|The programme team must establish a joint admission framework, which includes the
|• Determine admission requirements;
|• Determine a joint application, admission and registration procedure for students;
|• Provide credential evaluation;
|• Enroll students.
Determine admission requirements
The programme team can determine various entry requirements:
• A bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field;
• Proof that the student has already acquired prior competences (knowledge, skills) needed in order to follow successfully the joint master’s programme, showing his CV or learning portfolio, work experience and professional development certificates.
On this basis, the board will evaluate the student’s readiness for the programme and advise him for admission, eventually proposing a preparatory course or course unit.
Determine a joint application, admission and registration procedure for students
The programme team, chaired by the lead university and constituted by a representation of each of the partner universities, meets on admissions before each time a cohort of new students is entering the programme.
The programme team adopts a joint application and admission procedure which is transparent, fair and objective. It will also assure equity, taking into account the life conditions of students with special needs or different social backgrounds.
Provide credential evaluation
Credential evaluation is sometimes needed in case the admission committee can’t estimate the validity of formal qualifications obtained in international universities. The programme team will evaluate these qualifications or course credits, supported by institutional credential evaluation services and the NARIC office (European Commission, 2020).
The team can also assess and formally recognize prior knowledge or experience according to institutional rules and it can award credits (ECTS) for it. This exempts the student from units or parts of the joint master’s programme. In this regard, most institutions follow the rules of the ECTS Guide.
Enroll students in the respective partners institutions
For being awarded course credits and the joint master’s diploma at the end of the programme, students must be enrolled in each of the partner institutions. A student can register for the programme at any partner institution, by which he gets a main registration and a secondary registration in the other institutions according to schemes to be elaborated between the respective student administrations. This results in the capacity for each of the rectors or deans of faculty to sign certificates and diplomas.
The fees associated with the registration are distributed among partners according to joint rules (see below).
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