2G. Joint student application, selection and admission procedures
TROPIMUNDO applications must abide by the following eligibility criteria: - Students have been awarded minimum a Bachelor's degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS) with a major in Biology, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or equivalent from an accredited university. This university has to be listed in the International Handbook of Universities/World List of Universities or other Institutions of Higher Education ; - Students must be able to demonstrate language proficiency in English or English + French by means of an internationally recognized test equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR (see Section 7), preferably less than 6 months old.
When applying, a proof of English language proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates: - A document attesting that English is the language of instruction for the degree obtained or of several scientific courses followed within a degree (at least 15 ECTS); - A document attesting that at least 1 year of secondary education has been completed in English/French; - A diploma of primary education stating that English was the language of instruction; - A language test: only TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE, PTE, TOEIC (Listening & Reading AND Speaking & Writing are required), are accepted. The same is valid for French and similar documents can be provided as language proficiency proofs.
Trajectories involving the University Of Queensland require successful completion of a bachelor or masters degree program, or evidence of at least two years full time (or part time equivalent) study from an accredited university or institution which is recognised by The University of Queensland as one where: - English was the medium of instruction, and - English was the medium of assessment, and - the study has been undertaken during the five (5) years immediately prior to the commencement of study at UQ. If you do not fall under the above criteria, then an English language test is compulsory and should be dated no more than 2 years before the start of the semester at UQ: 19/02/2018. If you attach a document older than this it is admissible for the selection stage of TROPIMUNDO applicants, but you will be asked to provide a more recent one before you start your studies in our programme. For more information: see UQ English language proficiency requirements.
Regardless of the above proofs, any applicant can be requested to hand in an additional language test.
The consortium will rely on how certification bodies evaluate their own equivalences against this framework, e.g. Cambridge English (ESOL) First A-C, IELTS (academic) overall band score of 6.5 (with no individual score below 6 in each sub-band for UQ and no individual score below 5.5 for all other institutes), TOEFL (paper based) 570, TOEFL (computer based) 237, TOEFL (internet based) 87, etc. or graduated from an anterior program taught in English for English proficiency, or originating from an institute registered with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and graduated from an anterior program taught in French for French proficiency. In addition, for some institutes a registration at Campus France website will be required if necessary.
Applications will be scored according to the following categories: - Academic diploma including: Domain of the bachelor: Priority is given to students within the field of Biology/Natural Sciences/Environmental Sciences, which basic training in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, or equivalent. Please refer to the FAQ for updated information on which diploma's are considered equivalent and which are not. Academic results: All course marks will be scrutinised. In parallel the degrees will be standardised to a common system using existing International Grade Conversion databases. - CV and professional experience: this will be used to assess the applicant's experience beyond education. - Personal Project and Motivation : this will assessed based on the coherence of argument, critical thinking, credibility and commitment, enthusiasm and compassion, vocabulary and word choice and originality and creativity. - Reference letters (three): these will be scrutinised and rated based on referee assessment, as well as referee's publications, citations, referee h-index (as obtained by Journal Citation Reports), in relation to the h-index of the country of his/her current institution (as published in SJR - SCImago Journal and Country Rank). - Language skills: Scores will be given proportional to the score of the provided certificate with regard to the maximum and minimum scores.
An impartial evaluation of the applications will be achieved. However, if some application packages get the same score and cannot be clearly distinguished based on the subscores in the above categories, gender parity and disabled students will be favoured, as well as those students belonging to minority groups.
Finally, any application may be completed by an interview through videoconference, web or phone contact. This will be done on an if-needed basis and students might be asked beforehand to stand-by during a certain day (without the guarantee of receiving a call).