How to become the next GLOCAL: tips for the application

This article was written by  and originally appeared on the student-ran GLOCAL Experience blog. You can view the original article here, and make sure to keep up-to-date with the GLOCAL Experience for a greater insight into life as a GLOCAL student


When I received the fifth message this week on my social media from the upcoming students asking for tips on applying to GLOCAL, I realised there is a need to sum up the main points as an article for our blog.

So, if you are you thinking of applying to the GLOCAL programme this year and still not sure how to prepare your application documents, you might find these tips helpful!

Happy GLOCAL II cohort in Glasgow after finishing a tough day of group presentation
Photo credits: Mint (Sirada)

1. Read the description of the programme carefully and spend your time researching the programme before applying

By investing your time in the previous research of the programme’s profile, you will kill two birds with one stone. First and foremost, you will have the higher to choose the right programme, which suits your professional and personal interests better.  “Remember, this is a big two-year commitment and you need to make sure it is right for you. This will lower the risk of disappointment and help you understand what you are signing up to.

On the other hand, with proper investigation of the programme you can understand the focus of the programme better. Naturally, when the consortium reads the applications, with a higher probability they will choose those applicants, whose interests coincide with what the programme offers. Look through the list of core subjects, available electives, and its description at all the universities from your preferred pathway. Pay attention to the coordinating departments and profile of the professors at the universities from your pathway. For example, in Barcelona, the department of economics and entrepreneurship co-governs the programme with a particular focus on the different aspects of business management and development (emerging industries, family business, etc.), while in Gottingen many professors specialize in the business history or developmental economics.

2. Try to connect to alumni or current students

In many countries, Erasmus Mundus has an alumni network, supported by the national Erasmus office/EU Delegation. When you’re seeking a piece of advice or not sure, which programme to apply, you might contact alumni. We are insiders and know all the strengths and weaknesses of the programme. Bear in mind that feedback might be subjective, because it is based on personal experience, and it might differ substantially from person to person.

If you decided to contact somebody from previous cohorts, try to formulate your questions precisely. Sometimes I receive either very general questions or too oriented on what I personally put in my cover letter. In such cases I feel, my answer won’t be that useful for a person, because it depends on a personal profile, professional interests, and his or her previous background.

3. Start with your application earlier

Try not to postpone your application until the deadline. Many people apply on the last day, which may cause some technical issues with the website. With the earlier application, you will have more time to double-check the application package, pass your language test, work on your essays and request a reference letter from your professors.

4. Pay attention to the motivational letter

It’s the only one document, where you can actually ‘talk’ to the consortium, explain your motivation and link your experience and career plans to the programme goals. Usually, each programme posts its requirements to the personal statements. For example, on the official GLOCAL website, there are hints and tips on how to apply for the programme. Pay attention to include the mentioned points in your motivational letter. For example, a specific inquiry, posted on the official web-site, is to indicate a potential direction for your thesis. Other general recommendations, I would like to give are:

  • Be precise in your personal statement and smartly use your world limit. There are a plethora of strong applications and the number is growing every year. Thus, you need to put some effort into making your application outstanding.
  • Connect your previous academic and professional experience to the programme’s scope and show how the experience of being GLOCAL will fill the gaps, thus, will facilitate your future career advancement.
  • Make sure your letter is well structured, your argumentation line is well explained and easy to follow.
  • Mention your previous extracurricular activities, such as volunteering and participation in the (international) conferences and projects. Try to link it to the GLOCAL topics, if possible.
  • Try to write in correct English. If you are not a native speaker, proofreading from friends, grammar check from the MS Office or ‘Grammarly’ application might be really helpful.

 5. Double-check and proofread

I didn’t ask for proofreading my GLOCAL application, however, I acknowledge how valuable external feedback might be for improving clarity and cohesiveness of your personal statement. Sometimes, we have been working on our written texts for a long time and convinced that some statements are explained clearly, however, it might not be a case for another person reading your application. External reader can give you hints on where you need to elaborate your thoughts and where you duplicate yourself.

