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Frequently Asked Questions
When accepted onto a course by the University ALL new incoming students will receive a Bank Giro payment form through the post. This Bank Giro will enable students to pay their fees through any Bank if they so wish OR students also have the option to call into the Fees & Grants Office with the relevant payment (quoting their current and correct student number).
Students will have a period of two weeks after registration to add, change, or drop modules. In this time, it is advisable that students attend several different lectures to decide if they have made the right choices. This time allows students to sit in on a variety of lectures and not miss out on important notes. Students wishing to change modules should then return to the Records Office in Humanity House with the new list of complete modules. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his/her modules are recorded correctly.
• Passport/National Identity Card
• Marriage Certificate(State Version)for students wishing to register in their married names.
• Letter of acceptance from NUIM
• List of course modules and course codes (numbers) that you wish to register to study at NUIM.
(Access the NUIM course finder at www.nuim.ie/courses, for module descriptions and timetable information)
• International students registering for a full post-graduate degree must bring official transcripts of their undergraduate degree.
If not in English, these transcripts should be accompanied by an official English translation.
• Evidence of Fee Payment for the NUIM Course (Grant and Scholarship Holders must furnish evidence of their awards).
BA & BSc NUIM GRADUATES REQUIRE ONLY
• PPS Number (Personal Public Service Number)
• Evidence of Fee Payment for the NUIM Course (Grant and Scholarship Holders must furnish evidence
of their awards).
• Previous student identity card (if you have it).
Join the mailing list - desem at list.nuim.ie. This is an informal mailing list which may be used to communicate with other students who are travelling to Ireland, Scotland or France to participate in the MSc in Dependable Software Systems in September.
Please note that the mailing list is moderated and may only be used for discussing the practicalities (travel, accommodation etc) associated with participation in your new Programme. All course related queries should be sent to the relevant course coordinator as listed on erasmusmundus.ie/
To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit
https://list.nuim.ie/mailman/listinfo/desem or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to desem-request at list.nuim.ie
Students not attending NUI Maynooth for their first year of study will register remotely during the week commencing 3rd September, 2012, you will receive an email from NUIM Student Records office with details of remote registration procedures. Students who are attending NUIM for their 1st year of study will register in person on 19th September. All Students must register in person at the university at which they will study in 2012/13. You should bring ORIGINALS of all the document you scanned to PAC with you to registration along with your letter of offer. Further information is available under the current students menu item on erasmusmundus.ie.
Where can I find information regarding accommodation, student supports, visas etc at my first host university?
When Should I start my visa application for the first country which I will study in as part of the programme?
YOu should start your visa application as soon as you receive a letter of offer from the MSc Programme. This letter will indicate your first place of study.
You can only upload documentation after you have completed your application and paid the fee. Once you have paid the fee, you can upload your documents by going to “My Account” on the PAC site and clicking on the “Status” of your application and follow the instructions there.
You must complete and return the Notice of Appeal to the Student Support Co-ordinator
no later than 7 days after you receive the Notice of Decision. Please see http://www.cs.nuim.ie/courses/desem/sites/default/files/DESEM%20Applican... for details.
Those who have an honours degree in Computer Science or a related discipline with an average grade of 60% (equivalent to a B, II.1, or assez bien) or above. Extensive industrial experience may be considered as equivalent to academic qualification although such applicants will normally be subject to interview.
We hope to have scholarships each year for ~ 18 students who meet the conditions of the scholarship funding. Applicants who obtain scholarships are typically those who have 1st class derees from a university that is listed in the top 500 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. However, the fundng rules allows us to fund a maximum of two applicants of each nationality per Category. This gives a student with a strong profile for their nationality a great chance to obtain this funding.
We expect to award ~ 16 scholarships (9 Category A and 7 Category B) per year for students participating in the Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems. Some additional scholarships may be made available to studenst who are from specififc countries as nominated by the EACEA. Short term scholarships are also available to support scholars who wish to participate in teaching/research activities concerned with this programme.
Category A student scholarships (Third Country Students)
- Contribution to travel and installation costs: € 8 000 per course
- Participation costs (including tuition fees and insurance coverage): € 8 000 per year
- Monthly allowance: € 1 000 per month
Category B student scholarships (European Students)
- Participation costs (including tuition fees and insurance coverage): € 4 000 per year
- Monthly allowance: € 500 per month
- Living allowance (including travel costs): € 1 200 / week for a minimum duration of 2 weeks and a maximum duration of 3 months per scholar.
Further Information at http://www.cs.nuim.ie/courses/desem/scholars.php
Application Deadlines 2013
Student applications for 2013 will open in September 2012
Student Scholarships: January 15th 2013
Fee paying applications: June 30th 2013
Scholar Teaching Scholarships: Rolling Call 2012-2017
Other Important Dates
* Acknowledgement of receipt of submission of application: 1 week (5 working days)
* Notification if application is ineligible: immediately after the eligibility check is complete
* Notification of main and reserve list students: March of each year
* Notice of Decision for main list students: usually late April (date to be set by the Erasmus Mundus programme administration)
* Notice of Decision for reserve list students: May/June/July depending on the uptake of scholarships
* Students must make a formal acceptance of their offer within 10 days of the offer being made
* Appeal deadline: You must complete and return the Notice of Appeal to the Student Support Co-ordinator
no later than 7 days after you receive the Notice of Decision.
