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Erasmus Mundus in Social Work with Families and Children

The MFAMILY Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme enhances your knowledge and your skills needed for working internationally with interventions for vulnerable children and marginalized families.

Facts
Consortium coordinator

University of Stavanger (Norway)

Contact

Admission admissions@uis.no

General inquiries

Mfamily@uis.no

ECTS credits

120

Duration

2 years

Admission is closed

Information about future calls will be available and published here in June 2021.


Your MFAMILY journey will take you to Portugal, Norway, Sweden and, perhaps, Uganda!





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About MFAMILY

The programme is jointly developed by ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), University of Gothenburg (UGOT), University of Stavanger (UiS) and Makerere University (MU). 
You spend the first semester Lisbon, Portugal, the second semester in Stavanger, Norway and the third semester in Gothenburg, Sweden before moving to one of the four partner institutions to work on your master’s thesis. The language of instruction is English. Your MFAMILY journey will take you to Portugal, Norway, Sweden and, perhaps, Uganda!

The aim for the programme is that you will graduate having a sound practical foundation in: understanding the diverse and varied contexts, life situations and challenges faced by children and families in Europe and selected international settings; applying skills to work appropriately in and with these contexts; using and developing research to inform knowledge and practice for working with vulnerable children and families; and applying the values of international social work.

Meet our alumni

Feel free to contact any of the alumni listed to hear what the MFAMILY journey was like for them and what their qualifications have enabled them to achieve since graduating.

MFAMILY 2013- 2015
COUNTRYNameE-mail
BoliviaKatya Andrea Nogales Crespokadical@hotmail.com
 
BrazilEmanuelly Vieiramenucv@gmail.com
CanadaLydia Mehraralydia.mehrara@nord.no
CanadaNatalie BullNataliel.Bull@gmail.com
EthiopiaEden Begnaeden.begna@yahoo.com
GeorgiaNino Jibutijibutinino@gmail.com
GhanaDilys Sharona Quartey dilyville@yahoo.co.uk
GhanaPriscilla Afua Agyeman-duah priscie66@yahoo.com
IranAnahita Mehrpouranahita.mehrpour@unil.ch
ItalyLaura Sirabellalaurasirabella@gmail.com
ItalyValentina Micalettomicaletto.valentina@hotmail.com
MexicoCarolina Mayra Lemus Waymclwem@gmail.com
NepalAashima Budalaashima.budal@gmail.com
NepalSanjeev Dahaldahalsanjeev@gmail.com
PeruEmiko Matsuoemiko.matsuo@hotmail.com
PhilippinesAndrea Celine Quejadaandrea.celine06@gmail.com
PhilippinesAndrew Manalangandrewrex13@gmail.com
RomaniaMaria Turdamariaturda@gmail.com
Russian FederationAlyona Artamonovaal75art@gmail.com
UgandaCarollynnet Kabatanyacarol.lynnet@gmail.com
UgandaRose Namulemenrose899@gmail.com
UkraineOlena Zhuchynaalena.zhuchyna@gmail.com

Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association

MFAMILY Students and Alumni are encouraged to join the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)!

Student Contract

All MFAMILY students are required to sign the MFAMILY student contract.

MFamily World

The MFAMILY alumni initiated platform promotes community, lifelong learning, discovery, and engagement.

MFAMILY Guidebook

All the MFAMILY cohorts contribute to the MFAMILY Guidebook. You will find lots of useful information and tips!

Scholarships and costs

When applying for MFAMILY you are invited to apply for one of a very limited number of MFAMILY scholarships. If you are not awarded a scholarship, you may apply as a self-financing student.


MFAMILY scholarships

Scholarships include a contribution to participation costs (tuition fees, insurance coverage and other mandatory costs related to the study programme), a contribution to travel and installation costs and a monthly subsistence allowance.

1. Contribution to the participation costs*:

  • 4 500 EUR per year per scholarship holder from Erasmus+ programme countries.
    Students from EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
  • 9 000 EUR per year per scholarship holder from Erasmus+ partner countries.
    Students from all other countries.

    *The participation costs (tuition fees) will be deducted and transferred automatically to the  MFAMILY consortium

The participation costs cover the following:

  • All MFAMILY obligatory programme activities
  • Health insurance
  • Consortium host university's obligatory registration and student service fees

The participation costs do not cover the following:

  • Room and board
  • Travel expenses
  • Living expenses


2. Contribution to the travel and installation costs:

  • 1 000 EUR per year per scholarship holder resident in a programme country for travel costs.
  • 2 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1 000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident in a partner country whose location is situated at less han 4.000 km from Stavanger, Norway (home of the MFAMILY coordinating institution).
  • 3 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1 000 EUR for installation costs for scholarship holder resident in a partner country whose location is situated at 4.000 km or more from from Stavanger, Norway (home of the MFAMILY coordinating institution).


3. Contribution to subsistence costs

  • 1 000 EUR per month for the entire duration of the MFAMILY study programme (up to 24 months maximum) for all scholarship holders.

Self financing participation costs

Currently, the MFAMILY Consortium charges the following participation costs:

2250 EUR per semester for students from Erasmus+ programme countries.
Students from EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, the former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.

