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Massey University


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Massey is New Zealand’s only multi-campus university, with locations in Wellington, Auckland and Palmerston North. With an 80-year tradition of academic excellence, Massey offers a vast range of subjects, with key emphasis on natural sciences, engineering creative arts and business . Enjoy NZ's spectacular outdoors, with skiing, tramping, surfing and vineyards all just a day trip away!

Tuition Discount: National Expedition and Internship Summer Programs!
Tuition for all three of Massey University's National Expedition and Internship summer programs has been reduced to only $6,150! Additional scholarships of NZ$500 are available through Massey's Explore New Zealand Scholarship. The deadline to apply for this program and scholarship is March 1st.

Massey University Scholarship for study in New Zealand
Interested in New Zealand? ISEP Direct is the way to go! Semester and full year Direct applicants are eligible to receive scholarship money from Massey University. Check out more information about the Massey University Scholarship!

Auckland is an international city built around a stunning harbor. It is New Zealand's largest urban area with a diverse multi-cultural population and world-class features and facilities. The Auckland Campus is part of the North Shore, which is just 20 minutes drive from the center of Auckland. The North Shore City region covers 120 km of coastline and includes more than 30 sandy swimming beaches. The area in which the campus is located has a wide range of amenities, numerous cafes, shopping centers, cinema complexes, art galleries, libraries, a Theatre of the Arts, and extensive leisure and sport facilities. A motorway links the North Shore with Auckland's CBD and the International Airport. City bus services are efficient, well developed and relatively inexpensive.

One-third of the people living in Palmerston North are between the ages of fifteen and thirty. Many are students, making Palmerston North a young person's city with a lively social scene. The city center is vibrant with its many cafes, pubs, live theatre and live music. Sport and off-campus adventure are also part of the city's attraction. Minutes from campus are some of the best mountain bike tracks anywhere. Further afield you will find bungy jumping, river kayaking, rafting, trout fishing, horseback riding and tramping. It's only two hours' drive to the capital city of Wellington, to vineyards and beaches in Hawke's Bay, or to snow-covered ski slopes at Mount Ruapehu in wintertime.

Resting on the edge of a spectacular harbor, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation's capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometers in diameter, Wellington is a truly "walking city." Here you'll find a unique blend of national treasures, arts and culture, gastronomic delights, shopping sensations and scenic beauty, all conveniently located at the bottom of the North Island.

ISEP Exchange: Semester placements only (PALMERSTON NORTH CAMPUS ONLY)
ISEP Direct: Academic year, semester, or summer placements (all campuses)

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct.
Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. Also consider the Direct option.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Massey University observes the southern hemisphere calendar. Applicants for ISEP's SM1 will be abroad during Massey's Semester 2. Applicants for ISEP's SM2 will be abroad during Massey's Semester 1.
Academic year: February to November
Semester 1: February to June
Semester 2: July to November

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee Page.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and ISEP Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2016 $6,150

U.S.Full Year 16-17: $32,950
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $17,250
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $17,550

Palmerston North
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $26,950
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $14,950
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $15,200

U.S. Full Year 16-17: $31,300
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $16,750
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $17,250

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 15, 2016
SM2: November 15, 2016

Summer Program
Massey offers three National Expedition and Internship summer programs. These programs include two-week expeditions of the North and South Islands followed by internships in the following fields:
Agriculture and Environment
Communication and Marketing
Disaster Risk and Emergency Management

Fast Facts
Auckland/Palmerston North/Wellington, New Zealand (pop. 1.3 mil/80,000/350,000)
Student Enrollment: 20,000
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
2015 Course Catalogue
Auckland Campus (Albany)
Palmerston North Campus (Manawatu)
Wellington Campus

Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences.

Turitea site - Agriculture, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Horticulture, Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Material Sciences, Media Studies, Sciences and Sports Studies.

Business; Communications; Creative Arts and Design; Health; Humanities and Social Sciences; Music; Sciences.

Academic Notes
Many participants enjoy studying New Zealand-focused courses, such as Maori Language, New Zealand Economy, Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology, New Zealand Fauna and Flora, Ecological Studies, Law, Government and Social Policy, and Women in History: Australia and New Zealand.

The typical courseload is four papers (classes), or 60 credits, per term. Each term runs 18 weeks long. Students will be enrolled into selected, approved papers prior to their arrival on campus whenever possible. During orientation week, students will have the opportunity to make changes to their schedules.

Semester transcripts are issued three weeks after the end of the semester. Full year transcripts are issued four weeks after the end of the final semester. Full year students who would like to receive two separate transcripts should make a special request in advance. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Courses: Maori language courses are offered.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 550 PBT/ 213 CBT with a TWE/ER score of 4
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Other tests accepted: None

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Remember that Massey University follows the southern hemisphere calendar. Students wishing to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere should consider starting their program at the beginning of the academic year in February. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
IMPORTANT: Massey Application
In addition to completing the ISEP application, students must also submit a separate Massey University application. Missing or unverified documentation will result in delays in student placement; ISEP therefore recommends that applicants enclose the following documentation with their ISEP application, wherever possible.
  • Birth certificate or passport (verified copy)
  • Academic transcripts (verified copies)
  • Completed Massey University application form (go to: http://studyabroad.massey.ac.nz/ and select How to apply to access the form)
PLEASE NOTE: Massey is unable to issue your unconditional offer, or formalise your Massey placement, without the documents listed above. Incomplete applications could therefore incur processing delays.

