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Study Abroad

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Summary

Massey is a multi-campus university based in three different cities with distinctive specialisations available at each location.

The Massey Auckland Campus, located on Auckland’s North Shore, is New Zealand’s newest and most modern university campus in our largest and most cosmopolitan city. Known as the Innovative Campus, Massey Auckland takes a fresh and dynamic approach to providing a quality university education. At Auckland, you can choose from a range of internationally recognised programmes and a number of specialised areas including Mathematics and Information Sciences, Engineering, Fundamental Sciences, Food Technology, Jazz, Psychology, Social Science, Business and Software Engineering.

The Massey Manawatu Campus, based in the friendly Student City of Palmerton North, boasts the lowest living cost of any university and is one of the best places in New Zealand to really live the student lifestyle. Massey Manawatu champions industrial innovation within Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Advanced Material Sciences and Product Development. Other key areas include Agriculture, Aviation, Horticulture, Management, Nanoscience, Education, Environmental Studies, Defence and Security, Sport Business Management and Veterinary Science.

Massey Wellington, known as the Creative Campus, is centrally located in the heart of the Wellington’s bustling arts and cultural district. Massey Wellington is the base for a number of unique research centres and is home to New Zealand’s most distinguished School of Design, dating back to 1886. In addition, the campus co-hosts the New Zealand School of Music and offers internationally recognized programs in areas such as Accountancy, Communication Management, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, International Business, Health Science, Industrial Design, and Mechatronics.

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Bachelor Programs

Find Yourself in New Zealand
A semester abroad doesn’t have to keep you from training for your sport.  We can help you return to your home team stronger and faster than when you left.

All our Global Student-Athlete (GSA) tracks combine professional coaching and training with one or two semesters of study.  We provide male and female athletes from any sport with the resources to improve their stamina and fitness.  The conditioning sessions and assessments are scheduled outside your classroom hours so you can keep up with your studies.

Each GSA option is based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.  For more information, visit http://massey.ac.nz/gsa
 
GSA Cricket
Participants receive coaching by international players, access to high-performance presentations, weekly coaching sessions at our training centre designed specifically for cricket, a gym membership, and the following:

  • Coaching and mentoring by former NZ Black Cap, Jacob Oram
  • A detailed training programme and a review at the end
  • 2 cricket sessions/week (approximately 4 hours of cricket training/week)
  • Training sessions with other domestic and international cricketers
  • Placement into a local Palmerston North club cricket team
  • Match practice through Massey Cricket or Manawatu club cricket
  • Massey Cricket-branded training apparel
  • Enrolment in GSA Elite Sport Services

Find Yourself in New Zealand
A semester abroad doesn’t have to keep you from training for your sport.  We can help you return to your home team stronger and faster than when you left.

All our Global Student-Athlete (GSA) tracks combine professional coaching and training with one or two semesters of study.  We provide male and female athletes from any sport with the resources to improve their stamina and fitness.  The conditioning sessions and assessments are scheduled outside your classroom hours so you can keep up with your studies.

Each GSA option is based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.  For more information, visit http://massey.ac.nz/gsa
 
GSA Elite Sport Services
Enrolling in this track gives you access to our complete range of fitness classes, a battery of performance tracking services, sports centre membership, and comprehensive workshops for high-performance athletes. Examples include:

  • Sports Nutrition Seminar
  • Understanding Strength and Conditioning Seminar
  • Sports Psychology Seminar
  • Athlete Life, Planning and Goal Setting Workshop
  • Fitness testing
  • Body composition testing
  • Muscle competency screening
  • Aerobic and strength testing

Find Yourself in New Zealand
A semester abroad doesn’t have to keep you from training for your sport.  We can help you return to your home team stronger and faster than when you left.

All our Global Student-Athlete (GSA) tracks combine professional coaching and training with one or two semesters of study.  We provide male and female athletes from any sport with the resources to improve their stamina and fitness.  The conditioning sessions and assessments are scheduled outside your classroom hours so you can keep up with your studies.

Each GSA option is based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.  For more information, visit http://massey.ac.nz/gsa
 
GSA Equestrian
This track gives you the chance to learn from New Zealand instructors who are experts in their areas of specialisation.  You will attend weekly training sessions and really get to know your horse as you work with the same one throughout your semester.  This track includes:

  • Three group riding sessions per week for 12 weeks
  • The option to have one private training session per week
  • Specialisation in dressage or showjumping
  • Transportation between Massey and the equestrian centre
  • All necessary equipment for your horse (saddle, bridle, covers, etc.)

Find Yourself in New Zealand
A semester abroad doesn’t have to keep you from training for your sport.  We can help you return to your home team stronger and faster than when you left.

