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The two-year degree programme of a Master in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies (TEOS) offered by the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany, coordinator), the University of Cumbria (England) and the Norges Idrettshogskole in Oslo (Norway) is a response to the fact that outdoor practice and the pedagogy connected with it has gained tremendous significance in all industrial countries in recent years. The aim of the course is to impart a qualifications profile that, on the one hand, embraces the accumulated knowledge of the three central traditions of the philosophy of outdoor pedagogies – the Norwegian Friluftsliv, the English Outdoor Education and the German Erlebnispädagogik, and that, on the other hand, leads to the development of a transcultural sensitivity which allows students to discern the cultural transitions and open borders between the three national concepts that have been there from the beginning and have been retained until today.

The degree programme has been designed as a peregrinatio academica, in which a study group remains together throughout the whole course of studies and spends a semester each at one of the three universities in England, Norway and Germany. This organisational frame quite consciously picks up the metaphor of travelling, not as a reminder of a past phase of European university history, but to illustrate the process of temporarily leaving one culture and entering another – the transition, in fact. To read about a culture and study it from books is one thing, to experience it first-hand is quite another.

The qualifications profile graduates thus acquire will enable them to take on leadership and planning tasks especially on a conceptional level in outdoor centres, in youth work and in clubs, in schools development, in personnel development or in companies of the outdoor industry.


UNIVERSITY PHILIPPS-MARBURG, Germany (Co-ordinating Institution)

Admission requirements

There is a set of requirements that applicants have to fulfil. These requirements are:

1.First Degree: The minimum academic qualification is a Bachelor’s degree or comparable qualification with a background in Outdoor Education, Education, Social Sciences or Environmental Sciences. Applicants must have acquired a minimum of 45 points within the framework of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in educational or social/cultural related modules (classes) during their university studies. For more detailed information on the European Credit Transfer System please refer to the official website of the European Commission on the topic.

2.English language requirements: Students must be able to study courses in English effectively. We therefore require certified English language skills of at least B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent. The minimum English language requirements for obtaining a scholarship are e.g. TOEFL: 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based), IELTS: Band 5 (academic), First Certificate in English

3.Letter of application: Applicants should demonstrate their interest in the subject area and should demonstrate their personal and professional appropriateness for the masters course by writing a statement (at least two pages).

4.Curriculum vitae (e.g. EuroPass CV)

5.Work experience: In the case of similar academic achievements, preference will be given to students with relevant work experience in the field of education and outdoor education.

6.Reference(s): Referees (academic or/and non-academic) should email their reference directly to TEOS-coordinator: Mr. Martin Lindner (martin.lindner(at)

Application Form – Scholarization

Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarship

■ 1,000 € per month for two years (24,000 €)

■ 8,000 € for mobility (e.g. travel from home to Europe and back)

■ Tuition fees which are paid by the EU to the TEOS coordinating university

Erasmus Mundus Category B scholarship

■ 500 € per month for two year (12,000 €)

■ Tuition fees which are paid by the EU to the TEOS coordinating university

Selection process

The selection process is based on a range of criteria established by the application board in consultation with TEOS consortium. It takes account of the total profile of the applicant including

■ Qualifications held and predicted grades
■ Motivation
■ Experience
■ Personal suitability
■ Other appropriate supporting information
■ The ability to benefit from and succeed this master course

Application deadline

The application period is timed from December 1st until January 10th.

Contact Detail:

Mr. Martin Lindner
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Department of Sports science and Motology
Barfüßerstraße 1
35037 Marburg, Germany


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