Past Offerings

Global Citizen provides Massey students with opportunities to have international experiences across a range of academic areas.  Here are some recent programmes that were available to Massey students.

Virtual Experiential Learning Program

In this Global Entrepreneurship programme facilitated via Zoom, participants learned about global entrepreneurship by comparing five different start-up ecosystems, developed their own start-up challenge projects and engaged in different virtual reality experiences that enhanced their team-building skills, cultural awareness, and digital career readiness. The virtual locations included Germany, Italy, the USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

This programme involved participants in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, developing their own SDG-related start-up projects and engaging in different virtual reality experiences that enhanced their team building and sustainable development skills, as well as their digital career readiness.

University students and young professionals were welcome and the programme cost US $850, which included VR glasses.

Virtual Service-Learning Program in Spain

Why wait for the world to change? You can start making a difference now from wherever you are with ISEP’s Virtual Service-learning Program in Barcelona. Students gained cultural competence, remote work skills, and an understanding of social issues that prepared them for a career of leading change.

Students volunteered remotely with one of ten leading social justice non-profits in the Barcelona area including Oxfam and Islamic Relief. The organizations were carefully selected and address a wide range of social issues: climate change, food security, education, mental illness and cultural understanding. 

The internship involved 3 hours per week for ten weeks from October to December 2020.  The cost was US $950 and the application deadline was 15 September.

Four-week programmes in Mexico during July 2020

Tecnológico de Monterrey offered students the opportunity to live and study for four weeks in July on different campuses across Mexico. iSummerMx offered ten subject areas including Aeronautic, Culture, Marketing, Business, Architecture, Music, Engineering, Jewellery, Migration, and Economics.

Each program included two courses, accommodation (hotel and campus residence), breakfast (6 days per week), transportation for all activities during the program and between cities, tickets for all the programme’s events, and a Student Kit. The cost was USD 1,600.

Scholarships for two weeks in China

Wuhan University provided two scholarships for Massey University students from any qualification to attend their 2020 Luojia International Summer Program. The scholarships covered the registration fee, tuition fee, and housing expense for participants. Participants needed to meet any additional costs at their own personal expense. The program has been providing international students with a better understanding of Wuhan University and China since 2006 under the theme of Understanding China: Past & Present.

2020 NASA Internships and NZ Space Agency Scholarships

The New Zealand Space Agency invited high-performing New Zealand post-graduate students to apply to participate in the NASA International Internship programme from August to December 2020. To complement this opportunity, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Space Agency offered the New Zealand Space Scholarship.


The JET Programme is a fully-paid overseas employment opportunity from the government of Japan that allows Kiwis to live and work in Japan for a year or more. Participants work either as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). No teaching experience, Japanese language ability, or overseas experience is required to apply to the Programme, and there is no age restriction.

The JET Programme’s goal is cross-cultural exchange at a grassroots level, and as such, encourages New Zealanders from all walks of life and backgrounds to apply. Applicants must be a New Zealand Citizen and currently hold a Bachelor’s Degree/Teaching Diploma.

Insights into China’s Culture and Society

This two-week programme in China brings international students together in Beijing and Xi’an. Students will acquaint themselves with China’s history, culture, economics, legal structure and society through a blend of practical teaching sessions, field trips, and cultural immersion activities.

The programme, offered by the National University of Singapore Research Institute, was conducted in English for undergraduate and graduate students 8 - 22 December 2019.

Four-week programmes in Mexico during January 2020

Tecnológico de Monterrey offers students the opportunity to live and study for four weeks on different campuses across Mexico. This gives you the chance to learn about different parts of the country without interrupting your Massey studies. Subject areas include Aeronautics, Global Business, Culture and Identity, and Insights to Love Mexico.

Each program includes two courses, accommodation (hotel and campus residence), breakfast (6 days per week), transportation for all activities during the program and between cities, tickets for all the programme’s events, and a Student Kit. The cost is $1,600 USD.

Doing Business in Brazil Short Course

The Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (LACAPE) offered a funded short term programme at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil from 7-15 December 2019. 

The programme saw participants take six block courses and visit four Brazilian companies. There was a case study competition where each team presented their idea to a panel of professors and company managers from the relevant industry. Students were split into teams of 4 (2xNZ and 2xBrazil). The winning two teams received flights for their Brazilian teammates to come to NZ in 2020, where the top two teams participated in a business accelerator programme to work on their idea.   Participants received: 

  • Return flights to Sao Paulo (including NZ domestic flights if required)
  • Accommodation
  • Course fees
  • Airport welcome and transfers
  • All in-market transport
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Cultural Activities
  • Around the clock programme support and translator

The eligibility requirements included:

  • Bachelor Degree students from year 2 onward
  • Preference given to students studying in the areas of International Business, International Trade, Commercialisation, or Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Must have a valid passport and be available for programme dates

Five-Month Paid Internship in Chile

The Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence offered a paid internship working with the Chilean APEC Business Advisory Council team from 1 July to 1 December 2019. The intern gained global business experience in a Latin American context while supporting the implementation and delivery of the APEC Forum in Santiago, Chile in November 2019. Applicants must be an NZ citizen or permanent resident, be a final-year undergraduate, recent graduate, or Master’s student, and have a minimum B+ GPA.