Do your best for the application and, hopefully, you will be a part of our GLOCAL family next year! Good luck with your application!

P.S. A kind reminder: the next deadline for applying is 10th January 2020.

Written by Iryna Bakhcheva


GLOCAL Summer School - Working with Local Civil Society

This article was written by GLOCAL Student Anna Dodd and originally appeared on the student-ran GLOCAL Experience blog. You can view the original article here, and make sure to keep up-to-date with the GLOCAL Experience for a greater insight into life as a GLOCAL student

Engaging with a dynamic panel of guests directly involved in the Velvet Revolution, listening to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra play an explosive rendition of Ode to Joy from the banks of the river Vltava, wandering through the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art situated in the Holešovice district of Prague… These were just some of the highlights of the intensive, week-long summer school hosted by Charles University, entitled “Twelve Centuries of Creativity: Arts, Business and Civil Society in Prague.”

It’s hard to say which experience from the program was most fulfilling, but we would be remiss not to speak to the incredible opportunity to work directly with local civil society in the Czech Republic.

As part of the curriculum, students were assigned to eight different NGOs in the Czech Republic, and were then tasked with solving a specific issue with the organization. Below, we highlight these projects in more detail.


Amnesty International Czech Republic

Project goal: To develop a new communications strategy that would make volunteering for human rights organization Amnesty International more attractive.

Team members: Fudongmeng, Evelina, Isabel, Alejandra, Annamarie, Mariam, Tabassum, Junyu, May.


Frank Bold

Project goal: Develop a communication and marketing campaign that will help publicize the “community energy” topic among constituents and municipal representatives and motivate mayors to build municipal community energy projects.

Team members: Natasha, Gabriela, Marie, Ling, Llnjie, Nicolas, Manuel, Maryam, Elias, Hideki.


Sue Ryder

Project goal: To create a campaign that will help engage existing and new club members and donors in the institute’s programs and events.

Team members: Bruna, Jose, Alina, Vadim, Mariana, Shams, Melanie, Weizheng.


Pro Pamatky

Project goal: To create a campaign that will help engage existing and new club members and donors in the institute’s programs and events.

Team members: Bruna, Jose, Alina, Vadim, Mariana, Shams, Melanie, Weizheng.


Birdlife

Project goal: To build awareness and engagement in bird parks throughout the Czech Republic.

Team members: Carolina, Nika, Liia, Nguyen Anh, Merle, Sophie, Yongji.


Prague Sounds

Project goal: To develop campaign to promote the festival as a significant cultural event in Prague taking into consideration its recent rebranding efforts.

Team members: Turana, Ana Paola, Harri, Chia Li, Anca, Madhusudanan, Nuria, Chaand, Giullianna, Yichao.


DOX Theatre

Project goal: To create a campaign that will help publicize the work of Dox Center’s residential theatre company Farm in the Cave and specifically their latest artistic / educational project Commander abroad to international audiences.

Team members: Jonathan, Wenzhuo, Teona, Navya, Irina.


DOX Museum

Project goal: To create a campaign that will help publicize the mission and unique spaces and projects of DOX Center to international audiences using art and tourist communication platforms.

Team members: Rhaisa, Yan Yin, Omoyeme, Tilla, Denggaofeng, Anika, Eunseo, Franziska, Lukas, Carlos.



GLOCAL 2023-2025 intake applications - now open!

We’re pleased to announce that applications to our seventh GLOCAL cohort (2023-2025), beginning in September 2023, are now open.

The deadline for scholarship applications and all applications to Track D for entry in September 2023 is Friday 6th January 2023. The deadline for self-funded applications to all other tracks is 26th July 2023 for EU/International students and 31st August 2023 for UK students.

All applications must be submitted through the University of Glasgow’s online application system here.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application form – 2023 entry (please note that Scholarship Applications for 2023 close on 6th January 2023)

To find out more about the application process you can read our step-by-step application guide below and visit our How to Apply page here

If you have any questions, please email socpol-glocal@glasgow.ac.uk.