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Multi Faculty Exchange (MFE)

If you want to go on an exchange outside of Europe you can apply for the Multi Faculty Exchange (MFE), also known as University Wide exchange. Within the MFE there are several top ranking universities in the Americas, Asia and Australia- New Zealand. The MFE is handled by the central office of the University: the Mobility and Scholarship Desk (MSD).

Going abroad

Your faculty can tell you how many spots there are available per partner university. Do contact your exchange officer to get an inside in the possibilities. When your faculty has decided who they want to select, the MSD will contact your on how to proceed further. After the selection you will need to apply to the exchange programme of the university of your choice. This might mean that you need to fill in details that you have already filled in for the MFE exchange; unfortunately there is no way around that.

The MSD can help you with the application when it comes to application deadlines and the like, however for e.g. visa related matters, cost of living, campus facilities etc. you need to contact the exchange officer of the partner university.

Questions about the credits transfer or the Marco Polo fund can be answered by your own university of Groningen exchange officer or -study advisor.

Below you will find a list of all the partner universities that participate in the MFE. In the provided information you can see whether or not your faculty participates in the exchange you had in mind. You'll also learn if there are specific requirements.

Application

You can apply by printing out this application form and filling it in. You need to hand in the application form at your faculty exchange office or - international office. Do not send the application form directly to the MSD. To participate in the MFE it is recommended that you have an average grade of 7 or higher. Your faculty exchange officer or- international officer decides who will be put forward for an MFE exchange.

The only and final deadline for the MFE is February 1st , but this may differ per faculty. Please contact your exchange officer to find out what their deadline is.

Semesters

You can either decide to apply for the first or the second semester for the coming academic year. On the application form you will find the correlating dates of all universities. Make sure to discuss this with your exchange officer or study advisor. They will know if the semester you'll choose is a logical one.

Propaedeutic exam

Only those students who already have a propaedeutic certificate are eligible for the MFE.

Courses

You need to make a selection of courses for both your first and your second choice university. Please make sure that the credits match your own ects score. This is usually 30 ects per semester. If you are not sure, please discuss this with your exchange officer or study advisor.

English language test

Even though several bachelor programmes within the faculties are English taught, it is still necessary to hand in an English language test. In the student exchange agreements with partner universities abroad, it is laid down that the University of Groningen will only send those students who passed the English Language Centre test.

However, due to visa regulation this test is not accepted by the Australian and New Zealand universities. They will only accept valid TOEFL or IELTS tests.

If you have a valid TOEFL or IELTS test, you do not need to do the Language Center English Language test.

Spanish- or Portuguese language test

If you decide to go to Mexico or Chile, you need to hand in a Spanish Language Centre test. In the student exchange agreements with this partner university, it is laid down that the University of Groningen will only send those students who passed the Spanish Language Centre test.

Moreover you need to make a Spanish translation of your English transcript of records and include them both in your application.

If you decide to go to Brazil you need to hand in a Portuguese Language Centre test . In the student exchange agreements with this partner university, it is laid down that the University of Groningen will only send those students who passed the Portuguese Language Centre test.

Moreover you need to make a Portuguese translation of your English transcript of records and include them both in your application.

Motivation letter

You need to write an English motivation letter with a maximum of 500 words. This also applies for the MFE partners in Mexico and Brazil, but you can hand in an Portuguese or Spanish translation, this however is not mandatory. If you apply for two exchange partners within the MFE you need to hand in two English written motivation letters.

Resume

The resume should be written in English. This also applies for the MFE partners in Mexico, Chile and Brazil, but you can hand in an Portuguese or Spanish translation, this however is not mandatory.

Recommendation letter

The recommendation letter should also be written in English. Again this also applies for the MFE partners in Mexico, Chile and Brazil, but you can hand in an Portuguese or Spanish translation, this however is not mandatory. You can either ask a professor, programme director or study advisor to write you one.

Multi Faculty Exchange partners

Country University
Australia Australian National University
University of Sydney
Brazil Universidade de Sao Paulo
Canada University of Calgary
McGill University
Dalhousie University
Chile Universidad de Chile
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
China Chinese University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong
Fudan University
Japan Osaka University
Kyoto University
Tohoko University
University of Tokyo
Mexico UNAM
New Zealand Victoria University of Wellington
South Korea Seoul National University
Hankuk University
Korean University
Yonsei University
USA University of South Carolina
University of Pittsburgh

Contact details Mobility and Scholarship Desk

Ms. Astrid Beijen-den Boer

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Office: Academy Building, Information Services

Telephone number: +31 50 363 3962

Last modified:20 October 2017 4.40 p.m.
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