Centers for Asia-Pacific Excellence internship in Colombia

This scholarship provided a fully-funded internship in Medellín, Colombia in a workplace that aligned with the areas of art, film, television, media production, communications, radio, newspapers, museums, and more. This 12-week internship provided a better understanding of work roles to explore in the future in the cultural industries, practice speaking Spanish every day, and bringing a fresh perspective back to New Zealand about the importance and value of Latin American culture.

CRCC Asia Inclusivity Scholarships

Five fully-funded scholarships were available to take part in a CRCC Asia 2019 Inclusion Initiative Scholarship.

  • CRCC Asia & AHEAD - Students with Disabilities Scholarships
  • CRCC Asia & KAHAL Abroad - Scholarship for Jewish Students
  • CRCC Asia’s Symone D Sanders Scholarship for Black Communities
  • CRCC Asia - Indigenous Communities Scholarship
  • CRCC Asia - LGBTQ Scholarship

CRCC Asia is committed to inclusion for all. They will accept applications and motivation statements from any student that has a genuine need, even from individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and are not represented in the groups above.


The Massey University Global Citizen programme and CRCC Asia offered an eight week Japanese Studies Cultural Experience internship that began in December 2019. Students were placed in internships relevant to their field of study, but a focus on Business, marketing, or NGOs/charities was preferred. The programme ran from 12 December 2019 to 8 February 2020.

The programme began with a week-long period of business and cultural activities, followed by a seven-week internship placement. Students were allocated to their internship placement based on an interview process with CRCC Asia. Throughout the internship, the participants were supported by an English speaking supervisor. While a good grasp of the Japanese language is not a pre-requisite for this programme, it is preferred.

The value of the scholarship was over $11,800 per student and included a contribution towards travel and living expenses. Students were required to contribute financially to participate, estimated at $1,000 for the internship programme cost plus other minor expenses. The eligibility requirements included:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application
  • Be a New Zealand Citizen or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa
  • Be eligible for the appropriate Japanese working or holiday visa
  • Hold a valid passport

Design Internship Programme – 12 weeks

Massey University College of Creative Arts teamed up with Next Step Connections to create an amazing opportunity for Visual Communication Design students to participate in a 12-week internship. The internship sees students partner with a Hong Kong-based design company during Semester 1 2020. Students needed to meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of the internship:

  • Have successfully completed Year One and Year Two and will be entering Semester 1 of 300-level of the Bachelor of Design (Hons) – Visual Communication Design programme in 2020
  • Meet the Student Exchange eligibility requirements
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application
  • Be eligible for the appropriate Hong Kong visitor or working visa
  • Hold a valid passport

Students are expected to complete academic projects during the internship, as well as social media commitments. For this, students will earn 60 Massey credits towards their Bachelor of Design (VCD) programme. Successful applicants would ideally complete Semester 2 of Year 3 and all of Year 4 in the School of Design upon completion of the internship.

Students are expected to meet their own programme, travel and meal costs during the internship programme. The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia funding can be applied for to support participation in this programme.

Tertiary Market Immersion Programme

The Southeast Asia CAPE’s Tertiary Market Immersion Programme (TMIP) will be in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for three weeks from Mid-January to early February 2020. The programme is fully funded by the SEA CAPE. There were 16 places on the programme for business-savvy undergraduate students of any discipline who will be in their second year or above in 2020.  Find out more and watch last year’s video on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – Global Student Mobility Partnerships

This programme invited international students to join local students in a study tour around Malaysia. It promoted awareness about sustainable ecology and multiple unique cultures around the world within its Building Bridges for International Understanding and Friendship theme. Students could attend either Indigenous Communities of Malaysia or Sustainability of Tropical Heritage in June or July.

15 May 2019 was the application deadline for both courses. Each course cost US $2,200, which included accommodation, meals, course materials, field trips and transportation during the programme.


This annual programme allows young leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region to experience the APEC CEO summit, to meet international leaders and to network with other delegates from across the Asia-Pacific. The Massey Office of Global Engagement and Global Citizen programme provides a scholarship to attend this Forum each year. The 2019 forum took place in Santiago, Chile. 

The selection requirements were:

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor or Bachelor with Honours (360 - 480 credits) or Master degree (180 or 240 credits) at Massey University
  • Expect to complete one year (120 credits) of study at Massey prior to departing
  • Have a 5.0 (B) grade point average across all your Massey courses
  • Aged between 17 and 30 years old
  • Agree to undertake promotional activity before, during and after the event, including social media, interviews and publication of photos and film, as required
  • Submit a report on their experience to the Global Citizen Programme and APEC Voices upon their return to NZ

Applicants needed to submit a CV and short (ie 1 page) letter outlining their suitability for participation as the Massey University representative at APEC Voices. All applicants must have the support of their respective Head of School / Institute.

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