Frequently Asked Questions

You can find a list of our most frequently-asked questions here (opens as pdf – some of this is specific only to 2020 entry which was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic), and below.
You can also find lots of information throughout the website and can contact us at

The newly expanded 7-track GLOCAL attracted a record number of applications in 2020, from applicants of varied backgrounds in countries all over the world.

Below are the undergraduate degrees of the 2020 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship winners.

Bachelor in International Relations, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
BA Management and Business Administration, LCC International University, Lithuania
BA Political Science, St Petersburg State University, Russia
BA International Relations, University of Erfurt, Germany
BSc Politics and Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Bachelor in Social Communications, Anhanguera University – Uniderp, Brazil
BSc Banking and Finance, University of Calabar, Nigeria
BA International Relations, Turan University, Kazakhstan
BA Philosophy, University of Delhi, India
Bachelor in International Relations, Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (Unitec), Honduras
Bachelor of Arts, Westminster College, USA
BA Political Studies, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon
BA Business Administration, National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan
BSc Business and Management, University of London, UK
BA Humanities, Azim Premji University, India
Bachelor in Economics, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Bachelor in History, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, Russia
BSc in Business, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
BA International Studies, Macalester College, USA
BA Corporate Management & Economics, Zeppelin University, Germany
BA Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BSc Economics and Management, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Bachelor in Oriental and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia


See the University of Glasgow information on its requirements regarding English tests, here.

Your references form a significant part of your application and it is important that they are submitted according to the required criteria.  

GLOCAL applications require two supporting reference letters on official headed paper. These should typically be academic references but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead.

References should be dated within the last 12 months, written on official letter headed paper and must include the referee’s signature or official stamp.  Unofficial references will not be accepted.

If your referee prefers their reference to remain confidential, they can email the reference to provided the email is from your referee’s professional email account and contains their full employee name and address.

We will not accept references sent from personal email addresses or via a third party.

If you’re an international applicant, you are exempt from the visa English language requirement ONLY if:

  • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UKVI; or
  • you  hold a degree from a UKVI-approved majority English-speaking country.

All other international students must provide proof of English proficiency at the required level. See the University website for full information:


There are no quotas on study tracks, though we do try to ensure a balance across the tracks and that each of them is viable in terms of meeting minimum numbers.  These minima are set by each University and may change each year.
The first and most important criterion is quality of application.  Only then will we think about distribution across the study tracks.  In exceptional cases,  and after consideration of the details of the application, we may offer a scholarship on a study track different to the one identified by the applicant.

Please see our How to Apply page and our Step-by-Step Application Guide.

Please note that we cannot accept any applications by email, nor can we accept any application documents via email. All applications and all supporting documents must be submitted via the University of Glasgow’s online application portal.

There are two parts to how your application for GLOCAL is handled.

a. Your application for entry onto the programme is handled by the University of Glasgow’s Admissions office. The Admissions office will examine your application and decide whether to make an offer of entry to the programme.

b. Your application for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship is handled separately, by the GLOCAL Consortium partners. All applications which are deemed by the University of Glasgow’s Admissions Office to have met the requirements to be awarded a conditional or unconditional offer of entry to the programme are reviewed and scored by GLOCAL staff at University of Glasgow and at the Consortium partner universities, according to the published selection criteria. This is a very thorough process in which all applications are scored by two academic members of staff in a first round of reviews, followed by the top scoring applicants being reviewed by all seven GLOCAL partner institutions and discussed at a final scholarship selection meeting. This results in a ranked list, from which the Erasmus Mundus scholarships are awarded.

Please note that no scholarship application results will be released until the official results release date specified in the selection timeline here and we are unable to provide detailed feedback or ranking positions.

You make your application to both the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship as one application through the University of Glasgow’s online application system. You do not have to make separate applications for the programme and the scholarship.

No, you do not need to make separate applications. You make your application to both the programme and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship as one application through the University of Glasgow’s online application system.

The GLOCAL programme is open to a large variety of academic backgrounds.

Acceptable Academic Backgrounds

You should read this information carefully before deciding to apply. It is then up to you to make the case in the Personal Statement section of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application form that your knowledge and experience fit with what we do.