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  • Locations: Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 02/19/2018 06/22/2018
NOTE: These semester dates are approximate. We will post exact dates when they are available.
Calendar Year 2018 10/15/2017 10/16/2017 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Grevstad-Nordbrock, Anne Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, On Campus
Cumulative GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
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ISU Course:
Program Description:
Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
A Semester in New Zealand - Massey University 

New Zealand // 2013 from Matt Sears on Vimeo.
Also check out Joseph's vlog about his semester in New Zealand!

Why Massey University?

Massey University is located on the north island in New Zealand and has three different campuses:  Palmerston North, Auckland, and Wellington.
All three campuses at Massey University offer a wide spectrum of clubs and societies for students to participate in.  Possibilities include surf, snow, and skate club; university theatre society; rock climbing club; university photography society; glee club, and more.
New Zealand’s cities feature festivals throughout the year, and the landscape invites you to explore its extraordinary mountains, beaches, fjords, lush forests, and lakes.


The majority of ISU students study in Palmerston North, but those interested in classes at the College of Design would go to Wellington.  Palmerston North and Wellington are cities with a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, museums, and nightlife.  You will have access to bike and hiking trails, beaches and harbors, snowboarding and skiing, and other outdoor adventures. 

New Zealand was also the location for epic movie making!  Both “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” were filmed in New Zealand and both these sites are popular travel destinations.

What courses?

ISU students can study at Massey University for either (or both) the fall and spring semesters. Semesters at New Zealand universities run from February to June and July to November.  All ISU study abroad students must be enrolled as a full-time student at Massey University.
Courses are called “papers” at Massey.  Students normally take four papers, worth 15 credits each, during a semester. 60 credits are equivalent to 12–16 U.S. semester credits.
Massey University offers a wide range of subjects that appeal to ISU majors.  Popular areas of study are pre-vet medicine, agricultural science, animal science, communication and journalism, engineering, health sciences, Maori studies, industrial design, and more.  Search for possible courses/papers here.


To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor.

Where will I live?

Massey University offers on-campus housing.  On-campus rooms are private with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, but these amenities depend on whether you choose catering or self-catering options.  Please note that accommodation can be in short supply and students are encouraged to apply early.  For more information, please visit this Massey website.

How Much?

The ISU Program Fee for Spring 2017 is $10,400.  The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and insurance (both ISU's CISI insurance and mandatory New Zealand health insurance). The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.  For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.
The New Zealand government also offers scholarships for study abroad.

What else?

New Zealand has some of the world’s oldest trees, rarest birds, insects, and plants (including the heaviest earthworm, the largest flightless parrot, and the oldest reptile).
New Zealand’s national rugby team is the All Blacks.  Each international match opens with a haka, a Maori ceremonial challenge, which is performed by the All Blacks team.
To learn more about the Massey program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center.  She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions.  Email: