4CITIES is an international, interdisciplinary, immersive master programme in urban studies. Supported by Erasmus Mundus, its perspective is European while its context is global. Students learn to see the city, to hear it, to understand it, to engage it, and to choose their role in shaping it.
In our urban age, with the majority of the world population living in cities or urban regions, there is a clear need for research and education that investigates these sociospatial dynamics and the complex entities called cities from interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition to analytical education, there is also a strong need for more applied research in and on cities in order to inform urban policy and development strategies, and to prepare students for urban labor markets. In the European context, the percentage of the population living in urban areas is even higher than the global average, typically 70-90%.
At the same time, there are strong differences between cities and urban regions within Europe due to different local histories, national contexts, relations between state and society, relations between the urban region and its hinterland, etc. 4CITIES recognizes the need to provide comprehensive and comparative knowledge of European cities within different welfare state systems in a globalising world, underpinned by the interdisciplinarity and mix of analysis and action characteristic of the field of urban studies. The strength of this masters program results from the integration of theoretical skills typical for the (social-)sciences with applied fieldwork and visits. Cities are complex adaptive systems whose problems tend to be “wicked” and nonlinear, and the need for interdisciplinary knowledge and skills is great.
You are eligible for 4CITIES if you have at least a 180 ECTS academic bachelor degree or its equivalent in geography, planning, architecture, history, criminology, political science, sociology, demography, media & communication studies, cultural studies, or a similar discipline. Admission to 4CITIES will be based on equivalence of diploma, i.e. the diploma must be equal to at least a 180 ECTS bachelor degree (three years of full-time studies). Students with a background in engineering are also welcome to apply but must explicitly mention in their motivation letter how their former studies prepared them for 4CITIES.
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EMJMD scholarships are good for two years (maximum 24 months) and provide the following:
full coverage of all participation fees
- 9000 EUR per academic year
- 1000 EUR per month for max 24 months
travel & installation costs:
- 2000 EUR per year plus one-time 1000 EUR for installation costs for nationals whose main residence is less than 4000 km from the EMMC coordinating HEI (Brussels)
- 3000 EUR per year plus one-time 1000 EUR for installation costs for Partner Country nationals whose main residence is located more than 4000 km from the EMMC coordinating HEI (Brussels)
- A contribution to installation costs is an incentive to help covering the additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc. as well as the temporary accommodation needs upon arrival in the first Program Country hosting HEI.
STEP 01: register for the online application module. You will receive a link to the module via the email address you register with. Once you’ve received it, click the link and begin the application process. IMPORTANT: read through the entire online application module as soon as you register, as it contains updated information not available on the website.
STEP 02: complete the online application module before the application deadline, including uploading all required documents. This is the most time-consuming part of the process. Make sure you leave plenty of time for gathering and preparing all required documents. We strongly advise you to start this process well in advance of the application window, particularly in regards to the English language proficiency requirement. You can save your progress and come back to the online application module as often as you like.
Required documents include:
- Diploma from previous studies (PDF)
- Marks list from previous studies (PDF)
- Motivation letter (PDF)
- Curriculum vitae (PDF)
- 2 Recommendation letters (PDF)
- Proof of English language proficiency (PDF)
- Proof of relevant activities over the past 5 years (PDF)
- Valid passport (PDF)
- Passport-style photograph (JPG)
- Residence certificate (PDF) (only necessary for EMJMD scholarship applicants)
Note on languages: 4CITIES is an English language program. However, the diploma and marks list will be accepted in English, Dutch, French, or German. If either the official diploma or official marks list is in another language, then two versions must be submitted: the original and a certified translation into English, Dutch, French, or German. Recommendation letters and description of activities must be submitted in English. Other required documents may be submitted in their original language.