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New Zealand

Semester Program

Our 2021 New Zealand Program has been discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Overview


Our New Zealand Semester program allows students to study abroad for a full semester (fall or spring) at Massey University while enrolling in the Global Student Athlete (GSA) Program to continue training at a high level, for any sport. Special opportunities available for athletes from the following sports: Golf, Equestrian, Rugby, Cricket.


  • Study in New Zealand's "student city" full of vibrant cafes, restaurants, cinemas, live music and shopping

  • Receive access to world class training and fitness opportunities through the Global Student Athlete (GSA) track

  • Live within close proximity to some of New Zealand's most popular destinations: Wellington, Central Plateau ski fields, Lake Taupo, beaches of Hawke's Bay

  • Experience the daily lifestyle of a New Zealand university student by living on campus in apartment style housing


  • Humanities

  • Social Sciences

  • Animal Sciences

  • Fine Arts/ Creative Arts

  • STEM

  • Business

  • Agriculture

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Program Description


Our Semester Program removes barriers that prevent athletes from studying abroad while using sports as a vehicle to increase cultural immersion. Students in our New Zealand program will experience the lifestyle of a New Zealand university student while having ample opportunities to continue training and playing their sport. Massey University is recognized as a Center for Excellence in Sports, and has been named the first "athlete friendly" university in New Zealand. Through the Global Student Athlete (GSA) Program, international students are able to enroll in a competitive sport and fitness program while studying abroad.

About Massey University

Massey's Palmerston North campus is situated on beautiful grounds including 40 acres of working farmland. Each year, Massey welcomes more than 4,440 international students from over 100 countries. There are five colleges within the Massey network offering more than 100 degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Housing & Meals

Students live in residence halls on campus with domestic students and other visiting international students. Residence halls are situated within a 5 minute walk from labs, lecture theaters, the Recreation Center, the Athletic Track, and the Equestrian Center. Residential Assistants and Managers live on-site to ensure students have 24/7 support. You may select housing with a meal plan included, or if you're living in an apartment, you may opt out of a meal plan. There are three tiers of meal plans to choose from, designed to fit around different lifestyles, study/ workout schedules, and budgets.

Athletics Abroad

The Global Student-Athlete (GSA) program provides students with high-performance coaching and conditioning. You will focus on specific fitness and skill development goals. You will have the option to choose one of the following GSA tracks to participate in during your entire semester at Massey:

Strength & Conditioning: Improve your stamina and overall fitness with structured personal training sessions- a great option for student-athletes from any sport.

Elite Sport Services: Combination of comprehensive workshops, performance tracking, and a sports center membership. A great option for athletes from any sport.

Rugby: Train alongside professional coaches and professional rugby players.

Equestrian: Experienced riders will have three riding sessions per week, focusing on dressage or showjumping. All all necessary equipment is provided for your horse.

Golf: Includes weekly private lessons, matches with a golf pro, a course, driving range, and practice fairway membership, plus reciprocal rights at other courses.

Cricket: Includes coaching by international players, weekly training sessions, placement into a local cricket team, plus enrollment in the Elite Sport Services track.


Program Rates

Program Cost: $13,990 + GSA Track Cost


  • Housing on campus at Massey University

  • Optional: full meal plan at an additional cost

  • Strength and conditioning workouts (with GSA track selection)  

  • Full support from Massey University International Center

  • On-site orientation and access to Masey's full course catalog

  • Access to all campus facilities, resources, and student clubs and activities

  • International Health Insurance through GeoBlue

  • SAA program T-shirt

Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Passport and associated fees if you do not already have one

  • Lunch, snacks, souvenirs, and optional entertainment expenses

GSA Track Costs:

  • Strength & Conditioning - $660

  • Elite Sport Services  - $162

  • Rugby - $3,299

  • Equestrian - $2,245

  • Golf - $1,320

  • Cricket - $920

The GSA costs listed above cover a duration of 20 weeks.

Enrollment Process



Complete & submit an online application.


Schedule a phone call with one of our staff members.


Accepted students will be prompted to register through our online platform & make their initial deposit to reserve their spot.


Students will connect with their site coordinator to ask questions and learn more about the internship & course placement process.

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