All our Global Student-Athlete (GSA) tracks combine professional coaching and training with one or two semesters of study.  We provide male and female athletes from any sport with the resources to improve their stamina and fitness.  The conditioning sessions and assessments are scheduled outside your classroom hours so you can keep up with your studies.

Each GSA option is based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.  For more information, visit http://massey.ac.nz/gsa
 
GSA Golf
This track is for experienced student-athletes who want to work with golf professionals to develop their skills and improve their games while studying abroad.  You will train and play matches with the region's top golf professionals.  You can chose to have your lessons with one pro exclusively or alternate between various pros to learn from a variety of players.  GSA Golf provides:

  • Full membership at the Manawatu Golf Club (18 holes, seven days a week)
  • Weekly individual lessons with a Manawatu Golf Club pro
  • Four games with a Manawatu Golf Club pro
  • Unlimited driving range and practice fairway membership
  • Reciprocal rights at twelve other courses across New Zealand and four in Australia
  • Storage space for your clubs

Find Yourself in New Zealand
A semester abroad doesn’t have to keep you from training for your sport.  We can help you return to your home team stronger and faster than when you left.

All our Global Student-Athlete (GSA) tracks combine professional coaching and training with one or two semesters of study.  We provide male and female athletes from any sport with the resources to improve their stamina and fitness.  The conditioning sessions and assessments are scheduled outside your classroom hours so you can keep up with your studies.

Each GSA option is based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.  For more information, visit http://massey.ac.nz/gsa
 
GSA Rugby
Male and female rugby players train with the coaches and athletes who have the potential to play for the Manawatu Turbos or Manawatu Cyclones.  You will play in weekly competitions throughout your semester of study at Massey University.  Your training will focus on technical and tactical development and involve up to four sessions per week, plus gym training, recovery sessions and video analysis tutorials.  You will also:

  • Train alongside the Manawatu Rugby Academy and wider training squad
  • Play club rugby in the Manawatu region
  • Participate in individual strength and conditioning development
  • One-on-one support from the Manawatu Rugby Academy Manager and Turbos coach
  • Learn rugby specific mental conditioning
  • Be a member of the Manawatu Rugby Union Gym
  • Attend one Hurricanes Super Rugby home match
  • Receive training apparel

Find Yourself in New Zealand
A semester abroad doesn’t have to keep you from training for your sport.  We can help you return to your home team stronger and faster than when you left.

All our Global Student-Athlete (GSA) tracks combine professional coaching and training with one or two semesters of study.  We provide male and female athletes from any sport with the resources to improve their stamina and fitness.  The conditioning sessions and assessments are scheduled outside your classroom hours so you can keep up with your studies.

Each GSA option is based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.  For more information, visit http://massey.ac.nz/gsa
 
GSA Strength and Conditioning
This option provides you with access to two athletic facilities and twenty-four personal training sessions.  Your trainer will provide the following:

  • Movement competency screening assessment
  • Strength and power assessment
  • Speed and fitness assessment
  • Weekly strength and conditioning sessions
  • Two consultation sessions
  • Creation and monitoring of sports-specific training plans
  • Ongoing review of your recovery and flexibility plans

National Expedition and Internship

Most summer study abroad programmes are based in a classroom.  Not ours.  You will travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, intern with a foreign organisation, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning 6-8 U.S. semester credits over your summer break.

The international experience you gain over these six weeks will make an impressive difference in your resume or graduate school application.  Massey University's programme, which is unlike any other in New Zealand, combines a two-week national expedition with a four-week internship.

Explore New Zealand Scholarships

Massey University offers scholarships to make your summer adventure even more affordable.  Information about the scholarships, itineraries, internship placements, and more is available at http://massey.ac.nz/explorenz

Agriculture and Environment track

This track focuses on Agribusiness, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Wildlife Management, and other closely related subject areas.

You’ll visit the South Island high country, debate the pros and cons of being the world’s largest dairy producer, and explore North Island volcanoes and geothermal areas during your expedition.  You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues and how these shape a country. Throughout the expedition, you will benefit from on-the-ground expertise provided by Massey’s academic staff.

Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's top agricultural, food, and wine regions, making it the perfect location for your internship. It has a significant focus on environmental issues and offers many unique opportunities for visitors and students.  You and the other interns will live and cook together in a backpackers-style hostel in Napier. The hostel provides you with easy access to downtown and the beach.

Massey has ties to a large variety of wildlife, agricultural, and environmental organisations within the region.

 

  • Agribusinesses
  • Department of Conservation
  • Environmental education centres
  • Family farms
  • Governmental agencies
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Organic food suppliers
  • Regional land management authorities
  • Wildlife sanctuaries
  • Wineries

 

National Expedition and Internship

Most summer study abroad programmes are based in a classroom.  Not ours.  You will travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, intern with a foreign organisation, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning 6-8 U.S. semester credits over your summer break.

