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Massey University – Wellington
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.
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
Gain hands on experience through an optional internship in the communications field
There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and during your Orientation Program in Queenstown take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from journeying through the Milford Sound fiord to dining high above Queenstown with panoramic views. No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture, and you’ll learn from Maori guides who provide an introduction to their history, as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life. After this packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
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.
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 Wellington 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 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.
Massy University’s campus in Wellington is located heart of the city. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.View Map
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.Find Courses
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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|
|Date of Departure||June 29|
|TEAN Orientation||July 1||July 5|
|University Orientation||July 11|
|Classes Begin||July 16|
|Semester Break||Aug 25||Sept 9|
|Classes End||Oct 19|
|Study Period||Oct 23||Oct 26|
|Exam Period||Oct 29||Nov 14|
|Program Ends||Nov 15|
|Date of Departure||Feb 12|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 14||Feb 18|
|University Orientation||Feb 19|
|Classes Begin||Feb 26|
|Semester Break||March 30||April 13|
|Classes End||June 1|
|Study Period||June 5||June 8|
|Exam Period||June 11||June 23|
|Program Ends||June 24|
Fees & Inclusions
- Program Fees: $13,915
- University Off-Campus Housing: $4,750
- Program Fees: $13,915
- University Off-Campus Housing: $4,750
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
- 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
- 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 ($1,500)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- 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 NZ$1,000 per semester 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.
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.
"When i describe my experience, I talk about the new sense of home that I felt in Wellington. I found a new family."
"I lived in Wellington and I would 100% recommend it to anyone. It was such a cool little city with so much culture."
We Love Welly
Resident Director - New Zealand
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.
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).
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!
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!
Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad with TEAN at Victoria University of Wellington in the spring of 2016. After months of looking at different schools and cities across Australia and New Zealand, I found that Wellington was just my dream city. It’s a small, quirky capital city that’s right on the water and surrounded by mountains. Plus, it’s in the center of the country, which gave me easy access to anywhere else I’d want to visit – what more could I ask for? VUW offered classes I wanted to take and it was really different in size and atmosphere from the small school I attended back in the States, so it seemed like the perfect challenge!
What inspired you to move back to Wellington after graduation?
There were a lot of factors that encouraged me to head back after I finished school. As I started my senior year of college, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next and I really had no idea but, in my head, New Zealand was the thing I kept coming back to. I’d always wanted to travel more and I wasn’t quite ready to go to grad school or settle down somewhere and get a 9 to 5 job, so I decided to go for it. Ten days after graduation, I was on a plane back to Wellington.
What advice can you give to a recent graduate who is thinking about making a similar move?
Read up on what it’s like to move and live abroad in whatever country you want to go to. Studying abroad somewhere is really different from working and living there, so it’s important you know what you’re getting yourself into! I read a lot of blog posts and the entirety of Moon’s “Living Abroad in New Zealand” guide so I could learn about employee rights, visa options, housing regulations, work culture and everything I may not have thought about while studying abroad.
What do you love about Wellington and what makes it a great place to study abroad?
Wellington has a little bit of everything! Great food and shopping, awesome (usually free) museums and festivals, cool walks, hikes, beaches and parks, and it’s right in the center of New Zealand, so you can easily travel anywhere in or out of the country! It’s also stunningly beautiful – seriously, I could walk along the waterfront everyday and never get sick of it.
Where do you like to take out of town visitors when they visit for the first time?
My first stop would usually be Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. It’s huge, completely free and will teach you anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the country. Another staple would be the cable car, since it’s in literally every brochure or book written about the city and there’s a cool little light show in the tunnels that no one tells you about. Finally, I’d bring them to Kaffee Eis for some gelato and coffee, because it’s to-die-for and I just discovered that they only have locations in Wellington Central, which is unfortunate for the rest of the country.