Centre for Professional and Continuing Education

Massey's Centre for Professional and Continuing Education offers foundation and university preparation pathways, short courses, study tours, and English language and professional tests.

University preparation courses

If you need to improve your academic skills to be admitted to the qualification you want to study, our pathway courses will help you prepare.

English language and professional tests

PaCE works with leading providers of international and occupational English language and professional testing.

Short courses and study tours

We can customise short courses and study tours to suit your organisation or group.

Professional short courses

We are experienced at organising custom short courses for professional organisations, government institutions and partner universities, in New Zealand and internationally.

Our recognised professional development short courses cover many fields of expertise. We can also include sector specialists and industry visits.

For more infomation, and to request a customised proposal, please use our enquiry form: Short course/study tour

Student study tours

We organise study tours in New Zealand for university or high school groups looking for an overseas experience.

These can include academic studies combined with:

Your students will study in classes especially designed around their needs.

For more infomation, and to request a customised proposal, please use our enquiry form: Short course/study tour

Meet our students

“There's no need to be embarrassed about doing a pathway. You're still getting a university education. I actually felt really cool doing my pathway programme. I spent four or five months doing it, put in the effort, and learnt a bunch of stuff that made my degree super easy in the first year.”
Jacob Fronczek

Certificate of University Preparation

“All of my pathway instructors were extremely helpful in my studies, and I really valued the feedback I received since it was critical in assisting me in identifying what areas I needed to improve on in order to continue progressing each week.”
Jade Ruka

Certificate in Foundation Studies

“Coming from Tuvalu, I did high school in New Zealand, but English was still my second language. I’m also not great at time management and I’d been out of school for a while, so I thought a foundation year would set me up well when I decided to return to study.”
Sinirewa Tinamoni Agaifo

Certificate in Foundation Studies

I believe it's natural to be nervous about entering university because it's such a significant step in your life, but there are so many people who are available to support you and make your university experience as enjoyable as possible. The pathway program is an effective tool to complete before entering university since it teaches you important skills like locating sources and writing essays.

Best of luck to everyone who will be studying next year! If you're just beginning the foundation course, know that the information you'll gain will be extremely beneficial to you and your future studies/careers.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

WE partner with IDP Education Ltd to deliver the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The test is designed to help you achieve the score you need to succeed in your immigration application, professional registration or for university entrance.

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Occupational English Test (OET)

We partner with the University of Cambridge and Box Hill Institute of Australia to deliver the Occupational English Test (OET). The test is a well-respected international English language test for the healthcare sector.

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Pearson PTE Academic

We partner with Pearson to deliver the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). The test is trusted by universities, colleges and governments around the world.

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Nguyen Sieu School

We partner with Nguyen Sieu School in Vietnam to deliver foundation pathways. Students who successfully complete the pathways have direct entry into our Certificate in Foundation Studies or Certificate of University Preparation.

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Suzhou Industrial Park No.2 Senior High School

We partner with Suzhou Industrial Park No.2 Senior High School to offer academic English and foundation pathway programmes to students in Suzhou, China. Students who successfully complete these programmes in Suzhou have direct entry into our Certificate in Foundation Studies.


The Centre for Professional and Continuing Education's head office is based at the Manawatū campus, in Palmerston North. Staff and training are also available at the Auckland and Wellington campuses.

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Massey University New Zealand


8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Free phone inside New Zealand
Phone outside New Zealand



+64 6 350 5618

Andrea Flavel

Director, Professional and Continuing Education
Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE)
Manawatū campus, Palmerston North