The international experience you gain over these six weeks will make an impressive difference in your resume or graduate school application.  Massey University's programme, which is unlike any other in New Zealand, combines a two-week national expedition with a four-week internship. 

Explore New Zealand Scholarships

Massey University offers scholarships to make your summer adventure even more affordable.  Information about the scholarships, itineraries, internship placements, and more is available at http://massey.ac.nz/explorenz

Communication and Marketing

This track focuses on Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, and Communication, and other closely related subject areas.

Your expedition will take you across both Islands to delve into how successful the brands and images of the tourism industry are at capturing people’s attention.  Our academic staff will afford you an insider’s view of these organisations, the country, and its culture as you traverse New Zealand.  Stops along your trek will involve visiting iconic Kiwi locations.  You will explore New Zealand’s adventure capital, alpine towns and glaciers, historic settlements, and the country’s geothermal playground. 

Interns will be placed in a range of organisations across Wellington, a capital city renowned for its arts and culture. These organisations will provide you with rich insights into the diverse character of the Wellington community.  Your work will benefit the host and the communities they serve, as well as providing you with achievements that will bolster your resume or graduate school application when you return home.  All of you will live and cook together in the same backpacker-style hostel in Wellington.

Massey University has strong relationships with many types of internship host organisations.

  • Children’s cancer support
  • Community arts agencies
  • Creative company start-up hosts
  • Food rescue and redistribution
  • Government embassies
  • Hospice
  • International trade aid organisations
  • Small business economic development agencies
  • Sports agencies
  • Support for people with disabilities
  • Tourism companies
  • Zoo and animal rescue organisations

 

National Expedition and Internship
Most summer study abroad programmes are based in a classroom.  Not ours.  You will travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, intern with a foreign organisation, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning 6-8 U.S. semester credits over your summer break.

The international experience you gain over these six weeks will make an impressive difference in your resume or graduate school application.  Massey University's programme, which is unlike any other in New Zealand, combines a two-week national expedition with a four-week internship.
 
Explore New Zealand Scholarships
Massey University offers scholarships to make your summer adventure even more affordable.  Information about the scholarships, itineraries, internship placements, and more is available at http://massey.ac.nz/explorenz

Creative Expression and Digital Media track
This track focuses on Theatre, Scriptwriting, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media Studies, Digital Media Production, and other closely related subject areas.

Through an intensive study of key works from seven locales including urban, rural and wilderness areas, you will discover the ways in which contemporary creative expression in Aotearoa/New Zealand reflects its people, culture and history. You will study some of the best examples of creative writing, feature film, documentary, and community theatre and produce original creative work under the guidance of experienced faculty. Your expedition will include screenings and attendance at rehearsals and performances.

Wellington will be your home over your four-week internship.  It is a fantastic location for this type of program due to its concentration of creative sector organisations.  Working side by side with creative practitioners in another country will enhance your knowledge and insights in a way that an internship in your own country cannot.  You will live with the other interns and cook together in a backpackers-style hostel in Wellington.

Massey has ties to a variety of creative arts organisations and companies across Wellington.

  • Alternative arts and theatre venues
  • Arts festival organisations
  • Community arts centres
  • Film studios
  • Indigenous theatre companies
  • Literary journals/zines
  • Performance venues
  • Publishing houses
  • Screen production companies
  • Youth theatre companies

National Expedition and Internship
Most summer study abroad programmes are based in a classroom.  Not ours.  You will travel through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery, intern with a foreign organisation, and see parts of New Zealand open only to locals, all while earning 6-8 U.S. semester credits over your summer break.

The international experience you gain over these six weeks will make an impressive difference in your resume or graduate school application.  Massey University's programme, which is unlike any other in New Zealand, combines a two-week national expedition with a four-week internship.
 
Explore New Zealand Scholarships
Massey University offers scholarships to make your summer adventure even more affordable.  Information about the scholarships, itineraries, internship placements, and more is available at http://massey.ac.nz/explorenz

Disaster Risk and Emergency Management track
This track focuses on Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sociology, Geography, Health Sciences, and other closely related subject areas.

You’ll explore New Zealand’s varied hazardscape, debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies, and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences, and management of risks. You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between risk reduction/mitigation, resilience, readiness, response, and recovery.  Our subject matter experts will provide you with in-depth knowledge and real-world experiences as you travel across the North and South Islands.

Wellington is the seat of the New Zealand government and has been called the “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet.  It serves as headquarters to a number of national organisations and the Disaster Hub, a governmental, community, and university collaboration launched by the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.  All interns are housed and cook together in a backpacker-style hostel in Wellington.

