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.
- To cope with the Participation Costs all MER+ EMJMD students pay an annual registration fee (i.e. Partner Country students 9000 € and Programme Country students 4500 €) to the ECT Secretariat.
- Participation costs are estimated based on the dependence of the number of students hosted every year. For each individual student participation cost to the MER+ EMJMD 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 is registered at the university where they are residing on a semester basis. Participation costs at each university cover tuition fees as well as costs for obligatory programme related extras such as excursions, practical courses and field work. They also cover insurance coverage and include free access to libraries, labs, or internet inside the Consortium Universities (UPV/EHU, ULiège, UBx or Soton) 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) are also covered. Participation costs to the yearly Vivas are also partially covered.
- As these are not included as a part of the Participation Costs, the expenses resulting from travelling and accommodation to follow the compulsorily mobility scheme of the programme will be at students’ own responsibility. However, the MER Consortium will do special efforts to support students’ applications for official fellowships and mobility grants for this purpose.
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.