FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates from all countries can apply to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Image Processing and Computer Vision.

What are the minimum requirements for admission?

All candidates must hold a first higher education degree (Bachelor, 180 ECTS) before the program starts or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices, with excellent grades and other study results. Good proficiency in English is required.

Does the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarship cover all expenses?

Students must be able to finance their study and living expenses, either by EU scholarships, non-EU scholarships or other funding resources. The EMJMD scholarship covers the participation costs (tuition fees+insurance coverage), and contributes to the travel and installation costs. Living costs depend on the country and student’s lifestyle.

What does the EMJMD scholarship cover?

The full participation costs of the EMJMD program (4000€ per semester for Partner Country students OR 2250€ per semester for Programme Country students), which are directly transferred to the IPCV Consortium (students do not need to pay it, but they do not receive this amount). This includes the tuition fees and the insurance coverage.

Besides this, the EMJMD scholarship covers the following:

For Partner Country scholarship holders:
Contribution to travel costs:
2000€/year for scholarship holders resident in a Partner Country which is situated less than 4000 km from Bordeaux, France, OR
3000€/year for scholarship holders resident in a Partner Country which is situated more than 4000 km from Bordeaux, France. Contribution to installation costs:
1000€/2-years
Monthly allowance: 1000€/month.

For Programme Country scholarship-holders:
Contribution to travel and installation costs: 1000€/year.
Monthly allowance: 1000€/month.

When shall I apply for the IPCV program?

Application period: from the 1st November 2019 to the 4th February 2020

Official results: April 2020

Program starts: 1st September 2020

Program ends: June 2022

I do not hold all required attachments at the moment of submission, can I still submit my application?

You need to upload all required attachments when you submit your application.
Exceptions are made in the followings cases:

(1) You are currently a Bachelor’s student:
In the application form, instead of your Bachelor degree, you need to upload an official letter from your university stating that you are registered as a Bachelor’s student and you are expected to receive your Bachelor’s degree before the IPCV program starts. In the application, you need to provide transcripts of records of all your completed courses. Please note that if you are accepted in the program, you need to send your Bachelor’s degree (or certificate) ASAP in June/July.

(2) You registered for an English proficiency exam, but it takes place after the IPCV application deadline:
In this case please attach only the proof of exam registration to your IPCV application. Once the results are available, please send the certificate by email as soon as possible.

(3) You are a non-EU candidate and applied for a passport, but have not yet received it:
Please upload your official national identity card proving your nationality and a document showing that you have requested your passport. As soon as you receive the passport, you will have to send (directly to: application-ipcv@u-bordeaux.fr) the page(s) of your passport/ID card showing the following information: identification number, photo, holder’s name, citizenship, date of birth, date of issue, date of expiry and signature.

I am currently a Bachelor's student and will graduate in a few months. Can I apply?

Yes, you can apply, provided that you receive your Bachelor degree before the IPCV program starts.

In the application form, instead of your Bachelor degree, you need to upload an official letter from your university stating that you are registered as a Bachelor’s student and you are expected to receive your Bachelor’s degree before the IPCV program starts. In the application, you need to provide transcripts of records of all your completed courses. Please note that if you are accepted in the program, you need to send your Bachelor’s degree (or certificate) ASAP in June/July.

How can I apply for the EMJMD scholarship?

Parallel to the application to the IPCV program, via the eMundus system.

I already have a Master's degree. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply if you already have a Master’s degree.

Which English test scores are accepted?

Certificate of an accredited language centre attesting that the student’s level of English is at least B2 (according to CEFR), e.g. IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL of 90.
If the language of the Bachelor’s studies was English, please present an official document (with the institutional seal and signature) stating that the university studies were undertaken in English.

Native English speakers do not have to submit English test results.

What is an ECTS?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a program of study. Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of studies undertaken in different countries through the transfer credits. The ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits are equivalent to the workload of full-time student during one academic year.

Can I enrol in the program part-time?

No, the IPCV Master program is a two-year, full-time program.

Is translation required for non-English documents?

All required documents should be whether created/issued in English, or translated to English.
In case of translations, please always upload the originals as well.
The translation may be done either by your university of origin or by an official translator.

Which identity document should I provide?

If you are an EU candidate, you can provide a copy of your EU national ID card or your passport, if you hold one.

If you are a non-EU candidate, please provide a copy of your passport.

If you have two nationalities (EU and non-EU), you can provide a copy of your passport or your EU national ID card.

Please upload the page(s) of your passport/ID card showing the following information:
identification number, photo, holder’s name, citizenship, date of birth, date of issue, date of expiry and signature.

