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Student handbook

Welcome to GloFor – the MSc programme that gives you direct access to the best European universities within forestry teaching and research in low and middle-income countries. Our aim is to make your participation in GloFor academically rewarding as well as enjoyable and culturally enriching.

All students have a lot of academic and practical questions when starting a new programme or when moving to a new country and a new academic institution – as all GloFor students will do in both the first and the second year of studies. This handbook is intended to provide you with an overview of the GloFor programme, including practical details related to issues on academic calendars, student services, contact persons, and accommodation. It also provides details on economic issues like expected location-specific costs per year.

This handbook should thus help you to get the most out of your GloFor studies by providing information on all academic and practical aspects of the programme. It also informs you on sources of further information.

Be aware that each GloFor partner institution publishes general International Student Handbooks that we encourage you to read. The present handbook is focused on general GloFor issues and does not replace existing university-specific handbooks.

Please note that this handbook contains a number of links that bring you directly to more specific information. Never hesitate to contact the GloFor Secretariat at glofor@ifro.ku.dk with suggestions on how to improve this handbook. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

The GloFor MSc Programme

Background and aims

Deforestation and forest degradation account for 15-20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, contribute massively to the global loss of biodiversity, and undermine the livelihoods of millions who depend heavily on forests and the uncultivated environment. These processes predominantly occur in middle and low-income countries in the Global South. However, the causes of deforestation and forest degradation are complex and linked to climate change, poverty and profit-driven agricultural expansion, unsustainable logging, unjust distributions of forest and land rights, and the lack of effective mechanisms to conserve nature without undermining rural livelihoods. On the other hand, forest resources hold great potential. Indeed, a global transformation towards an equitable and green economy will not be possible unless forests in medium and low-income counties come under sustainable forms of utilisation and protection.

Global Forestry (GloFor) is a world-class two-year Master’s programme aimed at producing graduates capable of addressing the massive forestry-related challenges we face in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The programme provides you with a firm theoretical foundation, ability to function on the international scene, and openness to foreign cultures – all competencies needed for working as a researcher or in global forestry practices, e.g., development agencies, consultancies, NGOs, international organisations, ministries, governmental agencies, or district forest offices.

This handbook contains information on the structure and contents of the GloFor MSc programme, the overall educational aims, and specific learning outcomes. You can find information on the five GloFor universities, student services and local contact persons. The handbook, furthermore, gives details on academic and economic matters and helps you deal with the many practicalities involved in studying and living abroad.

Mobility Tracks

The MSc course is a two-year programme taught in English. You complete the first semester in Copenhagen, on your second semester, you move to either Dresden or Padua to complete the first year. The second year of study is offered at all five GloFor institutions. If you are residing in either Denmark, Italy, or Germany at the time of enrolment, you are subject to some restrictions regarding possible mobility tracks. The restrictions will ensure, that you spend minimum one full semester in two countries different from your country of residence at the time of enrolment. That is: one full semester (30 ECTS) in each of the two countries – a total of 60 ECTS (2×30 ECTS) in countries different from your country of residence at the time of enrolment. This is a rule by European Union and can unfortunately not be negotiated.

Each partner institution has an area of specialisation – where the institution excels internationally. The second year is thus an opportunity for in-depth study in selected key areas. Learning outcomes varies with the area of specialisation. Detailed information on learning outcomes, contents, and strategies for teaching, learning and assessment for each module can be found in the individual module descriptions at https://globalforestry.eu/glofor-course/programme-structure/

After being admitted to the GloFor programme, you will receive an invite to participate in a webinar in June. The webinars aim to prepare you for choosing second semester institution. The deadline for submitting your priority list for second semester is late June. Response to your application will come early July.

During the first semester in Copenhagen, you will meet teachers from all second-year institutions – either in person or online. You will apply for your second-year institution during the first semester in Copenhagen.

Studying in Copenhagen

Welcome and orientation

To help you settle and provide you with all the necessary information, the GloFor institutions arrange a variety of welcome and orientation events. You will receive detailed information from your host institution.

In Copenhagen, you will already in May receive an email with an invitation for e-learning modules called “How to MSc”. In this online study start you will be introduced to the University, Faculty of SCIENCE, campus activities and get a short welcome from your Head of Study.

It is also here you will sign up for the welcome programme (both online and physical) that is offered prior to semester start. The welcome programme takes place during the last week of August every year and provides:

  • An introduction to living in Denmark, official paperwork, language course, the city of Copenhagen, excursions.
  • An introduction to research methods and pedagogy (PBL, project work), university facilities (ICT, library), course registration.
  • The culture meeting, intercultural communication strategies.
  • Networking, academic, and social groups and activities with your fellow students at the programme but also other SCIENCE students. You will also meet your Head of studies.

Practicalities as a UCPH Student

In this section, you will find links to all the practical necessities of studying at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), such as campus WiFi and getting your student ID card, as well as important information on living costs and accommodation for your move to Denmark.

Eduroam (WiFi)

UCPH provides free Wi-Fi using the Eduroam protocol. To connect to Eduroam at the University of Copenhagen, follow this guide (requires login)

Email

At University of Copenhagen your student email account will often be referred to as KUmail. It can be accessed via http://webmail.ku.dk, or you can set up your device to read emails directly e.g. via Outlook, Apple Mail, or Gmail.

All IT guidelines are available at your Study Information Site at KUnet (requires login) – particularly you can find the email related guidelines here (requires login).

ID card

Your student ID card is needed to identify yourself at exams, to open doors at campus and to borrow books at the library at the University of Copenhagen.

You can order your ID and get more information at KUnet (requires login).

