Massey University

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Melanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A good school to attend

I liked Massey University. Given that New Zealand is small, it’s a big school. The actual management was not good. It was extremely difficult to sign up for classes because they did not help. I liked the community but the school was not great. Be prepared to be stressed for awhile if you’re going to attend. Aside from management, the community was great. They are all very welcoming and they have fun residence hall games. The program allowed me to join clubs and experience life in New Zealand. I recommend joining the alpine club as it’s a good way to explore the nature within this gorgeous country.

What would you improve about this program?
The management was not good. I had many issues with classes and even when I was able to get my classes, I had issues with my ID and was unable to use the bus for the first couple of weeks because they make you submit a picture and then take a week to process it. Only to tell you it’s no good.
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Yihang
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying in Massey Univ

International students are welcomed by Massey University. The registry process is smoothful and the classes are interactive and interesting. Preparations for final exams are not stressful at all. Massey University has a very nice library because it is warm and clean at any time. I studied 4 courses from different fields in Massey University and all the professors and course coordinators are kind and friendly. Students feel free to express ideas and ask questions. After class, professors and students communicate by e-mails. The reply letter is within 24 hours for sure. Besides both distance and internal students can start and doscuss a topic in the forums of courses in StreamSite System of Massey University. Massey studetns also have a MasseyUniv App. Students can check the class timetable, campus map and incoming activities. That's convenient.

What was your funniest moment?
The annual Mid-Autumn Festival supported by the Finance College was amazing. Lots of Asian friends came and celebrated this event together. We had fun gussing riddles and eating moon cakes.
Response from Massey University

Kia ora Yihang, it's great to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Massey University and enjoyed the academic and social aspects. We hope you treasure your memories with us!

Kind regards,
Shivani Rajan

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Maslin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

For me studying abroad was always a dream of mine and I was always tied to going to New Zealand. I didn’t put a lot of effort into finding a school here other than what my home university offered and what classes were offered here. I think I got very lucky with Massey University - Albany. I didn’t realize how small the school was, but I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was to have a small school while studying abroad. It allows you to meet new people and actually see them again throughout campus. I ended up taking third year courses here which offered up another unique experience for me given most people studying abroad take easy classes and that the people in my classes all knew each other from other classes they were in together. So I had a more challenging time academically adjusting to the new teaching styles as well as finding people to talk to, but all of the teachers were super helpful. The location offered up so many opportunities to get and and do things! The campus is only a 45 minute bus ride into Auckland which offers so many different things to do and there is also a mall right across from campus which made shopping easy. The accommodations are what is to be expected for college dorms, but they make sure you have all the support needed. The food was a little disappointing, but there are lots of other options around. All in all my experience here was one I’ll never forget and I made life long friends here. I made sure to get out and explore NZ as much as possible and I honestly wish I could’ve stayed longer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Find the balance of fun and study. Of course when studying abroad, most don’t come to study very hard, but I learned a lot about myself and different cultures just from being in classes in another country. Being able to see how an education system works compared to what you are used to changes perspectives on a lot of things and teaches you a lot about what countries find important in their education systems. Given that, it’s also important to not spend your whole time abroad studying. After all you are going to a different country, so actually get out and enjoy/explore the country that is your new home for an extended amount of time.
Response from Massey University

Kia ora Maslin, it's great to hear you made the most out of your experience at our Albany campus. It sounds like you ultilised all of the great things about studying abroad and overcame the challenges you faced too. I hope you look back on your semester abroad with fond memories!

Kind regards,
Shivani Rajan

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Hannah
5/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Massey University Study Abroad

Studying at this school was nothing like how I expected. I should have done more research before going to a school like this. It was very small, with few helpful support staff, and absolutely nothing to do in a 45 minute radius. It also had classes that were extremely underwhelming in respect to how challenging they were. I was only in class 6 hours a week, and became very bored very quickly with the great lack of things to do in Palmy. They also allowed 2 weeks for fall break, and 3 weeks for finals, which seemed like a waste of time to me personally. I wish I had chosen to study in Europe, or at least a university with more things to do than just to leave campus and travel elsewhere. There is also very little history and culture in Palmy, at least to someone coming from a hometown established in the 1630s. This university would appeal to people who enjoy a small-town scene, drinking and hiking; none of which I am fond of.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely try harder to try new things and create my own fun.
Response from Massey University

Kia ora Hannah,

Thank you very much for your honest review and we are sorry that you did not quite enjoy your stay with us here in Palmerston North.