Please make sure that the validity of your passport/ID card covers the two years of the IPCV program.
Should not be the case, please note that it is your responsibility to obtain a new passport/ID card before the expiry date of your current passport/identity card.

How is it determined if I am Partner country or Programme country applicant?

Partner Country Students: students who come from a country other than a Programme country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) in a Programme country for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years.

Programme Country Students: students who come from a country which can participate in all the Erasmus+ actions as well as any students who do not fulfil the Partner country criteria defined above.

Further information: https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/participating-countries

I am a non-EU candidate and need a visa to enter the Schengen area. How can I obtain the visa?

Selected students will receive a Letter of Acceptance enabling them to apply for a visa. The partner universities will provide the necessary assistance, but it is the responsibility of accepted candidates to obtain the visa according to the relevant local regulations.

What is a certificate of residence?

A proof of residence confirms the residence of the candidate (in the last 12 months). It may be one of the followings:

– A residence certificate issued according to the standard registration rules of the candidate’s municipality.
– A signed and stamped certificate from the candidate’s workplace, university or other educational institution).
– In the absence of the above: gas/electricity bills covering the period where the name and address of the applicant is visible.

Please note that any documents must have been issued within 12 months before the application deadline (in case of applying for the EMJMD student scholarship).

What is the Europass CV template?

If is the standardized CV template of the EU. We strongly recommend you to use it to create your Curriculum Vitae.
Further information and the template is available here:
https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae

What is the motivation letter about?

The motivation letter is of critical importance. This is a letter addressed to the IPCV Selection Committee in which you explain how your experience, qualifications and personal qualities make you an excellent candidate for the Master Program.

The motivation letter must include the following information:
Reasons for choosing IPCV as field of interest
Reasons for choosing IPCV as study program
Max. length: 1000 words

What are the reference letters about?

The reference letters should be provided by academic/scientific persons (teachers, researchers, internship supervisors employees, etc.) who are familiar with the applicant’s performance as well as character and who have positive remarks to make. The referees should attest also the adequacy of applicant’s background with the IPCV Master’s program.

The reference letter should consist of 1-2 pages written in English, including the referee’s signature, presented on institutional headed paper and bearing an institutional stamp/seal.

How does the reference section work?

Please note that it is your responsibility to inform your referees of the procedure set by the e-form.

In the referees section of the e-form, you have to write e-mails of your 2 referents. After you validate this information, the e-form sends an automatic e-mail to your referees. The e-mail sent includes the link where the reference letter has to be uploaded. As this is a confidential document, you are not allowed to upload the reference letter yourself to the application, but your referees will have to follow the instructions given in our e-mail. Your referees have to check their mailbox (the e-mail might be redirected to the SPAM folder, be aware of that problem).

If your referees followed the instructions properly, you will be able to see a green V instead of the read X in the attachment list on your e-form.

ATTENTION! Please be very careful when filling the information on your referees in the e-form, as the referees section will be locked after you validate it, and you won’t be able to modify it. The automatic e-mail can be sent only once. In case of a spelling mistake, your referee will not receive the e-mail and cannot upload his/her reference letter.

My referee(s) didn't receive the eMundus automatic email with the link to upload the reference letter. What can I do?

(1) First check the referee’s email address, given in the reference section. If it’s incorrect, your referee could not receive the link to upload the reference letter (Due to confidentiality reasons, you are not allowed to correct any information regarding referees in the application, this section is automatically locked once this page of the e-form is validated.)

(2) If the email address registered on the e-form is correct, please ask your referee to double check their “spam” folder, as the automatic eMundus email might have been redirected there.

Please note that the e-mail is sent automatically by the e-form and cannot be sent a second time.

Therefore, first please ask your referee to check their “spam” folder first.
If they still cannot access the eMundus email, please ask your referee to confirm by an email to application-ipcv@u-bordeaux.fr that they did not receive any email from us.

I applied last year and I cannot reactivate my account.

Please note that accounts of non-selected applicants have been due to limitation of storage capacity. You need to activate a new account preferably with different login and password. However, you can use the same e-mail address.

How can I be sure that my application has been submitted?

First complete 100% of the e-form, that is:

you filled all the parts of the e-form
you attached all required documents (see checklist)
your referees submitted their reference letters (if relevant).

Afterwards, make sure that:

you clicked on the “submit” button
you received a confirmation email that your application has been submitted.

In the case you received NO e-mail and you are sure all previous steps have been done, please contact application-ipcv@u-bordeaux.fr (preferably with a screenshot).

Do I need to submit a paper-based application?

It is definitively not necessary to send your application via post or electronic mail. However, you might be required to submit the hard copies later, so keep them anyway.

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