From this page you can find replies to the following frequently asked questions.
During our admission process, all applicants will need to fulfil the general eligibility requirements first. Eligible applications then proceed to the academic evaluation, where we evaluate your application in more detail.
If you fulfil our general eligibility requirements, study our student selection criteria carefully, and compare your previous studies and grades to the descriptions of Relevance of previous studies and Academic performance criteria. If your previous studies meet our requirements and you have excellent grades, you should definitely apply. If you do not have all of the required subjects or your grades are not that good, you can still apply, but your chances of being selected are not as good.
The academic staff (professors and senior academic staff) of all six consortium universities evaluate the eligible SECCLO applications and make the final selection decisions. Because of this joint evaluation process, we cannot comment on individual applicants or their chances of being selected before or during the selection process.
Please note also that our selection process is competitive. In other words, your chances of being selected will also somewhat depend on the number and quality of other applicants. This is another reason why individual applicant’s chances of being selected cannot be estimated before the complete and comprehensive evaluation of all applications. For previous years’ selection statistics, see Selection results.
Applicants are eligible to apply to SECCLO if they fulfil our general eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then proceed to the academic evaluation, where the applicant’s previous studies are evaluated in more detail.
According to our student selection criteria, during the evaluation process we assess Relevance of previous studies and Academic performance first. Only the applications that meet the requirements for these two criteria will be evaluated further. Relevance of previous studies will be evaluated based on the official transcript of records and the course descriptions submitted. Relevant work experience, professional certificates and/or online courses are judged case-by-case, but they do not, in general, compensate for the university-level studies that include also the theoretical foundations of the required subjects.
Yes, you can apply to SECCLO if you are expected to graduate by 31 July 2024. In this case, if selected, your selection decision will be conditional, and you are expected to submit your Bachelor’s degree certificate and final transcript of records to SECCLO Admissions Office by 8 August 2024.
In your application documents, instead of the Bachelor’s degree certificate, you can include these documents:
In SECCLO, this depends on the country the previous higher education degree was completed in. The language test requirement is waived for applicants whose higher education degree has been taken at an English-medium programme with physical on-site presence at a university in one of the following countries:
A minimum of one half of the degree must be completed in a country and higher education institution that meets the requirements for exempting the applicant from taking an English test.
The language test requirement is also waived for the degree and exchange students of SECCLO consortium universities (Aalto University, KTH, NTNU, DTU, University of Tartu, and EURECOM). In case of degree studies, a minimum of one half of the degree must be completed at a consortium university.
All other SECCLO applicants must submit a valid English language test result. Applications without a valid test result by our language test deadline, 18 January 2024, will not be eligible and will not be processed further. See further information on the accepted tests and their minimum scores at Admission requirements -> Requirements for English language proficiency.
The final deadline for the language test result to reach SECCLO Admissions Office is 18 January 2024. This is two weeks after our application deadline, 4 January 2024. The deadline will be the same for all SECCLO applicants.
Please note that this means that your language test result must be available for us to verify on 19 January 2024 at the latest. For some language test providers, it takes 1-2 weeks for the test result to reach us after you have requested it. Please see further information on how to submit your language test scores at How to apply -> Step 4, and from the websites of the language test providers.
Unfortunately, no. Our admission requirements have been available on our website several months before the application period began. To ensure a fair and equal treatment of all applicants, we cannot make exceptions to our eligibility requirements (incl. English language proficiency requirements) and cannot extend the language test deadline for any reason.
To guarantee that you get the English language test result in time, please check carefully all accepted language test options. For the accepted tests and their minimum scores, see Admission requirements -> Requirements for English language proficiency.
At the end, unfortunately, it falls under the responsibility of the applicant to start preparing for the admission period early enough. In case no language test result can be obtained before the given deadline, we recommend applying in our next application round.
No. Only the English language tests listed at Admission requirements -> Requirements for English language proficiency are accepted.
The validity period of the language test depends on the test. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. Thus, test results from the tests taken on or after 22 November 2021 are acceptable in the 2024 application round. For Cambridge C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency tests, electronically verifiable tests taken after 2005 are accepted. If your test result has expired, you need to take a new language test.
A proof of place of residence is a document certifying that you live currently in the country and city you claim to live in. It is required to verify the amount of Erasmus Mundus mobility support (see Scholarships and fees).
The proof of place of residence (PPR) document can be, for example,
Regardless of the type of document, the document must
Examples of acceptable documents include e.g.
If you are temporarily (e.g. because of exchange studies) residing in another country than your permanent place of residence, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
“Tell us about your expectations for the SECCLO programme, career aspirations, relevant experience and achievements“. Motivation letter is part of the online application form and you do not need to have a title/header for it. The maximum word limit is 500 words.
No, only the subjects listed at Admission requirements -> Student selection criteria -> Relevance of previous studies. You can add course descriptions in up to five courses in each of the required background subjects and up to two courses in each of the additional knowledge subjects. If you have taken more courses in these subjects, choose the most relevant/advanced courses.
