For students attending the Master’s Programme in Public Health Sciences Selection and nomination

Is it Difficult to be Nominated to Exchange Studies?


The programme has set a number of selection rules for exchange studies within the Master's Programme in Public Health Sciences. You must meet a number of basic requirements:

  • Study Results: you must be eligible to continue your studies at KI at the time of your departure.
  • Language Skills: the committee will consider your mastery of the language of instruction at the foreign university or how you plan to acquire the necessary language skills.
  • Good Ambassador: your ability of being a good ambassador for KI will be considered. As an exchange student from KI, you will be representing KI at the host university. 
  • Statement of Motivation: your statement should demonstrate that you are motivated to study abroad and, if applicable, provide evidence of interest in a particular course, university, country etc.


Assuming you fulfill the basic requirements, you will then be accorded priority after consideration of the following criteria:

  • Study Results: better study results will receive higher priority.
  • Promotion Work for KI’s Educational Programmes: whether the applicant has carried out extra-curricular non-profit-making work in order to promote KI’s programmes, e.g.: work as an MF representative on the Programme Committee, Programme Board or other bodies within KI; been active in the division; been an ambassador or mentor for students in lower classes and/or for incoming exchange students; taken part in 'open houses'; etc.
  • Research: over and above training in relevant fields. If you are claiming research credentials, you must enclose certification from your research tutor with the application.
  • Motivation: special interest in a particular course or university will be considered in the event of otherwise equal credentials between applicants.
  • Other Commitments: other involvements and credentials of interest will be taken into consideration, for example, activity in other associations.
  • Interview or Decision by Lot: if it is difficult to distinguish between applicants, the international committee may summon them for an interview or decide priority by lot.
  • Note Well: an overall assessment, incorporating all the above criteria, is always performed.

How is The Selection Done?

Once the application period has expired, the Department of PHS will make its choice in accordance with the above rules and rank the students in order of preference. The places will be allocated in order of priority – you will be nominated to the university that you have accorded with the highest priority at which a vacant place is still available.

Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that all places are taken, in which case you will be allotted a reserve place. The agreed exchange places will be distributed in proportion to the number of places on the various programmes.


As soon as a decision has been made, you will be informed of the outcome, and receive further information and directions from the international coordinator. You must apply to the partner university with a recommendation from KI. You should also contact the relevant Programme Director for further information and to discuss a draft plan for your studies.


It is important that you realise that you have not under any circumstances been accepted for exchange studies until you have received definitive notice from the partner university.