Learning Portal

The University of Copenhagen’s study portal is Absalon. You will find teaching materials, course details and study information in the portal.

You are encouraged to regularly monitor the portal, as well as your student email, in order to stay updated with news and communications from the University and your professors.

Find Absalon here: https://absalon.ku.dk

Academic Calendar

All your courses at the University of Copenhagen are organized in a block structure, which divides the academic year (60 ECTS credits) into four nine-week blocks. Blocks 1 and 2 take place in the autumn semester, while block 3 and 4 take place in the spring semester. Courses normally last for one block only.

  • Block 1: Late August – Late October
  • Block 2: Early November – Late January
  • Block 3: Early February – Early April
  • Block 4: Mid-April – Late June

Blocks are parted by a teaching-free week, where you do not have any courses or exams. The teaching-free weeks during the academic calendar are also used for re-exams.

In each block, you normally attend one or two courses. The duration of the course is typically seven weeks, which are followed by two exam weeks. Some courses have continuous assessment. This means that the duration of the course is nine weeks.

Find the online calendar and further details on the academic year through this link.

Accommodation

Finding a place to live is, naturally, an important part of your mobility concerns both in the first and second year. The GloFor institutions will help guide you in finding accommodation. Types of housing and rental costs may vary from country to country. Additionally, it can be extremely difficult to find accommodation, so we strongly suggest that you accept the accommodation offered by the local housing offices.

The University of Copenhagen has a whole guide to help international students with housing. Find it here.

The university is also associated with the Housing Foundation Copenhagen, which is an independent organisation that helps international students enrolled at the university to find accommodation.

Questions for the Housing Foundation should be sent to contact@housingfoundation.ku.dk

Cost of Living

We’ve made a rough estimate of the expected living costs in the different cities, and as you can see in the table below, you will need approximately €900 a month to cover living expenses in Copenhagen.

Click here for the University of Copenhagen’s guide to living in Copenhagen as an international student.

Cost/monthCopenhagen
Rent€500
Transportation€50
Food€250
Books€30
Misc.€100
Total€930

Another useful resource is the Study in Denmark that is especially designed to help international students in Denmark. See their page on living costs here.

Working while studying

If you have the time and energy to work alongside your studies, this can help your economic situation. In Denmark, most students – both Danish and international – do this.

Beside the money, there are many good reasons to combine your studies with a student job or an internship (usually unpaid): Studies show that work experience can double your chances of landing a job after graduation.

See Study in Denmark’s page for working as a student here – this can be very useful to understand if your residence permit allows you to work, and there to search for student jobs.

International student handbooks

The GloFor institutions have developed special handbooks for international students. Here you will find more information on studying and living in your host country, e.g.: How is teaching organised? How do I meet other students? Where do I find information? What is the local culture like? What official paperwork is required? 

There are two primary resources from the University of Copenhagen that will be useful for you when studying in Copenhagen.

  • This handbook is focused on student life while studying at the Faculty of Science, where you will be enrolled in Copenhagen.
  • For a more general handbook to student life in Copenhagen and at the university, click here.

Additionally, Study in Denmark, is a valuable resource for tips and guidance to international student life in Copenhagen.

Language Courses and Cultural Immersion

Learning basic Danish will get you a long way if you want to apply for a student job while you study or if you want a career in Denmark after you graduate. It can help you to:

  • ​learn about Danish culture,
  • speak informally with colleagues – also if the official working language is English, and
  • show to potential employers that you are investing yourself in Denmark and indicate that you are interested in staying for a while.

In the online introduction course​ “How to MSc” you are offered a Danish language course by UCPH that you can sign up for when you start your MSc programme.

Campus Facilities

You have many opportunities to become part of an academic or social community with other students – within and outside GloFor programme.

The various communities and associations at UCPH allow you to:

  • cultivate your interests together with other students
  • collaborate on projects and events
  • expand your network
  • take part in social activities.

You can find a lot of useful information on the Study information page (requires login).

Examination and Regulations

Across the GloFor institutions you will study at, courses may be assessed in a variety of ways depending on the form of teaching. The main methods of assessment are written and oral examinations, tests during modules, written practical reports, essays, oral presentations, fieldwork, and reports.

You can find the forms of assessment for each course at the University of Copenhagen in the course catalogue here: https://kurser.ku.dk

As a GloFor student you must comply with all university regulations both at your first- and second-year institutions. You can find the regulations at the University of Copenhagen here.

The University of Copenhagen also has a Student Ambassador that provides impartial advice on issues related to your studies. The Student Ambassador can help if you are unsure regarding rights and obligations and can provide impartial advice on a broad range of issues related to your studies such as illness and exams to complaints and reports of plagiarism.

For more information on the Student Ambassador, see the Student Ambassador website.

Thesis requirements

The thesis must include at least one month of fieldwork in a middle or low-income country. Data for the thesis is expected to be collected during this period. The thesis can be combined with an internship at international organisations, NGOs, universities or similar. Subject to available funding, students will obtain financial support for thesis fieldwork if they have completed all compulsory courses.

The normal thesis work flow at the University of Copenhagen is:

  • completion of the Planning Interdisciplinary Research course by approx. 1 November, including identification of thesis supervisor and preparation of a detailed thesis synopsis
  • finalisation of practical aspects by late February, including formal invitation by host institution, fund raising and signing student-supervisor thesis contract
  • conducting fieldwork from March
  • data analysis and thesis writing in June and July
  • submission of thesis and obligatory public defence in August.

The general flow is similar at all partner universities. Observe, however, that the academic calendars differ.

Please read more about formalities regarding writing a thesis at UCPH (requires login).

