Two student populations are distinguished (see below).

  • Programme Country students are from the 27 EU Member States, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
  • Partner Country students are from any other country, provided they are not currently residents of these eligible countries (above), nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.

Participation costs

Participation costs have been calculated based on the known costs of postgraduate studies that the Universities in the consortium have monitored in the past years. They are estimated based on the dependence of the number of students hosted every year.

The differences between Programme and Partner Country students’ costs are due to the costs of maintaining an international office, assistance with visas, assistance with accommodation, insurance services and other related administrative costs needed for Partner Country applicants.


All MER+ EMJMD students pay an annual fee (i.e. Partner Country students 9000 € and Programme Country students 4500 €) to the MER Secretariat.

For each individual student participation cost to the MER+ are divided into costs related to registration at each university, costs related to the organisation of joint programme elements and services provided by the MER Consortium. Each student will be registered at the university where they are residing on a semester basis. Participation costs at each university will also cover costs for obligatory programme related extras such as excursions, practical courses and field work. Registration fees cover tuition fees and insurance coverage – and include free access to libraries, labs, or internet inside the Consortium Universities (UPV/EHU, SOTON, UBx, or ULiège) or Associates through which the study programme is completed. Additional costs due to special activities (i.e., boarding in oceanographic vessels, accommodation during the RiMER course in the SS Aquarium) are also covered. Participation costs to the yearly Vivas will be also partially covered.

Costs of travelling and accommodation, which must be compulsorily achieved after student mobility (SM) within the MER consortium, will be at students’ own responsibility. However, MER consortium will do special efforts to achieve funding for this purpose, as well as to support students’ applications for official fellowships.


Partial waivers are admitted for both Third-Country and European students, provided they are not funded by Mundus, based upon socio-economic criteria. Waivers are automatic for European grantees, from an institution recognized by the Partner Universities. The JPB only has the right to waive the fees.

A European student will not pay less than at one of the Partner Universities.