is available to excellent candidates from EU as well as Non-EU countries. Students will be selected according to the criteria listed in the selection criteria.

Applicants that are eligible for studying EMABG but have not been selected for scholarships will get the chance to study the programme at their own costs or with the help of third party funding.

My university degree certificate/transcript of records is in a language other than English. Do I need to have it translated?

If your university documents are in a language other than English, please make sure to upload the original documents, merged with an official English translation.

My transcript of records does not convert to ECTS points. How can I transform the scale?

Upload your documents as they are. The EMABG Consortium will check how your grades can be transferred to ECTS.

My country does not issue certificates of residence. What should I provide instead?

The certificate of residence must be in English language and can be:
– a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules
– a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question. This certificate has to be dated and signed.

Both documents must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.

What kind of CV should I upload for my application?

Your CV should include personal details as well as information on your places and duration of studies and work. Please follow Europass guidelines as much as possible. Make sure to explain gaps in your CV. You can also add a list of publication and title of research projects or theses.

I am still in my Bachelor’s or graduated just recently. I do not have any work experience yet but you mention “work experience” as one of your selection criteria. What can I do?

When rating your work experience, the Selection Committee will consider your respective career stage. Fresh Bachelor graduates are not expected to have the same work experience as applicants that graduated years before. The Selection Committee will check if your CV is appropriate to your career stage and how you compare to applicants at a similar career point.

Who should my recommendation letter/motivation letter be addressed too?

Your letters can be addressed to the “Coordinators of the European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics”. You do not need to add any names.

What are the requirements for my letter of motivation?

Your letter of motivation should be no longer than two A4 pages. There is no minimum word count. Make sure that all questions listed in the application database are covered. Remember to indicate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferred study track options and your motivation for choosing them.

What are the requirements for my letters of recommendation?

You need to upload two letters of recommendation from former professors or employers. The letters need to be from two different persons. The letters should also state your relation to these persons.

Could you provide me with a draft version/model of what the recommendation letter should look like?

We cannot provide you with a draft version of the recommendation letter as we do not want to influence what your professors or employers write about you. Most professors/employers will know which information the recommendation letter should entail. Please make sure that the letter mentions your education, knowledge and strengths as a student. It should also mention how the person knows you and how they assess your suitability for the programme.

I have uploaded my application to the EMABG application database. Will I get a confirmation when it is received?

When all documents have been successfully uploaded via the application database, you will receive a confirmation to your e-mail address. Please keep checking your e-mails regularly.

I have filled in and mailed my application. Unfortunately, I could not submit all the required documents. How will this affect my application?

Your application will be registered, but your application will not be submitted to the Academic Committee before it is complete. Please send the missing documents as soon as possible. Only applications that are sent until the application deadline will be submitted to the Selection Committee.

I have submitted my application documents via the application database. Do I also need to submit my documents to the partner universities directly?

No, you please do not send any additional applications for EMABG to the Consortium Members.

I sent my application documents to your e-mail address. Do I still need to apply via the database?

We can only accept applications that were submitted via our application database. Please submit your documents via the application database.

I uploaded my documents to the application database and submitted my application. Do I also have to send any hard copies?

Do not send any hard copies unless we ask you to do so. Students that are selected for the main or reserve list might be asked to submit original documents at some stage. We will notify you early enough, which documents you need to send.

I signed up for the application database but did not receive any confirmation e-mail afterwards. What can I do?

Depending on your security settings, the confirmation mail might have ended up in your spam folder. Please check if you find the mail there. If not, please contact us via e-mail.

My home address does not have a postal code/cannot be found by the application database system.

If your location cannot be found by the system, please enter the postal code of the post office that is closest to you. If the difficulties persist, please send us an e-mail.

How can I merge .pdf documents or convert word documents etc. to .pdf format to upload them in the database?

To merge documents or convert them to pdf, you can use e.g. smallpdf.com or similar programmes that you can find online.

I received a message to my e-mail address via the application database. However, the link does not work. What can I do?

In this case, make sure to log in to the application database first, keep the browser window opened. Then click on the link in the e-mail.

How high are my chances of receiving a EMJMD scholarship?

It is very hard for us to estimate your chances for a scholarship in advance. We do not know who will apply and how many applicants will be eligible for the programme. Students will be selected according to four selection criteria, listed in the section on selection.

  • Academic excellence including English language skills (final score share 40%)
  • Motivation letter (final score share 25%)
  • Work experience/professional qualifications/CV (final score share 25%) and
  • Recommendation letters (final score share 10%).

Available spaces will be filled up by the students from highest to lower ranks. Students who are not selected for scholarships but still received high scores will be able to participate in the programme if they can secure their own or third party funding.

Last updated: 21.11.2019