Massey University was originally founded in 1927 in Palmerston North. Since then, Massey has expanded to two more campuses located in Auckland and Wellington. Students have the option to study at each of these campuses - depending on the lifestyle they're looking for and the courses they're looking to take.
The Auckland (Albany) Campus is a five minute ride to beautiful beaches and only 20 minutes from Auckland's city center via public transportation. Auckland is New Zealand's commercial and economic center and is often considered one of the best cities in the world to live because of its sophisticated urban environment, great climate, and numerous leisure options. Within a half hour of the city center are two mountain ranges, numerous beaches, 48 volcanic cones, and more than 50 islands.
The Palmerston North (Manawatu) Campus is Massey's original campus and located in Palmerston North. The city offers energetic arts, entertainment, and sports scenes while maintaining the friendly warmth of heartland New Zealand. Cafes, 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. Students have easy access to the great outdoors. Massey is surrounded by spectacular scenery, stretching from the magnificent Tararua and Ruahine Ranges to the coastal plains and local beaches.
The Wellington Campus is located in the heart of New Zealand's capital city in the arts and culture district. Wellington is the seat of New Zealand's government and the headquarters of national organizations. The city is filled with cafes, boutiques, and a colorful nightlife. The greater Wellington region is spread along 497 kilometers of magnificent coastline and offers easy access to the North and South island.
Studying at one of Massey's three campuses is a great way to experience the Kiwi lifestyle, explore a beautiful country, and make new friends, all while gaining academic credit toward your degree.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
- The Communications Internship has additional required prerequisites, review them in the Internship section below.
At Massey, you can choose from a huge range of subjects:
Need help picking a campus? Review this guide
to see what subjects are taught at each campus.
As part of a semester abroad, Massey offers a full-semester internship option at no additional cost. Massey's internship involves a placement of 120-150 hours in a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organization, government department, or global non-profit. Students will earn credit for their internship and it will transfer back as one of the four courses you take at Massey. The internship is available on all three Massey campuses. You will select the internship course when you are registering for courses. Please note the required prerequisites for the Communications Internship below.
The required prerequisites for the Communication Internship include:
- A 300-level course in Marketing, Communication, or Journalism.
- At least 3 classes at the 300 level in any subject area.
The academic calendar at Massey is a bit different from Mason. Semester One (spring) runs from late February to late June. Semester Two (fall) runs from mid-July to mid-November.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Massey. A full-time course load is typically 60 credits. Students normally take four courses, each worth 15 credits, during a semester
- 15 Massey Credits = 4 Mason Credits
This will allow you to transfer 16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Massey.
|Restricted or Compensation Pass
|D and E
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Massey offers a range of housing options on and off-campus. All rooms are single occupancy and include a bed, desk, and wardrobe. Hall residents share a bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor common area. A fridge, oven, cooking utensils, television, lounge, computers, and laundry facilities are also provided. On-site staff organize fun social events throughout the semester.
Each of Massey's three campuses
provides full services to students including a library, cafeterias, recreation facilities, medical center, learning support center, university-managed accommodation, online visa renewal processing, chaplaincy services, and a team of international student support staff.
The Auckland (Albany) Campus
Located on the North Shore of Auckland, the Albany campus has approximately 7,000 students, and is commonly referred to as Massey's innovative campus. The Albany campus is New Zealand's most modern campus, built in a striking Spanish-mission style. Positioned next to the North Harbour Stadium and the country's largest shopping center, this campus is the hub for many social and sporting events. It is a five minute ride to beautiful beaches and only 20 minutes from Auckland's city center via public transportation. Auckland is New Zealand's commercial and economic center and is often considered one of the best cities in the world to live because of its sophisticated urban environment, great climate, and numerous leisure options. Within a half hour of the city center are two mountain ranges, numerous beaches, 48 volcanic cones, and more than 50 islands.
The Palmerston North (Manawatu) Campus
Manawatu is Massey's original campus and was established in 1927. The campus has a student population of approximately 9,000 and is set amongst beautiful park-like grounds, including 40 acres of working farmland. A free bus service links students to all of Palmerston North which has the lowest cost of living of any university city in the entire country. The city offers energetic arts, entertainment, and sports scenes while maintaining the friendly warmth of heartland New Zealand. Cafes, 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. Students have easy access to the great outdoors. Massey is surrounded by spectacular scenery, stretching from the magnificent Tararua and Ruahine Ranges to the coastal plains and local beaches.
The Wellington Campus
This campus is located in the heart of New Zealand's capital city in the arts and culture district. Known as Massey's creative campus, Massey Wellington has around 4,000 students and is home to New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious School of Design. Wellington is the seat of New Zealand's government and the headquarters of national organizations. The city is filled with cafes, boutiques, and a colorful nightlife. The greater Wellington region is spread along 497 kilometers of magnificent coastline and offers easy access to the North and South island.
Program Cost (2019-2020)
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and Massey) for 4 courses
- Mandatory New Zealand StudentSafe Insurance
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply. We also encourage you to apply for the New Zealand Generation Study Abroad and Excellence Awards offered by the New Zealand government and the Explore New Zealand Scholarships offered by Massey University.
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of New Zealand's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.