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Massey University (Partner)
Albany, New Zealand; Palmerston North, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Budget Sheets: Fall,
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Majors & Minors:
Accounting, Anthropology, Art, Art Studio, Astronomy, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication Studies, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Ecological Restoration, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, French, Geosciences, Health and Human Performance, History, International Business, Japanese, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Arts, Medical Technology, Music, Physics, Political Science, Political Science - History, Psychology, Resource Conservation, Sociology, Spanish, Wildlife Biology
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Massey University
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Founded in 1927, Massey University (MU) is New Zealand’s largest educational & research institution with campuses in 3 major cities: Palmerston North, Albany, & Wellington.  MU has over 36,000 students, including 4,000 international students from over 100 countries.

MU has more than 40 course options, priding itself on the applied nature of its teaching & research programs, and for its special expertise in the fields of  Sciences, Design, Social Sciences, Education, & Business.  Courses are called “papers” at MU & can be searched at:

Housing & Meals
Depending on what campus the student is at, there are several housing options ranging from dorms, apartments, townhouses, and homestays.  For more information about accommodation at each campus, visit:

Cost Information
Exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM, and room and board to MU. Direct students pay Massey’s Study Abroad tuition rate of NZ$11,961/semester plus fees, which vary by campus (price is subject to change).  Dorms cost about NZ$198/week.  Home stays cost NZ$250/week with meals included.  UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living, & travel expenses on this program.  However, it is dispersed using UM’s academic calendar not MU’s.   

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival at MU.  Full-time students at MU enroll in four 15 “point” classes per semester, which will transfer to UM as 16 total credits. 

Program Dates
MU has summer break mid November to mid February
Semester 1: late February  through June
Semester 2: mid July to mid November

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English
Language requirement: none
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Length of  exchange: semester or year; note that Massey’s academic year runs February to November, with a semester break in July

North Island at a Glance

Palmerston North: 79,800
Auckland: 1,313,000
Wellington: 381,900

North Island:
Four definite seasons, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters.   The northern cities are warmer, with more days of sunshine. 

Proximity to
Palmerston North to:
Auckland: 308 miles
Wellington: 88 miles

North Island, New Zealand
The Cities

Students may enroll in classes at any of Massey University’s three  campuses, however most classes are located on the Palmerston North campus.  Palmerston North is an inland city, with a strong university presence.  There are eight cinemas, a professional theatre, a vast array of restaurants, nightclubs, great shopping, sports venues, and much more.  The city itself is located on the Manawatu River plain and is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges.  Skiing, white water rafting, trout fishing, jet boating, horse riding, sailing, and surfing are just some of the outdoor activities that are possible in the surrounding area.
Just a two hour drive south from Palmerston North is the culturally booming harbor city of Wellington.  Also the country’s capital, Wellington has something to offer the most discerning food critic, art critic and history buff.        
Albany, located just outside Auckland, also hosts an MU campus.  Auckland is the largest and most multi-cultural of New Zealand cities with large Asian and Polynesian communities.  The city boasts numerous restaurants, shopping, and food markets to explore.

Be sure to check out the exciting internships offered at Massey!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 02/23/2017 ** Rolling Admission 07/13/2017 11/20/2017
NOTE: There is no guarantee of available spots for exchange. For our New Zealand programs in particular, please apply for a backup university.
Spring 2018 09/12/2017 09/26/2017 02/19/2018 06/24/2018
NOTE: There is no guarantee of available spots for exchange. For our New Zealand programs in particular, please apply for a backup university.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.