IFSA Massey University Partnership

Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: No longer accepting applications for Massey after Spring 2019
  • Spring: October 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Massey University

Massey University has an 80-year tradition of academic and research excellence. When choosing to study with Massey you can select from one of their three campuses: the Innovative campus based on Auckland's North Shore, the Creative campus located in central Wellington or the Manawatu campus located in Palmerston North. Each campus and location offers a unique experience where students can really immerse themselves in the community.

Massey University Benefits

  • Choose from 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
  • Study at a major, comprehensive institution with five colleges and 30 academic departments, institutes and schools with an 80-year tradition of academic and research excellence
  • Active student associations on each campus sponsor clubs and societies, events and student services

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Massey University Partnership

To see the classes available, open the Massey University online course catalog. To searching using the catalogue, follow these instructions:
  • You must search for your classes using the following criteria: Search by main locations: Choose Palmerston North, Auckland, or Wellington. You cannot take courses at more than one campus.
  • Search by mode: As a study abroad student, you may take only courses offered as "Internal" Search by level: You should search for courses at the 100, 200 and 300 levels. You will not be permitted to enroll in "external" or "block" mode classes.

The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select, most students take 4 classes abroad for a total of 16 Butler University U.S. semester credit hours. Credit conversions are as follows:

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

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Experiential Learning

Communications Internships

Available for Palmerston North and Wellington campus students, the internship enables you to integrate professional 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 calendar year students. The internship is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.

If you are interested in applying for the internship, please contact your IFSA program advisor. 

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Massey University Partnership
Accounting Advertising Agriculture Anatomy/Physiology Animal Science / Wildlife Management Astronomy Aviation Biochemistry Biology Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Psychology Chemical Engineering Chemistry Classics Communication Science/Disorders Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Cultural Studies Earth Science Ecology Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies European History Exercise Science/Kinesiology Fashion Design Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Film Production Finance Food Science/Nutrition Forestry French Genetics Geography Geology Geophysics Graphic Design Health Studies History Human Resources Human and Child Development Indigenous Studies Information Technology International Business Japanese Journalism Latin American Studies Management Marketing Materials Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Microbiology Music Studies Natural Resource Management Philosophy Photography Physics Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Political Science Psychology Public Relations Secondary Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Speech Pathology Statistics Textiles & Apparel Women and Gender Studies Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory
Some meals included
Meal plans are available at the Palmerston North campus. All other campuses are self-catered only.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Resident Director

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Sian Munro

Resident Director, New Zealand Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

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Jazzy Benson

Academic Affairs Coordinator and Instructional Resource Specialist

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 5, 2018
Program End Date
November 15, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Tuition and housing are listed for the Auckland campus. Fees for the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses are slightly different. Please contact your Program Advisor for details.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
$75 (non-US citizens)
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 10, 2019
Program End Date
June 23, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
$75 (non-US citizens)
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs