Submit the on-line application before March 16th



2nd cycle degree (300 ECTS) in architecture, landscape, civil engineering, archaeology, conservation science, cultural heritage or museum conservation


Applicants must have a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or correspondent


ALA Candidates have to meet VISA requirements for the three countries involved in the mobility (Italy, Greece and Portugal)

Admission Procedure

The ALA consortium has adopted a single admission procedure which will be administered and managed on line. All information for applicants and application forms will be published on the ALA website and connected sites at least 3 months before the application deadline. The deadline for submitting the application will be the 16th March 2020.

The application process consists of two steps:

1. First applicants will have to fill in and submit the application via the Online System reachable through a link on the ALA website. Applicants will fill out the on-line application form and indicate if they apply for Erasmus Scholarship and include required documents in pdf (relevant certificates and transcripts of previous studies, proof of relevant experience on the field, portfolio of relevant works for architects all translated in English).

2. Application will be processed by the ALA Consortium Committee. The selected candidates will have to send to the ALA Coordinating University in hard copy by post all required documents (in English). The Coordinating University will issue an acknowledgment of receipt.


ALA is a post-graduate course open to students from partner and programme countries with a second cycle degree (equivalent 300 ECTS) from the following fields: Architecture, Landscape, Civil Engineer, Archaeology, Conservation Science, Cultural Heritage, Museum Conservation.

A five years degree is mandatory to be recognized by the National Association of Architects and the enrolment in the Professional Register in the consortium countries and in the EU. Candidates who will obtain their degree at the end of the academic year preceding the one concerned by the scholarship application can nevertheless apply for a scholarship and be selected by the consortium, under the condition that they acquire the required degree prior to the beginning of the masters’ course edition.


ALA Candidates have to meet VISA requirements for the three countries involved in the mobility (Italy, Greece and Portugal).

Required Documents

Candidates have to provide the following documents:

  • Proof of nationality (passport copy with photo)
  • Original and translated copy of the University diploma and of transcript of study results
  • Curriculum vitae studiorum
  • Motivation Letter (maximum 1A4 page)
  • Letter of recommendation by two academic referees
  • For Architects Portfolio and for others PDF of their bachelor/master thesis
  • Proof of English language Certificate
  • Signed Declaration of fulfilment of eligibility criteria for an EM scholarship

Required Language

The Language of instruction is English.

Applicants are required to prove their knowledge on English at Proficiency Level submitting a Cambridge or Michigan Certificate or alternatively: IELTS Certificate (minimum score of 6.0 with at least 5.0 point in each section; TOEFL (IBT) 79 points with at least 17 points in every section: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Candidates from English speaking countries (or alternatively that had attended an English speaking University) must provide an official letter from their University from which they graduated, attesting that English is the media of instruction.


Participation Fees

Students involved in the ALA programme, if are not recipient of a scholarship, pay participation costs. Scholarship holders will have their participation costs paid via the EACEA grants allocated to the Consortium.

The participation costs will be different between students from Programme Countries and students from Partner Countries as follows: PROGRAMME COUNTRY STUDENTS: 2.250 EUR per semester / 4.500 EUR per year and PARTNER COUNTRY STUDENTS: 4.500 EUR per semester / 9.000 EUR per year. The costs cover:
  • Student Insurance for two years
  • University overheads
  • ALA workshops and field trips
  • Design studios
  • Pedagogical Material
  • Educational trips to archaeological areas
  • Course exams
  • Thesis examination
  • Library access
  • Administrative-Managerial expenditures
  • Publications of students’ work
  • Organization of conference to promote students’ work
  • Cost for issuing the diploma and the Diploma Supplement
  • Publicity and Dissemination of the course and the outcomes of students’ work
  • Organisation of online courses
Participation costs do not cover accommodation, living expenses, travel or visa costs.


The ALA Master has been awarded by EACEA a budget for a number of scholarships. The applicants with the admission requirements and the eligible nationality are encouraged to apply.

The ALA programme offers:

  • 16 scholarships in four intakes to students from programme countries. (Programme countries students are these who are nationals or residents of one of the 28 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK. And also those who are nationals or residents of one of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRoM).
  • 44 scholarships to students from partner countries (Partner countries students are these who are nationals or residents of neighbouring EU countries and specific Regions 5-14,

Furthermore, the programme offers:

  • 3 scholarships for ENI South Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine1, Syria2, Tunisia)
  • 3 scholarships for DCI Latin America (Brazil and Mexico)
  • 3 scholarships for Latin America - remaining countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela)

1 This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.
2 EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation.

Students with a double nationality must select the category of their choice and they have to apply only to one of the two categories of scholarship at a time.