Massey University cannot recognize unverified copies of the documents listed above: Copy birth certificates, passports and academic transcripts must be officially verified by the applicant’s home University International Office, Study Abroad coordinator, or a notary public. Therefore when submitting original copies of passports and transcripts it is recommended that students make a second copy for Massey and get the above mentioned authorities to verify each of these copies individually. Verified copies must either:

a) include a handwritten statement: "I ........, certify that this is a true copy of the original" (signed & dated by verifier), or

b) be stamped: "Verified by _____" (signed & dated by verifier).

Alternatively, coordinators can note "I certify that all documents in this application are genuine and official" in the application's approval notes.
Students interested in taking courses at the New Zealand School of Music or the College of Creative Arts should consult special application instructions for audition tape and portfolio submission requirements.

REMINDER: The Auckland and Wellington campuses are only available on Direct. Applicants for ISEP Exchange must apply to the Palmerston North campus.

Hints for Researching Courses
REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November.

From the Study at Massey page, you may search by field of interest, programme (degree program) or paper (course). Click on any paper number for a course description and other details.

When selecting courses, students should note the fourth digit of the course code. This number indicates the level of the course: 0 - sub-degree, 1 - first year, 2 - second year, 3 - third year, 4 - fourth year (only applies to a few subjects because undergraduate degrees are typically three years in duration), and 7 - postgraduate.

It is not possible for students to study at more than one campus at a time, so students should select the campus they wish to study at based on the availability of courses. If you strongly prefer one campus over the others, you might want to enter this parameter into the course search engine before searching.

Study Abroad / Exchange students are not permitted to study sub-degree papers.

Housing and Meals
ISEP Direct students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residences with communal bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Auckland campus housing is a 15-20 minute walk from campus and free shuttle bus services are provided. Wellington campus housing varies in location and is between a 5-15 minute walk from campus. The ISEP Direct program does NOT include meal benefits; students are responsible for their own meals.
ISEP Exchange students live in single-occupancy rooms in self-catered residences with communal bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Palmerston North campus housing is within a short walking distance (5-10 minutes) from the campus centre. ISEP Exchange students receive a one-time meal stipend at the beginning of the semester. The stipend can be used to prepare meals or purchase meals at the cafeteria. Family housing can be provided at an additional cost.

For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February).

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: NZ $500-800. Textbooks will cost approximately NZ $150-180 per class. Palmerston North is generally less expensive than the larger cities of Auckland and Wellington.

A mandatory orientation programme is organised and run by the Massey International Student Support team. Activities typically include a traditional New Zealand BBQ and dinner, city tour and advice sessions designed to assimilate international students into university study within the next of wider New Zealand culture. During the orientation week, students need to confirm their final paper (class) enrolment for the semester. Students are able to make adjustments to their pre-approved selection of papers by visiting the relevant College administrators.

Airport pickup is available and differs for each campus. Additional information will be provided by the ISEP Coordinator at Massey.

Student Activities
Massey University offers a wide range of extra-curricular student activities available for all students, from basketball, to boxing or surfing, to cultural activites. Clubs Day, during the first week of the semester, is a great opportunity for students to peruse what’s on offer, but there is also a list of Massey University Clubs. Massey also has excellent recreation center facilities available

Massey University offers a wide range of extra-curricular student activities available for all students, from the Alpine club, to Fire-Spinning, to Waterpolo. Clubs Day, during the first week of the semester, is a great opportunity for students to peruse what’s on offer, but there is also a list of Massey University Clubs. Massey also has excellent recreation center facilities available.

Massey University offers a wide range of extra-curricular student activities available for all students, from the Alpine club, to Fire-Spinning, to Waterpolo. Here is a link to Sport and Recreation at Massey Wellington.The International Student Support team organizes a trip to Queen Charlotte Sounds for dolphin watching and a Martinborough winery tour every semester.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Communication internships for academic credit are offered at the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses. The internship is worth 15 credits (= 4 U.S. credits) and is available to students who have successfully completed a junior-year communications class in the U.S. This option is at no additional cost, but will be part of the four-course load for the semester. Please see here for more information.

Massey University, Auckland, is a compact and modern campus, architecturally designed in the Spanish Mission style. Lecture facilities are state-of-the-art, and facilities are both spacious and contemporary. Classes are small, teaching is interactive, and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.

Home to around 9,000 students, Massey’s original campus is bicycle-friendly and set among beautiful park-like grounds. It is made up of two locations split by the Manawatu River: Turitea across the river from the city and Hokowhitu on the city-side.

The University’s magnificent Museum Building heralds its presence in Wellington. Perched at the crest of Mount Cook alongside the National War Memorial and Carillon, the former National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum overlooks the stunning vista of the capital city and its harbor. Following an award-winning heritage restoration, this magnificent building acts as the University"s front door to the capital city.

After spending 25 years living, studying and working in Palmerston North, Craig Lyons and his wife decided to see a bit more of the world. After finishing his employment at Massey, they headed to England where he worked as a Lecturer in Travel and Tourism at a college just outside of London. Four years later it was time to move on again and they ended up in Spain, living in various cities around the country, but spending the last two years in Barcelona. After nine years away, they decided to come home to Palmerston North with some excess baggage (two beautiful daughters), and are happily at Massey again working with International Students.