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Discover what it means to be a kiwi while studying abroad at Massey University! Massey is a major, comprehensive institution with five colleges and 38 academic departments, institutes and schools. This program allows you to directly enroll in university courses in a variety of fields and have the opportunity to live and study alongside other international students and students from New Zealand.
Massey has three campuses located throughout the country of New Zealand. Each campus has its own distinctive character and wide range of amenities and services. The "Innovative Campus" at Albany is located in New Zealand's largest city, suburban Auckland. The main campus is located at Palmerston North, a beautiful, 400-acre site near the vibrant city center. Wellington, the "Creative Campus" is located in the arts precinct of the city.
Resting on the Pacific Rim, 2000kms from its closest neighbor Australia, New Zealand has become synonymous with natural beauty, ingenuity and today is a renowned Mecca for thrill seekers and those who enjoy wide open spaces and outdoor activities.
Auckland, home to Massey's Albany campus, has a population of 1.3 million and is located on North Island. Auckland is sophisticated, multicultural and urban. It enjoys a spectacular location between two harbors and offers great opportunities for waterskiing, sea kayaking, sailing and more. Auckland is home to one-third of New Zealand's population. Auckland is said to offer the best nightlife in the country, with cutting-edge bands playing in clubs and bars.
Palmerston North, home to Massey's Manawatu campus, has a population of 75,000 and is located on North Island. It is a sophisticated city in a friendly setting, offering libraries, museums, professional theatre, a multiplex cinema, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Palmerston North has excellent sporting and cultural facilities, which include a national sports stadium and the Institute of Sport and Rugby. The historic Regent Theatre attracts national and international performers. Palmerston North is a region known for its spectacular parks, reserves and outdoor adventure opportunities, and is a two-hour road trip from Wellington.
Wellington is home to Massey's "Wellington" campus. It has a population of approximately 180,000 and is located on North Island. Wellington is New Zealand's political, cultural and creative capital city. This vibrant, cosmopolitan, compact city offers a temperate climate and beautiful natural scenery with the harbor and surrounding bush. Wellington offers many big-city attractions, including the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, International Festival of the Arts and a variety of international and local sporting events throughout the year.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to New Zealand, but are given arrival dates and guidelines.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Once on-site, students participate in a mandatory international student orientation program hosted by International Student Support staff. The orientation will provide students with essential information needed to be successful in their studies and help them adjust to living in New Zealand. This program typically runs for one week prior to the start of classes.
Housing is with other international students and New Zealanders. As long as you apply for housing, accommodation is guaranteed. Massey University offers a range of quality housing and living options including Halls of Residence (on-campus), flats and apartments (off-campus) and homestay (off-campus) accommodation. The Halls of Residence include catered (meal plans) or self-catered (cook your own meals) options. The University-managed apartments are fully self-catered. For more information on student accommodation at Massey, click here
If you wish to live in non-university housing, staff at each Massey campus are able to provide some support and advice for finding suitable private accommodation.
Excursions and Activities
Massey offers active student associations on each campus that sponsor clubs and societies, events and student services. Massey also provides a range of indoor and outdoor recreational, fitness, leisure and arts and crafts programs through the Recreation Centres on each campus.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
International Student Support Staff (located at each campus)
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Massey University Study Abroad and Exchange Guide
(Calendar Year - 2012-13)MASSEY UNIVERSITY Study Abroad And Student Exchange Guide
(Spring - 2012-13)Massey University Study Abroad and Exchange Guide
(Fall - 2013-14)Massey University Study Abroad and Exchange Guide
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
Read Megan's Blog!
Megan studied on this program during the 2011-2012 academic year. You can read about her experiences and see her pictures here.
Read about current & past students' adventures.
Megan-Academic Year 2011-12
Massey has an 80-year tradition of academic excellence and leadership across a wide range of disciplines and is New Zealand's premier and largest institution for agricultural and horticultural teaching and research. At Massey, classes are referred to as "papers." Students normally study four papers (classes) per semester across a range of disciplines. An extensive and diverse range of papers are available through five academic Colleges:
• Creative Arts
• Humanities and Social Sciences
Students tend to enjoy New Zealand-focused papers such as Maori Visual Arts, New Zealand Plant Ecology, Asia-Pacific Economies or Identity & Culture in New Zealand.
You must choose one campus at which to study. During the application process, you will select papers at that campus only. The following subjects are offered at each campus:
Auckland (Albany campus): Mathematics and Information Sciences, Business, Fundamental Sciences, Food Technology, Engineering, some design, Jazz, Social Sciences.
Palmerston North (Manawatu campus): Most comprehensive campus - you can study almost every subject here except Creative Arts and Music. Palmerston North is big on the life sciences, but also hosts Education (Hokowhitu), Humanities and social sciences, Business, engineering, etc.
Wellington (Wellington campus): Communication and Business; Creative Arts; Humanities.
Program Web Page(s)
Massey Study Abroad Homepage
Papers (classes) Available at Massey University
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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