How to apply for the student exchange programme

Las Vegas USA.jpg 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 June (year prior)
Exchange during Semester Two:  1 September (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 courses/modules/units at the host university, be sure your choices are 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 six to eight papers so you have several back-up options in case of a timetable or exam clash. Submit an Exchange Paper Selection Form for each university you are applying to attend.

Step 5:  Interview with the Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will review your application documents, Massey grades and reference letters. Applying for exchange also involves an interview with representatives from the Student Mobility Team and your College. We will send you information about the interview once we have processed your application.

After the interview, the 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.

The likelihood being accepted by the host university is very good, but the decision about whether to accept you is ultimately with the host university. Wait until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the host university before you purchase airline tickets or make any binding commitments.

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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