Temperate climate…Natural beauty…Easygoing lifestyle…Mixture of European and Maori cultures…So many reasons to study in New Zealand! Learn to go with the flow and accept that things will happen, even if not immediately. Learn to take initiative meeting people who are friendly yet shy. Enjoy the ease of getting around, whether using public transportation or services like banking.
Massey University has a tradition of excellence across a wide range of disciplines. Choose one of Massey’s three campuses based on your course needs.
This program is best for a student that is independent. A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.
To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:
Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).
To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the ISEP Country Handbook for New Zealand.
Massey is New Zealand’s only multi-campus university, with locations in Wellington, Auckland and Palmerston North. With an 80-year tradition of academic excellence, Massey offers a vast range of subjects, with key emphasis on natural sciences, engineering creative arts, and business. Enjoy NZ’s spectacular outdoors, with skiing, tramping, surfing, and vineyards all just a day trip away!
Many participants enjoy studying New Zealand-focused courses, such as Maori Language, New Zealand Economy, Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology, New Zealand Fauna and Flora, Ecological Studies, Law, Government and Social Policy, and Women in History: Australia and New Zealand.
Academic Environment and Teaching Style
Your classes will involve a combination of fairly formal lectures (often with large numbers of students in attendance), discussion-oriented “tutorials” (with around 10-15 students usually), and outside work. Professors present core material during lectures but students should not expect to ask questions (unless otherwise indicated by the professor); the tutorials are the time to work through the material in small groups and student participation is encouraged then. Laboratory sessions for students in the sciences and practical studio time for design students are also incorporated into the curriculum.
Kiwi students tend to specialize in their field of study early on. They may even start specializing in their majors during the final year of high school. The curriculum is usually established by the university for each degree program offered, most of it usually within the same subject, therefore there is not much flexibility when it comes to course selection.
Please note the New Zealand education system generally emphasizes independent study over class time, attendance, and participation. Coursework may be less structured than in other countries and students may be assigned significant outside reading that they will not be tested on until their final exam. Furthermore, there are usually fewer assignments counting towards the final grade, so a final exam or paper carries much more weight. For all these reasons, independence and self-discipline are very important in keeping up academically.
In New Zealand, students will generally not encounter continuous assessment. Rather, students are expected to be independent in their studying and keep up with outside reading throughout the semester, even though professors will not necessarily be checking up on them regularly. Self-motivation and strong time management skills are a must to avoid falling behind.
It is common for grades to be based solely on two papers and a final exam. Essays must be well-written and academic; professors will not be looking for “reflection papers” among these relatively few assignments. It is recommended that students talk with their professors about what is expected for their first essay. Professors will often offer to review drafts as well.
AUCKLAND CAMPUS (Direct only)
HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES
REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November.
The number of credits a paper is worth is made up of the number of contact hours, time spent in private study, group work, labs, etc.
To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 168 total contact hours, or 672 hours of in- and out-of-class time.
To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 126 total contact hours, or 504 hours of in- and out-of-class time.
The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.
Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.
A mandatory orientation program is organized and run by the Massey International Student Support team. Activities typically include a traditional New Zealand BBQ and dinner, city tour and advice sessions designed to assimilate international students into university study within the next of wider New Zealand culture. During the orientation week, students need to confirm their final paper (class) enrollment for the semester. Students are able to make adjustments to their pre-approved selection of papers by visiting the relevant College administrators.
|Communication internships for academic credit are offered at the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses. The internship is worth 15 credits (= 4 U.S. credits/1 LFC credit) and is available to students who have successfully completed a junior-year communications class in the U.S. This option is at no additional cost but will be part of the four-course load for the semester. Please see here for more information.|
|Housing and Meals|
ISEP Exchange students live in single-occupancy rooms in self-catered residences with communal bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Palmerston North campus housing is within a short walking distance (5-10 minutes) from the campus center. ISEP Exchange students receive a one-time meal stipend at the beginning of the semester. The stipend can be used to prepare meals or purchase meals at the cafeteria. It is meant to cover 19 meals/week.
ISEP Direct students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residences with communal bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Auckland campus housing is a 15-20 minute walk from campus and free shuttle bus services are provided. Wellington campus housing varies in location and is a 5-15 minute walk from campus. The ISEP Direct program does NOT include meal benefits; students are responsible for their own meals.
For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Massey University includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week. The Direct fee includes all of the above plus insurance, except meals.
ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.
Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:
Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as ofMarch 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.
You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.
Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.
Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.
Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.
For Questions About the Initial Application Process:
Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office