We are very small compared to US universities/colleges as you can tell from the population differences but, we believe, this size creates the closeness within the student and university community. We are surprised that you only found a few helpful staff members as we’re normally known for our friendly support, we regret that we missed the mark. I also see that the difference in academic systems did not meet your expectations. The academic structure of NZ universities caters towards growing the independence of each student. If you wish to discuss this further, please feel free to get in touch with us via the contact details on our website.

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Maddie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Agriculture and Environment National Expedition and Internship

This program is so unique from your typical study abroad. It allowed us to see so much of New Zealand instead of just remaining at one university. We spent the entire first two weeks of the program traveling from the south island all the way up to the north island. During this time, we stayed in ten different places and visited farms, national parks, wineries, and wildlife centers. All the traveling, combined with assignments due every few days was very exhausting but it was also very rewarding as we saw so many beautiful landscapes in so little time. My main complaint here is that I wish we had more time at each location to explore on our own. Following our expedition, we settled down for our next four weeks to complete an internship in the Hawke's Bay area. Many of us were slightly disappointed with the internship placements and organization surrounding it. Although my internship did not directly apply to my major, I made the best of it and gained valuable skills just by working in a different country. I am glad I took part in this program as it allowed for countless unique experiences, however, looking back I would only recommend it to people who are very interested in agriculture as the assignments apply more to those students than the environmental science ones like myself.

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to see this program have better organization. The schedule during the expedition was way too tight, leaving little time to explore on our own. Also, little thought was put into transportation arrangements during the internship. In addition, I would suggest better housing arrangements as some of the hostels we were placed in were very uncomfortable and unsanitary.
Response from Massey University

Kia ora Maddie, it's great to hear you enjoyed your internship with us. We have taken your feedback on board regarding the time spent at each location as well as the hostels. We hope you look back on your time in New Zealand with great memories!

Kind regards,
Shivani Rajan

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Natasha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome for Scenery, Credits and Interning

I wasn't sure what I was expecting before I arrived in New Zealand. I can say that I enjoyed what I learned through exploring (e.g. hike trails, cityscapes), and guided discovery as facilitated by Massey faculty and talks and workshops provided by sites like DOC in Aoraki Mt. Cook, Gapfiller in Christchurch ect. In Wellington that is home for 4 weeks, there's tons to do even outside work hours--for example checking out Red Rocks Reserve (wild seals up close!) , enjoying nightlife with friends ect. The hostel setting is excellent for making friends outside the program too.

For the academic portion of the NEI program I appreciated the quality of content given for my own track, but it's advisable to manage time well for assignments! For the internship, I found my placement was well suited for my career interests. You may or may not have a placement partner who can commute with you-- some placements are walkable, some might require using the bus system but it's also just an individual decision (i.e. how far do you want to walk/ are you willing to potentially encounter hills ect.)

Overall I really loved my time in New Zealand and definitely want to return some day.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Budgeting; you'll need it for work transport & food
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Norbert
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The end of the world/New Zealand

Hey guys I'm Norbert. I spent one exchange year at Massey University in 2018/19. One of my best year of my life. The university was very good and kind I felt they were welcoming me and they are as happy as me to host me for one year. The staff was professional and helpful, every classes were good and interesting. During lab works they taught us new useful informations. I studied marine ecology as part of my degree and it was bloody good. If you wanna learn about whales and dolphins this is the place to go. Marine ecology is also very good and modules such as quantitative marine ecology helps you avoid flipping burgers and do all the cool sh*t that marine biology can offer you. Overall uni life is really good, night life not so. There is a bar/club on campus but come on I'm from Eastern Europe that's party not what New Zealand has haha. On the other hand outdoor adventures are absolutely amazing. You can literally do anything here. Catching huge monster fish from Auckland harbour or climbing active volcanos in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand can offer you anything. With this exchange year and the 3 months long summer break you have plenty of time to explore and enjoy NZ. The university is very close to east coast and about an hour from west coast with world famous surf. I learned surfing there and loved every second of it. If you thinking to take an exchange somewhere consider Massey because its amazing
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What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
People are very very kind. They will help you instantly and won't let you down. It is easy to make new friends if you are not a dickhead :D
Response from Massey University

Kia ora Norbet, thanks for your honest review. Although we couldn't compete with the Eastern European party scene, I trust you had an enjoyable all rounded time in NZ nonetheless! It sounds like you made the most out of studying, sight seeing and socialising. All the best with your future studies and travel!

