Massey University - Palmerston North - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Massey University through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Massey University and all other New Zealand program options.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed the Massey Unviersity program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.
Home to 9,000 students, the Manawatu campus in Palmerston North is Massey’s largest, and first campus, dating from 1927. Massey Manawatu champions industrial innovation within Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Advanced Material Sciences and Product Development. Other key areas include Agriculture, Aviation, Business, Horticulture, Management, Nanoscience, Education, Environmental Studies, Defence and Security, Sport Business Management, Psychology, and Veterinary Science.
Palmerston North, is a vibrant, young person’s city with nearly half of its 80,000 population under 25 years. With many great cafes, restaurants, cinema, live theatre and sporting facilities all within close proximity, this is an easy city to get around whether by foot, bus or bicycle. Bus services are frequent and free for Massey students, both to and from campus and all around town.
For the more adventurous, nearby options includes river kayaking, equestrian facilities and some challenging mountain biking tracks, while ski fields, tramping, surfing, bungee jumping and numerous other outdoor pursuits are all within a day trip.
Students choose Massey Manawatu for its vibrant student life, broad study choices, low living costs, and ideal location.


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New Zealand’s sixth largest city, with almost 80,000 inhabitants, offers all modern conveniences, including an energetic arts and entertainment scene, while maintaining the friendly warmth of heartland New Zealand.

Boasting the lowest cost of living of any university city, and with almost half its total population under the age of 25 and close to 40% of its total population engaged in postsecondary study, Palmerston North truly is the Student City!

Surrounded by spectacular scenery stretching from the magnificent Tararua and Ruahine Ranges to the coastal plains of Himatangi and Tangimoana,
the region is served by the Palmerston North airport, and is just two hours’ drive from Wellington, the Central Plateau ski fields, Lake Taupo, and the beaches and wineries of Hawke’s Bay.

The Massey Manawatu campus has two sister sites of Turitea, the larger, renowned for its beautiful park-like setting, and Hokowhitu, situated nearby on the banks of the picturesque Manawatu River, just minutes from the city centre. The campus boasts great sport facilities including eight rugby fields, an award winning recreation centre, the Institute of Sport and Rugby, an equestrian centre and all-weather athletics track.

As New Zealand’s premiere institution for the life sciences, agricultural, horticultural and veterinary teaching and research, Massey Manawatu champions industrial innovation within food science and technology, biotechnology, advanced material sciences and product development.

Academic Highlights

Massey University is characterized by the practical and applied nature of many of its teaching programs and by its expertise in a wide range of fields. Massey has in excess of 5,000 papers (classes) throughout its five academic colleges: Business, Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences.

Massey Manawatu offers 150 programmes across the spectrum of Sciences, Health, Education, Business and Humanities and Social Sciences. It is home for many of New Zealand's top researchers who have earned Massey an international reputation. It offers the only undergraduate degree in genetics in New Zealand and has the country’s only university aviation school.

Massey’s College of Business has an excellent reputation for its business research and theory and the practical application of these to contemporary workplaces. The Finance program is ranked within the top 10 of 170 universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences* at Massey is a world leader in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge regarding animal health, animal welfare, conservation, and sustainable pastoral productivity.

Together with Fonterra, the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, and Crown Research Institutes, which exist in the same locality as the Massey Manawatu campus, the area has the largest population of scientists of anywhere in New Zealand and is a research powerhouse with an international reputation.

*PLEASE NOTE: Study Abroad students are not allowed to take veterinary sciences classes, but can take classes in more general animal sciences like zoology and equine studies.

University Services

Study Abroad students have access to all the University facilities and services. The Massey Manawatu campus  has a modern computerized library with an excess of 850,000 volumes, which are supported by an extensive electronic online journal service. Other student services include accommodation placement, free airport pickup, chaplaincy, computer facilities and support to include high-speed wireless internet in most lecture rooms and common student areas, disability services, a health and medical center, a learning support center, and student counseling services.

The Recreation Center, voted the best gym in the Manawatu region for the past three years, offers a range of clubs or sports teams to get involved in. A unique feature is the campus is the Equestrian Center which includes an arena, and an all-weather Athletics track.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

One way to immerse your self in the Kiwi culture and make new friends is to live among Kiwi students. There are a number of Halls of Residence and Apartments on campus, all of which have live-in residential advisors. Each resident has their own bedroom and the halls have communal facilities such as bathrooms, common room, free laundries and kitchens. Residents have 24 hour access to their Hall with security maintained via electronic swipe card and key.

