Massey University - Wellington - 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, formerly know as AustraLearn, has designed the Massey University 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.
Massey Wellington, known as the Creative Campus shines as a major research centre for the University and is home to the highly prestigious College of Creative Arts and New Zealand’s most distinguished School of Design. Massey Wellington’s 4,000 students typically study design, communications, journalism, business, health and well-being, fine arts, and music.

The campus is centrally located in New Zealand's capital city and is a great place to live. It is a compact city, set between a magnificent harbour and rolling green hills, where shops, exciting galleries and great restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Here, history and tradition combine with cutting-edge research and funky vibes. Nearby Cuba Street and Courtenay Place, at the heart of Wellington’s artistic and entertainment quarters, offer a perfect backdrop, making this a truly exciting, lively, and inspiring place to live, learn and grow.



Compact and welcoming, with less than 200,000 residents, Wellington City is packed with cafés, boutiques, and a colourful nightlife. The greater Wellington region is spread along 497 kilometres of magnificent coastline and there is easy accessibility to North and South Island tourist regions such as the Martinborough vineyards, sunny Nelson and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

The seat of New Zealand government, Wellington, is also headquarters of national organisations including the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Reserve Bank, Te Papa – Museum of New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the National Opera. A magnet for creative and innovative people, Wellington is also headquarters to film director Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning Weta Workshop.

The centrally located campus in the heart of the Wellington arts and cultural district, includes the magnificent National Museum building, and a newly-built café, bar, and student common room.

Massey Wellington is the base for a number of unique research centres and is home to New Zealand’s most distinguished School of Design, dating back to 1886. In addition, the campus co-hosts the New Zealand School of Music and offers internationally recognized programs in areas such as Accountancy, Communication Management, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, International Business, Health Science, Industrial Design, and Mechatronics.

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.

The Massey Wellington campus has established itself as a center of excellence for study and research with a focus on four broad areas: Communication and Business (including journalism, media studies, and entrepreneurship); Health and Well-being (including nursing, exercise science, environmental health, and public health); and Creative Arts (including design, fine arts and music).

The campus hosts a number of world-class research centres including the Centre for Public Health Research, Sleep/Wake Research Centre, New Zealand Centre for Small and Medium Enterprise Research, Centre for Disaster Research, and National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

The Massey Wellington campus is the home of New Zealand's oldest and most distinguished School of Design, established in 1886. It has a reputation for excellence in international quality art and design education.

The New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) is the pre-eminent provider of music education programs in New Zealand. Programs focus on Jazz, Classical and Vocal with a strong practical emphasis. Study Abroad students are able to select from a wide range of classes, depending on their interest and background of study.

University Services

Study Abroad students have access to all of the University facilities and services including the library, computer labs, design and fine arts studios and production facilities, photography studios and processing labs, engineering technology and science labs, and the Conservatorium of Music, which includes individual practice rooms and a Concert Hall. Other student services include accommodation placement, chaplaincy, computer labs, disability services, health center, learning support center, and counseling services.

Tussock Café and Bar offers students excellent social and dining facilities and is the hub of student entertainment and events in the heart of the campus. The Wellington campus has its own student radio station, MUNT FM and an active Students' Association.


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:

Massey Wellington’s on-campus student accommodation is impressive. Each apartment is furnished with a bed, desk, wardrobe, cooking utensils, stove, fridge and a microwave. The bedrooms are single occupancy and installed with an individual telephone connections for personal use or modem connection. The apartments are self-catered, however, students are able to purchase evening meals from the Tussock Café on campus.


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 GlobaLinks Learning Abroad 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 may include live concerts, sports days, a comedy night, toga party and a city tour.

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>

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

Student life is not just about studying, so Massey provides a range of indoor and outdoor recreational, cultural, and leisure programs through the Recreation and Student Association Centers.

Each year the Massey Wellington campus has a passionate representation at the NZ University Games. There are also a number of clubs including an Alpine & Tramping Club, Ski (Snow) and Karate club to get involved in.

The International Student Support team organizes trips and activities throughout the semester, including a presentation by Peter Jackson‘s world renowned Weta Workshop.

As Wellington is the cultural and arts center of New Zealand, it is host to many events; from sporting matches in the Westpac Stadium to live concerts, theatre, festivals and exhibitions, there is always something to do close to campus. There is even a wildlife sanctuary only 5 minutes away from downtown Wellington.

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 the Wellington 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 one day of 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 - Wellington
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.