Kind regards,
Shivani Rajan

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Lucas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Global Student Athlete integration

I studied abroad at Massey University spring of 2017. I attended the university as an International Business major as well as a member in the Global Student Athletics program. As a full time soccer player, traveling and cultivating experiences off the field, and outside of the gym, is very difficult. However, my experience at Massey University was not lacking integration between athletics, academics and campus social life. While I was seeing great result in strength and endurance, thanks to my personal trainer James Amon, the flexibility of the training team allowed me to never miss a new adventure with several of the on-campus clubs that I joined. I joined the Equestrian club, Alpine club, and soccer team on campus. When James and I were not increasing weight, reps or doing super sets, I was able to travel and truly experience New Zealand. My mentors at Massey insisted that I travel and learn more about the culture as both of these things promote self growth. I am so happy that I listened to them as I saw so many incredible places and had countless eye opening experiences, whether it was learning about the Maori culture or climbing the dormant volcano Mount Ngauruhoe. Huge thank you to Craig Lyons, Gail Gilbert, James Amon and everyone else in their offices for creating this once in a life-time opportunity that I will never forget.

Cheyenne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Massey Exchange - Semester Two 2017

To study abroad in New Zealand was something I had never considered be it that it’s on the complete other side of the world from home. However, it turned out to be the best unplanned decision of my life. New Zealand is the country that I grew to fall in love with. It felt more like home than home itself. I felt so welcomed and accepted into the New Zealand community. To future participants my advice would be to just step out of your comfort zone and grab the invaluable experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the beautiful wonders New Zealand has to offer whilst gaining a top class educational experience at Massey. The teaching staff have a genuine desire to help students thrive and reach to the upmost limits of each individual student’s ability. I had never sought to travel and explore the world before this program, but I now certainly do have the travel bug bad... Infact, I am writing this review whilst on the plane to South East Asia. I'm humbled to have been fortunate enough to experience all that I did, and I encourage all future participants to take the opportunity, get on the plane and go!

What would you improve about this program?
N/A
Response from Massey University

Kia ora Cheyenne, thanks for your review. It's good to see you maximised your time in NZ and it has also led you to further travel. I hope you think about your time here often, all the best with your future journeys!

Kind regards,
Shivani Rajan

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Tim
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Massey Exchange Semester

New Zealand is an awesome place to be!
People may rag on Palmerston North alot, and I'll admit its not a place you'd have any reason to visit, but it's actually a wonderful place to live! There is far more programming available for international students here to get out and explore the country than there is at Massey's Auckland/Albany Campus as well. And because of its location, Palmy is within easy access of both Wellington and the mountains.
Speaking of which, exploring the country, especially the South Island, simply MUST be done while you are here. If you're not the outdoorsy type, though, this might not be the country for you. Outdoors activities whether its tramping/hiking, skiing, mountain biking, or more niche like jetboating, bungee jumping, skidiving, whitewater rafting, heli-hiking, etc. are HUGE here. Be forewarned though, New Zealand is EXPENSIVE, so SAVE UP before coming here, as in, several thousand dollars more than you think you'll need. Also, Auckland and Queenstown are both overrated - I'm just sayin.

As for Massey itself, its OK. I was here on a bilateral exchange program so I only pay my home university's tuition to be here which is nice, but some more programming for internationals, and especially exchange/study abroad students would be appreciated.
For accommodation though, I cannot recommend the homestay program here highly enough. You basically get all the comforts of home, including home cooked meals and included utilities, for a rate which is quite reasonable compared to the cost of dorms/halls.

What would you improve about this program?
As I said before, more programming for international and exchange students. Also more support tailored for the exchange cohort and attempts to build community within it would be nice. There is a separate exchange support office to the International Student Support centre, but its not easy to find, so functionally you end up running all your questions through the ISS office.
Massey is also still working alot of bugs out of its new student portal software. This made signing up for courses annoying and had me getting overdue fee notices when I was fully paid up.