Frequently Asked Questions: Financing & Scholarships

No, you do not need. Your online application to LIVE Masters’ is used to award scholarships managed by the Consortium during the period of study whatever its origin: European or national or regional commission or LIVE associated partners. Full scholarship attribution is communicated at the same time as the outcome of the selection and then validated by the provider.

However, there are a number of scholarship programmes (bilateral, multilateral) that you may be eligible for, possibly originating from your country or international associations.  Do not hesitate to look for such opportunities as well as to request the selection letter you need from the LIVE secretariat. We will provide any needed supporting documentation but application(s) to such programmes are your own responsibility.

Applying to LIVE Master’s means applying for scholarships managed by the Consortium as well. Erasmus Mundus scholarship is a very generous scholarship that can virtually finance any expenses (including university institutional costs and living costs) during your 2-years Master’s programme. Please do apply; you will be informed of scholarship award together with the selection result and you will decide if you wish to register given the level of financial support we offer.

Full Erasmus Mundus scholarship (SHIC) is a very generous scholarship that can virtually finance any expenses (including university institutional costs and living costs) during your 2-years Master’s programme. It is composed of a monthly allowance of 1,400 euros per month paid to the student scholarship holder (SH) and of the university institutional costs (IC) paid to UCBL to cover the 2-years study programme of the scholarship holder. Partial Erasmus Mundus scholarship (IC) paid to UCBL to cover the 2-years study programme of the scholarship holder.

Student need to open a bank account in euros to receive the scholarship. UCBL is allowed to transfer funds after presentation and registration in the LIVE programme. The monthly allowance is paid according to monthly presence in the programme.

Frequently Asked Questions : Applications

All admission conditions have to be met before the start of the academic year. Should you fail to provide the necessary documents, your admission to the programme is void and you are not allowed to participate.

The Family name = surname = last name is always present on the passport. Exceptionally, the given name = first name is missing then, it is written “FNU” for “First Name Unknown” on the passport and you do the same in your application. Please fill out your identity information as written on your passport.

About Referees recommendation, please note that:

  • In the Section “Supporting Information” > Tab “My Referees”, the first time you enter the Referee address and click on the button “Next” (bottom right) or each time you click on “Resend email Ref1[2]”, your Referee is instructed how to access the Referee platform to provide his recommendation, by an email entitled: “LIVE Joint Master Degree, email for Referee”. Please stimulate your Referee(s) if you have confidence that they wish to provide a recommendation for your file. It is their choice whether to provide it or not.

  • It is better to provide institutional address for Referee(s) rather than personal email address, which can be suspicious and therefore not taken into account by the future reviewers of your file. Reviewers should be able to find your Referees in their current institution to consider their recommendation.

  • You cannot change your Referee emails. However, you can open a new application to enter new referee emails and submit that one by the deadline. In case you submit two applications, we take into account the most recent submission. You can also write to the helpdesk email (mylive AT univ-lyon1.fr) to notify the cancellation of one submission.

  • Please warn your Referee that the email entitled “LIVE Joint Master Degree, email for Referee” may have been trapped in their anti-spam folder.
  •  One minimum and two maximum recommendations are collected via the Referee platform.

  • You can follow the arrival of the recommendation from your Referees: before or after submission of your mylive application, you can log in to the MyLIVE portal https://mylive.univ-lyon1.fr  (until the deadline of the application period), to download your “PDF review”. When your Referee(s) have submitted their recommendation, your “PDF review” is automatically updated and you read in the Referee section the mention: “Recommendation 1 [2] received.”. Alternatively, it says “Recommendation 1 [2] pending, please stimulate your referee.”

  • One week before the MyLIVE closure, we have a systematic procedure to warn Applicants and their Referees with pending recommendations.

  • One week after the MyLIVE closure, the referee portal will close.

  • The calendar is available at the LIVE website: https://masterlive-vaccinology.eu/calendars/

Please choose « Scientist / PharmD / DVM / MD» if you follow scientific or engineering / pharmaceutical / veterinary / medical studies, respectively.

Yes, with a BSc level obtained in biological sciences, you can apply for the LIVE programme. The selection process requires a high level in six fields that you should work (BSc level) in addition to your studies, if they are not enough developed on those fields, which are: molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, human physiology, microbiology-virology and immunology.

English is the language of instruction of the LIVE. Students must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and express themselves clearly in speech and writing. If their first language or the primary language spoken at home is not English, applicant must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS academic test).

  • If you have obtained a higher education diploma with minimum 6 months of successful studies in English: you will be able to upload your certificate of studies performed in English, established by the university that has delivered the related diploma, instead of TOEFL/IELTS certificate.

  • otherwise you need a TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge certificate to certify your C1 level of English proficiency.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT) has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the best possible score). We look closely at the score for each section rather than the total. The minimum scores for each section are as follows:

  • – iBT: total score of 84 based on Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Speaking: 23; Writing: 22

  • – paper-based exam: 550 or above.

