General and orientation (Fontys wide partners, Cluster partners and your coordinator internationalisation)

  • What is a Coordinator Internationalisation and who is my Coordinator Internationalisation?
    A coordinator internationalisation (CI) is your main contact when you are looking at applying with a cluster partner, your CI will be able to provide you with more information about the cluster university and also assist you with your learning agreement (LA), transcript of records and documents from DUO. You can find your CI here.
  • What is the difference between a Fontys wide partner and a Fontys Cluster partner?
    Fontys wide partners are available to all Fontys students, while Fontys Cluster partners are only available to students from a specific Fontys school within a certain Cluster (group of Fontys schools).
  • Where can I find Cluster partner universities?
    You can find these here.
  • Where can I find Fontys wide partner universities?
    You can find these here.
  • Where can I see which of the Fontys wide partners are free of fee payment? Does non fee-paying places mean that you don't have to pay any money to the school abroad?
    You can find this here. Exchange place/ non-fee paying means you only pay your tuition fee to Fontys and you do not need to pay any tuition to your host university.
  • If there is no indication on the website whether it is fee paying or not, how are we going to find out about it?
    For Fontys wide partner universities, this is clear and stated on the website. If this is not clear for Cluster partner universities, please contact your Coordinator Internationalisation.
  • When looking at the list of cluster partner and Fontys wide partner universities they only mention different universities. They do not mention the minors that they offer. I would like to know which minors the cluster partner offers.

    Most partners only offer courses in certain study fields and not specific minor programs the field of study offered depends on the partner contract with Fontys. You can find all Fontys wide and cluster universities here. Please note most universities do not work in the same way as Fontys. You simply choose a university and field of study that appeal to you and/or are in line with your current study. After you have been accepted to the host university you can choose from certain subjects, these are generally not know prior to the selection, nomination and application procedure.

  • How can I apply for a minor Study Abroad?
    All applications for a minor Study Abroad (Fontys wide partner, Fontys School partner university and freemover) have to be submitted through Mobility Online. Please go to our Registration and Deadlines page here for more information on how to apply.
  • Can you specify in your motivation which location you want to go if there are multiple locations?

    Yes, you can mention this indeed.

  • Do I already have to know which courses I want to take before I apply for the minor Study Abroad?
    No, you will not have to make a learning agreement until after you have been placed at a partner university. However, we do advice you to have a look at the courses a partner university offers to see if they have enough interesting courses for you to collect 30 ETCS. You can also contact your coordinator Internationalisation to get more information about any requirements for courses your school may have. It is also advised to use any courses of interest in your motivation.
  • Do we need approval from the Exam Board before applying for the Minor Study Abroad? In particular, if I want to do the intern first before minor semester.

    You need to receive approval on your learning agreement from the exam board, please discuss
    your plans on when you would like to do your internship and when you would like to do your
    minor with your Coordinator Internationalisation (CI, you can find your CI here).

  • Can I apply for an exchange place at a partner university of another Fontys School?
    No, it is not possible to apply for an exchange place at a Fontys School partner of a school that is not your own. For example, if you study at the International Business School you cannot apply for an exchange place at a partner of the School for Marketing and Management.
  • On Mobility online are we already supposed say what course we want to do? If so, does our exam board already have to have accepted it as a suitable course?

    After you have been accepted at the specific university you will be able to create a learning
    agreement based on the courses offered by the host university, this will then need to be accepted
    by your exam board.

  • How many applications do you get for one exchange place?
    This varies per partner university. To get an idea for the competition for exchange spots at Fontys-wide partner, you can check the competitive scale in the overview of Fontys-wide partners.
  • How do you decide who can go to which university?
    For Fontys-wide partners the selection will be based on the motivation students wrote in their application in Mobility Online. Team Study Abroad has specific criteria to assess the motivations. You can read more about the selection procedure in the document ‘applying for a minor Study Abroad’. Please note that other requirements may apply when you want to study at a Fontys School partner, for more information contact your coordinator Internationalisation.
  • Some Universities Fall Semesters start before August for example in mid-July, does thatmean we would start there according to their starting date or the Fontys starting date inAugust?

    You will adhere to the Host semesters not the Fontys semesters. It is important to keep this in
    mind, for example in case of a possible overlap with internship weeks or Fontys exam periods.

  • Can I still apply for minors in the Netherlands if I also applied for minors abroad?

    Yes, and we would recommend you to do so as a plan B.

  • Can you also apply for Fall 2023 if you don’t have your (P) "Propedeuse" yet?

    You can apply however generally you do need to have your P to be accepted. Please do contact
    your CI if you have further questions regarding this. Coordinator Internationalisation (CI, you can
    find your CI here).

  • There is a list of fields of studies in the Fontys wide partners. Are these the only options from the universities or can you look for more fields within the university?

    The list of fields noted on our website are the only options available, we update this

  • Is the motivation supposed to be written in English?

    Yes, this needs to be written in English.

  • How long after I apply will I know which university I will go to?
    We strive to give you an answer about your placement two weeks after the end of the application round.
  • Are all minors allowed? Or does it need a certain amount of overlap?
    Minors that are too similar to your own studies will not suffice, your Coordinator Internationalisation will also be able to find a
    minor which would suit your studies best. Your minor is meant to broaden and/ or expand your
  • How long does the selection process usually take?

    This generally takes approx. two weeks for the first round after the deadline has past and another
    one week for the second round after the deadline has past.

  • What options do I have after graduation?
    After graduation Fontys has various possibilities for going abroad. Please check the scholarships page. You can for example continue studying abroad, start an internship or start your own business and have a learning exchange on entrepreneurship abroad.
  • If you want to go to a university abroad together with another student, how would that work? Do you just have to hope you both get accepted to the same university?

    Yes, you indeed hope you both get accepted. Chances of you both getting accepted to the same
    university will be higher if you don’t go to a popular country/ university, or a university with
    limited places.

  • If it’s a highly competitive universities how many competitors do i have to keep in mind?

    A highly competitive university can have two spots available and twenty-five to thirty applicants.

  • How big is the chance that you get into 1 of 3 universities?

    We can’t say, this really depends on which university you choose and how popular this university
    is as well as your own motivation. When going to a less popular country/ university the chances
    that you get nominated are larger.

  • The university I want to study at is not on the list of partner universities, what can I do?
    If you wish to study at a university abroad that is currently not a Fontys wide of Fontys School partner you can decide to go as freemover. Fontys does not establish agreements at the requests of students.
  • What exactly are you looking for in the motivation? Do you have any tips?

    A unique motivation, personal and not a general motivation that any student could have written,
    why do you want to go abroad and what can this offer you, personally, study, career perspective.
    Wanting to go to Spain for the wine and tapas is definitely not the strongest motivation.