Contact

Academic contact person: Associate professor Thorsten Treue ttr @ ifro.ku.dk

Administrative issues: glofor @ ifro.ku.dk

Faculty of Science Student Service: studenterservice @ science.ku.dk

Studying in Padua

Welcome and orientation

To help you settle and provide you with all the necessary information, University of Padua arranges a variety of welcome and orientation events. You will receive detailed information from each institution.

A lot of opportunities are offered to incoming students at University of Padua:

  • The Mobility Unit will welcome you with information about enrolment, accommodation, canteens, welcome activities and immigration procedures, when necessary.
  • The University Language Centre organises Italian language courses for international students (visit https://cla.unipd.it/en/courses/italian-courses
  • The Inclusion Office (inclusione.studenti @ unipd.it) provides disabled students with an assistance and escort service.

https://www.unipd.it/en/resources-and-supports-students-disability-or-learning-disabilities

  • The University Sports Centre (CUS) allows students to practise sport:

https://www.unipd.it/en/cus-padova

  • The ESN – Erasmus Student Network promotes social and cultural integration of students: https://padova.esn.it
  • Different canteens, cafeterias, study and computer rooms and sport facilities are available around the city and at campuses

Practicalities as a student at the University of Padua

In this section, you will find links to all the practical necessities of studying at the University of Padua (Unipd), such as campus WiFi and getting your student ID card, as well as important information on living costs and accommodation for your move to Italy.

Eduroam

You can access the free Wi-Fi Eduroam network both with your UCPH mail and with your Unipd student email.

Further info: https://www.unipd.it/en/eduroam

Email

Once you are enrolled at Unipd (usually about 1 month before your arrival date) you will be able to access your Unipd student email account (“name.surname@studenti.unipd.it“).

This account gives you access not only to your student email (based on GMail and accessible from the Gmail website/app), but also to all the University student portals (Uniweb, Moodle, etc.).

You will learn more about this shortly before your arrival during our Welcome Days.

ID

Your Unipd student card is needed to identify yourself at exams, to borrow books at the library, sometimes to access reserved areas and to obtain discounts for bus passes and in museums and shops (https://www.unipd.it/studiareapadovacard).

You will receive it upon your arrival, on your check-in at the Accommodation Service if you stay in a dorm, or at the Mobility Unit if you stay in a private apartment or college.

Learning Portal

Unipd’s teaching platform is called Moodle. You will find teaching materials, course details and study information.

We will tell you how to use it during the Welcome Days.

You are encouraged to regularly monitor the portal, as well as your student email, in order to stay updated with news and communications from the University and your professors.

Moodle platform of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine: https://samv.elearning.unipd.it/?lang=en

Academic Calendar

Courses at the University of Padua are based on semesters (30 ECTS credits).

Key academic dates: https://www.unipd.it/en/key-academic-dates

Timetable: http://www.gestionedidattica.unipd.it/PortaleStudenti/index.php?view=home&_lang=en

Accommodation

The Mobility Unit of the University of Padua has an agreement with the Regional Agency for the Right to University Education (ESU) and manages a limited number of reserved places for incoming students in the University residence halls.

All GloFor students (except Italian citizens resident in Italy) will receive by email from the Mobility Unit an invitation to fill out an Accommodation Form to request a place in the dorms. Non-Eu citizens applications will be favoured and the places may not be sufficient to host all the incoming GloFor students, nonetheless the Mobility Unit at Unipd will do all that is possible and will provide to students a complete and updated guide on private accommodation (with links, tips and info on the types of rental contracts) and with a support service based on the “Tutor Buddy” students.

Further info: https://www.unipd.it/en/studying-padua/international-joint-programmes/procedures-incoming-students/your-arrival

Cost of Living

We’ve made a rough estimate of the expected living costs in the different cities, and as you can see in the table below, you will need approximately €800 a month to cover living expenses in Padua.

Cost/monthPadua
Rent in a dorm€290-420 (€350 in advance for booking)
Rent (private room)€400-600
Transportation€35
Food€300
Books€30
Misc.€60
Residence permit€100 approx. (once)
Total€800-900

Working While Studying

As an international student in Italy, you are free to take a part-time job in order to help cover your costs. Non-European students need to have a valid residence permit and, according to Italian Law, are allowed to work up to 20 hours/week.

For almost all jobs a good knowledge of the Italian language will be required.

International Student Handbooks

The Mobility Unit will send you an email when it’s time to start organising your stay in Padua, you will receive an Information sheet and the link to the section of our website where you can find all the info for double degree students (inlcuding the Information sheet to download): https://www.unipd.it/en/studying-padova/international-joint-programmes/procedures-incoming-students-international-joint

You can explore the website section for Double Degree students, including the sections dedicated to each stage of your mobility (Before, During, etc.), the “UniverCity life” section, and the list of Services available in the grey box at the bottom of each webpage.

Language Courses and Cultural Immersion

Unipd offers several opportunities to start learning Italian and get to know the Italian language and culture before moving to Padua or during your stay:

  • ETandem: https://www.unipd.it/en/virtual-exchange-students (under the ETandem paragraph)
  • Intensive Italian language course before the start of each semester, in presence and online (https://cla.unipd.it/en/communicative-italian-courses/)
  • Biannual Italian language course during the semester, in presence (https://cla.unipd.it/en/courses/italian-courses/biannual-courses/)
  • Welcome events, https://www.unipd.it/en/welcome-days-mobility (online webinars and tours offered by ESN Padua – Erasmus Student Network)

All events/opportunities will be promoted by the Mobility Unit by email when it’s time for registration.

Campus Facilities

Your classes will be held at Agripolis, the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine campus.