* Course start: September of each year
The combination of your degree and work experience could make you eligible to apply for the MSc degree. However, you will need to make clear all of your programming and computer science related experience (exams results as part of your degree, courses taken as part of your work experience etc) on your application form. Please be aware that the demand for scholarships are high on this programme so it may be difficult to obtain a scholarship without a Computer Science degree. We are unable to give you any further information until we have received all scholarship applications.
What do I need to provide to show my English Language Competency (for non-native speakers of the English language)?
All applicants must provide written evidence of competency in the English language by the application deadline. Documentation should be forwarded/uploaded to PAC.
The list below outlines the minimum standards in English language which must be met for admission to the University.
Overall Level Required
(Note minimum levels in each exam component may be imposed.)
6.5 overall. (minimum 5.0 in each component)
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test) :95
Graduates will be equally suited to a career in research where they will develop new techniques for developing more dependable software, or a career in industry where they will develop dependable industrial strength software.
If my 3rd level qualification was taught and examined through English am I exempt from providing English Language Qualification Documentation?
All applicants who require a visa to study in France, Ireland or Scotland will be required to have an English Language Certificate for immigration purposes. It is a criteria of the Programme that applicants hold a English Language Competency Certificate i.e. IELTS, TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT, or PTE if English is not your native language. The Certificate must be uploaded to PAC before the closing date for applications or your application will be considered incomplete.
Does "Written evidence of competency in the English Language" mean I should upload scanned copy of IELTS/GRE score reports?
Yes. Please upload your reports to PAC.
You must upload your score to PAC before the application closing date or you cannot be offered a place on the course.
- Information relating to individuals (personal data) is collected and used in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on "the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data"
- The names of all successful candidates will be published on the course website
- If you are selected (proposed for a scholarship, put on the reserve list, or enrolled on a self paying basis) your data may be used for the purposes of evaluating the Erasmus Mundus Programme and will be made available to the Agency, the EM National Structures, the EU Delegations and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association, acting as stakeholders of the programme
There is no template for the letters of reference. Referees are free to write the letters in whatever format they wish. However these letters should include the referees signature, be presented on headed paper and bear an official stamp/seal.
It is expected that most students will apply before they have completed their final examinations. Such applications will be assessed on their previous results, and may be offered a conditional scholarship. Students who are offered a conditional scholarship must provide their final results and a copy of their diploma/full certified transcript by June 30th 2013, and will be notified within 10 working days of final acceptance if they meet the conditions or rejection of they do not.
You will need to post them to the following address for inclusion in your application:
Postgraduate Applications Centre,
1 Courthouse Square,
Please include your PAC number with the letters.
All supporting documents MUST be either uploaded via the 'Application Status' from the online applications system (PAC) or posted to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland.
Copies of official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed in your application. Original Transcripts will be requested at course registration in September.
Transcripts of results in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation into English PLUS a copy of the original certificate indicating the award.
Two letters of recommendation (at least one from the institution your have graduated/will graduate from)
Your CV (we recommend that you use the European Format: see http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/ for details)
A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport
Written evidence of competency in the English Language (for non-native speakers of the English language) i.e. the certificate stating your test score.
Written evidence of competency in the French Language (Optional)All of the courses are taught in English (even those delivered in France) so the French language requirement is simply so that you can manage daily tasks in France. If you do not have any French qualifications, we recommend that you take a beginners French course during year 1 of the programme. These courses will be available at all participating universities.
Further Information can be found at http://www.cs.nuim.ie/courses/desem/application.php
You should follow the instructions given in your offer letter and log on to the PAC system to accept the offer. You must do this within the deadline as specified in the offer letter.
Tuition fees are €8000 per year for Third Country students and €4000 per year for European students. Scholarship recipients will have their tuition fees paid in full with contributions to living costs and travel via their scholarship. Further information can be found at http://www.cs.nuim.ie/courses/desem/fees
I'm on the Reserve List for a Scholarship, when will I receive news if I am succesful in getting a scholarship place?
Once the EACEA has confirmed our nominations the successful applicants on the Main Lists will be notified, they will then have 10 working days to accept their offers. You will be advised via the PAC system of the date that we will be able to make offers, if any, to Reserve List applicants.
We expect to review applications as they arrive and will make a decision on offers in November/December of each year (we hope to have scholar positions available from now until 2017). For 2013 we have 17 two-weeks scholarships to award and may combine these so that one scholar can stay for a visit that is longer than 2 weeks. See http://www.cs.nuim.ie/courses/desem/node/53 for further information
Scholars duties will depend on their expertise and background and will be a mixture of the following:
* Teaching ~ 2 course modules (on longer visits) or teaching intensively via research seminars (on shorter visits). Scholars involvement in teaching will be related to their research/teaching experience and so must be tailored for each successful applicant. For information regarding topics that we require assistance in teaching at NUIM, USTA and UL please see the course content website.
* Project Supervision - students will undertake a project from February to June in each year. Scholars may be asked to propose and supervise projects related to their expertise as well as assist in providing feedback to other Erasmus Mundus project students.
* Summerschool organisation and delivery: Scholar may assist in the running of the school and giving a talk related to their research (junior researchers) or giving a small course on a topic related to their research (more experienced researchers such as Postdocs/Professors).
For further information see http://www.cs.nuim.ie/courses/desem/node/53