Our Wellington and Manawatū campuses are open, Auckland remains closed at AL3. More information.

International students - 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. 

Update to border exceptions

On 22 October 2021, the New Zealand Government announced further border exemptions for International students. Massey is still awaiting details from the Government including how many students we will be able to nominate, however it has been indicated that the 1000 students permitted re-entry will be split between 400 pilot trainees, 300 students at degree level and above, and 300 students at the sub-degree level. The number that Massey will be allocated out of these 1000 places will be small, especially in the 300 degree level.

We do not yet have clarity on the criteria that students will need to meet, and only once we have this detail will we be able to define which of our students meet the criteria. We expect to be able to do this mid-November and we will be in touch with students who meet the criteria as soon as we can. The Nomination process will occur in December. Students will only be able to return/arrive to New Zealand from March 2022.

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Summer break 2020

We have created the Summer Break Resource Centre to answer some of the most commonly asked questions and to provide advice and support for our international students. Whether you’re continuing your studies with Massey, looking for your next course or moving on after graduation, you’ll find the resources you will need to plan for the coming months.

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.

International students in New Zealand

The University is encouraging international students to remain in New Zealand. Travelling to return to your home country at this time could potentially risk your health, as well as your studies. It may also be difficult for you to return to New Zealand at a later date. The Government’s advice to stay safe is to remain in your residence or student accommodation.

However, if you wish to explore your options for travelling to your home country, please contact your embassy to seek urgent assistance, including advice regarding flights to your home country during this period. We understand that only limited international flights continue to operate and there are considerable health risks if you travel internationally. Your embassy will be able to provide you with the correct advice for your situation.

Once arranged, we would appreciate it if you could let the University know by emailing contact@massey.ac.nz 

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 6 February 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 (205 KB)

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, Massey has identified alternative English-language tests to allow applicants to proceed with their enrolment applications.

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

If you require any assistance, email admission@massey.ac.nz 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 Massey, or to apply for a student exchange in 2021, should email studyabroad@massey.ac.nz for more information.

Getting help

Our staff are here to answer any questions you have about your study. We also have health and wellbeing support and can offer counselling over Zoom, Skype or WeChat.

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.

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