You can’t go wrong when you have the option to explore numerous national parks, immerse yourself in Maori culture, have access to world class surfing and skiing – and world class education, all in one university. If you are looking for a study abroad experience that is action packed inside and outside of the classroom, Massey University is the place for you. 

The Manawatu campus is Massey University's original campus and has a rich academic history, particularly in the fields of agriculture and animal studies.

Massey University's Palmerston north campus is 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 is across the river from the city and Hokowhitu is on the city-side. 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 theater 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 hiking. 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.

Massey University offers a wide range of extracurricular 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 offered, but there is also a list of Massey University Clubs. Massey also has excellent recreation center facilities available.


This program is eligible for a scholarship! Click the links below to find out more.

Massey University Scholarship
Global Student Athlete Scholarship


Program Website

Course Description

The Manawatu campus offers over 150 undergraduate certificate, diploma and bachelor programs. Study and research programs include sciences, education, arts, humanities and social sciences, aviation, horticulture, engineering, food science and technology, biotechnology, advanced material sciences and product development. 

Massey University also offers a unique 
Global Student Athlete program that allows male and female student-athletes to combine international coaching and training with one or two semesters of overseas study. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.

  • Strength and Conditioning provides athletes from any sport with structured personal training sessions to improve their stamina and fitness.
  • Elite Sport Services combine comprehensive workshops, performance tracking, and a sport centre membership.
  • Rugby is an opportunity for overseas rugby players to train alongside professional coaches and athletes in New Zealand.
  • Equestrian gives experienced riders three riding sessions per week, focusing on dressage or showjumping, and all necessary equipment for your horse.
  • Cricket includes coaching by international players, weekly training sessions, placement into a local cricket team, and enrolment in Elite Sport Services.

Website for Course Availability

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Massey University

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...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Agricultural Business Operations Agricultural Economics Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Agronomy and Crop Science Animal Sciences Equine Studies Horticulture Operations International Agriculture Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Soil Sciences

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies French Studies Japanese Studies Latin American Studies Pacific Rim Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign)

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Entomology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Physiology Plant Physiology Wildlife Biology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Construction Management E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Fashion Merchandising Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Photojournalism Public Relations Publishing Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences: Recommended!

    Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Construction Trades: Recommended!

    Aviation Management and Operations Aviation Science and Technology Building Construction Technology Construction Site Management Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

  • Education

    Early Childhood Education

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Agricultural Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering Robotics, and Automation Engineering Surveying Engineering Textile Sciences and Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Athletic Training Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Laboratory Science Communication Sciences and Disorders Community Health Services/Counseling Health and Wellness Medicine Nutrition Sciences Occupational Therapy Public Health Veterinary Sciences Veterinary Technology

  • History:

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History History, Other

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!


  • Mathematics: Recommended!

    Statistics Topology and Foundations

  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Land Use Planning Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies: Recommended!

    Ethics Philosophy Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Acoustics Astronomy Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology: Recommended!

    Behavioral Sciences Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology Dispute Resolution Educational Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies Work and Family Studies

  • Sports Studies: Recommended!

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Folk Art Industrial and Product Design Interior Design Jazz Studies Metal and Jewelry Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 19
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Reading Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 5.5

Special Application Instructions

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.

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. 

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Fields of Study

  • Agriculture Recommended!

  • Architecture Recommended!

  • Biology Recommended!

  • Communication Recommended!

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • Engineering

  • Health Sciences

  • History Recommended!

  • Hospitality and Tourism Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!

  • Mathematics Recommended!

  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

  • Physical Sciences Recommended!

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

  • Sports Studies Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 90
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 20
  • IELTS Score: 6

Special Application Instructions

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.

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. 

Other Academic Conditions

Massey University follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar. If you are looking to study for a full-year in New Zealand, you should consider starting your program at the beginning of Massey’s academic year in February.

Massey applicants CANNOT enroll in Massey without the documents listed in the Special Application Instructions. Please check and include the documents in the Special Application Instructions, under the Undergraduate and Graduate tabs, before submitting your ISEP application.

Students with a strong background in communication, journalism, or marketing can apply for a full semester internship.  The Communication Internship involves a placement in a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organisation, governmental department, or global non-profit.  Internships are available on all three Massey campuses during semester 1 and 2. The internship will serve as one of the four courses you take at Massey during the semester.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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