Admission & applying

Academic requirements

SINReM is particularly suited for (but not limited to): bioscience engineers, biotechnology scientists, chemical engineers, chemists, environmental scientists and engineers, geologists, geophysicists, mining engineers, mineralogists, materials scientists, metallurgists and process engineers.

To be admitted to the SINReM programme, you need to:

  1. hold a Bachelor degree (equivalent to at 180 ECTS) in a discipline closely related to the SINReM scope (see above for examples);*
  2. have a strong background in science (equivalent to at least 15 ECTS in mathematics and/or physics and 10 ECTS in chemistry);*
  3. have completed your previous degree(s) with very good or excellent grades (typically top 30% of the students);
  4. submit a convincing motivation letter with your application, which shows that the SINReM scope matches your previous education and future goals;
  5. fulfil the English language requirements listed below.

* If you do not fully meet criteria 1 and 2, you may still be admitted if you have excellent grades (typically top 10% of the students) in your previous degree(s). Please note that in this case you will have to invest more time within the first year to catch up with fundamentals of science and engineering.

Academic admission (and Letter of Admission) is given by the SINReM Selection Committee, based upon the strength of the academic profile and motivation. The full application procedure needs to be completed in order to be granted admission.

All students participating in the SINReM programme will need to sign the Student Agreement prior to the start of the programme.

English Language requirements

Accepted English language test certificates (the certificate cannot be older than 5 years):

  • TOEFL iBT (at least total score of 86 out of 120)
  • TOEFL pBT (at least total score of 570)
  • Academic IELTS (overall band score of at least 6.5 with at least 6 for writing)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

Only nationals of all EU and EEA countries, Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe are exempt to provide an English language test certificate listed above and can provide a stamped and signed certificate of English proficiency issued by their home university if they have obtained at least 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction during a previous bachelor of master level higher education degree.

How to apply

Deadlines

Applications for the SINReM intake September 2022 will open on 15th October 2021.

The deadline to apply for the SINReM programme with an Erasmus Mundus scholarship is 28 February 2022.

The deadline for EEA* + Swiss students to apply for the SINReM programme on own financial means or with an AVSA scholarship is 31 May 2022.

*European Economic Area

Process

Read this Manual well and follow its instructions.

In the application portal, you will need to upload a scan (PDF file) of your diploma (or certificate of enrolment if you are not yet graduated), transcript of records, passport, motivation letter, CV and two reference letters. All documents need to be in English.

Applicants need to legalise their diploma and transcript of records. Only selected applicants will be required to send scans their legalized documents within 15 days after the announcement of the selection outcome in April 2022. Please make sure your diploma and transcript of records are legalised before the selection result.
We do not review eligibility, transcripts, diplomas or credentials via e-mail, so please ensure to apply via the online application portal.

Apply here

Find out if you are eligible to apply for the academic admission and/or a scholarship for the SINReM programme. Complete the questions below and get access to the Application Portal.

I have a certificate of one of the listed English language tests.

I have a certificate of one of the listed English language tests:

  • TOEFL iBT (at least total score of 86 out of 120)
  • TOEFL pBT (at least total score of 570)
  • Academic IELTS (overall band score of at least 6.5 with at least 6 for writing)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

or I am a national of one of the listed countries and I have an official certificate stating that I have obtained at least 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction during my previous bachelor or master degree:

All EU and EEA countries, Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

YES
NO

I have obtained the equivalent of at least 10 ECTS credits.

I have obtained the equivalent of at least 10 ECTS credits (300 hours of work) in chemistry and at least 15 ECTS credits (450 hours of work) in a combination of mathematics and physics during my previous bachelor or master studies at a university.

YES
NO

I have a bachelor degree in one of the listed fields.

I have a bachelor degree in bioscience engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences and engineering, geology, geophysics, mining engineering, mineralogy, materials sciences, metallurgy or process engineering, or another degree that shows affinity with any aspect of the (minerals and metal) raw materials value chain. Degrees in natural resources management (forestry, wildlife, bio-conservation, …) are not suited for the SINReM programme.

YES
NO

I obtained very good or excellent grades.

I obtained very good or excellent grades (typically top 30% of the students cohort) during my previous bachelor degree.

YES
NO

I will be officially graduated by 28th February 2022.

I will be officially graduated and I will be able to show my final diploma of my previous bachelor degree by the deadline of 28 February 2022.

YES
NO

You will be considered for an Erasmus Mundus or AVSA scholarship and for academic admission to the SINReM programme. ​

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You will be considered for an AVSA scholarship and academic admission to the SINReM programme but you are not eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

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You will not be considered for a scholarship nor will you be granted academic admission to the SINReM programme.

Information about the legalisation of your diploma

Please legalise your diploma according to the correct legalisation method for your country. You will be required to send us your legalised diploma and transcripts (original legalisation seal on a copy of your English diploma) within 15 days after your selection. Make sure your diploma and transcripts are legalised before we request them.

Applicants that have not yet graduated may send us an English, unlegalised “certificate of enrolment” with their expected graduation date, signed and stamped by a university official (registrar’s office or student services).

Admission and scholarship selection

To award scholarships and academic admission to the SINReM programme, all submitted application files will be reviewed by the SINReM Student Selection Commiteee, with representatives from all partner universities. Admission and scholarships are awarded based on meeting the academic and language requirements, and motivation.

To set up the scholarship ranking, the Student Selection Committee takes into account not only previous achievements, motivation (including entrepreneurial spirit) and references, but also the scientific background of the applicants, as the SINReM programme aims to work on multidisciplinary projects with a diversity of students having different backgrounds.

Applicants who are selected for admission and/or a scholarship for the SINReM intake September 2022, will be notified by e-mail in April 2022.

All students participating in the SINReM programme will need to sign the Student Agreement prior to the start of the programme.

Feedback and appeal

Each year, more than 500 application files are submitted for the SINReM programme. The admission criteria are clearly listed on this website and no exceptions are made. Every year, only 25-30 scholarships can be awarded so scholarship application is very competitive.

The Student Selection Committee with representatives of all participating universities screens all files and award the scholarships based on objective criteria.

If you would not agree with the outcome of the Student Selection Committee, an appeal can be filed to [email protected].  The decision of the Committee will not be changed unless the applicant can prove that the Committee made an objective mistake during evaluating the candidate.