  • Participation costs: 4,500 euros per year
  • Contribution to travel and installation costs: 1,000 EUR per year
  • Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 EUR per month for the entire duration of the ALA programme (24 months maximum). This will not be given to the scholarship holders for the ALA periods (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in the country of their residence.
  • Participation costs: 9,000 euros per year
  • Contribution to travel and installation costs: 2 000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1.000 EUR for installation costs for a resident in a Partner Country less than 4000 KM from the Università di Roma La Sapienza OR 3000 EUR per year for travel costs + 1.000 EUR for installation costs (once-only) for a resident in a Partner Country 4000 KM or more from the Università di Roma La Sapienza
  • Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 EUR per month for the entire duration of the ALA programme (24 months maximum). This will not be given to the scholarship holders for the ALA periods (study/research/placement/thesis preparation) spent in any Partner Country exceeding three months.
The place of residence will be verified on the basis of the provision of documents such as a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules or a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question. Both documents must have been issued within 6 months before the ALA official deadline for student selection. All students will sign a student / staff agreement before the start of the academic year, that will define the academic, research, financial and administrative modalities of their participation in the programme. Additionally, it will clearly states their rights and obligations during the programme and immediately upon its completion. The agreement will be signed in double copy (coordinator and grant holder copy).

Fee Waiver

The Consortium waiver of participation costs is offered to four selected excellent students per intake from the countries of the ALA Consortium Partners. NTUA will cover, from its own budget, the participation cost of its graduates, admitted to the course, who will not be scholarship holders. Any other expenses, such as accommodation, travel, installation, insurance and subsistence are not paid by the consortium.

Other Scholarships

More information on the Scheme and the participating financial institutions is available on the website of the European Commission: FURTHER INFORMATION Further information on scholarships for studying in Europe can be found at: An additional list of institutions that offer scholarships will be provided soon.

Selection Conditions

Selection Procedure

The applications will be pre-screened for formal requirements and only the complete applications will be assessed and shall be given over to the ALA Academic Committee for evaluation.

The selection procedure includes two stages:

1. Evaluation of the documents: motivation letter and curriculum (transcripts of studies, proof of relevant experience), for architects, landscape architects and engineers portfolio showing projects and drafting abilities. For archaeologists portfolio with excavation experiences, cataloguing work, analysis of sites, etc.);

2. Interview to the 40 best ranked preselected students (de visu or by videoconference).

Evaluation Criteria

The Evaluation Criteria will be made fully available to applicants on the website to ensure full transparency. The merits of the applicants will be weighted as follows:

Maximum evaluation is 100 points that will be counted as follows: up to 20 pts for final evaluation in previous degrees and proof of other technical specializations, up to 20 pts for working experience, up to 10 pts for publications, up to 20 pts for portfolio, up to 30 pts for interview. Special care will be taken in the student selection to avoid any discrimination. Applications will be considered solely on the basis of their academic merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other distinction. All partner Universities have support services to students with special needs that will be fully and freely available to ALA students to avoid any discrimination and ensure equal opportunities. At the end of the selection procedure will result a ranking list of admitted students in decreasing order of merit and according to the number of scholarships available. This list will be submitted to the Consortium Committee for approval of admitted students and of those which will benefit from an Erasmus Mundus Scholarships or any other available funding. In case of equal scores, priority will go to: disabled or economically disadvantaged applicants; gender balance; geographical distribution. The lists of selected and reserve candidates shall be approved by EACEA. Admitted students who do not qualify for a scholarship, due to the limited number of individual scholarships available, can be admitted to the ALA Master course on self-paying basis. Self-Paying candidates will have to provide adequate proof of financial sustainability for the whole course duration or they can apply for other scholarships.


The list with the approved and rejected students will be delivered to the administrative office of the Coordinating University which will start the admission procedure.

All applicants shall receive written communication of the decision of the Consortium Committee. It will be in a form of Notification Letter explaining the grounds of accepting or rejecting the application as well with information on the appeal procedure. Applicants on the reserve list will also be notified. The notification of acceptance for the selected candidates will include:
  • The official letter of approval;
  • A model of the Student agreement;
  • Student handbook with practical information on the EMMC.
The notification of acceptance will contain a deadline by which all students should be registered sending all required documentation. If this deadline is not met it will be offered to other students from the reserve list, according to their ranking. An additional deadline for completing the registration process will be established.

Appeal System

All scholarship holders will be given direct access to the information regarding the applications’ assessment and evaluation phases.

All rejected candidates will be given sufficient time (7 days) to present appeal before the final selection is approved.

Online Application

Application Procedure


November 2019


Application call opening for EACEA scholarships


March 2020

(23:59 CET)

Deadline for submission.


March 2020




April 2020


EACEA scholarship candidates final list


May 2020

 (23:59 CET)

EACEA Scholarships acceptance


MAY 2020

Deadline for candidates of the reserve list to be admitted



Deadline for Self-paying student




(registration required)


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