Frequently asked questions


How will I know that I have been selected?
You will be informed about the results of your application directly by the MFAMILY consortium.
See the Admission Calendar for more information.

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.


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.