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: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/programme-course-paper/programme-list.cfm
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: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/accommodation/accommodation_home.cfm?
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.
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.
MU has summer break mid November to mid February
Semester 1: late February through June
Semester 2: mid July to mid November
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English
Language requirement: none
University website: www.massey.ac.nz
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
Four definite seasons, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. The northern cities are warmer, with more days of sunshine.
Palmerston North to:
Auckland: 308 miles
Wellington: 88 miles
North Island, New Zealand
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!