Global Student-Athlete programme , Hōtaka Tauira-Kaipara ā-Ao

Stay on track with your sport while you study in New Zealand. Combine elite coaching and training with one or two semesters of study at Massey’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.

With Global Student-Athlete (GSA), you can take intensive sports training programmes while you study abroad at Massey.

The programmes are designed for experienced athletes, and are tailored to you and your goals. They're designed to fit round your study and they run during the university semester, so you'll have plenty of time to see New Zealand Aotearoa in the breaks.

Massey has been named New Zealand’s first 'athlete friendly' university because of the support and facilities we offer student athletes. You'll be based on our Manawatū campus in Palmerston North, where you'll train and play with the elite sportspeople of the Manawatū region and international New Zealand athletes.

You'll get everything you need to succeed – from one-on-one coaching and mentoring to world-class training facilities. All GSA members will also receive entry into the Massey University Academy of Sport Bronze level which provides access to the Academy of Sport online resource hub and academic planning assistance and advice if required.

Global Student-Athlete Programmes

Strength and Conditioning

On the GSA Strength and Conditioning programme, you'll work intensively with a personal trainer to improve your fitness and stamina.

The programme is a great way for athletes from any sport to stay on track while studying in New Zealand.

Programme details

The GSA Strength and Conditioning programme includes:

  • 24 one-on-one training sessions with a Strength and Conditioning Coach during the semester
  • two consultations with your trainer, lasting 30 minutes each
  • Massey University Academy of Sport Bronze level membership
  • Massey University Academy of Sport Combine Testing session at the start of semester
  • a movement competency screening assessment
  • an individual training plan tailored to your sport.

Facilities and benefits

You'll get full membership at the Massey Sport and Recreation Centre while you’re here.

The Massey Sport and Recreation Centre includes:

  • a fitness centre (gym) with a large range of cardio and weight equipment
  • sports hall indoor court space
  • squash courts
  • dojo and dance studio
  • RPM room (dedicated spin class with 24 bikes)
  • activity centre (multipurpose indoor fitness and recreational space)
  • climbing wall (only available to Alpine or Climbing Club members).

In addition to the Massey Sport and Recreation Centre, other on-campus facilities include:

  • eight-lane all-weather athletics track and facility (built to IAAF standards)
  • Olympic/international standard water-based hockey turf
  • outdoor courts for tennis, netball and basketball
  • outdoor fields
  • teaching gym (primarily used for teaching, but can be used for indoor training).

Read more about the Sport and Recreation Centre and campus facilities

Programme availability

GSA Strength and Conditioning is available in Semesters One and Two.


NZD$1,750 for one semester

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Develop your golf skills and improve your game at Massey, as you train with top Manawatū golf professionals.

Programme details

You’ll have weekly one-on-one lessons with a Manawatu Golf Club pro as part of GSA Golf. There are also plenty of opportunities to practice and improve your game throughout the semester.

Facilities and benefits

The Manawatu Golf Club, founded in 1895, is home to the oldest golf course in New Zealand Aotearoa, and hosts events like the New Zealand Open Championship and other national competitions. The Club is within walking distance of Massey’s campus.

Read more about Manawatu Golf Club

You'll need to bring your own clubs with you to New Zealand Aotearoa. Storage space at the Manawatu Golf Club is included in GSA Golf.

Programme availability

GSA Golf is available in Semesters One and Two.


NZD$2,500 per semester

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Join the Massey Cricket Training Group and take part in a development programme led by former New Zealand cricketer, Jacob Oram.

Programme details

The GSA Cricket programme includes:

  • coaching and mentoring by Jacob Oram, a former NZ representative cricketer
  • a personalised training programme including workouts, checkpoints and an end-of-programme review
  • training with regional, domestic and at times international cricketers for two sessions a week
  • integration into local club cricket and playing in matches as part of a local Palmerston North club cricket team
  • Massey University Academy of Sport Bronze level membership.

Facilities and benefits

The programme fee covers:

  • all cricket-related costs (facilities, balls)
  • Massey branded training apparel
  • membership at the Massey Manawatu Recreation Centre
  • the chance to take part in a wide range of group exercise and fitness classes.

Read more about facilities and classes at the Sport and Recreation Centre

Programme availability

GSA Cricket is available in Semesters One and Two.


NZD$1,395 per semester

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Apply for Global Student-Athlete

Enrolling in a Global Student-Athlete programme is a two-step process.

1, Apply to study at Massey

First, you need to get accepted to Massey University as a study abroad or exchange student.

Apply for study abroad or exchange

2, Apply for Global Student-Athlete

Once you've received a Confirmation of Place email that confirms you've been accepted to study at Massey, fill in the GSA application form and email it to us.


Our Accelerator Scholarships provide up to NZD$750 toward the GSA programme fee. You’ll be considered for a scholarship automatically when you apply to the programme – you don't need to do anything else.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

International Mobility Team


0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739)

Phone from outside NZ

Physical and courier address

Office of Global Engagement
SST Level 6, Room 6.16
Massey University, Tennent Drive
Palmerston North 4474
New Zealand

Postal address

Office of Global Engagement (PN721)
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand