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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 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
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 host country, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth and journeying through the striking Milford Sound fiord, to dining high above Queenstown while enjoying panoramic views. 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. Get to know our 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 five-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.
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.
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.
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 (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 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.
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.
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|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.
- 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.
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.
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|
|Application Deadline||April 15|
|Date of Departure||June 29|
|TEAN Orientation||July 1||July 5|
|University Orientation||July 12|
|Classes Begin||July 17|
|Semester Break||Aug 26||Sept 10|
|Classes End||Oct 20|
|Study Period||Oct 24||Oct 27|
|Exam Period||Oct 30||Nov 15|
|Program Ends||Nov 16|
|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|
Fees & Inclusions
- Program Fees: $13,615
- University On-Campus Housing: $3,550
- Program Fees: $13,615
- University On-Campus Housing: $3,550
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 5-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cell phone and/or 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 itineraries and booking agent
- 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 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 ($1,400)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($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, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. 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.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand 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 a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!