Learn more: https://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/en/structures-0/agripolis-campus

Your Master course is managed by the TESAF Department: https://www.tesaf.unipd.it/en

For info on Department/Agripolis facilities and services you can contact the administrative staff at the TESAF Department; for info on general Unipd facilities and services you can contact the administrative staff at the Mobility Unit (see the “Contact” section below).

General facilities at Unipd:

Study and computer rooms: https://www.unipd.it/en/study-computer-rooms

Libraries and multimedia facilities: https://www.unipd.it/en/libraries-multimedia-facilities

Canteens: https://www.unipd.it/en/canteens

Examination and Regulations

At Unipd courses may be assessed in a variety of ways depending on the form of teaching. The main methods of assessment are written and oral examinations, tests during modules, written practical reports, essays, oral presentations, fieldwork, and reports.

You can find the forms of assessment for each course at the University of Padua in the course catalogue here: https://en.didattica.unipd.it

Thesis requirements

The thesis can be based on some fieldwork, desk activity in Padua or/and internship in an Associated partner or other organizations. The fieldwork may be combined with an internship at international organisations, NGOs, universities or similar.Limited financial support is given by the Department to the students conducting their thesis in a developing country. Students with an EM scholarship are not eligible for Faculty financial support. Students working abroad are covered by health insurance (except in special risk countries, e.g. Israel, Iran, or Afghanistan).

The normal thesis workflow is

  • thesis subject is agreed with one of the Master teachers (mentor), with the assistance of one or more other persons (“Co-mentors”). Co-mentors can be people working outside the university. The student is free to select the mentor; selection should be based on mentor’s scientific background in relation to the thesis objective. The selection of thesis objective and contacts with partners should be defined by the end of the first semester
  • when the thesis is finalised, students make a formal request to the students’ administrative office to set the date for the thesis presentation. The request has to be signed both by the student and the mentor and must be presented at least one month before the thesis official discussion date. Deadlines for request presentation and days for the discussion are published in the faculty web site and are available at the tutors’ office
  • sessions for thesis presentation (1-2 days per month) are schedules in July, September, October, December, January, and February. The presentation is public and will be in front of the Master thesis Commission made up of 5 professors.

For high quality thesis work, the thesis must be reviewed by an external evaluator and presented to a peer reviewers’ coordinator 3 weeks before the discussion. The peer review of the thesis will be considered by the Master thesis Commission in defining the thesis mark.

Contact

Academic contact person: Professor Dr. Davide Pettenella, davide.pettenella @ unipd.it

Administrative contact persons at the TESAF Department: Agata Mannino, agata.mannino @ unipd.it / Elisabetta Zanaga, elisabetta.zanaga @ unipd.it

Administrative contact persons at the Mobility Unit: Elisa Zambon, mobility.in@unipd.it / Susanne Kloehn, erasmus.agripolis@unipd.it

Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry – Viale dell’Universitá 16 – AGRIPOLIS – 35020 Legnaro (PD) – Italy

Studying in Dresden

Welcome and orientation

A large number of welcome and orientation events are offered at Technische Universität Dresden

to help you settle, including:

  • Administrative procedures like registration in the municipality, foreigners’ authorities, enrolment at the university and accommodation.
  • Introduction to the city of Dresden and its environments, to Technische Universität Dresden, and particularly to the Faculty of Forest, Geo and Hydro sciences.
  • Introduction to the direct studying environments at Tharandt, the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, the Professorship of Tropical Forestry, Tharandt Forest and Tharandt Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and the forestry library.
  • Computer pool, dining hall, etc.
  • Welcome party together with DAAD students and lectures plus guests.

Practicalities as a student at the Technische Universität Dresden

In this section, you will find links to all the practical necessities of studying at Technische Universität Dresden, such as campus WiFi and getting your student ID card, as well as important information on living costs and accommodation for your move to Poland.

Eduroam

All GloFor institutions provide free Wi-Fi using the Eduroam protocol.

Email

ID

Learning Portal

Academic Calendar

Accommodation

Technische Universität Dresden has a whole guide to help international students with housing. Find it here.

Cost of Living

We’ve made a rough estimate of the expected living costs in the different cities, and as you can see in the table below, you will need approximately €500 a month to cover living expenses in Dresden.

Cost/monthDresden
Rent€210
Transportation€40
Food€140
Books€50
Misc.€60
Total€500

Working while studying

International Student Handbooks

The GloFor institutions have developed special handbooks for international students. Here you will find information on studying and living in your host country, e.g.: How is teaching organised? How do I meet other students? Where do I find information? What is the local culture like? What official paperwork is required?

Welcome guide for international students: tu-dresden.de/internationales/int_stud/stud and https://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/english

Language Courses and Cultural Immersion

Examination and Regulations

Courses may be assessed in a variety of ways depending on the form of teaching. The main methods of assessment are: written and oral examinations, tests during modules, written practical reports, essays, oral presentations, fieldwork, and reports.

As a GloFor student you must comply with university regulations at all host institutions.

Thesis requirements

The subject of the master thesis may be related to all fields of study at the Tharandt Forest Department. Often the master thesis is embedded in the existing structures of research and alumni networks.

The normal thesis workflow is

  • October till January, the compulsory 2.5 ECTS ‘Scientific working methods and research plan’ is completed. Scientific methods for data collection, assessment and evaluation are dealt with; the research plan taking into account the special interest of students is elaborated, presented and qualified; and the main academic supervisor of the master thesis will be identified
  • this is followed by a three-month field data collection phase preferably in a tropical country
  • the consecutive phase of data processing and analysis lasts from May to July
  • submission of the master thesis and public defence will take place before the end of September.

