Students will register with the General Coordinator and provide its 5 favorite TROPIMUNDO Trajectories.
Each Trajectory is divided in 4 semesters. Students start their program at the European university of their choice in Semester 1 (S1). The courses in S1 are divided into basic and specialised courses leading to equivalent competences in all three European study poles. During the second period (S2) in situ field experience and courses will take place in one of the universities in the south. During S3 specialisation will be sought at a European university different from that where the respective student started. During S3 the courses between the three study poles are very different. Finally, in S4 the student returns to where she or he started from for thesis research.
Figure caption on TROPIMUNDO Trajectories. Structure and two-yearly schedule of the EMMC in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems (TROPIMUNDO), with a starting semester (S1) at any of the three European HEI, followed by a mobility outside Europe in S2 (choice between any of the three third-country sites for each student). In S3, the student studies at a second European HEI (ULB-VUB students go to UNIFI or UPMC-MNHN, UNIFI students go to ULB-VUB or UPMC-MNHN, and UPMC-MNHN students go to ULB-VUB or UNIFI), to finally return to the European HEI he started from. Potential intensive language courses and exam periods are also indicated.
At the end of the program the student will have been in touch with 2/3 of the European expertise in the consortium (See Section 2A). During S2 each of the above Trajectories will be completed by a hands-on experience in one of two tropical sites, which is fully justified considering the name of the joint programme. The Trajectories and the choices therein have been limited so that each Trajectory constitutes a unique combination of courses and expertises.