4500 EUR per semester for students from Erasmus+ partner countries.
All remaining countries.
 

The participation costs cover the following:

  • All MFAMILY obligatory programme activities
  • Health insurance
  • Consortium host university's obligatory registration and student service fees


The participation costs do not cover the following:

  • Room and board
  • Travel expenses
  • Living expenses

Admission Requirements

In this section, students will find the admission requirements for this programme:

Meet the MFAMILY consortium and our associate partners

The programme is jointly developed by ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), University of Gothenburg (UGOT), University of Stavanger (UiS) and Makerere University (MU). MFAMILY is also proud of the active participation of associate partners from several continents. This gives the programme a truly global character.

All the universities involved in this consortium will contribute with excellent standards of teaching and research expertise on themes focused on family issues and the rights of the children, on migration and globalization processes dealing with children and families, as well as on social work and social research methods, to get a comprehensive and comparative view.

MFAMILY Consortium Agreement

The Consortium Agreement covers as precisely as possible all major academic, operational, administrative and financial aspects related to the joint implementation of the The MFAMILY Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) programme.

CONSORTIUM AND ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

Teaching, research and practicalities at ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute

This page presents ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute

ISCTE-IUL comprises the oldest and the most prestigious Sociology Department in Portugal, hosted in the School of Sociology and Public Policy, along with the Research Centre of excellence CIES-IUL.

ISCTE-IUL and the School of Sociology and Public Policy are strongly committed to family, social work and social policy education and research, accounting for more than 20 years of teaching and research in Family Social Work and Social Policy. ISCTE-IUL also was the first university to offer a Ph.D. in Social Work in Portugal.

Key MFAMILY academic staff:

Facts about ISCTE-IUL

  • Established in 1972
  • University status since 2009
  • 9600 students
  • 21% International students

Lisbon practicalities

ACCOMMODATION
Please view the MFAMILY guidebook (for MFAMILY students, by MFAMILY students) for information about housing in Lisbon.

VISA
The student visa requirements for studying in Portugal depend on your nationality. The rules will differ for EU/EEA nationals and non-EU/EEA nationals.

Please check with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out what rules and requirements that apply to you.

COST OF LIVING
In comparison with other major European cities, Lisbon is highly affordable. You should consider some minimum basic costs per month of approximately €600 to €700.


USEFUL LINKS
Learn more about ISCTE
Explore Lisbon
Study in Portugal
Explore Portugal

CONSORTIUM AND ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

Teaching, research and practicalities at the University of Stavanger

This page presents the University of Stavanger

Social workers have been educated in Stavanger for 50 years, since 2005 as a part of the University of Stavanger. The social work teaching staff include sociologists, psychologists, social pedagogues, social workers and, lawyers. They are involved in national and international research projects on welfare services, immigration, family complexities in different welfare regimes and user involvement research.
The Department of Social Sciences hosts a PhD program where Social Work is one of the specialties.

Key MFAMILY academic staff:

Svein Tuastad
Kathrine Skoland

Facts about University of Stavanger

  • Established in 1994
  • University status since 2005
  • 12 000 students
  • 10% international students

Stavanger practicalities

ACCOMMODATION
Please view the University of Stavanger practical information about university housing in Stavanger.
Private housing options may be found on finn.no and hybel.no (please be aware that scams may occur).

VISA
The student visa requirements for studying in Norway depend on your nationality. The rules will differ for EU/EEA nationals and non-EU/EEA nationals.

Please check with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration to find out what rules and requirements that apply to you.

COST OF LIVING
Norway is an expensive country to live in and Stavanger is an expensive city to live in. As a student you may take advantage of student discounts and thereby reduce your expenses.
You should consider costs per month to be approximately NOK 12 000.

USEFUL LINKS
Learn more about UiS
Explore Stavanger
Study in Norway
Explore Norway

CONSORTIUM AND ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

Teaching, research and practicalities at the University of Gothenburg

This page presents the University of Gothenburg

The social work education has been situated in Gothenburg for more than 60 years, having been recently evaluated by the Swedish Higher Board of Education as being in the top quality category in Sweden.

The Department of Social Work offers a substantial number of specializations, such as education for supervisors and family therapists, as well as privileged international contacts, and is an important player in international social work, with strong links to teachers and researchers in non-EU countries. The department offers a Ph.D in Social Work.

Key MFAMILY academic staff:

Facts about University of Gothenburg

  • Established in 1891
  • University status since 1954
  • 48 000 students
  • 13% international students

Gothenburg practicalities

ACCOMMODATION
Please view the University of Gothenburg practical information about university housing in Gothenburg.
Private housing options may also be found (please be aware that scams may occur).

VISA
The student visa requirements for studying in Sweden depend on your nationality. The rules will differ for EU/EEA nationals and non-EU/EEA nationals.

Please check with the Swedish Migration Agency to find out what rules and requirements that apply to you.

COST OF LIVING
Sweden is an expensive country to live in and Gothenburg is an expensive city to live in. As a student you may take advantage of student discounts and thereby reduce your expenses.
You should consider costs per month to be approximately SEK 9000.

