International students' COVID-19 information , Mōhiohio KOWHEORI-19 mā ngā tauira nō tāwāhi

Advice and information for international students at Massey about the impact of COVID-19.

We want to ensure studying at Massey University is as easy as possible, despite the challenges created by COVID-19. Our top priority, as always, is to do everything possible to make sure our staff and students are kept safe, and that we can continue operating as normally as we can.

Please keep an eye on these webpages for the most up to date information about our operating environment of each campus.

Studying online

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the University has a wider array of courses available online. Studying online allows you to progress your qualification and easily transition to face-to-face on campus study when New Zealand’s border restrictions are eased.

All of the courses offered by Massey are being supported to ensure students who are having to study internationally have additional information and support.

NOTE: When choosing more than one course to study online, all courses must be selected from the same Massey campus. 

New Zealand border opening announcement

The New Zealand Government has provided an updated announcement on our international border.

New Zealand border fully reopening by July 2022 (Immigration New Zealand)

  • From 12 April 2022, Step 3 allows students who already hold a valid visa and still meet their visa requirements to return to New Zealand. This includes our students who are currently in New Zealand who want to leave and return, as long as their visa remains valid.
  • Also under Step 3, up to 5000 students will be eligible to enter New Zealand to study for Semester 2 from April 2022 under the Group 4 Border Exemption initiative. Further details on this category can be found in the Border Exemptions section below.
  • From 12 April 2022, Australian citizens or residents can arrive in New Zealand from anywhere in the world, this includes our Australian students.
  • From July 2022, New Zealand will enter Step 5 which allows all other international students to apply for study visas online and look to return to New Zealand.
  • In opening the border, Immigration New Zealand has also issued an update on Immigration Rebalance: International Education Sector. This document outlines the changes to international education including post-study work rights and living costs.

New Zealand Traveller Declaration

Everyone travelling by air to New Zealand from 31 March 2022 must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.  This must done prior to your flight and can be completed up to 28 days before you fly – you must have a flight booked before completing this. Massey understands it should take up to 30 minutes to complete.

Border exemptions

On 14 March 2022, the New Zealand Government announced Border class exception for 5000 international students – Education in New Zealand for 5000 international students. Universities received 1450 places across the eight New Zealand Universities, and of these Massey received 217 places. All places are now full.

Support for you

Under these unique and challenging circumstances, it is important that affected students stay in contact with staff at Massey and share any difficulties they are experiencing. Massey has a range of support in place. We encourage students to make contact early so that any concern can be assisted and you can be guided through your study.

PhD students

PhD students who are currently based overseas and are having difficulties travelling to New Zealand should contact the Graduate Research School for further support.

Student visas

If you are an international student, studying from your home country, you are not required to hold a student visa while studying online with Massey University.

With the New Zealand border still closed, if your intention is to come to New Zealand to study, you can commence studying from your home country and move to New Zealand when borders re-open and you are then able to apply for visa.

New international students 

Find out more about studying at Massey as an international student, plus where to choose programmes, apply and enrol. 

Students offshore intending to come to NZ

Suspension of visa applications: Immigration New Zealand has advised that from 10 August 2020 students who are offshore will not be able to apply for visas until October 2022. Please get in touch if you require any clarification.

If you have applied for a visa prior to 10 August, you can request to withdraw your application and request a refund from Immigration New Zealand.  Your submitted application will not be processed.

We encourage current students to continue to study offshore and keep in contact with us in regard to any further support required.

We encourage future students to continue to apply for their chosen intake with the understanding that their initial study may commence by offshore remote learning while borders are closed.  New students will be able to come to New Zealand only once borders have re-opened.

Students in New Zealand

Students who are in New Zealand should continue to apply or renew their visa via the Immigration New Zealand website

Applying for a new post-study visa

A post-study work visa may be available if you have completed the minimum duration of study in New Zealand, provided you also meet the health, character and funds requirements.

Immigration New Zealand will assess each application on a case by case basis and the impact of COVID-19 on each application will be considered.

The minimum duration of study requirement requires you to be studying in New Zealand for a minimum of 30 weeks for a qualification at Level 7 and above.

Students studying for a qualification below Level 7 must spend 60 weeks in New Zealand to be eligible for a post-study work visa.

You must apply for your post-study work visa no later than three months after your student visa expires, or six months if you were a PhD student, of your current valid student visa.

Immigration New Zealand - post study work rights for international students factsheet

Further questions on visas?

Student visa holders or applicants who have more questions should contact Immigration New Zealand about their situation. Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for further information.

English requirements for enrolment applications

As many standard English-language testing sites are currently closed, we have identified alternative English-language tests to allow applicants to proceed with their enrolment applications.

Massey will accept these online testing sites as alternative methods for students to obtain the necessary English requirements:

If you require any assistance, email and please provide your student ID.

Recognition of online learning for Chinese students

The Chinese education authorities have expressed their “understanding and support” for universities that have moved their courses online as a result of disruption to study due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have confirmed your online learning during this period of COVID-19 disruption, whether you are currently in New Zealand or China, will not impact the recognition of your qualification.

Study Abroad/student exchanges to Massey University

Exchange or Study Abroad students currently in New Zealand and studying at Massey can choose to either return home or continue their studies with us. As there is no indication when New Zealand’s borders will reopen to international travellers, inbound student exchanges are currently suspended. International students who would like to explore the option of studying online with us, or to apply for a student exchange should email for more information.

Getting help

Our staff are here to answer any questions you have about your study. We offer wellbeing support and can also assist students over Zoom, Skype or WeChat. The Health and Counselling services are available to on-shore students.

You can also register with NauMai NZ, which is especially for international students, for regular updates, information and support, including advice on looking after yourself and staying healthy and well.