Some of the Halls have a compulsory meal plan for dinner and/or breakfast, other halls are self-catered. The university housing in Palmerston North is fully furnished including kitchen utensils, bed linen, digital T.V. and also a free weekly linen service. Most of the halls include a mini computer lab for residents however additional 24-hour campus computer suites are only minutes away.

Residents on-campus are well known for their inter-hall competitions and socializing. There are a number of competitions throughout the year including crazy sports, debating and touch rugby. Social events include barbeques, garden parties and the Residents’ Ball.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>


In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees, the mandatory Massey University international student orientation is a great way to be introduced to life in New Zealand. Orientation includes a welcome evening for all new students (international and local), an introduction to New Zealand culture as well as social and academic expectations, student services, and a session for checking enrolment of classes. It offers International students a great opportunity to meet domestic students and increase their social networks.

Various optional activities organized by the Student Association include live concerts, sports days, a Bizarre Ball, a toga party, drive-in movies, and city tours. The Palmerston North City Council also provides free summer concerts for residents and students of the city.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Massey University supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with four $1000 NZD each year.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Massey University Special Programs

Sport and off-campus adventure feature big in student life at Massey Manawatu, with world-class athletic facilities and the Institute of Sport & Rugby on campus. You can take advantage of the many clubs and societies available to you through the Student Association and Recreation Center.

Students enjoy getting involved in clubs like Massey Alpine, Massey Rugby, and Massey Soccer as well as activities like drama, belly-dancing, debating, yoga, martial arts, radio, basketball, snowboarding/skiing excursions, and other adventure trips.

Massey's Rugby Study Abroad Program

The Massey University Rugby/Study Abroad Program is the perfect way to experience the Kiwi lifestyle and culture by playing rugby at the Massey University Rugby Football Club (M.U.R.F.C) based at at the Massey Manawatu campus, while gaining credits towards your home university degree.

You don’t have to be a ‘professional’ rugby player to join this program, just have a keen interest for New Zealand's national passion, rugby. The program is open to both genders at all levels and provides students with an excellent opportunity to improve their rugby skills and ability by training down under in the rugby capital, New Zealand.

For students who already have finely tuned rugby skills, they are encouraged to apply additionally to the Rugby Academy program, which is run by the Manawatu Rugby Football Union, for players who show professional potential.

The club rugby season runs from March until July, so students interested in this program would commence their studies at Massey in February (Semester One). Typically students study four undergraduate classes per semester in any discipline, then play rugby as part of a Massey club team and join in the training sessions and Saturday games.

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Extracurricular Activities

Student life is not just about studying, so Massey provides you with a range of indoor and outdoor recreational, cultural, and leisure programs through the Recreation and Student Association Centers. Campus facilities include free weight and cardio training rooms, squash, basketball and volleyball courts, climbing wall, dance room, as well as playing fields for rugby, soccer, and hockey.

There are almost 100 sports and arts clubs available, including an Alpine, Canoe Polo, Ultimate Frisbee, Equine and even a Toastmasters club. Or you could join the “Palmy Army” and support the local Rugby Union team.

For those who enjoy the night life there are more restaurants and bars per capita in Palmerston North than any other city in New Zealand. The superb location of Palmerston North means that the Mount Ruapehu ski fields, the cultural city of Wellington, and the beautiful beaches and wineries in Hawkes Bay are less than 2 hours drive away. If you stay in for the weekend there are many cultural festivals to get involved in throughout the semester.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true New Zealand culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Palmerston North or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in New Zealand on the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to New Zealand. Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts later in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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Massey University - Palmerston North
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $3,500 - $6,200
Housing without MealsApproximately $2,600 - $4,800
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.75

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Jessica Mew

Program Assistant
Katherine Harrell

Advice From The Program Team:
Massey University is located in a great college town. The entire city of Palmerston North revolves around the students population and exudes a young, vibrant energy. It is a wonderful place to really immerse yourself in the college culture of New Zealand.