Massey University

Spread across three city campuses in the North Island of New Zealand, Massey University has grown from a simple agricultural college to a leader in a variety of fields, in addition to providing the country's widest use of technology and digital teaching.

Massey is one of the only universities to offer an elite Global Athlete training program to exchange students. It also boasts New Zealand's largest business school and only trading room, plus a number of unique majors and study areas. It is ranked 3rd in the country for employability, top 100 globally for Development Studies, and among the top 6 institutions in New Zealand (QS 2020).

This excellence and innovation in academics have been big factors in Massey's consistent reports of high student satisfaction. Every year, Massey welcomes about 4,000 international students from more than 100 countries to enjoy the student life of Northern New Zealand.

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2021-2022 applications

Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and "New Zealand full year" (Winter 2022 + Fall 2022)
Priority deadline: January 11, 2021


NOTE: Applications for Winter 2021 UGo virtual exchanges are open until November 15, 2020. First come, first considered for available spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2022-2023 applications

Open November 1, 2021

Program details

Areas of Study: Massey offers a wide variety of subjects, including Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Development Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Engineering (Computer, Electronic, Mechanical, Software), English, Fashion, Geography, Greek & Roman Studies (Classics), Health Science, History, Math, Military Studies, Museum Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sport & Exercise Science, Statistics, Zoology and more.

Global Student Athlete Program: Palmerston North Campus (about 2 hrs North of Wellington) offers a unique program for athletes from any sport providing a range of training and conditioning services, in addition to specialized services for Rugby, Equestrian, Golf, and Cricket players. See FAQ for more info and details on funding for the GSA Program.

Course restrictions: Fine Arts and Design courses have limited class sizes, so flexibility is necessary. Some Photography courses are not available to exchange students.

Course requirements: Courses at Massey are called "papers". Exchange students are expected to take 45-60 credits per semester. 

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters.

  • Semester One runs from mid-February to late June.
  • Semester Two runs from early July to mid-November.

Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in February.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    It is recommended that students budget around NZ$7500-9000 per semester to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Updated cost of living estimates can be found online.

    According to 2016 estimates and currency conversion, here's a semester breakdown of the estimated housing costs in Canadian dollars: 

    Accommodation Type Palmerston N. Cost Auckland Cost Wellington Cost

    Catered Residences
    (included meal plans vary from 1-3 meals/day)

    $4480 - $6745 $4480 - $8385 n/a
    Home Stay with 3 meals/day $5225 $5760 $5550
    Private Accommodation (utilities included, but not meals) $2350 - $3415 $3415 - $5335 $3200-5125


    Costs typically are higher in Auckland than Wellington and Palmerston North.

    Cost Comparison vs. Calgary: Palmerston North - Auckland - Wellington

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree-seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange, you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

Exchange students to Massey are guaranteed housing. Each campus provides a range of options. Students wishing to stay on-campus may apply for a private room in a residence hall or to share an apartment with 3 or 4 other students; mature students may instead apply for a private studio. On-campus accommodation offers students to choose from meal plans or self-catering. Alternatively, students may wish to live off-campus and can apply for a homestay with a local family. All host families have been approved by the university and will provide a room and three meals per day for students. Because of the range of housing types and meal packages, rental fees can vary greatly. Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information provided for their desired campus.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Attention Dinos!

Want to keep up your athletics while on exchange? Massey's Global Student Athlete program at the Palmerston North Campus can keep you on track athletically while you study in New Zealand - one of the first "Athlete Friendly" exchange programs!

Accommodation and courses can be arranged around your schedule within the GSA, and Kines students can find courses particularly suited for the GSA. 

The Strength & Conditioning and Elite Sport Services Tracks are for any sport (and are offered in both semesters), or there are a few specialized tracks:

  • Semester 1 (UCalgary Winter) - Rugby Athlete Track
  • Semester 1 & 2 (UCalgary Winter and/or Fall) - Equestrian Athlete Track
  • Semester 1 & 2 (UCalgary Winter and/or Fall) - Cricket Athlete Track
  • Semester 1 & 2 (UCalgary Winter and/or Fall) - Golf Athlete Track

While there is an additional cost to this program (varies by track, from $245 NZD to $5000 NZD per semester), there are also "Accelerator Scholarships" available, of up to $750 NZD towards the additional cost of your chosen track. No application is required - everyone who applies to the GSA program is automatically considered in the application pool for funding decisions. 

What's special about Massey?

Massey University has three campuses: Manawatū (Palmerston North), Albany/Ōtehā (Auckland), and Wellington.

  • Manawatū campus is Massey's original campus, located in the inland city of Palmerston North (about 2 hrs North of Wellington), with heritage buildings and large park-like grounds and fields - the Massey university grounds are listed as a New Zealand Botanical Garden! Palmerston North is New Zealand's 7th largest city, and has a large student population (over 40% of the population are studying, and 30% are between 15-30 years old!). Transit is also free within the city for students. See programs available at Manawatū.
  • Albany/Ōtehā campus is located on the northern boundary of Auckland, a peaceful, forested region only a short walk or bus-ride away from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of New Zealand's largest city. See programs available in Auckland.  
  • Wellington campus is located in the heart of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, tucked among numerous parks and the arts district. It's known as the "Creative Campus" due to its facilities and resources for Art, Film, Fashion, and Design students. See programs available in Wellington

Massey has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

What resources are available for new students?

Massey offers an Orientation Programme each semester to introduce students to their new campus and unique aspects of the Kiwi lifestyle.

What supports or services are available at Massey?

Massey's Disability Services centre offers comprehensive academic support for students with disabilities.

Massey's semester runs from 22 February to 18 June, 2021 (including final exams). 

Courses at Massey are called alternatively "courses" and "papers". You can search for courses here:

  • Select year "2021", semester "one", mode "distance". Undergraduate courses are level 100, 200, and 300.
  • Available subject areas include: Maori Studies, Agribusiness & Agriculture, Philosophy, Property Studies, English, Anthropology, Media, Business, and more.

Virtual exchange students are required to take a full-time courseload at Massey, which is 45-60 credits (3-4 courses). You will pay only UCalgary tuition fees. 

Applying early is recommended in order to get better access to your desired courses. 

*Note: First-year UCalgary students are eligible to apply for this program!

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.