Programs : Brochure
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|Class Standing:||2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior|
USAC - Massey University
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.
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:
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.
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.
CREDITS AND CLASS STRUCTURE
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.