Applicants must indicate on the TOEFL registration form that they want their test results sent directly to the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. The TOEFL code for the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is 0463.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In lieu of the TOEFL exam, applicant may submit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A mean score of 6.5 or higher will also satisfy English Language proficiency requirement for LIVE programme, each section (writing, speaking, reading, listening) being above 5.5.
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

The relationship of IELTS / TOEFL with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) is complex as IELTS/TOEFL are rather designed to span a much broader proficiency continuum. In the CEFR, the required level is C1.

  • If you are a native English speaker: tick the box available on MyLIVE application.

  • If you have obtained a diploma in English: please upload your certificate of successful higher education studies performed in English at least 6-months, established by the university that has delivered the related diploma.

  • If you have passed the IELTS (academic test) or TOEFL English qualification: please upload your certificate with results.

  • If you have passed an English test different from IELTS or TOEFL and equivalence between your English qualification test and IELTS/TOEFL test is available on an independent web source, the LIVE admission team will directly take into account your English language qualification. If applicable, please indicate inside the document you upload, the web link where the equivalence between your test and IELTS/TOEFL test can be checked.

  • If you do not belong to the previous groups and cannot provide the IELTS or TOEFL English qualification before the deadline: waiting for your English proficiency,

    • – Your ability to write in English and to understand written English are evaluated at the step of pre-selection through the statement and the prerequisite test (Multiple Answer Survey), respectively.

    • – Then, if pre-selected, your English oral skills will be evaluated during your interview.

    • – When applying, in the section “Qualifications and Experience > English Language Qualifications”, you must fill out at least one qualification of your English level. You can write a level of English language obtained at school, waiting for your IELTS/TOEFL test result. Alternatively, you indicate “pending” in the box to validate an entry to be able to submit.

    • – When applying, in the section “Supporting Information > Supporting Documents > Copy of English Language Qualification”, please upload at the place of your English proficiency your available English qualification (as you described above, if applicable) and explanation why you do not provide the required IELTS/TOEFL document, with the commitment to do so. The minimum level described at the LIVE website in the menu “Application / Who can apply?” is required for final admission.

    • – If you are selected to participate in the LIVE programme without valid English proficiency, you will be first offered conditional admission. Conditional admission is valid until the end of July, thus the missing degree certificate (English proficiency) must be sent (possibly by email on mylive@univ-lyon1.fr and you will have to provide original documents for enrolment) by next July 15 of the present academic year at latest (but as soon as you receive it). If you expect to graduate later, you cannot be admitted to the programme this year but are welcome to apply for the next year.

  • A “Proof of Residence” is an official document such as a residence certificate issued in accordance with your municipality normal registration rules or a bill for your place (electricity, water…), a certificate of your place of work, study or training issued by the related employer or higher education institution or another document that fulfils the criteria mentioned below. The “Proof of Residence” must show:

    • your name and surname as written on your passport

    • your address, including the city (as when you send a letter to this address)

    • a date not older than one year before the MyLIVE deadline of the current academic year

    If the original document is not in English, you must also provide a translated copy with the original. If you have a proof of residence (bill of electricity, of water or…) with the name of a family member or friend and not with your name, you must send:

    • • The copy of the proof of residence

    • • a sworn letter of the same family member or friend with his copy of ID.

    Please find below an English model for the sworn letter (example if it is father’s home): “SWORN DECLARATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCE Name: of the family member to be filled Address: of the family member to be filled I, first name last name of family member to be filled, hereby declare that my daughter/son/family link, first name LAST NAME of you to be filled was living at home these last three months, therefore I produce for her/him a proof of residence with my name to assist her/his application. I hereby declare that the above is the full truth,

    Date to be hand written Signature of the Family member to be hand written
    Date, Name & signature first name last name of the Family member to be filled in capitals”
  • MyLIVE application allows to upload one supplementary document, only. This document can be a PDF combination of several documents with a maximum size of 20MB. To build or compress PDF, you can use for free online website such as https://www.ilovepdf.com/

  • No, you don’t. The application is completely on-line. As such only electronic copies must be provided. After you have been accepted the university administration will check the original documents you provided in your application.

  • In accordance with the official regulations stipulated by the European Commission, an offer or acceptance into the LIVE programme cannot be deferred to the following academic year. As a result, the underlying applicant would have to re-submit his application during the following application cycle. Please note that such applicant, who has previously been accepted, is very welcome to refer to such previous offer in the course of his new application.

  • All students who fulfil the academic requirements of the LIVE but have not been ranked high enough to obtain one of the limited places in the programme are placed on the reserve list. If higher-ranked applicants decide not to accept the offered place, applicants on the reserve list will be called in order of their ranking. Typically, such offers are made between the end of April and first week of September, at the latest.

  • Both applicants who cannot accept our offer this year (see above) and declined applicants are most welcome to re-apply for the next academic year. Please note that a transfer of this year’s results and/or information to the next year is not possible. The application form and the exact requirements normally change between years. For this reason, any re-application has to be started fresh (i.e. the application form has to be filled in again and the required documents have to be uploaded).

  • Due to the large number of applications, the staff cannot provide individualized feedback on your application. Please refer to the application documents page to check what the relevant rating criteria are.

Last updated : January 16, 2024