Global Student-Athlete (GSA)

GSA enables male and female student-athletes to combine international coaching and training with one or two semesters of overseas study. The training and conditioning sessions are structured to be available outside your normal classroom hours.  This enables you to keep up with your studies.

All GSA options are based in the student city of Palmerston North. You will train with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatu region and have opportunities to engage with both professional athletes and New Zealand representatives of your sport.

  • Strength and Conditioning provides athletes from any sport with structured personal training sessions to improve their stamina and fitness.
  • Elite Sport Services combine comprehensive workshops, performance tracking, and a sport centre membership.
  • Rugby is an opportunity for overseas rugby players to train alongside professional coaches and athletes in New Zealand.
  • Golf offers weekly private lessons, matches with a golf pro, a course, driving range, and practice fairway membership, and reciprocal rights at other courses.
  • Cricket includes coaching by international players, weekly training sessions, placement into a local cricket team, and enrolment in Elite Sport Services.

Lineout.jpg Full semester and Intensive English options

GSA is available to international students who are enrolling directly in academic courses at Massey and for those who want to focus on improving their English.

Students coming in our study abroad or exchange programme will take a full semester of courses in conjunction with GSA.  The credit you gain from your courses will transfer back to your degree.

Massey’s Intensive English programme will strengthen your English language skills while you develop your athletic abilities through GSA.  You can earn a Certificate in Intensive English for the successful completion of your studies.

Accelerator Scholarships

There are no extra forms to fill out to be considered for one of our Accelerator Scholarships.  The awards will provide up to NZ $750 toward the GSA programme fee.