Master International Migration and Social Cohesion


Master in International Migration and Social Cohesion

General information

The amount required for living expenses in the MISOCO Programme changes significantly per country and city. We advise that you have at least €900 per month available for your living expenses.

The Category-A monthly scholarship is intended as a full student scholarship, the Category-B monthly scholarship is intended as a contribution towards living expenses.

Please note: your Category-A scholarship is not sufficient to also support your partner or family, nor does its amount meet the minimum family visa requirement of most European countries.

Scholarship payments

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships are paid through the University of Amsterdam central financial administration at the end of each calendar month, usually on the 24th.

The mobility contribution for year 1 is paid after arrival in Amsterdam, usually together with the first scholarship payment.
The mobility contribution for year 2 is paid in August.

Any changes in the student's address and/or bank account details need to be communicated to the MISOCO programme manager before the 15th of the month. Changes after this date cannot be processed in time.

Due to university regulations, all scholarship holders are required obtain a Dutch social security number (BSN) before scholarship payments can be made. New students are informed in more detail before arrival in Amsterdam.

University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the more expensive cities in Europe. During your stay in Amsterdam you can expect to spend between € 850 and € 1,300 per month on living expenses.

A rough estimate of living costs is as follows:

  • Accommodation: € 375 - 550 per month
  • Living expenses: € 400 - 500 per month
  • Books: € 75 per month
  • Public transport: € 70 - 100 per month maximum (unless you live outside of Amsterdam)

Public transport in Amsterdam can be quite expensive, depending on how frequently you use it and the distances you travel. It will cost you around € 70 - 100 per month maximum, unless you live outside of Amsterdam.
The cheapest and easiest way to travel in Amsterdam is by bicycle. Prices of second-hand bikes vary from € 50 to € 200. A decent lock costs approximately € 50.

University of Deusto

You can expect to spend between € 700 and € 1000 per month on living expenses during your stay in Bilbao.
The UD website offers more information on expected costs for housing, transport, and food services.

University College Dublin

The cost of living in Dublin is quite high. While it very much depends on each student’s individual needs, you can expect to spend between € 1000 and € 1,400 per month on living expenses during your stay in Dublin.

The UCD website offers budget estimates for a few different scenarios, depending on your choice of housing.

University of Osnabrueck

You will need a minimum of about 700 Euro per month to cover the basic cost of living and studying in Osnabrück.
Approximate basic expenses:

  • books, copies, and other materials: 25 - 50 Euro per month
  • rent: 150 - 225 Euro per month
  • food: The student cafeterias (Mensa), run by the Studentenwerk Osnabrück, offer low-cost menus (each about 3 Euro a day). An additional 75 - 130 Euro per month for meals at home.
  • residence permit (usually valid for two years): as of 01 September 2011: approx. 100 Euro
  • housing deposit: Normally, you must pay a deposit for an apartment or room, which will be returned to you when you move out. Private rooms or apartments usually require a deposit of three months’ rent. Student dormitories require a deposit of 250 Euro for a room and 500 Euro for an apartment. Students in exchange programs must put down a deposit of 400 Euro.

Published by  MISOCO

23 July 2014