Our internship hosts serve as the backbone of the New Zealand government’s response to dealing with large scale emergencies.

  • City and district councils
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management groups
  • Critical infrastructure providers
  • Emergency Management offices
  • Fire services
  • Governmental departments
  • Hospital and health services
  • National defence forces
  • News organisations
  • Police services
  • Regional authorities

Find Yourself in New Zealand
Massey University is a world-ranked institution with intriguing courses to take as you have the time of your life exploring the country.  We make it easy for you to live and study in New Zealand.

Find courses, learn about life at Massey, and see what past students have to say at massey.ac.nz/studyabroad
 
Full-Semester Internships
Our internship involves a placement in a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organisation, governmental department, global non-profit, or Massey’s International Relations Office.  The internship can credit back to your degree as one of the four courses you take during the semester.
 
Fieldwork Opportunities
Many Massey courses provide a fieldwork component, which is a great way to get hands-on experience outside the classroom. These courses also give you the opportunity to explore New Zealand as part of your studies.
 
Auckland Campus
Massey Auckland, located in rolling parkland on Auckland’s beautiful North Shore, is New Zealand’s newest and most modern university campus.  The growing campus of 6,500 students is surrounded by cafés, shopping centres, cinemas, art galleries, libraries, a performing arts facility, and extensive sports facilities.  State-of-the-art science laboratories and The Trading Room complement the newly opened Student Central complex at the heart of the campus.

The campus is 20 minutes from Auckland’s city centre via quick public transport.  Ranked in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best in Travel destinations, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most multicultural city, with more than 1.5 million people. It is highly rated in international surveys as one of the best cities in the world to live because of its sophisticated urban environment, great climate, and numerous leisure options.  Within half an hour of Auckland are two mountain ranges, numerous beaches, 48 volcanic cones, and more than 50 islands.

 

Find Yourself in New Zealand
Massey University is a world-ranked institution with intriguing courses to take as you have the time of your life exploring the country.  We make it easy for you to live and study in New Zealand.

Find courses, learn about life at Massey, and see what past students have to say at massey.ac.nz/studyabroad
 
Full-Semester Internships
Our internship involves a placement in a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organisation, governmental department, global non-profit, or Massey’s International Relations Office.  The internship can credit back to your degree as one of the four courses you take during the semester.
 
Fieldwork Opportunities
Many Massey courses provide a fieldwork component, which is a great way to get hands-on experience outside the classroom. These courses also give you the opportunity to explore New Zealand as part of your studies.
 
Manawatu Campus in Palmerston North

Massey Manawatu, home to 6,000 students, is renowned for its beautiful park-like setting just minutes from the city centre. The campus boasts great sports facilities, a huge range of clubs and societies, four-star accommodation, and free bus service throughout Palmerston North.  The campus is New Zealand's premier institution for life sciences, agricultural, horticultural and veterinary teaching and research. Massey Manawatu offers the widest range of subjects within the sciences, health, business, humanities, and social sciences.

Palmerston North has the lowest cost of living of any university city in the entire country.  It is truly a student city with 40% of its population engaged in tertiary study across five institutions.  Palmerston North has about 80,000 inhabitants and offers energetic arts, entertainment, and sports scenes while maintaining the friendly warmth of heartland New Zealand.  Cafés, restaurants serving global cuisines, and outdoor adventure stores ring the compact downtown square.  The city is very walkable and the extensive network of buses and bike lanes make it easy to get around.

Find Yourself in New Zealand
Massey University is a world-ranked institution with intriguing courses to take as you have the time of your life exploring the country.  We make it easy for you to live and study in New Zealand.

Find courses, learn about life at Massey, and see what past students have to say at massey.ac.nz/studyabroad
 
Full-Semester Internships
Our internship involves a placement in a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organisation, governmental department, global non-profit, or Massey’s International Relations Office.  The internship can credit back to your degree as one of the four courses you take during the semester.
 
Fieldwork Opportunities
Many Massey courses provide a fieldwork component, which is a great way to get hands-on experience outside the classroom. These courses also give you the opportunity to explore New Zealand as part of your studies.
 
Wellington Campus

Massey Wellington is located in the heart of the city’s arts and culture district.  The campus has 3,500 students and is friendly and hip.  It is home to New Zealand’s most distinguished School of Design, world-class research centres, and the country’s oldest and most respected School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing.  A great student accommodation complex is close to campus and the city centre.

Compact and welcoming, Wellington is packed with restaurants, boutiques, and a colourful nightlife.  It is the seat of the New Zealand government was called the “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet.  Home to over 200,000 residents, Wellington serves as headquarters to a number of national organisations and is a magnet for creative and innovative people, such as film director Peter Jackson and his Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop.

 

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