The AFEPA programme offers two degree options. These two options have implications for university tuition fees and Erasmus Plus mobility scholarships.
The Double Degree Option
Under this degree option AFEPA students obtain the joint certificate entitled European Master in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis and two official Master’s degrees, the first Master’s degree from their first-year main partner university and the second Master’s degree from their second-year main partner university from which they have earned their required 120 ECTS credits.
In that case, AFEPA students start to earn their first 60 ECTS credits during their first academic year at any of the four main partner universities and then continue to earn their additional 60 ECTS credits during their second academic year at any of the three universitieis they did not select during their first year. In addition, students can add a shorter study period at any of the associated partner universities and integrate the credits earned into the 60 ECTS credits of their second year in the programme.
Earning 60 ECTS credits in each of the two AFEPA main partner universities is the general rule to obtain the official Master’s degree from each of the two main partner universities. However, derogation to this general rule can be granted on a student-by-student basis for academic reasons, notably if students wish to participate in a short term mobility period at an associated partner university during their second academic year and if credits earned during that mobility period are to be integrated into the 120 ECTS credit total.
In that case, students opting for the double degree have to pay the respective university tuition fees, first, at their first-year main partner university and, second, at their second-year main partner university. They may incur small administrative fees at their first-year main partner university and at their associated partner university while registered at their second-year main partner university. They can also request an Erasmus Plus scholarship for mobility at their second-year European university
The Single Degree Option
Under this degree option AFEPA students obtain the joint certificate entitled European Master in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis and the official Master’s degree of their first-year main partner university.
In that case, the mobility of the AFEPA students described in the previous section on the double degree option is the same in terms of attending courses at and earning 60 ECTS credits from their partner or associated partner universities.
In that case, students opting for the single degree have to pay the university tuition fees for both academic years at their first-year university. They can also requested an Erasmus Plus scholarship at their first-year university for mobility at their second-year European university.
The following table lists the titles of the Master’s degree conferred by each main partner university.
The Diploma is fully based on the ECTS system and accompanied by an annex that lists all the courses and the thesis’s title along with the credit points earned and the grades received. The accompanying diploma supplement contains more general information on the language of instruction, the institutions delivering the courses, the examination procedures and all other relevant details such as the ECTS system.
An example of the diploma supplement for a student who went to SLU and UCLouvain is available under this link.
The graduation ceremony is organized at the end of the summer school for the AFEPA programme but also by the respective second year university in accordance with the rules of that university.
An example of the certificate delivered during the graduation ceremony is available under this link.