The master thesis can also be elaborated in a team, whereby the individual contributions of the students involved are discernible and assessable, based on indicating chapters. The thesis will be evaluated by the main and the second supervisor. Latter may be a scientist from a tropical country.

Contact

Academic contact person:

Administrative contact person: Pia Markwardt, tropen @ mailbox.tu-dresden.de

Administrative contact person: Student tutor, tutor@forst.tu-dresden.de

Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products

Postfact 1117

01735 Tharandt

Germany

Studying in Prague

Welcome and orientation

Several welcome and orientation events are offered to students at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU):

  • The International Office will welcome you with basic introduction, where to find all relevant information (“Survival Guide”), and about the registration
  • Orientation week for Erasmus+ students (the week before the semester starts)
  • Registration to the regular course “Orientation Meeting” (organized for full degree students in the first month of the winter semester)
  • Students’ union activities (ESN CZU Prague)
  • Welcome course organized by Students Ambassadors of FTA

Practicalities as a CZU Student

In this section, you will find links to all the practical necessities of studying at the Czech University of Life Sciences, such as campus WiFi and getting your student ID card, as well as important information on living costs and accommodation for your move to Denmark.

Eduroam (WiFi)

All GloFor institutions provide free Wi-Fi using the Eduroam protocol.

Email

ID

Learning Portal

Academic Calendar

Accommodation

At CZU you can contact the international office: internationaloffice @ ftz.czu.cz

Cost of Living

We’ve made a rough estimate of the expected living costs in the different cities, and as you can see in the table below, you will need approximately €650 a month to cover living expenses in Prague.

Cost/monthPrague
Rent€350
Transportation€6
Food€250
Books€0 (library available)
Misc.€50
Total€656

Working while studying

International student handbooks

The GloFor institutions have developed special handbooks for international students. Here you will find more information on studying and living in your host country, e.g.: How is teaching organised? How do I meet other students? Where do I find information? What is the local culture like? What official paperwork is required? 

Guide for international students:

https://www.ftz.czu.cz/en/r-9422-international-relations/r-10714-information-for-foreign-students/r-10747-student-guide

Language Courses and Cultural Immersion

Examination and Regulations

Across the GloFor institutions you will study at, courses may be assessed in a variety of ways depending on the form of teaching. The main methods of assessment are written and oral examinations, tests during modules, written practical reports, essays, oral presentations, fieldwork, and reports.

Thesis requirements

The fieldwork may be combined with an internship at international organisations, NGOs, universities or similar. The normal thesis workflow is:

  • selection of a thesis title and project supervisor by January
  • preparation of the research design and methodology by April
  • conducting at least one-month fieldwork in any period from May till September
  • data analysis till January
  • thesis writing and submission by April.
  • defence of the thesis in June.

Contact

Academic contact persons: Dr. Petra Chaloupková, chaloupkova @ ftz.czu.cz; Prof. Dr. Bohdan Lojka, lojka@ftz.czu.cz

Administrative contact person: Lucie Králová, internationaloffice @ ftz.czu.cz

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU)
Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences
Kamýcká 129
165 00 Praha – Suchdol
Czech Republic

Studying at AgroParisTech

Welcome and orientation

To help you settle and provide you with all the necessary information, the GloFor institutions arrange a variety of welcome and orientation events. You will receive detailed information from your host institution.

Go through the following websites to discover the opportunities at AgroParisTech for international students:

Practicalities as an AgroParisTech Student

In this section, you will find links to all the practical necessities of studying at AgroParisTech, such as campus WiFi and getting your student ID card, as well as important information on living costs and accommodation for your move to France.

Eduroam (WiFi)

You can access the free Wi-Fi Eduroam network both with your AgroParisTech student email and UCPH mail

Email

Your student email account will often be referred to as Zimbra and it can be accessed via https://webmail.agroparistech.fr

You will use other digital tools during your stay in AgroParisTech, such as:

More information (in French): https://seafile.agroparistech.fr/f/d4ccfd20857d408ba1da/?dl=1

ID card

Your student ID card is needed to enter the campus in Montpellier and to borrow books at AgroParisTech’s library.

You will receive your student ID card upon arrival at AgroParisTech in Montpellier.

Learning Portal

https://ecampus.paris-saclay.fr

Academic Calendar

Accommodation:

Finding a place to live is, naturally, an important part of your mobility concerns both in the first and second year. Types of housing and rental costs may vary from country to country. Additionally, it can be extremely difficult to find accommodation, so we strongly suggest that you accept the accommodation offered by the local housing offices.

AgroParisTech in Kourou offers some accommodation (houses or bungalows for 20-40 students). You need to look for an accommodation by yourself: https://www.agroparistech.fr/Accomodation-in-Montpellier.html

AgroParisTech in Montpellier does not have its own accommodations. You need to look for an accommodation by yourself: https://www.agroparistech.fr/Accomodation-in-Montpellier.html

Cost of Living

We’ve made a rough estimate of the expected living costs in the different cities, and as you can see in the table below, you will need approximately €900 a month to cover living expenses in Montpellier.

Click here for a guide to living as a student in France.

Cost/monthMontpellier
Rent€500
Transportation€40
Food€250
Books€50
Misc.€60
Total€900

Working while studying

We do not recommend working while studying, because the courses and personal work are demanding. However, it is possible to work with a French resident permit. French law allows foreign students to work up to 964 hours per year, or the equivalent of 60% of the maximum working hours permitted.  (50% for Algerian students whose status remains defined by the Franco-Algerian Agreement of December 27, 1968).

https://www.campusfrance.org/en/working-student

International student handbooks

The GloFor institutions have developed special handbooks for international students. Here you will find more information on studying and living in your host country, e.g.: How is teaching organised? How do I meet other students? Where do I find information? What is the local culture like? What official paperwork is required? 

