How to apply for the student exchange programme

Step 1:  Contact a Student Mobility Coordinator for information and advice.
Step 2:  Check the eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Step 3:  Submit Massey’s Outbound Exchange application.
Step 4:  Choose papers you want to take at the host institution.
Step 5:  Interview with the Selection Committee.
Step 6:  Apply to attend your host university.

Step 1:  Contact a Student Mobility Coordinator for information and advice.

A Student Mobility Coordinator will be able to give you information on where you can study, what papers you can take there, details about the host university you’re interested in, and will also guide you through the application process.

Step 2:  Check the eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Students currently enrolled in a degree programme at Massey who meet the eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.  The application deadlines are:

Exchange during Semester One:  1 May (year prior)
Exchange during Semester Two:  1 October (year prior)

Late applications can be accepted for some universities. Check our latest updates for details.

Step 3:  Submit Massey’s Outbound Exchange application.

Return the Outbound Exchange Application to your Student Mobility Coordinator.

All students need to have two referees. One referee must be a Massey academic faculty member. The other referee may be an academic from your previous institution or someone in a position of authority who knows you well and can testify to your character.  Please do not use a family member or friend.

Complete Section A of the Outbound Exchange Referee Form and give it to your referees at least two weeks before the application deadline. Your referees will submit their references directly to the International Office.

Applying through ISEP

You must have two academic referees who are Massey University staff members to apply through ISEP.  Your Massey referees should complete the ISEP Academic Reference instead of the Outbound Exchange Referee Form.

Application forms

Step 4:  Choose papers you want to take at the host institution.

You can find links to the host institution's course catalogs on each of our partner's pages.  When selecting papers/course/modules at the host university, check that what you are selecting is available to exchange students. Many universities have restrictions on what exchange students can study, and often have specific lists which students can choose from.

Choose papers you would like to study at the host university. It is strongly recommended that you choose several back-up paper choices. Send a Host University Paper Selection form for each university you are applying to attend to the Student Mobility Coordinator who will advise you of the next step in the process.

Host University Paper Selection.pdf (79 KB)

Step 5:  Interview with the Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee will assess your application documents, Massey grades and your references. The assessment process will also involve an interview with representatives from the Massey University International Office and your Massey College. You will be sent information about the interview once your complete application has been received and your credit letter issued.

After the interview, the student exchange selection committee will inform you whether you have been approved for the exchange programme. The committee may wait until the current semester's results are released before making a decision on your application, to ensure that you have the required grade average.

Step 6:  Apply to attend your host university.

If you are approved by the student exchange selection committee, you will be invited to apply for admission to the host university. The Student Mobility Coordinator will help you apply and will forward your completed application documents to the host university.

After your nomination by Massey University, the likelihood of you being accepted by the host university is very good, but the decision about whether to accept you is ultimately with the host university. You should wait until you have received confirmation of acceptance from the host university before you purchase your airline return ticket or make any other binding commitments.

Please note that the average processing time for our partner universities to assess exchange applications is two months. You will need to be patient during this time as you wait for a decision from the host university.

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