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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How can I apply?

The application for EMJMD STEPS has to be made online through the master's course website:

See the "Student application procedure" for further details.

If you have any question or problem please email:

Is there a deadline for applications?

Yes, the application deadline usually runs from October 1st until December 31st.

Can both European and non-European students apply for the STEPS Master's Programme?


Can students apply for EMJMD STEPS through the European Commission?

No. The only way to apply for the Programme or the scholarships is through the online application process indicated on the STEPS Programme webpage.

I have not graduated yet, can I still apply?

Yes. Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and can, if considered qualified, receive a conditional offer. If this applies to you, you should include a written statement from the degree administration's office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled on the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date. If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to the Admission's Office before enrolment at the latest.

Deadlines to get the Degree are:

  • For non-EU students: April 30th
  • For EU students: June 30th

What are the selection criteria?

The selection process is based on a total evaluation of the following: University Grade Point Average, course work related to the programme, motivation letters, working experience, references and educational background. You may be called for a telephone interview as a supplement.

When and how will I know if I have been admitted to STEPS and if I have been granted a scholarship?

You will receive a notification of acceptance with or without scholarship by the end of March.

Is there a specific format for the C.V., letters of reference, etc?

Europass is the format for the candidates´ CV. As regards the reference letters, there is no specific format.

Please note that the reference letters must be signed, otherwise they will not be considered in the selection process.

I would like to apply for the STEPS programme as well as other programmes that are offered at the Department of Engineering of the University of Oviedo. Can I apply for all of them?

You are able to apply for the programmes offered by the University of Oviedo during the regular Master application period. Please note that STEPS is an Erasmus Mundus programme with its specific admission requirements, application procedure and application deadline. For other programmes of the University of Oviedo, refer to their websites and follow their instructions.

I have previously taken part in an EM master's programme and have been awarded a scholarship. Can I still apply for STEPS?

You may apply, however you are not eligible for an EM scholarship since:

"Individuals who have already benefited from an EM master's programme scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another master's programme".

Does the programme cover fields like impact of renewable energy on electrical system, grid integration of renewable energy sources?

Yes, there are many courses focused on these important aspects, particularly:

  • FACTS and Distributed Generation (Renewable Generation Technologies): 5 ECTS
  • Renewable Generation Technologies and Control: 5 ECTS
  • Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy: 2,5 ECTS
  • Smartgrids and Microgrids: 6 ECTS
  • Power Systems for electrical transportation: 4,5 ECTS

Is an ID card an acceptable ID document instead of the passport?

Although an ID card for EU students is acceptable, we would prefer all applicants to get a passport.

I have a TOEFL degree with a sufficient score that is 3 years old. Can I submit this to prove my proficiency in English or do I have to take a test for this exam again.

  • International students attending the EMJMD STEPS Programme and whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate grade/score in an approved examination in English language equivalent to level B2 before they can register on an academic programme. The following are recognised English Language qualifications by the EMJMD STEPS for this course.
  • The Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): This is available world-wide through British Council Centres and we would request a score of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each element.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT with at least 79 point and at least 17 points in the writing section, 17 points in the listening section, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with at least 55 and no less than 51 in each element.

Any English test will need to have been taken within 2 years of registration onto the course.

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve in one of the countries on the UKBA list of countries will automatically receive and English language waiver. More information about English language requirements and equivalences can be found here or contact

I have all my required documents ready except my TOEFL scores. Can I submit my TOEFL score after the deadline?

English certificates will be admitted until April 30th.

I would like to ask about the length of the motivation letter. Is it compulsory to respect the 250 words limit? Can I exceed from the word limit?

It is compulsory to keep the 250-word limit for the motivation letter. We are aware that this could be a brief space for expressing everything, but the ability to express oneself short and concise is one of the aspects we are looking for.

Is it necessary to translate the documents?

If the supporting (official) documents, certificates or letters have been issued in a language other than English, you should enclose the corresponding legalized or sworn translation.

Should I legalize my BC degree?

At the moment of application for the STEPS Programme it is not necessary to legalize the BC. Once concluded the selection process and if you result admitted, your BC will have to be legalized.

New admission period self-financing students

In order to facilitate access to students who were not able to process their applications in the first phase of the selection process for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), The University of Oviedo has announced a new admission period aimed at 8 self-financing students

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