Yes, you can leave the field empty if there is no valid website available in English where the information could be verified. And no, because course descriptions are not obligatory and will not influence your eligibility, your university does not need to verify them.
For this, you have two different options depending on whether you already have the recommendation letters you want to use for your SECCLO application or not. Please see details at Application documents -> For further information… -> Recommendation letters.
Yes. While we prefer academic recommendation letters, recommendation letters written by work supervisors are accepted as well.
It is no longer possible to return to edit your online application after you have submitted it. If you want to edit information in your online application or add documents to it, please contact us by email (email@example.com). Before contacting us, please read
Once we check your submitted online application, we will send you an email with information on the deadline(s) given to you to complement your application in case any compulsory application documents and/or your language test result are missing.
No. The translation is considered official if it has been done by the higher education institution that awarded the degree or by a certified translator (authorised translator).
Unfortunately, SECCLO cannot maintain a list of official translators from different countries so you will need to find one yourself. If the original document is not awarded in English, a certified translator (authorised translator) must translate it. The translations must bear the certified translator’s stamp and signature.
SECCLO’s admission process is competitive and the selection results always somewhat depend on the number and quality of other applications. That being said, if you have applied previously and your application was rejected based on not having sufficient academic performance (grade point average (GPA) and grades in key courses) and your grades have not since improved, it is likely that the selection decision will be the same. If you submit a new application to SECCLO, it will still be evaluated each year following our student selection criteria.
Yes, no limit, and no. Please see also previous reply.
No, SECCLO does not currently have an application fee. Please note, however, that there may be some expenses related to fulfilling our English language proficiency requirements (i.e. taking an English language test) or, if selected to SECCLO, mailing the requested hard copies of educational documents to us.
No. SECCLO has a joint admission process, which is organized by the coordinating university, Aalto University. You will apply to SECCLO following the instructions available at How to apply. In the online application form, you will be asked about your second-year specialization preferences, but if selected to SECCLO, you will be first admitted only to the first-year university, Aalto University.
The final selection of the second-year specialization (either at KTH, NTNU, DTU, UT or EURECOM) will take place during the first-year studies. For further information on the selection process, please see Selection of second-year specialization.
No in terms of selection results or scholarship decisions. All SECCLO applications will be evaluated jointly after we know the final number of eligible applications. For this reason also we recommend that you read all our instructions carefully and submit a well-prepared application.
However, during the admission phase we check submitted applications in order of arrival. If anything is missing from your application or not acceptable, you will get until our application deadline to complement your application. In practice this can be several weeks. This applies to all application documents except for English language test result or recommendation letters that have a separate deadline of 18 January 2024. Closer to the application deadline, you will only get one week to complement your application. This process is explained also at How to apply -> Step 5.
You apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships when you apply to the SECCLO programme. Our online application form has a separate tab titled “Scholarships” where you choose which scholarships you apply for. It is also possible to join SECCLO as a self-funded student.
In order to maximize your chances of getting a scholarship, pay attention to preparing the best possible application and justify why you would be a good candidate to the programme, not only for the scholarship.
SECCLO has altogether 84 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the four student intakes of 2021-2024. The number of Erasmus Mundus and other scholarships granted for each student intake is decided by the SECCLO Consortium during the joint evaluation of applications. For further details on scholarships, see Scholarships and fees.
For the eligibility criteria of the Erasmus Mundus scholarships, please see Scholarships and fees.
SECCLO offers a limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships for each student intake. The scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and irrespective of the applicant’s socio-economic circumstances. The same evaluation criteria is applied for scholarship decisions as student selection decisions. The selected applicants are informed about the scholarship decisions when the selection results are published. There will be a reserve list for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships.
Because of the limited number of scholarships, you should always also investigate any scholarship or loan opportunities available in your home country for participating in an international Master’s programme offered abroad. See further information on the Other funding possibilities page.
The letters of admission will be sent by the coordinating university, Aalto University, in March. As soon as you get the letter of admission, you can start applying for the residence permit.
Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders will receive a confirmation of the scholarship at the same time/soon after. Self-funded students can apply for the residence permit as soon as they have received the letter of admission.
The SECCLO coordinator will contact all selected students during March and inform them about their position on the reserve list. All selected students can join the programme and the students in the reserve list and self-funded students should prepare to have their own funding for the SECCLO studies (i.e. to cover participation cost, living and studying expenses).
If cancellations appear (if a student in the main list cancels his/her participation in the programme), the next student proposed for the scholarship will be contacted by the coordinator by phone or e-mail. It is difficult to foresee how many cancellations there will be, so it is not possible to predict whether you are able to secure a scholarship.
SECCLO is a two-year full-time demanding study programme with integrated mobility. The student is expected to complete the programme requirements in the first-year university in the given time before transferring to the second-year university. Therefore, it is not recommended for students to work during the semesters.
In order to join the programme, the student is expected to have sufficient funds for living and studying. Sufficient funds are required also for the student residence permit. For further information on participation costs and living costs, see Scholarships and fees and Other funding possibilities. You should always also seek for scholarships or loans from your home country.