How to apply

The application period for the next edition of the programme starting from September 2024 is open. 


Check out the application procedure step by step:


Step by step description of the application process.

Specific conditions:

  • All documents must be correctly uploaded when registering the application in the system, since assessments will be done following the order of reception.
  • Documents will be reviewed once uploaded. If there is any uncomplete or mistaken file, the student will be informed and, within a maximum of 10 days after the deadline of the corresponding period, it should be addressed.
  • Applicant’s allocation preferences for Phase 1 will be considered, but final allocations will depend on availabe places in all the universities. For the 2023 edition, note that:
  1. Phase 1 will be only offered in UB, TCD and UU.
  2. If the final number of admitted students is higher than the capacity of these 3 institutions, ELTE or/and UM will also offer Phase 1, depending on demand.
  3. The resolution of acceptance in the Master's will include your firm allocation for Phase 1 in UB, TCD or UU.
  4. If new locations are finally opened, you will only be relocated in case you rank ELTE or UM in as your 1st option in this application.
  5. Phase 2 will be offered in ELTE, UM and at least in one more university. 

Contact for inquiries or issues in the application process.

Note: The information given in the admission form about specialty/track for the flexible phase of the Master’s is a guideline (not binding). You will be able to confirm or change your final specialty/track when you officially register in the Master's (binding).


This Master’s programme is targeted at a high quality and multidisciplinary audience with graduates from any discipline seeking to share knowledge and gain advanced understanding in sustainability by addressing societal challenges (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]) and the European Green Deal), developing challenge analysis skills, and extending their capabilities to develop solutions for complex problems. It is a full-time, hybrid programme where mobility is a norm embedded in the curricula (compulsory from semester 1 to semester 2).

Access requirements

At least a Bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. In the case of students with a French Licence they will need an additional 30 ECTS for admission. 

English language certification is necessary for programme admission. C1 is the required level. Students with B2 level will be considered in conjunction with other admission criteria but must attain C1 level before programme registration. Download the English Accepted Certificates.

For more detailed information, please download the "CHARM-EU Rules and regulations: Admissions".  

Documents to be submitted

Required supporting documents for admission:

Joint Virtual Administrative Office and the Admission Board will not take into consideration applications with incomplete documentation after the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application form is complete and that all required documents are attached in the appropriate format (PDF). Any application sent after the deadline will not be processed.

For all programmes, you must upload the following documents in your application file. Make sure each document is in the required language (English or any of the CHARM-EU universities official languages).

1. Valid ID card: For EU students, national ID or passport can be used. For non-EU students, only passport is accepted. PDF format.

2. Bachelor’s degree diploma or recognised equivalentIf the diploma is not available yet, up-to-date transcript will suffice. Non-EU students should submit an additional statement from the university recognising that the qualification is sufficient to apply to a master’s level program. 

3. For Applicants with a French Licence: certificate with additional 30 ECTS.

4. Academic transcript: Acceptable transcript formats must include the mean grade updated until the last evaluation period (GPA). If the GPA is not included in the transcript, students should submit an additional statement from the university including the grade point average.

*In case of students with multiple degrees (bachelor’s or master’s), only the one uploaded will be assessed.

5. English language test scores with a LEVEL C1: Download the accepted English certificates here.  C1 is the required level and must be achieved in all skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Applicants with B2 level will be considered in conjunction with other admission criteria but must attain C1 level before programme registration. Exemptions:Applicants with the Nationality of an English-speaking country and coming from Education Systems of English-speaking countries or with a previous university degree delivered in English (Bachelor level minimum) are exempt and must provide a document that proves their cause for exemption (passport, certified from the university where they studied in English, etc).

6. Curriculum Vitae. (In English. PDF format.)

7. Essay (length 500-750 words): Choose one of the 17 SDGs, explain why you have selected this one, and analyse in a critical way the agenda/milestones of your country, municipalities, or business in that matter. (In English. PDF format.)

8. Video presentation: download the video instructions here. If a student is not able to provide a video presentation for personal or medical reasons, they should address it to for the Admissions Board to advise an alternative solution. (In English. PDF format with the link to the video recording.)

9. Inclusivity: if you tick the box, you will be contacted by the Equality and Diversity Officer.

Download your checklist here.

Selection criteria

An evaluation rubric will be used to ensure maximum objectivity. The draft rubric below is based on the competencies identified for selection in the CHARM-EU Rules and Regulations

1. Academic excellence (10 points)

10 points will be distributed according to previous degree’s finale grade mark, converted in a A-D scale, following the grading equivalence table. If the country of the candidate is not listed in this table, the CHARM-EU Academic Board will decide the conversion to be applied.

Points selection criteria

2. General academic competencies (40 points)

These competencies will be assessed through the documents and the video submitted by the student. For more detailed information, please check out 'Documents to be submitted'

  • Critical thinking (10 points): Quality, originality, coherence, relevance of arguments in the essay in relation to the chosen topic, given different perspectives. Originality and feasibility of ideas and plans expressed in the video.
  • Analytical writing (10 points): The candidate’s writing shows the thought processes they went through to arrive at a given conclusion and discusses the implications of this, in a structured and clear way, uses suitable expressions.
  • Verbal reasoning (10 points): Arguments are presented with clarity and clear reasoning.
  • Visual presentation (10 points): The presentation is well organised, engaging and pertinent to the application.  

3. Personal competencies (40 points)

This will be assessed through the documents presented by the student.

  • Intercultural competence (10 points): languages, relevant international and additional cultural experiences.
  • Oral communication (10 points): the applicant makes a convincing presentation of their commitment and expectations. The applicant makes good use of the allocated time and questions.
  • Civic engagement (10 points): relevant experiences, practical examples of the candidate past and current engagement.
  • Commitment for programme entry (10 points): clear expectations from the programme, willing to contribute.

4. Inclusion (10 points)

  • Disability
  • Socio-economic background
  • Others

In order to ensure access and inclusion, the applicants of under-represented communities (in terms of age, gender, family status, access needs, migration status, socio-economic background, higher educational background, among others), that want to be considered for these 10 additional points will be able to declare their situation by providing a relevant rationale and supporting information. The declaration of this possibility will be optional for the applicant.

For more detailed information, please download the "CHARM-EU Rules and regulations: Admissions" .