The Master Programme

  • What does BDMA mean?
    • BDMA means Big Data Management and Analytics


  • What is BDMA?
    • BDMA is a 2-year, English-language programme jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, Centrale Supélec (CS) in France, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in Netherlands and Università Di Padova (UniPD) in Italy.


  • What is the tuition language? Do I need to speak French, Spanish, Dutch or Italian?
    • There is no need to speak French, Spanish, Dutch or Italian to follow the courses, all technical courses are in English, and language course for the above languages are part of the programme.


  • Can the degree be finished sooner than 2 years? If I take courses during summer and winter breaks?
    • No.


  • Can any course be taken online other than in classroom?
    • No.


  • Can I enrol in the programme part-time?
    • No. The Erasmus Mundus joint master’s degree programmes are a full-time programmes.



The Erasmus+ Programme

  • What is Erasmus+?
    • Erasmus+ is the new European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020. In the field of higher education, Erasmus+ supports the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, which are high-level integrated international study programmes delivered by consortia of higher education institutions that award full degree scholarships to the best master students worldwide.


  • Where can I find a FAQ about the Erasmus+ Programme?



Application and eligibility

  • What is the application procedure? How to submit CVs, letters of reference, transcripts, etc.? Are there templates for these documents?
    • Applicants must use the online application form. Please do not sent documents directly by email. The online application system provides templates for the letter of reference and the recording of academic results.



  • Can I apply if I do not have obtained my Bachelor yet?
    • Candidates applying to BDMA who do not have yet obtained the bachelor degree at the time of application deadline, may nevertheless apply to the Master. In this case, if accepted, it will be conditional.
      Students applying for a scholarship must upload proof of obtained bachelor degree no later than the deadlines specified in the BDMA website.


  • Can I apply if I don’t have a bachelor of science with major in computer science, but I have working experience in business intelligence?
    • Indeed, you can apply to BDMA, but students with major in Computer Science will be ranked higher. Please provide as much information as possible about your working experience in the domain of BI or Computer Science in general in order to counterbalance the fact that you don’t have a major in Computer Science. That will increase your ranking.


  • What about the document to upload providing the English test results if English is my mother language and /or if I did my studies in English?Is my IELTS test (General Training) equivalent to IELTS (Academic) that the BDMA requires? Is institutional TOEFL (ITP TOEFL) accepted as a proof of English proficiency? What if my test validity has expired?





  • Are scholarships available?
    • Yes, the Erasmus+ programme provides EU-funded scholarships to students who have been selected by the consortium. The scholarship amount depends on the origin of the selected student.


  • Who can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship?
    • The Erasmus+ programme distinguishes students who are nationals or residents of Programme Countries and Partner countries. Programme countries students are:
      • Students who are nationals of one of the 28 EU Member States: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Croatia.
      • Students who are nationals of one of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Serbia, and North Macedonia.
      • Students who have resided or carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months over the past five years (counted backward starting from the end of February following the official deadline for application to the master) in any of the above countries. For applicants applying for student intake in 2022, this is the period from December 16th, 2016 to December 15, 2021


      Students of Partner Countries are all other students.


  • What is the maximum amount of the Erasmus+ scholarship?
    • The maximum scholarship amount for students from Partner Countries is €24,000 per year. The maximum scholarship amount for students from Programme Countries is €24,000 per year.


  • What does the Erasmus+ scholarship cover? Do Erasmus+ scholarships cover all expenses?
    • Erasmus+ scholarships are meant to cover tuition fees, participation costs (including insurance coverage), contribute to cover travel cost and installation cost, and include a monthly allowance.

For more information on Erasmus+ scholarships, please consult the tuition fees and scholarships page.


Tuition Fees

  • What are the tuition fees?
    • Tuition fees are 4,500 € / year for European students and 9,000 € /year for other students.


  • Is accommodation included in registration fees?
    • No.





  • What provision do you have for accommodation, how will that be co-ordinated or where will I stay?
    • BDMA local administrative managers will assist every student at every place of study in finding housing.


  • Is there a provision for work-study (Studying while also working at the college / or other place obtained by college)? Can this scenario be arranged?
    • So far nothing has been arranged by the consortium, but there may be possibilities at each local partner delivering the degree. We are working on that particular issue. Note also that if you are granted the scholarship, the UE does not allow to work while studying since Erasmus Mundus scholarships are intended for full time studies only.




  • Who can apply as a visiting scholar? What is the application procedure?




  • Are scholarships available for scholars?
    • Yes


  • What does the scholarship cover?
    • Travel cost contribution, Accommodation




  • What are the facilities and services available for scholars? Are specific services available for scholars and their families? Are specific services available for scholars with special needs?