How applications are assessed?

1/ Each eligible applications are first pre-evaluated by two members of the Academic and Management Board according to the to the scoring table and weighted criteria as indicated below:

Criteria used to assess online application weight
Academic excellence 50%
Recognition of home institution/ recognition of the first degree 10%
Rank/grade/distinction 20%
Adequacy of academic background with COSI requirements 20%
Track-record 30%
Research projects / Professional experience / Former international experience 20%
Recommendation (academic and professionals) 10%
Motivation (as per cover letter) 20%
English proficiency (as per cover letter + test scores) Discriminating variable (pass/fail)

This first pre-evaluation is scored on a scale of 5 (5=Excellent, 4=Very good, 3=Good, 2=Satisfactory, 1=Sufficient, 0=Insufficient). Special attention is given to make sure that all evaluators share the same view on criteria to be applied and correspondence between subjective quality of each item and the scale used.

2/ Best applications (3,5/5 or above) are moderated by the 4 academic full partners during an AMB meeting and evaluated and scored again on a scale of 5 by 2 different AMB members, using the same criteria and weighting system.

3/ Best applicants (an average of 3,5/5 or above of the 2 evaluations) are interviewed. The applicants’ performance is scored on a scale of 5.

Criteria used to assess interview performance Weight
Ability to listen, understand question and provide relevant and concise answers 10%
Ability to illustrate personality and skills, and notably soft skills, by providing past real life stories to answer competency-based questions 15%
Ability to demonstrate adequacy and consistency between the academic background, objectives of the COSI programme and professional project 15%
Knowledge of targeted industrial trends and challenges 15%
Knowledge of COSI programme objectives 10%
Knowledge of color applied science rationale, specificities and stakes in the economy 15%
Degree of applicants engagement for the programme (with respect to other on-going applications) 20%
English proficiency (oral expression and understanding) Discriminating variable (pass/fail)

4/ Final selection is agreed during a Academic Board meeting by the 4 academics partners full consensus on the basis of averaged selection and interview grades.

5/ An administrative check is performed (diploma authenticity, contact of applicants referees).

tips for a successful application

Before applying online

  • Take time to read about COSI program
  • Read selection criteria, that will help you focus on what matters

During the skype interview

  • Be confident
  • Make sure you understand the jury questions. Don’t hesitate to ask your jury to rephrase the questions
  • The interview should sounds more like a dialogue than a questioning: follow-up on question, be proactive
  • Listen to the jury and be concise. Keep to the point. Be as specific as possible
  • Prepare brief real life stories to discuss your accomplishments, strengths and your ability to learn from past experiences
  • Tell us your story: why you’re here, where you come from, where you want to go?

appeal procedure

Unsuccessful applicants to a programme and/or an associated scholarship may appeal procedure following the rejection of their application (including application to EMJMD and Consortium scholarships that are attributed at the time of selection).

The procedure to follow for an appeal to the selection decision is set as follows:

1. If the applicant does not agree with the final decision of the Eligibility and Selection committee, then s/he may appeal this decision before the Academic & Management Board.

2. In order to be valid, the appeal must be in writing, using following letter of settlment template (page 2 of this document) signed and dated, and send (in .pdf format) by the applicant to the attention of:

Prof. Alain Tremeau, Head of Academic & Management Board and Academic Coordinator / alain.tremeau [at] univ-st-etienne.fr / and Amélie Genvrin, Administrative Coordinator / amelie.genvrin [at] univ-st-etienne.fr /

3. The appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) days following the publication of selection outcome at the latest.

4. The appeal should set out fully the grounds upon which it disputes the decision of the Selection Committee, together with copies of any relevant supporting documents or justifications upon which it relies. The grounds of the appeal must be based on new elements or facts which were not taken into consideration when the application was originally analyzed. It should be noted that the Academic & Management Board may reject an appeal which is not submitted within the thirty (30) days period or which does not contain the necessary justifications or documentation.

5. The Academic & Management Board will examine every appeal cases, either physically during the Selection Committee or virtually any time before the intake starts. The board can decide to reassess and reconsider the application or to deny the appeal procedure after close examination of the applicant’s pleas.

6. The applicant will be informed of the appeal decision of the Academic & Management Board by a written instrument within thirty (30) days following after date of reception of the appeal form.

Important note: the Academic & Management Board is primarily responsible for conflict cases settlement. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency should not be contacted directly by the student alone, but rather by the Consortium if the conflict, despite the appeal decision, is not resolved.

[last update = 18/03/2016]