There is one primary resource from AgroParisTech that will be useful for your stay:

Language Courses and Cultural Immersion

French courses are offered on request. They are organized at IAMM, a long-time AgroParisTech partner and experienced institution in teaching French as a foreign language. Attending French courses can grant you some ECTS as part of the module “French as a Foreign Language”.

Campus Facilities

https://www.agroparistech.fr/Welcome-to-Montpellier.html

https://www.agroparistech.fr/en/student-life

https://www.agroparistech.fr/en/scientific-culture/libraries

https://www.agroparistech.fr/en/partenariats-socioeconomiques-en-anglais-non-trad/studies-and-student-projects

https://www.agroparistech.fr/en/innovation/student-entrepreneurship

https://www.agroparistech.fr/en/institution/one-institution-8-campuses/kourou-campus-ecofog-joint-research-unit

Examination and Regulations

Across the GloFor institutions you will study at, courses may be assessed in a variety of ways depending on the form of teaching. The main methods of assessment are written and oral examinations, tests during modules, written practical reports, essays, oral presentations, fieldwork, and reports.  

Thesis requirements

The thesis project is a research project that must deal with environmental and, preferentially, tropical issues in natural ecosystems or within cropping systems including tree as a major component. It is usually part of an internship in a research institution either national (e.g., Cirad, IRD, Inrae, CNRS, higher education institutions) or international (e.g., CGIAR research centre, Smithsonian Institute, CATIE…), or in a non-academic entity such as an NGO, an international organization, a consultancy firm or a foundation.

Preparation, including discussions with AgroParisTech partners from research and education (Montpellier Supagro, IAMM) institutions of the Agropolis campus of Montpellier. Fieldwork should last at least 3 months and be achieved preferably in the tropical area. The thesis subject and its logistic implementation are validated by teaching staff and supervisor after a project document and oral pre-defence have been completed (see module Research planning). The thesis work is under the joint supervision of the hosting institution and of AgroParisTech.

Learning outcomes: Ability to

  • establish a research programme involving local populations in a multicultural context
  • discuss and analyse the key issues concerning management of natural resources
  • make a critical analysis, and to propose a suitable course of action
  • contribute to the global debate on management of natural resources.

Type of assessment:

  • Individual
  • Written assignment, Defence
  • The thesis is defended at a public seminar. Thesis content, defence quality and behaviour during field training are evaluated.

Contact

Academic contact person in Montpellier: Dr. Raphaël Manlay (glofor @ agroparistech.fr)

Academic contact person in Kourou: Dr. Mélaine Aubry-Kientz (melaine.aubry-kientz @ agroparistech.fr)

Administrative issues: glofor @ agroparistech.fr

Academic matters

Teaching and learning

Teaching is varied and takes form as lectures, seminars, practical work, exercises, work with databases and websites, supervised paper writing as well as fieldwork and reporting. Problem-based learning is common.

The Consortium puts great emphasis on applied research, and during your study you will work with real-life problems and get exposed to field realities, both during excursions, compulsory field course in the first year, and during your thesis.

European higher education is generally characterised by an analytical approach. This means that you are encouraged to compare, analyse, and critically assess information. You are expected to work independently, to discuss and form your own opinion. Often work is carried out in small project groups, where you train your interpersonal skills. The international study environment provides you with an opportunity to work with fellow students from all over the world and thus develop your intercultural communication skills and competencies as well as developing an international network.

Student feedback and programme development

GloFor is always looking to develop its modules and programme, and an important part of that work is based on your evaluations. Your feedback is always appreciated and used. It is therefore important always to participate in evaluation activities, including standard module evaluations, oral evaluation meetings with the GloFor Co-ordinator, and completion of the First Year Evaluation Form and Full Programme Evaluation Form.

Academic calendars

The academic calendars and the time of your study start vary among the GloFor institutions. You will get information on your study start, exact date, meeting place, welcome and orientation arrangements etc. directly from your host institutions.

InstitutionStructureSemester 1  Semester 2  Link
UCPH4 blocksBlock 1: late August – Late October Block 2: Early November – Late JanuaryBlock 3: Early February – Early April Block 4: Mid April – Mid JuneOnline calendar
CZU2 semesters  Late September– Late January (period with lectures followed by exam period)Early February – Late June (period with lectures followed by exam period) 
TUD  2 semestersEarly October – Late MarchEarly April – Late September 
AgroParisTech  2 semestersEarly October – Late FebruaryEarly March – Late September 
UniPD2 semesters  Early October – Early MarchEarly March – Early JulyOnline calendar

Field Course on the first year

In groups of 3-7 students, you will undertake a (small) research project that includes about two weeks of field research (data collection) in a medium or low-income country. Here you will get the opportunity to practice skills in designing, implementing, and reporting on field research concerning forest and related natural resource management. During fieldwork you will apply qualitative and/or quantitative methods, commonly used in the natural and social sciences. You will thus experience the difficulties, trade-offs, limitations, and benefits of various methods in real-world situations. Each group will be supervised by a teacher throughout the fieldwork. This supervised field activity will also prepare you for independent fieldwork for your thesis.

The field course takes place in February/March between your stay in Copenhagen and your second-semester destination. The course is mandatory and free of charge for GloFor students.

Grading scale

Your performance is documented by a national grade. The grades are related to the ECTS grading scale in the table below. Please note that no official conversion table exists. The table is constructed based on the practices of the involved institutions.

