The EMLE programme is difficult enough without the extra pressure of scheduling travel and worrying about travel documents. Depending on your country of origin, applying for, processing, and delivering travel documents such as study visas can take a significant amount of time. Finding out this information with respect to your specific country falls on your shoulders.
Booking flights, organizing luggage, setting up bank accounts, handling local community registration, obtaining identification documents; these all take time as well. The more tasks you can complete before you depart, the easier and less stressful your studies will be. Since you may be dealing with four different countries (your home country and three different country study locations), it is important that you research how your bank deals with international money transfers so you have access to cash.
A good starting point is through your country’s consular website, as well as the consular websites of your destination countries. After that, the easiest is a simple web search for the information you are seeking.
Once again, we stress that you start early so your experience can be one of scholarship instead of stress.
"The EMLE program is a unique chance to broaden one's focus and to dive into interdisciplinary research. Having studied political science before, I wanted to learn more about the economic rationales behind the rules that are governing our everyday life as well as about the potentials to improve them. My expectations were more than fulfilled! With the new tools at hand I was able to start a Ph.D. program at the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation.
Apart from the outstanding academic quality of the program I cannot think of a better way to get to know energetic people from all around the world. Sitting in a Hamburg dorm and enjoying dinner in a 20sqm kitchen with friends from Italy, Russia, Mexico, Bangladesh, India, China, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, Israel, Taiwan and Argentina is what makes the EMLE program an experience of a lifetime."
Thimo Pascal Stoll
[EMLE Student 2008/2009]