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Massey University – Palmerston North
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.
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
Feel the adrenaline rush during our Orientation Program where you are exposed not only to local culture but to New Zealand’s love of extreme sports
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
Take advantage of our included pre-semester excursion to the beautiful islands of Fiji
Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion options throughout New Zealand’s adventure-packed South Island or Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Palmerston North-based Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
The TEAN Fiji pre-semester excursion is included for all New Zealand semester programs taking students to the Fijian islands for four days before continuing on to Auckland for Orientation. To kick off your semester abroad, you’ll stay at a local island resort offering an exotic getaway as well as an important introduction to the islander way of life. Since the cultures of the Pacific Islands permeate New Zealand, this excursion is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow TEAN students and start adjusting to life in the Pacific.
Hit the ground running with our Auckland-based Orientation Program. After this action-packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals.
New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world – and so we throw you straight into the mix with activities ranging from zorbing to rappelling alongside waterfalls. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the North Island.
No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with our Maori guides, who provide a fun and interactive introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
|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|
|Date of Departure||Feb 8|
|Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion||Feb 10||Feb 14|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 14||Feb 18|
|Housing Move-In||Feb 18|
|University Orientation||Feb 22|
|Classes Begin||Feb 29|
|Mid-Semester Break||March 25||April 8|
|Classes End||June 3|
|Exam Period||June 13||June 25|
|Program Ends||June 26|
Fees & Inclusions
- Program Fees: $13,115
- University On-Campus Housing: $3,550
- 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.
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. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
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.
“Palmerston North is definitely a student city with lots of young people. It’s easy to make friends."
“I was looking for a small campus, the right class offerings, in a city that had enough to do but wasn't overly-sprawling."
“We stopped at our favorite tree before exams. You can see the beautiful campus peeking from under the tree. We love Massey!"
We Love Palmy
Resident Director - New Zealand
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.
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.