What is the EFPT Exchange Programme?

It is a short-term observership programme for psychiatric trainees in Europe established in 2011 and offering placements in differents field of psychiatry all across Europe.

The programme consists of a minimum of a 2 week and a maximum of a 6 week stay. The applicant will have to negotiate the terms with his or her own institution to go on leave.

The programme can be tailored to individual wishes and availability. The host countries provide various opportunities within clinical work, research and teaching. The programme may contain visits to geographically different institutions. EFPT also wishes to encourage a variety of social and cultural activities in the host country.

Please visit the Apply page to find all information about the application process, mandatory documents, and link to the online application form.


Where do you want to go ?

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Please, check the Apply section for more details on the application process.

Aim of the the exchange programme

The aim of the programme is to provide trainees with the opportunities to:

  • Get involved in clinical, research and teaching activities abroad
  • Experience another mental health care system
  • Experience a different trainee programme
  • Socialize with European trainees
  • Learn about transcultural psychiatry


The applicant can be a psychiatric training of any year registered in training of a EFPT country. You can check here if your country is a EFPT member country.

The applicant should be fluent in English. Some knowledge of the local language is helpful but may not be compulsory. The host institution cannot guarantee translation. The applicant has to make sure this is taken into consideration when making arrangements with the local coordinator.

Selection criteria

If there is more than one applicant per vacancy, selection will be done by a local group without conflict of interest. The criteria include the letter of motivation, CV, language proficiency, seniority in training.


The EFPT exchange programme arranges unique and individualized short-term psychiatry trainee observerships in a variety of European countries. It is an opportunity to experience differences in psychiatric healthcare or know what it’s like to be a trainee in another European country.


Each year, there will be two phases for exchange: January to July and August to December. The application period will be open two months before, for a duration of one month.

What is expected?

The applicant will have to prepare a presentation to be performed upon arrival at the host institution. It should contain information on the participant’s country, the education and institution and areas of best practise. This is a way to share knowledge.

When the applicant returns, he/she is expected to upload a final report on EFPT’s webpage and fill a feedback form. The applicant is strongly encouraged to present this at his/her home institution. Once the feedback form has been received, the applicant will be issued a certificate.

Financial aid

For the 11th phase of the exchange programme (application november 2016), members in countries belonging to EFPT category C and some countries in category B (Albania, Bosnia-Herz, FYR of Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) have the possibility to apply for a bursary of 500 euros provided by the EFPT to participate in the Exchange programme. You can apply for this bursary once formally accepted to one of the EFPT exchange programmes, but no later than January 15th 2017. Send a separate mail with your CVs and motivational letters (the same ones used for the exchange program) together with the letter of confirmation of your exchange to

The recipient of the bursary will be asked to write a report to publish in the EFPT newsletter.

Unfortunately the EFPT cannot provide other funds or bursaries for the exchange stay at the this stage. Expenses regarding transport, accommodation, food, visa, insurance etc. must be covered entirely by the applicant. There might be local funds you can apply for.

We strive to be able to accommodate applicants in student or hospital premises at as low costs as possible. You have the opportunity to be hosted by another trainee where possible.

How to apply?

All applications must be made through the website Under the Apply tab you will find the online application form and deadline information.

Background Information

The EFPT Exchange Programme is the short-term observership programme for psychiatric trainees in Europe established in 2011.

Important information for applicants

Dear applicant, please, consider the following.

The selection process takes from 2 to 6 weeks. During that time local coordinator might contact you for further details. It means that you should check your email once a week during that period. In case you are accepted you will be informed about that during last weeks of the first month of the application period (July or January). In case you are not accepted, feel free to apply again during the next period.

Be aware that EFPT Exchange Programme accepts applications from EFPT member countries, or countries who applied for EFPT membership.

Flyer 2016 (click here)

Flyer 2015 (click here)

Flyer 2013 (click here)

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Documents and attachments for your application

There are mandatory and optional documents. Please, prepare the following documents in advance:

  • Language proficiency certificate is not mandatory, but working knowlege of the language is required and may be checked by Skype/phone.
  • CV detailing relevant experience for the programme (max 2 pages) – mandatory
  • Motivation Letter (max. 300 words) – mandatory
  • Reference letter from your head of department including your current level of training (letter headed paper, signature and stamp are mandatory).
  • Relevant documents supporting your language proficiency (in English) – optional.

Information for candidates applying to UK

Please, read this useful information from an Exchange Fellow in 2012:

Organisation of accommodation, transport and visa might be up to visitors only, so I would recommend planning well in advance before coming to the UK; Preparation and research on information on these topics, as well as about the UK healthcare system is needed.

The most important thing is to decide which team you will be attached to, as the basic one, and then to plan other activities and possible visits to the other departments in coordination with Chief of your basic department.
Considering that there is no guarantee that you will be placed at your top priority MHS, it is very useful to make the list of priorities –areas of psychiatry you are interested in, and with the help of the exchange organizing team to try to get in contact with the staff of departments you want to visit in order to organize your time better. The list of the priorities could be very helpful because you should have in mind that King’s and Maudsley Hospital has high very frequency of visitors, trainees, postgraduates, researchers and clinicians.
If you plan to be present while the consultant is interviewing the patient, it is useful to be aware of the fact that only one person beside the interviewer is allowed to be present during the interview. It would be very useful to ask the interviewer for permission in advance. Keep in mind that patients are not obliged to accept presence of a visitor during the interview.
The crucial thing is to try to precisely define and clarify the limitations of visitor-observer status with exchange team in advance in order to have realistic expectations of this exchange program.

Suggestions to strengthening application to the UK:


Please list information relevant to the programme that you are applying to. Applicants with relevant previous experience rank more highly. Exceptions to this are where the applicant is applying to programme that is not available to the trainee in their country of origin e.g. child and adolescent, eating disorders.

Motivation letter

Please state your goals and objectives relevant to the programme you are applying to. Detail how you plan to meet these goals. Along with writing about what you hope to gain, also discuss what contribution you think you can make to the host programme, e.g. give a presentation or meet with other colleagues to discuss own training programme, differences observed between national programmes. Also outline other areas of interest that might be relevant, e.g. involvement in EFPT, national psychiatric associations, own training programme, other non clinical psychiatric interests.


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