   UCPHCZUTUDAgroParisTechUniPDECTS
Excellent1211.0-1.516-2030/30 e 30/30LA
Very good1021.6-2.014-1629B
Good72.1-2.512-1427 – 28C
Satisfactory432.6-3.511-1224 – 26D
Pass023.6-4.010-1118-23E
Fail00, -344.1 and higher0-10< 18F/FX

ECTS system

The GloFor programme uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). ECTS credits are numerical values allocated to module units to describe the student workload required to complete them in the form of lectures, fieldwork, seminars, individual work, examinations, or other assessment activities. In the ECTS system, 60 credits represent the workload of a full academic year of study. To achieve the GloFor MSc degree, you must earn 120 ECTS credits.

Multiple degree

The GloFor programme offers an integrated study programme resulting in a double or multiple degree that is fully recognised in all the participating countries. To obtain the GloFor double or multiple degree, you have to acquire 120 ECTS and meet the mobility requirement of studying at least one full semester at two different consortium institutions.

A double degree means that you will receive two or three national MSc degrees – one from each of your host institutions.

The following degrees are awarded:

GloFor institutionDegree
CopenhagenMSc in Forest and Livelihoods
PragueIng. (Equivalent to MSc) in Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry
DresdenMSc in Tropical Forestry
AgroParisTechMSc in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, track Global Forestry
PaduaMSc in Forest Science

Diploma Supplement

A special Diploma Supplement is attached to your diploma providing a precise description of the Erasmus Mundus Degree, the

GloFor student alumni association

EMA: The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association

A LinkedIn page will be created to gather GloFor’s alumni.

Plagiarism

GloFor does not accept plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offence because the plagiarist takes credit for work that rightly belongs to someone else. If, say in a written assignment, you present other people’s words, ideas, illustrations etc. as if they were your own, you make yourself guilty of exam fraud, and when the plagiarism is revealed, sanctions will be applied. In serious cases you may be expelled from the university.

In order to avoid plagiarism and to get the best learning outcome, always follow the below guidelines.

Acknowledge your sources: It is very important that you carefully state and acknowledge all sources of words, ideas and illustrations used in your academic work. By illustrations we mean tables, figures, and images. Quotes should be clearly marked using quotation marks or similar textual means. Quotes should be reproduced without changing the original text. In addition, you must state the full and correct source of your quote. If you reproduce the ideas of others in your own words, it is still important that you state the original source. Similarly, the original source must be mentioned if you modify or change illustrations. You are also obliged to state the source of words, ideas and illustrations, even if the original author has sold or given you the rights to the material.

It is your responsibility: If you are unaware of having reproduced the work of others this is a mitigating circumstance, but it does not exempt you from responsibility. Accordingly, students are obliged to keep track of the sources they use in e.g., written assignments. These rules and principles apply, irrespective of the media used. This means, among other things, that references to information found on the internet or in newspapers must also be stated. The only exception to this rule is when the origins of words and ideas are generally known and accepted. If, say in a physics assignment, you refer to Newton’s law of gravity or in a genetics assignment you refer to Mendel’s laws of heredity, you do not need to state the source. What may be considered generally known and accepted depends on the context. If you are unsure of whether or not to state the source, you should consult your teacher/supervisor.

Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders

If you have been selected for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, you will find useful and important information about your scholarship in this section.

An Erasmus Mundus scholarship amounts to a maximum of 33,600 € (monthly allowance of 1400 € per month for up to 24 months). The monthly allowance will be transferred to your bank account monthly by University of Copenhagen. You will receive the first instalment of your scholarship upon arrival in Copenhagen by the end of September at the earliest. The specific time depends on you providing the secretariat with appropriate bank account information. You will be contacted over email for further instructions. It is your own responsibility to pay the processing fee for visa and to arrange and cover travel, accommodation etc.

The scholarship can be used to cover travel costs to and from host institutions, visa fees, accommodation, subsistence costs, etc. There are no restrictions on how you spend the monthly allowance. The only important condition is that you have to be a full-time student. This means that if you for some reason you can’t fulfil this requirement, please contact the GloFor secretariat immediately in order to find a suitable solution and avoid having to refund any part of your scholarship.

On top of the monthly allowance, you will be granted: Full coverage of participation costs, tuition fee, tutoring fee, field trip costs, and insurance.

The scholarship cannot be deferred. This means that you will need to reapply if you cannot accept an offer of a scholarship. Please contact the GloFor Secretariat (glofor @ ifro.ku.dk) immediately in case you cannot accept a scholarship, as the Secretariat will then activate the student reserve list.

Bank account for Scholarships

In order for GloFor to transfer your scholarship allowances to you, you’ll need a specific type of bank account. You will get a direct mail with detailed information on how to provide GloFor with your banking information.

Self-financed students

The GloFor programme has a number of seats open for talented self-financed students meeting the academic requirements. Admission is based only on the academic criteria, motivational letter, and relevant work experience.

Tuition Fee EU Students

If selected for admission to the GloFor programme as an EU student, there is a tuition fee. The tuition fee for the full 2-year programme is €3,000 for EU students starting 2023. The tuition fee is the same regardless of mobility track.

The tuition fee covers: the matriculation at two host universities, cost of training where applicable, insurance, participation in joint field course on first year, mandatory student association fees, the cost of the introductory programme, local language courses, administrative costs (bilateral coordination between host institutions, double degree awarding etc.)

The tuition fee does not cover: travel costs to first- and second-year institutions, travel and other costs for thesis fieldwork, visa costs, individual module related costs e.g. books and other field work travel costs etc.

