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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Palmerston North, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants 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:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 2.75
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:

USAC - Massey University
New Zealand


Program Overview

This program offers the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of Massey University courses across the five colleges: Business, Education, Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Creative Arts including an extensive program in Maori Visual and Performing Arts. Massey University operates three campuses located in three different cities within the North Island of New Zealand; Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington. Each campus offers a unique environment in which to study and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Courses popular with international students include New Zealand: Fauna & Flora, Environmental Issues, Plate Tectonics and Geology, Mid-Twentieth Century Aotearoa Literature, Maori Language, Defense Studies and Economy. The university's strengths also include Aviation, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Communication, Design, Environmental and Ecological Studies, Finance, Forestry, Food Technology, Genetics, Human Nutrition, Psychology, Performance Jazz, Sociology and Sports Studies.

The Palmerston North program is administered in the U.S. by USAC and at Massey University by the Massey University International Office. There is also International Students' Support staff on each campus to help with any questions you may have regarding the campus and enrollment processes. Staff will also assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pick-up and will provide on-going support including an International Student Orientation program that is held at the beginning of each semester and frequent social functions during the year. Some of the social events from previous semesters include pizza night, festival of cultures, cultural performance, Maori art workshop and a trip to the Wairarapa region.  Students may live in residence halls or off campus university apartments.  Homestays may be available.   Please inquire in Office of International Studies for detailed program description.

You may choose to study and live at one of the three campuses.  Courses you wish to take will help determine at which campus you live and study. Most Goucher students choose to study at the Palmerston North (Manawatu) campus.  Communications and Art majors typically choose the Wellington campus.  Please read about the campus descriptions for Massey University.  Please meet with your Goucher OIS advisor for more information.

Student Athletes looking to stay in shape during their semester abroad through a formal conditioning and training program can participate in the Global Student Athlete Program for an additional fee.  GSA enables male and female student-athletes to combine international coaching and training with one or two semesters of overseas study. The training and conditioning sessions are structured to be available outside your normal classroom hours.  This enables you to keep up with your studies. All GSA options are based in the student city of Palmerston North. 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 enrollment in Elite Sport Services. 

GSA Golf has been created through a partnership between Massey University and the city and region’s most distinguished golf club.  The Manawatu Golf Club was founded in 1895 and is home to the oldest course in New Zealand. Students will receive weekly private lessons, matches with golf pros, club membership for the 18-hole course, unlimited driving range and practice fairway membership, reciprocal rights at courses across New Zealand and in Australia, and more. 

Links to Review:

Guide to Studying Abroad in New Zealand

Global Student Athlete

National Expedition and Internship site- Offering three new program tracks.

Explore New Zealand scholarships


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program.  This program has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to USAC by their published deadline. You must pay the USAC $100 application fee which will be refunded to you by Goucher in the following billing cycle.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.   

General Program Dates

Program Dates

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.

You will be required to submit documentation upon arrival showing your return flight, or proof that you have funds to purchase your return flight out of New Zealand before your visa expires. In some instances, students have not been allowed to board their international flight without a return ticket. Non-US citizens should check with the Immigration New Zealand for travel requirements.


Through our agreement with Massey University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Course offerings are too numerous to be listed here, but areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included here as a sample of what the Massey offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Massey University.

At Massey University, classes  are called “courses.” Courses are taught by lecture with study guides and tutorial sessions as support.  At the undergraduate level, a full-time course load per semester is four courses (15 credits each); or 60 Massey study credits in total (equivalent to approximately 15 US semester credits).  The course level is listed as the fourth number on a course code.  Level 1 = Lower Division; Level 2-3= Upper Division.  15 Massey credits = 4 Goucher credits.

There are three modes of courses offered at Massey:

  • Internal = on-campus
  • Extramural/Distance= online or through correspondence
  • Block= taught over a short, intense study period, typically during a mid-semester break with a strong distance/online component.

You MUST take a minimum of three Internal courses and are allowed to take your fourth as an Extramural Distance or Block course, if necessary.

Where relevant, paper/course prerequisites are listed online. Academic assessment and enrollment will be undertaken prior to arrival, and students will be kept updated throughout this process. Changes to paper selections can be made at any time up until classes start. Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with New Zealand and other international students therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the New Zealand educational system by understanding some of its important characteristics. University education in New Zealand has historical and cultural links to Great Britain and therefore more closely resembles the British rather than American system. Students are expected to be self-directed, most courses are taught via lectures, labs and tutorials, and there is limited continuous assessment. U.S. students are often surprised to find that final exams count for as much as 70% of the final grade and are held over three weeks at the end of the semester.  To be a successful student, it takes self-discipline and a high level of responsibility on your part to be an active participant in the learning process.  For instance, students are expected to read and print the syllabus for each class before the first class meeting.  There is often some preparation or preliminary reading expected of students before the first day.  If you are struggling, there is a tutor center at each campus that can provide academic consultations to review written pieces, study skill classes, learning consultants and more.  


Internships are provided under supervision from Massey University and are available for communications, media studies, and journalism students. The internship is a paper (course) you register for, worth 15 New Zealand credits, and would be one of the four papers you take in a given semester. Candidates need to be seniors majoring in communications, public relations, advertising, media studies, or a related area with a minimum 3.0 GPA. To apply, you must submit a resume that details your relevant skills with your Massey application materials.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact your OIS Study Abroad Advisor if you have difficulty finding the information. Do not select 'distance' courses as they are online.

Massey University

Credit and Grade Translations

Credit: 10 Massey credits= 3 US semester credits | 15 Massey credits= 4 US semester credits |
18 Massey credits= 4.5 US semester credits | 20 Massey credits= 5 US semester credits
Students must enroll in a minimum of 3 or a maximum of 4 courses to maintain full-time study

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the USAC transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.


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Something to keep in mind regarding evaluation is that in the New Zealand system, students start from zero and build up to the grade they earn. Typically a grade is given based on only a couple different assessments during the term. There may be a mid-term project and a final exam. These two grades may be the only two grades that you earn in the whole term. Also, in the New Zealand system, the lecturer who teaches the class is not the person who evaluates your exams. In order to avoid any kind of personal bias, there is a separate group of professors who do the formal evaluation of exams.

Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad

Language Skills and Language of Instruction


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

This program has an additional $2,000 program fee billed by Goucher.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program  through the following application:

OIS Scholarships


A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


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Students will apply and pay for housing directly to USAC or the host university abroad.
Massey Housing

2018 Guide to Accommodation at Massey

Will I have a meal plan?

Some housing options have meal plans however you can elect the option to prepare your own meals.  You can purchase food a la carte on campus.  



Palmerston North (Manawatu)



A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

U S Embassy and Consulate in New Zealand

All US passport holders studying for more than 90 days must obtain a student visa prior to entering New Zealand. However, you will not be able to apply until you have received your “Confirmation of Place” from Massey University. Information including instructions will be forthcoming from USAC after acceptance.

 Non-US Citizens check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements.  Permanent Residents of the US should check with US immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status.  Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.