For students seeking an inspiring location for creative enterprises, Massey University can’t be beat. Set in what is considered New Zealand’s creative capital, Wellington, the university is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious art and design school. Located in the heart of the city, this is where many of New Zealand’s best designers and artists began their careers and TEAN students can too with comprehensive courses. The school also offers professional internship opportunities for communications students.  


Semester Program
(February - June, June - November)


Application Deadlines:
Spring - Nov 15
Fall - April 15

4,000 Students

2.7 GPA to apply


Urban Setting
Traditional Campus

Off-Campus Apartments


Study at Massey University’s Wellington campus which joined the university in 1999 establishing the College of Design and College of Creative Arts. Today, Massey University (Wellington) is known as New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious design school.

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

Live in Wellington - an artsy college town that just happens to be the capital of the country and is perfectly located to explore the North and South Islands

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

Experience living with local and international students in university housing

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Wellington-based Resident Advisor 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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Participants of the study abroad program with Massey University in Wellington, will be placed in student accommodations with other international and local students. The housing is apartment style, self-catered, located within a few minutes walk of the Massey campus. The apartments are either three or five-bedroom apartments. The accommodation, located in the heart of the city is also within short walking distance from supermarkets and other services.


About Massey University, Wellington

  • In 1999, Massey University merged with Wellington Polytechnic, an institute with a long history in design dating back to 1886, to establish the Massey University, College of Creative Arts in Wellington. Today, Massey University (Wellington) is known as New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious design school.
  • In addition to the College of Creative Arts, this campus also has a focus on health and communications programs.
  • Students with a background in communications, journalism or marketing can apply to undertake an internship which makes up one of the four courses you will take during your semester abroad. Speak to your TEAN Program Manager for more information.
  • Massey University’s Wellington campus is located in the heart of the cultural quadrant of Wellington city.



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.

Subject Area
  • AACSB accredited
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
 Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media/Multimedia
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Health Science (General)
  • Music Therapy
Humanities & Social Sciences
  •  Linguistics
International Studies 
  •  New Zealand Studies
  • Information Technology
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Studies
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design



  • 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 Wellington-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 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 Wellington and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.


It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, the Hurricanes, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.

Live Theatre

Wellington is known as the creative capital so TEAN students join local theatre-goers for a show at the iconic BATS theatre, where most of the productions are New Zealand works.

Coffee Breaks

Wellingtonians love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.


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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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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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

Application Deadline Nov 15
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

spring 2017

  • Program Fees: $14,415
  • University Off-Campus Housing: $3,750


  • 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


  • 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.


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 Massey

Fran Harvey

Fran Harvey

Resident Assistant - Wellington

Wellington Tip
Mt. Kaukau

Walk along the Skyline from Mt. Kaukau (just above Khandallah) to Crofton Downs (with the most spectacular views!) and have a drink and a meal in The Village. On a clear day you can see the South Island. For more walks around Wellington, download the Welly Walks iPhone app for free and pick one of its many routes.

Kate Hilby

Kate Hilby

Program Manager

Left Bank Market

On Friday nights check out the Left Bank Market down Cuba Street then on Saturday head the night market at the base of Cuba. Both markets show off the various cuisines of the city – meals are fresh and usually around $12 (roughly US$8).

Kaylie Adams-2

Kaylie Adams

Program Manager

Wellington Tip
Jazz Bar

Meow is a jazz bar in Wellington showcasing new faces to the music industry and raw talent in the areas of stand up comedy and poetry readings. Student friendly, they do some great deals and it’s often free to get in!

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