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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
Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in the country’s largest city, Auckland, and the nature-filled, culture-rich Rotorua
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
Gain hands on experience through an optional internship in the communications field
Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments starting in Auckland with a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hangi dinner at a marae (meeting house). Next, stop at Hobbiton, then discover Rotorua’s renowned geothermal activity (including the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland), soak in natural hot springs, learn a powerful Maori haka, and more. After this packed four program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
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.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Palmerston North Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
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 29th in the world and the agriculture program ranked 30th in the world (QS World University Rankings).
- 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.
Massy University’s campus in Palmerston North is located just over one mile from the city center. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.View Map
Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 45 and 60 Massey credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find 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.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
Students focused on communication, journalism or marketing are eligible to apply for a full semester internship worth 15 Massey credits (equivalent to 3-4 US credits). The internship placement can range from a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organisation, government department or global non-profit and serve as one full course for the semester at Massey.
- 2.7 GPA. Students with a lower GPA are encouraged to contact TEAN, and may be admitted on a case by case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
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.
It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.
Kiwis 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.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
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 incredible 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.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 15|
|Depart the US||June 27|
|TEAN Orientation||June 29||July 2|
|Housing Move-In||July 2|
|University Orientation||July 5||July 9|
|Classes Begin||July 12|
|Semester Break||Aug 23||Sept 5|
|Classes End||Oct 15|
|Study Period||Oct 16||Oct 25|
|Exam Period||Oct 26||Nov 8|
|Program Ends||Nov 9|
*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.
This program not running for Spring 2021. Please check back for future available terms.
|Depart the US||Feb 7|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 9||Feb 12|
|Classes Begin||Feb 22|
|Semester Break||April 2||April 16|
|Classes End||May 28|
|Study Period||May 29||June 7|
|Exam Period||June 8||June 18|
|Program Ends||Jun 19|
Fees & Inclusions
- Estimated tuition and program fees: $13,515*
- Estimated university on-campus housing: $3,350 – $3,650
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Tuition and program fees: $13,515*
- University on-campus housing: $3,350 – $3,650
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 4-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Local SIM card
- Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
- Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
- Access to pre-arranged flight itineraries and booking agent
- Extensive pre-departure advising
- 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 at TEAN Orientation and in host city
- Student association fees
- Host university orientation
- Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($1,700)
- Student visa ($30)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships
Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.
“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
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.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand and Thailand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!