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Students who are currently enrolled in a degree programme at Massey are welcome to apply for the student exchange programme. Check the eligibility requirements before applying.
Exchange in Semester One
Apply to the Massey University International Office by 1 June (year prior).
Exchange in Semester Two
Apply to the Massey University International Office by1 October (year prior). Late applications can be considered for some universities for Semester Two 2014. Check Latest updates for details.
Step 1: Seek academic advice
Discuss your proposed exchange with a staff member from the Student Advice and Information Unit. Visit the Student Central/Massey Contact/Campus Information Services office on your campus or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending an email, please use the following format in the subject line: your programme abbreviation, ID, surname and ‘Outgoing Exchange Academic Advice’ (e.g. "BBS, 12345678, BLOGGS, Outgoing Exchange Academic Advice"). Make sure you include the following information in the body of your email:
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Current Address
- Previous address Massey would have on file for you if you have changed address
Academic advisors will help you identify:
• Whether you are likely to be academically eligible for the exchange programme
• When is a suitable time to go on exchange with your particular degree programme
• What are the requirements for the papers you study on exchange
Step 2: Choose your host university
Choose a host university from the list of Massey’s current exchange partners.
Check Latest Updates to see whether your chosen university has limited exchange places, and if so, select a second choice university.
Contact a Student Mobility Coordinator in the Massey University International Office (email email@example.com) for advice on your university choice/s.
Click here for advice on choosing a host university.
Step 3: Select papers to study on exchange
Choose the papers you would like to study at the host university. It is strongly recommended that you choose several back-up paper choices.
If you are applying to be considered for more than one university or campus, you will need to select the papers you’d like to study at each university/campus.
Click here for advice on selecting papers to study on exchange.
Step 4: Obtain credit approval for your proposed study
Before applying for the exchange programme, you need to make sure that the papers you wish to study overseas are suitable to be credited towards your Massey degree programme. Request credit approval for your proposed study at your first choice university or campus.
Creative Arts students should contact the following people for credit approval:
Students from all other Massey Colleges should email firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending an email, please use the following format in the subject line: your programme abbreviation, 'Exchange Outbound', your Massey ID, and your surname (e.g. 'BBS, Exchange Outbound, 12345678, BLOGGS').
When requesting credit approval, make sure you include the following information:
• your full name and date of birth
• the semester/s of your proposed exchange
• the name of the host university (i.e. where you'd like to study on exchange)
• the the usual full-time workload at the host university (number of credits or number of papers per semester)
• the list of papers you’d like to study, with back-up options
• detailed outlines for each paper
• where you think these papers will fit into your degree (e.g. are they replacing specific Massey papers, crediting towards your major/minor, or are they electives?)
Make sure that you provide the full course code (which should indicate the subject area and level of study), the credit value (in the host university credit system), and a detailed course description (which should include the prerequisites, learning outcomes and assessments, and may also include information about textbooks) for each paper.
If you plan to make any changes to your programme of study (including changing your major or minor, or starting a new programme of study) before you go on exchange, make sure you specify this in your email.
An academic advisor will email you a credit letter, identifying what credit can be awarded to your Massey programme for each paper, e.g. whether the paper can be credited as a specific Massey paper, non-specific credit in a particular subject area and/or at a particular level, or non-specific elective credit. Attach this credit letter to your student exchange application.
Step 5: Complete and submit your application for the student exchange programme
Complete the Outbound Student Exchange Programme Application Form, which may be downloaded below. If you have any questions, contact a Student Mobility Coordinator. Submit your completed application form and supporting documents to the Massey University International Office by the application deadline.
All students need to have two referees. At least one referee must be an academic (preferably a Massey lecturer or tutor; or a teacher from your previous institution, e.g. high school, if attended recently). The other referee may be an academic or someone in a position of authority who knows you well and can testify to your character, but who is not a family member or friend. Complete Section A of the Referee Forms (below) and give them to your referees at least two weeks before the application deadline. Your referees will submit their references directly to the International Office.
If you intend to apply to a US university through ISEP, you must have two academic referees who are university staff members, and they should complete the ISEP Academic Reference Form (below) instead of the Massey referee form.
If you have selected a second or third choice university (only if your first choice has limited exchange places or if applying to ISEP), you should also complete the Supplement for Second and Third Choice Universities. You don't need to arrange credit approval for your second and third choice universities, but you will be asked to arrange this later if you are placed at one of these universities instead of your first choice.
If you are applying for exchange to the University of California, you should also complete the Supplement for the University of California.
ISEP Academic Reference Form1.pdf (74 KB) (complete only if applying to an ISEP university in the USA)
Outbound-Student-Exchange-Programme-Supplement-Second-and-Third-Choice-Unis.pdf (64 KB) (complete only if your first choice university has limited exchange places or if applying to ISEP)
Outbound-Student-Exchange-Programme-Supplement-Uni-of-California.pdf (63 KB) (complete only if applying for an exchange to the University of California)
Participating on the Massey student exchange programme is a privilege, and students selected for the programme are expected to be ambassadors for Massey University while studying overseas. The student exchange selection committee will assess your application documents, Massey grades and your references. The assessment process may also involve an interview with representatives from the Massey University International Office and your Massey College/s. You will be sent information about the interview once your complete application has been received.
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.
If you are approved by the student exchange selection committee, you will be invited to apply for admission as an exchange student to the host university. The Student Mobility Coordinator will give you instructions on how to apply and will forward your completed application documents to the host university.
The final decision to accept or decline your application rests 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. 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.
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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Last updated on Monday 09 December 2013