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New Zealand Study Abroad Program at Massey University

About Massey University in New Zealand

  • Minimum GPA: 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: November 1 for Semester 1 (Feb-June) and Calendar year (Feb-Nov)
    April 1 for Semester 2 (July-Nov) and Academic year (July-June)
  • Program advisor: Emma Diebold
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Program Snapshot

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Kia ora! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen Massey University as your destination. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What Massey has to offer

  • An 80-year tradition of academic and research excellence
  • A major, comprehensive institution with five colleges and 30 academic departments, institutes and schools
  • Friendly and intellectually stimulating
  • Three campuses, each with its own distinctive character and wide range of amenities and services
  • "Innovative Campus" at Albany in suburban Auckland, New Zealand's largest city
  • Manawatu Campus at Palmerston North, a beautiful, 400-acre site near the vibrant city center
  • "Creative Campus" at Wellington, located in the arts precinct of the city
  • Active student associations on each campus sponsor clubs and societies, events and student services


  • Housing is with other international students and New Zealanders in apartments or residence halls on or near each campus
  • Meal plans are available at Palmerston North
  • Kitchen facilities in apartment-style housing are available at all three campuses


Academic Structure

Massey University is a semester or yearlong study abroad program. Students take 4 classes each semester.


Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?

  1. Open the Massey University online course catalog.
  2. In the middle of the page, click the orange "Online Course Catalog" link
  3. You must search for your classes using the following criteria:
    1. Search by main locations: Choose Palmerston North, Auckland, or Wellington. You cannot take courses at more than one campus.
    2. Search by semester: Choose semester 1 (U.S. spring) or semester 2 (U.S. fall), depending on which semester you plan to study abroad.
    3. Search by mode: As a study abroad student, you may take only courses offered as "Internal"
    4. Search by level: You should search for courses at the 100, 200 and 300 levels
    5. Search by subject: Choose the subject that interests you.

What departments can I study in?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the New Zealand academic system is an intensive, three-year program..
    • First-year (100-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Second-year (200-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
    • Third-year (300-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
    • Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
  • Remember in New Zealand, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.
  • You can only take year long courses if you plan to study abroad for the calendar year (semesters 1 and 2, in that order).
  • Study abroad students may take "internal" mode classes only. You will not be permitted to enroll in "external" or "block" mode classes.

Course Registration

You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.


IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. For information on the credit weight, please consult see below.

15 Points at Massey = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
20 Points at Auckland = 5 U.S. semester credit hours


Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit and grades you earned at Massey University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad. Click here to read more details about these options.

Albany Campus – Self-catered apartments
Students live in Te Ohanga Village, located on campus. These five-bedroom apartments are self-catered, and each resident has a single bedroom. Students share bathrooms, a kitchen and common areas with local and international students. No meal plans are available.

Palmerston North Campus – Self-catered halls of residence available

Students have single bedrooms with shared bathroom, kitchen and living facilities. Students cook their own meals. Click on the name of the hall below for more information:

Click here to view a map of Palmerston North accommodation.

Wellington Campus – Self-catered apartments
Students live in The Cube apartment complex located across the road from the Massey Wellington campus. Students are placed in three or five bedroom apartments with shared living, kitchen and bathroom facilities. Laundry facilities are in a communal laundry in the ground floor of the building.


Meal plans are available at Palmerston North. All other campuses are self-catered only.

Housing FAQs

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in New Zealand for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info


Population: 1.5 million
Location: North Island

City features

  • Enjoys a spectacular location between two harbors
  • Offers great opportunities for paddleboarding, sea kayaking, sailing and more
  • Sophisticated, multicultural and urban
  • Home to one-third of New Zealand's population
  • The best nightlife in the country, with cutting-edge Kiwi bands playing in clubs and bars

Do more!

