Subjects available for study abroad and inbound exchange students

You can choose from a huge range of subjects to study at Massey. Follow the links to see all the courses you can take within each subject.

Subjects by campus

Hiking Gertrude Saddle in Milford Sound.jpg Some subjects are only offered on certain campuses.  The PDF below will give you a quick overview of where everything is available.

Massey University subjects by campus.pdf (57 KB)

Most popular courses

Each of our campuses offers a diverse range of courses that are interesting to a large number of our inbound students.  We've broken out the most popular courses from the past three years if you're looking for some ideas of what to take.

Courses for Veterinary Science students

Most of our Veterinary Science courses are only open to full-degree students at Massey.  Study abroad and exchange students are allowed to enrol in the following Vet courses if they meet the prerequisites and receive approval from our Programme Director.

Check out Animal Science, Equine, Physiology and Zoology if you are looking for additional courses that might credit back to your Pre-Vet or Veterinary Science degree at your home university.

Unique offerings and internships

You can enrich your experience by taking one or more courses that focus on New Zealand's history, culture, or people.  A number of Massey courses also offer fieldwork components.

Looking for an internship or more academic experiences outside the classroom? Massey offers full-semester internships and other experiential opportunities to enhance your studies. One great option is to intern in the International Office with the Study Abroad and Student Exchange team.
A wide range of our College of Creative Arts courses are open to everyone. Others, such as studio courses, require a portfolio in order to enrol.  Trailers have been created for some of these popular studio courses.

Semester dates

Semester 1 is equivalent to the spring/winter semester in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 2 aligns with the fall semester. When you review our semester dates to book your flights, plan to arrive on campus one week before the start of lectures to attend our International Student Information Session.

Credits and prerequisites

Students normally take four courses, worth 15 credits each, during a semester. 60 credits equate to 12–15 U.S. semester credits, 30 ECTS, or 60 CATS.

You must be enrolled in at least 45 credits of internal mode courses per semester in order to meet Immigration New Zealand's student visa requirements. 45 credits normally equate to three courses.  You may take one 15 credit course by distance or block mode each semester. Ensure your home university approves of this mode of study before enrolling in a distance or block course.
Any prerequisites will be listed on the full course description, under the Requirements heading. Veterinary science and nursing courses are not open to study abroad or exchange students.

You can find information about course levels, our numbering system, checking the campus and semester availability, and more on our Selecting Your Courses page.

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