As the home of Massey University’s original campus, Palmerston North boasts a youthful population of university students and is beautifully situated within easy distances to some of the highlights of the North Island. Although the university has a relatively small student body of 8,500, its comprehensive course offerings, including a focus on the life sciences, agriculture, horticulture and veterinary studies, are impressive. Connect with students in class then go out on an adventure jetting past the cliffs of Manawatu Gorge in a high-speed boat or skiing down Mt. Ruapehu.

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Semester Program

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February - June
June - November

8,500 Students

2.7 GPA to apply

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Student Town
Traditional Campus
Suburban Setting

On-Campus Housing

Overview

Study at Massey University’s original campus in Palmerston North, which is known as the ‘Student City’ due to the fact that half of the population is below the age of 25

Get an adrenaline rush during our Orientation Excursion in the 'adventure capital of the world' - Queenstown - where you are exposed not only to local culture and incredible nature but to New Zealand’s love of extreme adventure

Experience living with local and international students in the university's apartment-style or dormitory-style housing

Live in a student-centered small town that’s within a two hours’ drive from Wellington, the Central Plateau ski fields, Lake Taupo, and the beaches and wineries of Hawke’s Bay

Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Palmerston North-based Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Orientation Excursion

Hit the ground running with our activity-filled Orientation Program in Queenstown, known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth to touring the world renowned Central Otago wineries. You’ll also get plenty of time to explore on your own and choose your own adventure - bungy jumping anyone?

No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with Maori guides, who provide an introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.

After this action-packed six-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals. With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.

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HOUSING

TEAN places students in on-campus, single rooms in furnished apartment-style or dormitory-style university housing. Apartments are shared with international and local students and a full range of catering options are available.

Academics

About the university

  • Established as an agricultural college in 1879, Massey was awarded university status in 1964.
  • Massey’s Manawatu campus in Palmerston North is New Zealand’s largest institution for the life sciences, agricultural, horticultural and veterinary teaching, and research.
  • The university’s veterinary science program is ranked 15th in the world and the agriculture program ranked 19th in the world.
  • In addition, the Massey University campus in Palmerston North also offers comprehensive offerings in Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and the Sciences. The Massey University Business SChool is AACSB accredited.
  • The park-like campus is located just over one mile from the city center and is easily accessible by bike or city bus services, which are free to Massey students.

Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at Massey University are divided into five academic divisions: Massey Business School; College of Creative Arts; College of Health; College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College  of Sciences.

Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at Massey University refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer to our Massey University online course catalog instructions for a listing of all courses, and how to navigate the online catalog. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 45 and 60 Massey credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Discipline
Subject Area
 Business
  • AACSB accredited
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
  • Real Estate / Property
 Communications & Media
  • Journalism (General)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
 Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
 Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering
 Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
 Health
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Food Science
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology
  • Medical Technology
  • Nutrition
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Maori Studies / Language
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Maori Studies / Language
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
 Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Science
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information
  • Horticulture
  • Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 2.7 GPA. Students with a lower GPA are encouraged to contact TEAN, and may be admitted on a case by case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Palmerston North-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Palmerston North and throughout New Zealand. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.


 

Optional Excursions

TEAN’s mid-semester (spring break) trips allow you to explore as much as possible on your semester abroad. These mid-semester break excursions are an optional extra so you can choose to participate based on your interests. We operate our excursions at cost. This means you’ll save on average 15% - 30% off comparable itineraries because there are no travel agent commissions or profit margins involved. And our excursions are specifically designed for study abroad students, and since we have been working with students for a long time we know just what to include.

South Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!

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Thailand

Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Spring 2017

Date of Departure Feb 9
TEAN Orientation Feb 11 Feb 16
University Orientation Feb 20
Classes Begin Feb 27
Semester Break April 14 April 28
Classes End June 2
Study Period June 5 June 9
Exam Period June 12 June 24
Program Ends June 25

Fall 2016

Date of Departure June 24
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion June 26 June 30
TEAN Orientation June 30 July 4
Housing Move-In July 4
University Orientation July 11
Classes Begin July 18
Semester Break Aug 29 Sept 9
Classes End Oct 21
Study Period Oct 22 Oct 30
Exam Period Oct 31 Nov 16
Program Ends Nov 17

Fees & Inclusions

FALL 2016

  • Program Fees: $13,115
  • University On-Campus Housing: $3,550

What’s Included

  •      Full tuition
  •      Pre-semester excursion to Fiji
  •      Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  •      Bedding Pack
  •      Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  •      Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  •      Five-day Orientation Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  •      Cell phone with initial credit to get you started
  •      Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  •      Access to unique and exciting optional pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  •      Access to low airfares and discounted group flights
  •      Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  •      University and course selection advice
  •      Official academic transcripts from host institution
  •      Credit approval and transfer assistance
  •      Help with student visa preparation
  •      Financial aid transfer planning
  •      Airport pickup and reception upon arrival and airport transfer at end of semester (provided you are booked on the group flight)
  •      Student association fees
  •      Host university orientation
  •      Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($2,100)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($40)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,900)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.


University Scholarships

In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, Massey University provides an additional $1,000 per year in scholarship funding. Any TEAN Massey students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this Massey specific scholarship.


Education New Zealand

We encourage our students to apply for the scholarship opportunities offered through Education New Zealand. They have awards up to $2,000 to put toward flights, plus $500 scholarships toward tuition.

We Love Palmy

Rachel Fenton

Rachel Fenton

Resident Director - New Zealand

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On-campus Oasis

Wharerata, an old homestead located on the sprawling Massey campus, is a perfect study hideaway in the warmer months, where you can lounge on the expansive lawn, soak up the sun and the ambiance of the sunken rose garden. You can also stretch your legs by taking a short walk through the native bush surrounding the historic house.

Kate Hilby

Kate Hilby

Program Manager

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Victoria Esplanade

The Victoria Esplanade on the Manawatu River is a great place between the city and campus for exercise or leisure within native bush, established gardens or along the calm riverside walkway. Behind Cafe Esplanade is a row of Pohutukawa trees known to locals as Tui Lane since the morning chorus of these native birds is quite magical. From January – March, the City Council hosts the free Sounds of Summer music concerts in the park.

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