Frequently asked questions

2016 campfire.jpg The application details are the same for all National Expedition and Internship program tracks.

You can find specific information about each track by following the links below.

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When is the application deadline?

Applications for 2017 are due by March 15, 2017. We begin processing applications on a first come, first served basis prior to the application deadline.  It is to your advantage to apply early since the program may fill before the deadline.

What is the application process?

We will need your application, resume, and Internship Placement Form.  This form will help us place you with the most appropriate organisation for your internship and give your site host some additional information about your skills and background.

The application and details about the next steps are posted on our How to Apply page.  We will send you more information once we have processed your application.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Completion of one year of successful university-level study
  • Actively pursuing a degree in a related major
  • Completion of two classes at the 200 level in a related major
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent
  • Permission from your home university

Students from a country where English is not the first language must meet the English language requirements.

Are the majors listed for each track the only majors you’ll accept?

This program is aimed at students who are studying or have a background in the specific topic.  The majors we’ve listed are the best fits, but these aren't the only majors we will consider.  For example, Pre-Vet students who have an interest in native wildlife are welcome to apply for the Agriculture and Environment track.  Our Disaster Risk and Emergency Management track has health care placements for Nursing and Pre-Med majors.  Please ask if you are unsure if we will consider your major to be related.

How much does it cost and what is included?

The National Expedition and Internship is NZ $7,807.  You can hover over the fee to see the current exchange rate.  The fee includes

  • Tuition and non-tuition fees
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Course-related activities and excursions
  • Welcome and farewell dinner and breakfasts during the National Expedition
  • Online pre-departure orientation
  • Pick-up from airport (based on which program you choose)
  • Internship placement
  • Internet access during internship

Are there any big items not included in the fee?

Your international flights and most meals are the only large items not included in the fee.  Once you arrive, all your domestic travel on the program, accommodation, and internet access are included in the fee.  You will want to budget for a few things like personal travel on the weekends (because New Zealand is an amazingly beautiful country and you definitely want to get out and see more of it), personal items, souvenirs, and a phone if you’ll want one.

Do you offer a scholarship?

Yes!  You are welcome to apply for a NZ $500 Explore New Zealand scholarship.  One is available for each National Expedition and Internship track.  If you win, we will put these funds toward lowering your tuition.

Do I need to apply for a visitor visa or a student visa?

Citizens of the United States and other visa-waiver countries can enter New Zealand and participate in the summer program on a visitor visa.   You do not have to apply for a student visa because of the short duration of the program.  You can apply for a visitor visa by completing the arrival card the crew will provide you during your flight to New Zealand.  You will submit it to the Immigration Officer when you clear customs upon arrival.

If you are not from a visa-waiver country, you will need to check with Immigration New Zealand to determine which visa will best fit your situation.

How are the credits going to be awarded?

You will be enrolled in two separate courses during the program, one for the National Expedition and the other for the Internship.  Both courses together are worth 30 Massey University credits, which equate to 6 - 8 U.S. semester credits, 15 ECTS, or 30 CATS.

Why does your online system show these classes as happening in semester 1 rather than during the summer?

This program is aligned with the Northern Hemisphere summer, which falls during our semester 1. The summer semester in New Zealand runs from November to February.

Why do the online descriptions of these classes show two different sets of dates?

April 15 is listed in the Dates section because this is when the academic portion of the classes officially opens.  This will allow you to see the readings and activities early and will provide you with access to Stream, our online learning platform.  The classes will be kept open until August 29, so you have access to the materials after the classes end.

The dates you see in the brochure and on our website are the dates the practical portion of the program runs here in New Zealand.

Do you have a Facebook page for this program?

Of course!  You can see what past students got up to while they were here and get updates on what is happening through our National Expedition and Internship Facebook page.  You can also follow our Study Abroad and Student Exchange Facebook page if you want to find out more about other opportunities to study here at Massey.

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