Tuition Fee Non-EU Students

The tuition fee per semester is €4,500 for non-EU students starting 2023. The tuition fee is the regardless of mobility track.

The tuition fee covers: the matriculation at the host universities, cost of training where applicable, insurance, participation in joint field course on the first year, the cost of the introductory programme, local language courses, administrative costs (bilateral coordination between host institutions, double degree awarding etc.).

The tuition fee does not cover: travel costs to first- and second-year institutions, travel and other costs for thesis fieldwork, mandatory student association fees, visa costs, individual module related costs e.g. books and other field work travel costs etc.

You will receive invoices to be paid in April before starting at University of Copenhagen and in August on your second year. The tuition fee is not refundable after August 1.

Erasmus Plus Mobility Grants for self-financed students

All GloFor students no matter nationality can apply for an Erasmus Mobility Grant, under the following conditions:

The grant amounts to approx. €500-600 monthly according to national grant amounts. The amount varies every year. The payment of the grant will be prepared and administered by University of Copenhagen. You will receive information on how and what to do from the GloFor secretariat in due time.

Alternative sources of funding

A list of sources recommended by the GloFor institutions is available at https://globalforestry.eu/applications/scholarships

You can also find additional scholarship opportunities here.

Practicalities

Travel to first- and second-year institutions

Unfortunately, the GloFor Secretariat is not able to assist you in these travel arrangements. It is your own responsibility to arrange and pay your travel to your host institutions.

Insurance

Insurance is an integrated part of the GloFor programme and is provided to all students free of additional charges. The insurance covers risks related to health, accidents, theft, liability etc. Before semester start in Copenhagen you will receive an e-mail with your Proof of Insurance and detailed information on benefits and claim procedures.

The insurance cover is worldwide and takes effect two weeks prior to the start of your Erasmus Mundus MSc programme. The medical coverage also applies during periods of travel during the Erasmus Mundus MSc programme.

Student Agreement

Before starting at the GloFor programme, you will receive a Student Agreement to sign. Please read the Student Agreement carefully before singing and returning it.

Residence Permits and Visa

During your MSc programme, you will be studying in at least two GloFor institutions in at least two different countries. It is the responsibility of the student to secure the needed permits. Your host institutions will assist you in applying for a residence permit, and you will get the necessary information and supporting documents with your Letter of Admission from your host institution.

Non-EU students must get their residence permit prior to entering their host country. You apply for the residence permit in your home country at the embassy or representation of your host country. It is very time consuming (approx. 3 months) to acquire the permit, so you must start the application procedure as soon as you get your Letter of Admission.

Non-EU Students

Copenhagen

Non-EU students must get their residence permit prior to entering Denmark on the first year of study. You apply for the residence permit in your home country at the Danish embassy or representation. It is very time consuming (approx. 3 months) to acquire the permit, so you must start the application procedure early. University of Copenhagen will guide you through this process and send you information in May.

Read more here

Padua

In Italy you must register at the General Register Office (Ufficio Anagrafe) of the municipality in which you are going to reside during your stay in Padua.

Dresden
Prague

AgroParisTech

If you are not national of an EU country, you must bring a valid national passport. Then there are 2 documents: the visa (to enter France) and the residence permit (“titre de séjour”) (to stay in France).

Depending on the type of visa/European resident permit that you will obtain first, you may need to take different steps.

Check your personal situation using this tool: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas

EU and Nordic students

Copenhagen

EU students can apply upon arrival in Denmark. Application for a residence permit must be made within the first 3 months of residency.

Read more here.

If you are a citizen of Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, you need not apply for an EU residence document since as a citizen of a Nordic country you have the right to reside in Denmark without an EU residence document. Instead, you may contact the Citizen Service of the local municipality directly in order to get a civil registration number (CPR number).

Padua

According to the Italian law, EU students do not need to apply for the residence permit. In Italy you must register at the General Register Office (Ufficio Anagrafe) of the municipality in which you are going to reside during your stay in Padua.

Dresden

Prague

Kourou and Montpellier

No visa is needed to enter France and no residence permit (“titre de séjour”) is required to stay in France for nationals of the following 35 countries:

If you are national of an EU country, you may bring with you your valid national identity card or your valid national passport.

Entry visa for field trip and other study related travels

For the Joint Spring Module students might need an Entry Visa for the country of destination. This depends on bilateral agreements between your country of origin and the country visited. It must, therefore, be checked on an individual basis. It is the responsibility of the student to secure his or her own visa. However, University of Copenhagen will assist you in applying for the visa e.g. by providing Letter of Invitation.

GloFor Commission

The GloFor Commission, Co-ordinator and Secretariat administrate the GloFor course. The GloFor Commission is the supreme administrative and executive body of the Consortium. It is headed by the Consortium Co-ordinator and consists of one academic and one administrative representative from each of the five institutions and one non-voting student representative selected by and amongst the entire GloFor student body. The Commission meets at least twice a year to discuss and follow-up on module and programme evaluations, discuss student performance (exam results), and to decide on economic matters within the Consortium.

GloFor Co-ordinator

The GloFor Co-ordinator is Associate Professor Thorsten Treue, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Apart from being the daily administrator of the programme, the Co-ordinator chairs the Commission, and is responsible for all contact with the European Commission.

GloFor Secretariat

The Secretariat is the central executive body of the GloFor programme. The GloFor Secretariat is a collaboration of employees from all five partner universities. All inquiries to the secretariat should be written to glofor @ ifro.ku.dk

Collection and processing of personal data by EACEA

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), in the context of managing the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters, collects and processes the personal data of some of the candidates. In particular, certain data of the scholarship holders and non-scholarship holders is shared with the Agency and treated according to this privacy statement.