Auckland / Palmerston North / Wellington, New Zealand

Course Information

Auckland / Palmerston North / Wellington, New Zealand | 2017 Semester 1: Feb – Jun

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study Available at Massey University

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 below as a sample of what the Massey offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Massey University. Massey University is AACSB accredited.

  • At Massey University, courses are called “papers.”
  • Papers 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 papers/courses (15 credits each); or 60 Massey study credits in total (equivalent to approximately 15 US semester credits).
  • At the graduate level, Massey papers/courses may be worth 15 or 30 credits; a full-time workload is 60 credits per semester.
  • 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.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). 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.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Undergraduate Course Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Aviation Management
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Communication and Journalism
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Construction Management
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • English
  • History
  • Industrial Design
  • Leisure Studies
  • Maori Studies
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
    • Agriculture
    • Animal Science
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Equine Studies
    • Food Technology
    • Genetics
    • Horticulture
    • Human Nutrition
    • Physics
    • Sport and Exercise Science
    • Zoology
  • Screen and Media Studies
  • Sociology and Social Work
  • Social, Physical, and Health Education
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Course Areas

Massey offers many study options at post-graduate (Graduate School) level, the majority of which relate to the following broad subject categories:

  • Accountancy
  • Agribusiness
  • Communication and Journalism
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Food Technology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Nutritional Science
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Statistics


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 the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.