Université Libre de Bruxelles - Microfinance Programme (EMP)

We are glad to introduce to you the European Microfinance Programme (EMP), which was launched in September 2005. Since this academic year, it is recognized as a full Master degree (European Master in Microfinance). The programme is organized by four universities in Belgium, France and The Netherlands (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Université de Paris-Dauphine, and Wageningen Universiteit) and the non-governmental organisations ADA, CERISE, PlaNet Finance and SOS Faim. This international Master is aimed at students who want to complete a specialization in microfinance and acquire expertise by an internship in a developing country. It provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to the challenges facing the microfinance sector today. The classes are given in English. They take place in evenings during the week and on Saturday mornings. The European Master in Microfinance is welcoming graduate students specialized in management, sustainable development or development cooperation (Masters level (5 years), 300 ECTS or equivalent, with at least "Honours"). Former professional experience is also an asset. From the academic year 2008-2009 on, up to 12 scholarships are available from the Belgian CUD (Commission Universitaire pour le Développement) to students coming from developing countries. This scholarship covers the tuition fees, living expenses, return tickets and a few additional costs (see http://www.cud.be/content/view/343/212/lang,/). The new application form for 2008-2009 to fill out will soon be posted on our website : www.europeanmicrofinanceprogram.org. Meanwhile, the application form for 2007-2008, currently available on this website, serves as an example. In order to gain some time while waiting for the new application form to be put on the net, you could already procure an official copy of your university degree and of all transcripts (size A4 if possible), since often, this takes some time. These must include the seal and signature of the academic institution. You could also already apply, if wished, for the CUD scholarship. If you are interested in the European Master in Microfinance, please do not hesitate to ask for further information on this E-mail address: mlemmens@ulb.ac.be. For the EMP team, Marek Hudon, Scientific Coordinator.