New Zealand: Palmerston North Semester

Program Overview

The Manawatu campus in Palmerston North is the founding home of Massey University. With a student population of 9,000 students, the campus sits amongst beautiful park-like grounds, and offers students a university lifestyle like no other.

This vibrant, young person's city with the highest student population per head in New Zealand, offers affordable accommodation, great bars and restaurants, live theatre, sporting centres and indoor pools. For the adventurous, there are challenging mountain bike tracks, bungi-jumping, river kayaking and equestrian facilities.




Academic Profile
Academic Profile

Massey University in Palmerston North

Massey has a reputation of academic excellence and leadership across a wide range of disciplines and is, for example, New Zealand's premier and largest institution for agricultural and horticultural teaching and research. Study Abroad students can select from a wide range of courses across the five Colleges: Business; Education; Design, Fine Arts & Music; Humanities & Social Sciences; and Sciences.

Course Offerings

Course offerings (called Papers) at Massey University can be found at the Massey Program Course Search. Subjects taught on the Manawatu campus inlude:

Computer Science
International Business
Mathematics and Information Sciences
Social Sciences

Academic Highlights

New Zealand-focused subjects of particular interest to recent students include: Maori Visual & Performing Arts, NZ Fauna & Flora, NZ Environmental Issues, Plate Tectonics & NZ Geology, Mid-Twentieth Century Aotearoa/ NZ Literature, Maori Language, Defense Studies, and the New Zealand Economy.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Massey provides students with a range of indoor and outdoor recreational, cultural and leisure programs through the Recreation and Student Association Centers. 

Learn more about student organzations at the Manawatu campus: 

Learn more about Sport and Recreation at the Manawatu campus:

Learn more about the city of Palmerston North: 


At Palmerston North, you have a range of quality housing and living options to choose from, including on-campus, catered Halls of Residence and university managed Flats or off-campus, self-catered Apartments. 

To learn more, visit the Accommodations website:


Palmerston North, New Zealand Semester Program Details


Semester One (Spring 2017):  February 18 - June 25, 2017

Semester Two (Fall 2016): July 10 - November 17, 2016

See Massey University Calendar for more information.


Application Deadline(s)

Semester One (US Spring Semester): November 1

Semester Two (US Fall Semester): April 1

All application materials must be completed through the online application and/or received at Montana State University by these dates. 


Eligibility Requirements

Students must have at least a 2.8 GPA and have sophomore status to be eligible for the program. Community college applicants must have completed the requirements for an associate's degree before the start of the program.


Fall 2016: $10,700 CCIS Member / $11,100 Non-CCIS Member

**Fees always subject to change**

Costs Included

Tuition, medical insurance, airport pick-up, orientation, and the International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

Costs Not Included

Airfare, personal costs, room & board (current estimates are $160-$200 per week depending on option).

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia Palmerston North, New Zealand


Your Adventure in New Zealand Begins Here

Apply Online Now:

Massey University, Palmerston North - Online Application

Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Alyson Roberts, Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Phone: (406) 994-7044
Fax (406) 994-1619
E-mail: CCIS Study Abroad Advisor

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by clicking the link above to proceed to the online application through Montana State University.

In addition to the online application, you will need to submit the following items:

Official Transcript
Copy of Passport (Biographical Page)
Electronic Passport-style photo
Disciplinary Clearance Form
Massey University Supplemental Application 
2 Academic Recommendations

More information can be found on the online application regarding the required material.

*All MSU students must make an appointment with the MSU Office of International Programs before completing the application.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.