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Studying and Living in Europe by Souliphone Dalavong

You are going to explore everything aboutStudying and Living in Europe that was shared by Souliphone Dalavong on our Coffee Hour Knowledge Exchange Session in this blog. We regularly hold knowledge exchange sessions as public to be accessible for all the youths around the world.This knowledge exchange session was held on 29th July, 2022 (Friday) 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM JST. Please read till the end to understand the culture of our knowledge exchange session and learn more about

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1. Speaker’s profile - Souliphone Dalavong

Souliphone Dalavong, or Lanoy, has recently obtained her master’s degree in Development Studies and Foresight, specialization in Global Development Policy, under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Program, which was conducted in 3 different universities, namely, Palacky University Olomouc (Czech Republic), Clermont Auvergne University (France), and University of Pavia (Italy).

Apart from that, Lanoy has participated in many programs regarding environmental issues, climate change, and sustainable developments in ASEAN region and other countries. Personally, she has a great passion for art. She has been drawing and painting as her main hobby. She was a former marketing intern at Openfor.Co.

2. About the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) program

The EMJMD program is an international program, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. Both graduate students from EU countries and outside the EU can apply for the EMJMD scholarship program.

The program provides -

  • Up to € 4,500 per year for the students from the EU countries and

  • Up to € 9,000 per year for the students from other partner countries

  • Travel costs € 1,000 - 3,000 per year depending on the residence

  • Additional € 1,000 for installation costs if the residence is in a Partner country

  • Subsistence of € 1,000 per month (maximum 24 months).

You can go check out the details of the Program and the requirements for scholarship on the following website.

3. The Master’s Degree Program Details (Global Development Policy)

  • Palacky University Olomouc (Czech Republic)

-In the first semester, the main area of the course will be the balanced overview of development issues from various disciplinary perspectives.(eg. SDGs, research methods,...)

  • University of Clermont Auvergne (French)

-In the second semester, the courses focus mainly on the quantitative and economic background.

  • University of Pavia (Italy)

-In the third semester, the main course is economic management and corporation, in addition, food economic and agriculture development.

4. The experiences and challenges of living in different countries

Students holding a student visa in a European country are allowed to travel to any country in the European Union. What a great opportunity! Hence, she got a chance to travel to France, Italy, Spain, Netherland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Hungary and many more. Without even mentioning it, we can imagine how wonderful those experiences would be. That is the super benefit of studying in Europe. As we already know about how traveling benefits us, she mentioned some challenges which are

-It’s important that we are mentally stable to move to different places and adapt to different cultures.

-Communicating with different people without knowing their local language is a kind of challenge.

5. Tips and Tricks for applying scholarship

  1. Do research.

  2. Check the details of the program on the website.

  3. Be aware of the deadline and requirements for each intake.

  4. Be prepared for an English proficiency certificate, a good resume, motivation letter and a strong recommendation letter.

  5. Know your purpose and make sure it matches the program.

  6. Be confident & believe in yourself!

  7. Dare to try and don’t be afraid of failure!

We also got asked the following questions in Q & A session.

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  1. What things do you recommend for us to become a qualified applicant?

  2. Do you need to be able to speak the local language to apply for the program?

  3. Is there any bond that you have to come back to your country after the program?

  4. What are the challenges of moving and staying in different countries every semester?

  5. Are students allowed to do part time jobs while studying there?

  6. How did you keep a balance for studying and traveling?

  7. How did you do your thesis?

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