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Teaching and learning

Learning remains online for the rest of Semester 1. Head to the Semester 2 page for information about the University’s blended learning experience next semester, including the specific approach being taken by each of the colleges.

New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 1. All on-campus services like our libraries, recreation centres and some food outlets, are open.

Semester 1 teaching

All courses will continue to be taught online for the remainder of Semester 1, regardless of the alert level, with only a small number of exceptions.

  • Teaching may occur on campus during Semester 1 for courses that require specialist equipment, labs or studios, if the necessary health and safety protocols can be put in place.
  • Course coordinators or academic units will engage with you directly if they are planning to grant access to essential labs, studios and workshops, or facilitate classes or training that cannot be done remotely.
  • Work-integrated learning placements will resume on a case-by-case basis during Semester 1. If you are meant to participate in a placement this semester, your course coordinators will be in touch with you directly about whether this can proceed.

Semester 2

During Semester 2, students will have a blended learning experience. This means you will have greater flexibility, with increased online learning opportunities, alongside some face-to-face teaching for internal students.

There will be differences between the approaches of each college and these details are currently being finalised at a college level. Students will receive more detail from the college(s) relevant to them by the second week of June. This follow-up information should give you a clearer idea of what components of your courses will likely be taught online, versus face-to-face, including what is happening with contact courses. These are our general principles:

  • Lectures will be offered online for all students so those who are unable to be on campus will still have access to all their course materials.
  • Some face-to-face teaching will resume, although the amount of face-to-face teaching will depend on your particular course. Each college will share its approach with you shortly.
  • Some learning activities can’t be taught remotely. Learning activities requiring specialist equipment, studios or labs, or involving fieldtrips, placements and on-farm activities will resume, and be offered in person.

If you can’t attend face-to-face activities, and your course has required studios, labs, fieldtrips, placements or on-farm activities, you should discuss this with your course coordinator at the start of the semester. They will work with you to provide additional opportunities to allow you to complete all the required course components.

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COVID-19 and StudyLink

Changes to your course’s delivery mode will not impact your financial assistance from StudyLink. The University will update StudyLink if semester dates change and StudyLink will adjust your payments accordingly. Find out more below about the Government's COVID-19 support package for students.

COVID-19 and StudyLink

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Semester 1 exams and assessments

Information about changes to Semester 1 exams and assessments, including aegrotat and impaired performance.

Exams and assessments

Study Abroad and Student Exchange programmes

The Study Abroad and Student Exchange programmes have been affected by the Government’s ongoing advice to avoid international travel and border closures globally.

Student exchange overseas

Given the Government’s ongoing advice to avoid international travel and border closures globally, we have suspended all student exchanges for Massey students scheduled to start in Semester 2, 2020. If an exchange fits into your studies next year, you are encouraged to defer your application, rather than withdrawing it. There are no fees for deferring or withdrawing your application. For more information email

Study Abroad/Exchange in New Zealand

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 during Semester 2. As there is no indication as to 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 during Semester 2, or to apply for a student exchange in 2021, should email for more information.

Funding, fees and scholarships

What impact will changes to my course mode of delivery and / or semester dates have on my Fees Free eligibility?

Changes to your course’s mode of delivery or semester dates will not impact your eligibility for the Fees Free scheme.

What impact will changes to my course’s mode of delivery and / or semester dates have on my scholarship?

Changes to your course’s mode of delivery or semester will not impact your scholarship, provided your course load continues to meet the eligibility criteria.

If all courses are taught online for the remainder of Semester 1, will I get a refund for my internal student fees?

Tuition fees are the same for internal and distance courses. The University has continued to provide an equivalent range of student services, so we will not be making changes to the student services fees.

If all courses are taught online for the remainder of Semester 1, will I get a refund for the student services levy?

No. The University has continued to provide an equivalent range of services, so we will not be making changes to the student services levy.

COVID-19 has made it very difficult to study. Can I defer my course for this semester, without financial penalty?

We are aware that everyone is facing exceptionally challenging circumstances at present. For this reason, it has been decided that all students will be deemed to have “impaired performance” and this will be considered during Semester 1 grading. Impaired performance regulations exist for a number of reasons, including to make sure students’ academic progress is not seriously impacted by critical personal circumstance beyond their control. As this decision applies to all students, you will not be required to complete paperwork for impaired performance.

However, some of you will have faced greater issues or challenges during this time than others. For example, if you contract COVID-19 and are seriously ill; or if you find yourself caring for a family member who has contracted the virus. If you find yourself in this position, please use our new and temporary  Aegrotat and Impaired Performance Considerations: Temporary Form During COVID-19 Emergency (102 KB) form, which will be used for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University has made it much easier to complete this form by waiving some of the normal requirements, such as the need to have the form witnessed.

If you still find yourself struggling with your overall course-load we recommend discussing you situation with one of our Academic Advisers, who can advise you on your course choices.

What now?

More information

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Get help with study

  • Contact your course coordinator via Stream if you need any help with online learning.
  • Academic support services remain available for all our students, including online appointments and  assignment pre-reading service.

Health and counselling

Massey University Student Health and Counselling Centres are “back to normal”, with appointments primarily being undertaken face-to-face. However, you can request an appointment by telephone, if this is your preference.

Student services

All on-campus student services are now open, including food outlets, recreation centres, early childhood centres, computer labs, the library and information desks.   

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