  • Visit the gorgeous beaches nearby for water skiing, sea kayaking and sailing
  • Take advantage of the countless opportunities for outdoor adventure just outside the city, including 37,000 acres of parkland
  • Visit the geysers and mudpools of Rotorua, located halfway between Auckland and Wellington
  • Explore the Northland, Coromandel and Bay of Islands areas

Auckland A-Z
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Palmerston North

Population: 75,000
Location: North Island

City features

  • A sophisticated city in a friendly setting
  • Offers libraries, museums, professional theatre, a multiplex cinema, boutiques, restaurants and cafes
  • Excellent sporting and cultural facilities include a national sports stadium, the Institute of Sport and Rugby and many local marae
  • The historic Regent Theatre attracts national and international performers

Do more!

  • Explore a region known for its spectacular parks, reserves and outdoor adventure opportunities
  • Take a two-hour road trip to Wellington
  • Visit the Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wairarapa and Horowhenua regions, all great spots for outdoor activity
  • Take advantage of the opportunities to go skiing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, sailing, hiking or surfing


Destination Manawatu
Regional Tourism Map
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Ski New Zealand
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Palmerston North News


Population: 400,000
Location: North Island

City features

  • New Zealand's political, cultural and creative capital city
  • A vibrant, cosmopolitan, compact city offering a temperate climate and beautiful natural scenery with the harbor and surrounding bush
  • Offers tons of big-city attractions, including the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, International Festival of the Arts and a variety of international and local sporting events throughout the year

Do more!

  • Watch world-class rugby, soccer and cricket at the Westpac Stadium
  • Take advantage of the region's many recreational and sporting activities, including surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, bushwalking and fishing
  • Head north to the mud pools, geysers and hot springs at Rotorua or the mountain range at Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo
  • Take the Cook Strait Ferry from Wellington to the South Island and visit the Marlborough vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park's beautiful beaches and outdoor activities

Welcome to Wellington
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Wellington Tourism

Wellington News

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Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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* All students must arrive in Auckland by this date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In New Zealand exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.

All program support services end on the “Program ends” date.

Program Fees

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What's included in our New Zealand program fees
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

Personal Cost Estimates

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The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The meals amount is based on the purchase of groceries and preparing most meals at home. Students who eat the majority of their meals in restaurants or on campus can expect to spend more on meals.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in New Zealand:

emmaProgram Advisor Emma Diebold assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Emma completed her undergraduate degree in Geography: Travel & Tourism at Ball State University. She went abroad with the BSU Geography Department to Eastern and Central Europe and has enjoyed personal travels to several destinations including Belgium, France, Ireland, Peru, Ecuador and The Bahamas. Emma joined the IFSA-Butler team to aid students who want to explore the world and advises students planning to study abroad in England. Emma can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4258.

beckiStudent Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.

Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our New Zealand staff, including Resident Director Sian Munro. Click here to read more about Sian.

abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students


Communications Internships at Massey University

The Massey communications internship is available for Palmerston North and Wellington campus students. The internship enables you to integrate experience with knowledge of communication theory. In addition, the internship will enhance your skills in communication, along with skills in information acquisition and independent research. Placements are available in a wide range of businesses and organizations; past interns have worked at the following:

  • Arohanui Hospice
  • Carlin Valenti
  • Charity Gaming Association (CGA)
  • CV Bank/Creative HQ
  • Four Winds Communications
  • Ideas Shop
  • Jumprope
  • Manawatu Turbos
  • Massey Communications and Marketing
  • McDonnell Consulting Group
  • Ministry of Health
  • NZ Food Safety Authority
  • NZ Police (Wellington)
  • NZ Post
  • Radio New Zealand
  • Ronald McDonald House (Wellington)
  • Run the Red
  • Special Olympics NZ
  • Senate Communication Counsel
  • Sport Manawatu
  • The Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Society of Canterbury
  • The New Dowse/Petone Settlers Museum
  • Total Media
  • Toyota
  • Unicef
  • Waikato Times
  • The Wellingtonian

Applicants must be communications majors in their junior or senior year, with at least one 300-level communications course completed. Preference will be given to full-year students. The internship is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.

If you are interested in applying for the internship, please send your IFSA-Butler program advisor a resume and a statement of purpose outlining what type of internship you would like, as well as a letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor that indicates you would be good candidate for an internship.


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