Study with us in semester one

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Begin your studies online.
Semester one commences 28 February.

International students can study online with Massey from anywhere in the world without needing to travel to New Zealand. Start your studies online to progress your qualification and easily transition to face-to-face on campus study when New Zealand’s border restrictions are eased – even if that is in the middle of the semester. To help give you a variety of options while COVID-19 restrictions apply, the University has a wider array of online courses on offer in semester two.

Why choose Massey?

  • Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world*
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • Rated 5 stars plus based on nine categories, including online*
  • Widest offering of digital teaching technology of any university in New Zealand
  • 60 years of experience in offering distance learning

*QS World University Rankings

Study options

If you intend to study in New Zealand but are currently unable to get to New Zealand because of travel restrictions, you can start your studies online in semester two.

Programmes and fees (pdf 263KB)

If you intend to study fully online from overseas without travelling to New Zealand, you can study by distance with us.

How does online study work?

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.

Watch presentations and interact with lecturers and peers online
Participate in online discussion forums
Submit assessments online
Access your administration and study guide books
Get help with online planning, writing and maths tools
Find books and more with our 24/7 distance library service
Get academic support and join our extramural society
Use our assignment pre-reading services

Financing your studies

Costs and fees

As an International Student, you need to carefully consider and plan for the cost of studying at Massey University. The fees differ according to the degree or qualification you wish to apply for and whether you study in New Zealand on a Massey University campus or from overseas by distance education. Fees must be paid before you start your programme of study.

International fee informationProgrammes and fees (pdf 263KB)

Financial assistance and scholarships

A range of scholarships and financial assistance packages are available to international students studying at Massey University. 

ScholarshipsFinancial aid for US students

COVID-19 assistance


All international students are required by the NZ Ministry of Education to be covered by appropriate and current medical and travel insurance. The insurance must cover you for the duration of your planned period of study in New Zealand. 

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PhD tuition policy

The New Zealand Government has approved a policy for new international student Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) applicants that offers international students the same level of tuition fees as New Zealand domestic students.

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Meeting entry requirements

Entry requirements

Find out more about the academic and English language requirements you must meet to study as an international student at Massey University.

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English language tests

For semester two 2021 we are accepting online testing sites as alternative methods for students to obtain the necessary English language requirements.

University preparation programmes

If you need to improve your academic requirements for admission to Massey, our pathway programmes will give you the necessary skills for admission and successful study. If your goal is to study on campus, apply as normal, and we’ll teach you online until you can get here. 


English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills in order to meet requirements for admission to Massey, our English language pathway programmes will give you the necessary skills for admission and successful study. If your goal is to study on campus, apply as normal, and we’ll teach you online until you can get here. 


Visa requirements

All international students must have a valid visa while in New Zealand. 

Apply to study at Massey

In this uncertain time, we would like to encourage you to continue your application as normal, with the understanding that Massey will support you in your studies, regardless of whether you are studying on campus or online.

To apply to study at Massey University, go to your preferred programme and click on the Apply now button. To continue an application you've already started, log in to your student portal.

Enrolling in courses

Once you have been accepted into the University, accepted your Offer of Place, and paid your fees, you will be invited to apply for courses through your student portal.

It may be worth considering enrolling in three courses in semester two, instead of the usual four. This course load still allows you to obtain a study visa.

Contact us

Already applied for admission and wanting to follow up on your application? Our international admissions team are ready to help.


COVID-19 coronavirus

Advice for international students studying in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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