FAQs for Domestic students

FAQs for International students


 

FAQs for domestic students

What is a Cotutelle Doctoral Degree?

A Cotutelle Doctoral Degree is awarded after a program of study undertaken jointly at Flinders University and an international higher education institution. A PhD student (domestic or international) can divide his/her candidature between Flinders and the partner institution. A successful student will be awarded a doctoral degree from both institutions. Each degree is recognised in Australia and overseas. Flinders can either be the home or the host institution.

 

What are the benefits of doing a Cotutelle?

Apart from the experience of living and studying overseas, students gain multiple benefits from a Cotutelle degree. At the completion of your study you will receive two doctorates:  one parchment from your home university and one from Flinders University. A Cotutelle Doctoral Degree also enables you to have access to two Principal Supervisors, one at your home university and one at an overseas university. You will also have the increased opportunity to research, build networks and publish internationally.  

 

How much time must I spend at each university?

The Flinders University Cotutelle policy requires you to spend 2/3 of your candidature time at your home institution and 1/3 of your candidature time at the host institution. This can occur in one block of time or over a series of visits.

 

Who do I talk to first about a Cotutelle?

First head to our website and familiarise yourself with the policy. If you are eligible to apply discuss a Cotutelle degree with your Principal Supervisor. You will need their approval and assistance in the initial stages. Visit the information suite page to download the guidelines, application form and Cotutelle Agreement Template and endorsement letter templates. When you have chosen an overseas institution you will need to ensure that they have a Cotutelle policy (or jointly awarded PhD program) and that the university is of similar standing to Flinders.  If you require any further assistance please email the Office of Graduate Research at gradresearch@flinders.edu.au or phone us on 61-8-8201 5893.

 

Can I apply for a Cotutelle if I am currently enrolled in my PhD?

Yes, although the Flinders policy states that you need to apply for a Cotutelle within the first year of your doctorate.  You will need to allow sufficient time for the negotiations to be arranged between both universities (this can sometimes take months). Check with the Office of Graduate Research about your individual case if necessary

 

If I have an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship or a Flinders University Research Scholarship, will I still be paid my stipend during study at my overseas host University?

Yes. Your APA and FURS stipend will still be paid whilst you are overseas as you will retain your enrolment at Flinders while you travel. If you receive a privately funded scholarship, or an industry based stipend or top up, you will need to check the terms and conditions of those awards.

 

Will I be liable for tuition fees at an overseas university?

No. The Cotutelle Agreement drawn up by Flinders University and the host institution will normally request a tuition fee waiver for the time that you are enrolled in your overseas institution. You will have to allow enough money, however, for your travel, accommodation, health cover, and other living expenses while overseas. You can check the Flinders Scholarships website to see if you are eligible for any travel funding.

 

Do I need to speak another language to do a Cotutelle?

Not necessarily! Speaking the language of your host country may be helpful but in many discipline areas (for example, business and science) research groups use English, especially in Europe. Living for an extended period in some European countries might be difficult, however, if you do not know a local language. Some universities offer language programs to Cotutelle students at the start of their time overseas, and this can be negotiated. The Cotutelle Agreement will set out in what language your thesis will be written (usually English) and in what language the abstract will be written (usually the host institution’s language).

 

The Cotutelle Committee has approved my application and the responsible parties have signed the necessary paperwork. What next?

You will need to contact your overseas institution and follow their admission and enrolment procedures, as well as organise your visa. You should also contact the Flinders University International Centre to inform them of your travel plans.

 

Can I get any funding assistance for my travel?

Yes, you can apply for funding through the Cotutelle Student Travel Grant. Support is limited to a return economy class airfare and the funding is competitive and not guaranteed.

For eligibility details and conditions please visit the Scholarships website Cotutelle Student Travel Grant. 

 


 

FAQs for international students

What is a Cotutelle Doctoral Degree?

A Cotutelle Doctoral Degree is awarded after a program of study undertaken jointly at Flinders University and an international higher education institution. A PhD student (domestic or international) can divide his/her candidature between Flinders and the partner institution. A successful student will be awarded a doctoral degree from both institutions. Each degree is recognised in Australia and overseas. Flinders can either be the home or the host institution.

 

What are the benefits of doing a Cotutelle?

Apart from the experience of living and studying overseas, students gain multiple benefits from a Cotutelle degree.  At the completion of your study you will receive two doctorates:  one parchment from your home university and one from Flinders University. You will also have the increased opportunity to research, build networks and publish internationally.  

 

How much time must I spend at each university?

The Flinders University Cotutelle policy requires you to spend 1/3 of your candidature time at Flinders and 2/3 of your candidature time at the home institution. This can occur in one block of time or over a series of visits.

 

Who do I talk to first about a Cotutelle?

  1. Check whether your home university has a Cotutelle or jointly awarded PhD policy.
  2. Visit the Flinders Cotutelle website and familiarise yourself with the policy here.
  3. If you are eligible to apply and already have a Principal Supervisor at your home institution, discuss a Cotutelle degree with them. You will need their approval and assistance in the initial stages.
  4. Locate and contact a Supervisor at Flinders University. You can head to this website to ’Find a Supervisor’.  We also recommend that you contact the RHD Administrative Officer in the relevant College.
  5. Download the information suite, which includes application guidelines, Cotutelle Agreement Template, and application for admission forms.
  6. Contact the Office of Graduate Research to notify them of your intention to apply for a Cotutelle at Flinders either via email at gradresearch@flinders.edu.au or by phone on 61-8-8201 5983.

 

Can I apply for a Cotutelle if I am currently enrolled in my PhD?

Yes, although the Flinders policy states that you need to apply for a Cotutelle within the first year of your doctorate.  You will need to allow sufficient time for the negotiations to be arranged between both universities (this can sometimes take months). Check with the Office of Graduate Research about your individual case if necessary.

 

Will I be liable for tuition fees for the year that I attend Flinders University?

No, as long as you complete your study within the agreed time period (as stipulated in your Cotutelle Agreement), you will not be charged tuition fees by Flinders.

 

How do I cover my living expenses while I am completing my study at Flinders?

You will need to consider this before you apply. While Flinders will waive your tuition fees for the year that you are studying, you will need to ensure that you fund your own travel, accommodation, health cover and living expenses. We suggest that you visit the International Student Services site which contains important information about support for international students.

 

Is there a minimum English Language Requirement that I need in order to apply for a Cotutelle successfully?

In addition to having your Cotutelle Agreement approved and signed, you will still need to ensure that you pass the admission requirements for International Research Higher Degrees Students to be admitted to doctoral study at Flinders. You can check your eligibility in the English language proficiency requirements

 

The Cotutelle Committee has approved my application and the responsible parties have signed the necessary paperwork. What next?

You will need to contact the International Centre to lodge your formal application for admission and to confirm your visa and travel arrangements. International Centre contact details.

 

Who do I contact for more information?

You can always contact the Office of Graduate Research whose staff will assist you by providing useful information about the application process and referring you to appropriate contact people in the university. You can contact us via email at gradresearch@flinders.edu.au or also on the telephone at 61-8-8201 5893.