USEFUL LINKS
Learn more about UGOT
Explore Gothenburg
Study in Sweden
Explore Sweden

CONSORTIUM AND ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

Teaching, research and practicalities at the University of Makerere, Kampala

This page presents the University Makerere, Kampala

The Makerere University Department of Social Work and Social Administration offers training to produce social work practitioners grounded in skills and theories of social work practice, relevant to local and international standards.

The Department's staff members have consulted various governmental and non-governmental agencies, while some senior academics have been appointed either on full time basis or part time basis to senior positions in government agencies/ministries.

Key MFAMILY academic staff:

Facts about Makerere University

  • Established in 1922
  • University status since 1970
  • 40 000 students
  • 8% international students

Kampala practicalities

ACCOMMODATION
Please view Makarere University practical information about university housing in Kampala.

VISA
The student visa requirements for studying in Uganda depend on your nationality. The rules will differ for EU/EEA nationals and non-EU/EEA nationals.

Please check with Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control to find out what rules and requirements that apply to you.
 

USEFUL LINKS
Learn more about Makarere University
Explore Kampala
Explore Uganda

Associate partners

MFAMILY is proud of the active participation of agency associate partners from several continents. This gives the programme a truly global character.

View the MFAMILY agency associate partners information sheet for more information.

Frequently asked questions

You have questions, we have answers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact Mfamily@uis.no.









ACADEMIC MATTERS

How do I know that I have been selected?
You will be informed about the results of your application directly by the MFAMILY consortium.

When does the MFAMILY programme start?
You will need to arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, late August.  During your first week, you will complete administrative formalities, get to know Lisbon and meet your fellow MFAMILY students. 

What is the MFAMILY programme workload?
MFAMILY is a full-time programme and you are expected to engage in academic work full-time, including classroom activities, group work and independent study.  The workload may vary between weeks and during assessment periods.  Please note that the overall workload may vary between the MFAMILY consortium universities. 

Who will I study with?
Approximately 20 - 25 students join the MFAMILY programme each year.  You may experience classroom activities etc. with students from other study programmes.

Will I meet local students during the programme?
You will be officially enrolled in all the universities you attend, so you can meet other students through various student clubs, leisure facilities and extracurricular activities.  

Will I receive language support?
Consortium partners offer language support and courses.

Will I receive support if I have a disability?
Consortium partners offer support for students with disabilities.

What if I need to interrupt my studies?
If you need to interrupt your studies, you should immediately contact the MFAMILY consortium. If you have to temporarily leave the MFAMILY programme for justified reasons, your scholarship may be put on hold for a certain period of time until you are again physically present and can actively continue pursuing the course activities.

Can I choose where I spend Semester 4? 
Students will be divided equally between all four MFAMILY universities for the thesis semester.  You will be asked to list your preferred locations. The MFAMILY consortium makes the final decision based on the availability of supervision and your chosen research topic. 

What kind of degree will I obtain?  
You will be awarded a joint degree from the MFAMILY consortium.

Can I practise social work anywhere in the world? 
The MFAMILY programme leads to an academic Master degree that is recognised by universities and employers in many countries around the world.  The social work profession is often regulated and licensed by local or national organisations.  You may therefore need to apply to professional accreditation bodies for official recognition of your learning in the MFAMILY programme. Such applications are generally made on an individual basis and includes an assessment of your previous employment history.  We will assist you with the supporting paperwork needed to submit an application for professional recognition. Due to the diversity of national requirements regulating the social work profession, we cannot guarantee that you will be awarded professional recognition.
 

FINANCIAL MATTERS

Can I receive a scholarship for a second time?
If you received an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), Master Course (EMMC) or Joint Doctorate (EMJD) scholarship in the past, you cannot apply for a MFAMILY scholarship.
If you previously received an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnerships scholarship, you can apply for an EMJMD scholarship.
If you previously received other types of grants, for example Erasmus+ Study grant or Traineeship grant, you can apply for an EMJMD scholarship.

Can I receive other EU funding?
EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU-funded scholarship during their EMJMD studies.
The EMJMD scholarships are meant to be sufficient to cover regular living and studying expenses during your Master studies.

How will my MFAMILY EMJMD scholarship be paid?
If you receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, the participation costs (tuition fees) will be deducted and transferred automatically to the MFAMILY consortium.
The living costs component of the scholarship will be paid each month directly to your bank account.  It takes some time to obtain a bank account in Portugal. You are advised to bring sufficient funds to live in Portugal for several weeks until your bank account is established. 
If you receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship you must pay for your initial travel to Lisbon (Portugal) at the start of the programme from your own resources.  The travel-cost element of the scholarship will be paid as soon as possible after you have opened your bank account in Portugal.

What costs are not included in the scholarship?
Personal computers, textbooks and personal expenses are not included. If applicable, you need to pay for your study visas and residence permits. 

Contact

Consortium

Consortium coordinator
University of Stavanger (Norway)

Partner institutions
Lisbon University Institute (Portugal)
University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Makerere University (Uganda)

UiS

Admission:
admissions@uis.no

General inquiries:
Mfamily@uis.no