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Study by distance

Online study for NZ citizens abroad

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Massey University has a five star rating for online

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Find online study options in your areas of interest.




Undergraduate programmes

Postgraduate programmes

Creative arts


Humanities and social sciences


Humanities and social sciences

Many of these programmes have majors, endorsements and subjects that offer a more specific focus. NZ citizens can study most of these online from anywhere in the world.

Undergraduate programmes

Postgraduate programmes


Short courses


Short courses

Some of these courses are free to study. They are not accredited and not recognised as formal qualifications.

Meet our students


Living overseas doesn’t mean you need to put your studies on hold. Katrina Terawsky and Hayley Wise are both living in Australia while studying online with us.

How online learning works

Studying online

Stream is Massey's online learning platform. Depending on your course, you could be using Stream to watch online presentations, interact with lecturers and peers, take quizzes, submit assignments and more. Stream gives you greater control of your learning by allowing you to replay or re-read lessons you’re not clear about.

About StreamStream login for students

Assessments and examinations

Depending on your course, you might:

  • submit written assignments
  • complete online quizzes
  • participate in online discussion forums
  • sit exams at one of our distance examination centres.

ExaminationsCourse work and assessment

Using the Library

As a distance student you can access a wealth of resources and contemporary publications through our award-winning Library. We can help you access journal articles and ebooks online.

Library for distance learning

Getting help and support

Although you're studying from abroad, help and advice is close at hand should you need it.

Help with admission and enrolment

Contact us for assistance with your application.

Email global@massey.ac.nz

Student life services

A large number of online support services are available to you, including disability, financial, counselling and health, and career services.

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Academic support

Access a wide range of study support services and resources that are designed to help you enhance your academic skills at all levels of study.

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Māori and Pasifika student services

A range of specialist services are provided for Māori and Pasifika students.


About Massey University

Join a leading University in online and borderless education

Massey University has been a distance education provider for over 50 years and one in 16 New Zealanders have studied with us through distance education. Massey University's reputation is supported by its international rankings, accreditations and associations. Based on QS World University Rankings, Massey is:

  • ranked in the top 300 universities in the world
  • rated 5 stars plus based on nine categories, including online

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Financing your studies

Costs and fees

Cost is an important factor for most people considering tertiary study. As a New Zealand citizen, you will only pay domestic fees.

Fees information


You might qualify for an interest-free student loan or financial assistance with your tuition fees, books, and materials. Visit the StudyLink website to find out more and to apply online.

StudyLink website

Fees Free

The New Zealand government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible New Zealand citizens. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number. Current Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

Fees Free websiteStudent homepage


Explore the range of awards, grants and scholarships offered to assist you with your study-related expenses.

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Admission and enrolment

To apply to study at Massey University, go to your preferred programme and click on the Apply now! button.