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For students seeking an inspiring location for creative enterprises, Massey University can’t be beat. Set in what is considered New Zealand’s creative capital, Wellington, the university is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious art and design school. Located in the heart of the city, this is where many of New Zealand’s best designers and artists began their careers and TEAN students can too with comprehensive courses. The school also offers professional internship opportunities for communications students.  


Study at Massey University’s Wellington campus which joined the university in 1999 establishing the College of Design and College of Creative Arts. Today, Massey University (Wellington) is known as New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious design school

Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in the country’s largest city, Auckland, and the nature-filled, culture-rich Rotorua

Live in Wellington - an artsy college town that just happens to be the capital of the country and is perfectly located to explore the North and South Islands

Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches

Experience living with local and international students in university housing

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Wellington-based Resident Advisor for continued support throughout the semester

Gain hands on experience through an optional internship in the communications field

Program Details

Orientation Excursion

Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments starting in Auckland with a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hangi dinner at a marae (meeting house). Next, stop at Hobbiton, then discover Rotorua’s renowned geothermal activity (including the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland), soak in natural hot springs, learn a powerful Maori haka, and more. After this packed four program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.

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Participants of the study abroad program with Massey University in Wellington, will be placed in student accommodations with other international and local students. The housing is apartment style, self-catered, located within a few minutes walk of the Massey campus. The apartments are either three or five-bedroom apartments. The accommodation, located in the heart of the city, is also within short walking distance from supermarkets and other services.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Wellington Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


About Massey University, Wellington

  • In 1999, Massey University merged with Wellington Polytechnic, an institute with a long history in design dating back to 1886, to establish the Massey University, College of Creative Arts in Wellington. Today, Massey University (Wellington) is known as New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious design school.
  • In addition to the College of Creative Arts, this campus also has a focus on health and communications programs.
  • Students with a background in communications, journalism or marketing can apply to undertake an internship which makes up one of the four courses you will take during your semester abroad. Speak to your TEAN Program Manager for more information.
  • Massey University’s Wellington campus is located in the heart of the cultural quadrant of Wellington city.


Massy University’s campus in Wellington is located heart of the city. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses, see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 courses per semester (45-60 Massey points), which usually transfers as 12-16 US semester credits or 18-24 US quarter credits. 

 Students will enroll in courses approximately one to two months prior to departure using Massey’s online system. For students taking classes through Massey’s College of Creative Arts (CoCA), please note that you will not enroll in courses until you are on-campus and have met with a CoCA advisor.  

Find Courses 
Subject Area
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Marketing
 Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media/Multimedia
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Creative Writing
  • Linguistics
  • Maori Studies
International Studies 
  •  New Zealand Studies
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Studies
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design


Communications Internship

Students focused on communication, journalism or marketing are eligible to apply for a full semester internship worth 15 Massey credits (equivalent to 3-4 US credits). The internship placement can range from a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organization, government department or global non-profit and serve as one full course for the semester at Massey.



  • 2.7 GPA. Students with a lower GPA are encouraged to contact TEAN, and may be admitted on a case by case basis.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Wellington-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Wellington and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.


It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, the Hurricanes, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.

Live Theatre

Wellington is known as the creative capital so TEAN students join local theatre-goers for a show at the iconic BATS theatre, where most of the productions are New Zealand works.

Coffee Breaks

Wellingtonians love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.

Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.

South Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!

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Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 15
Fall Deadline April 1

Fall 2022

This program not running for Fall 2022. Please check back for future available terms.

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2022

This program not running for Fall 2022. Please check back for future available terms.


  • Program fee: $14,400
  • Housing: $5,550

What’s Included

      • Full tuition (4 courses)
      • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
      • Bedding Pack
      • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
      • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
      • 4-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
      • Local SIM card
      • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
      • Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
      • Access to pre-arranged flight itineraries and booking agent
      • Extensive pre-departure advising
      • University and course selection advice
      • Official academic transcripts from host institution
      • Credit approval and transfer assistance
      • Help with student visa preparation
      • Financial aid transfer planning
      • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival at TEAN Orientation and in host city
      • Student association fees
      • Host university orientation
      • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program


      • International airfare ($1,800)
      • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
      • Books ($200)
      • Meals during the semester ($1,700)
      • Student visa ($30)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.

We Love Welly

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Ashley Stewart

Resident Assistant - Wellington

Wellington Tip
Jazz Bar

Meow is a jazz bar in Wellington showcasing new faces to the music industry and raw talent in the areas of stand up comedy and poetry readings. Student friendly, they do some great deals and it’s often free to get in!


What helps set up a student for a successful experience abroad?
An open mind. People in New Zealand love to help each other and we want you to enjoy your time here and understand why our little corner of the world is so special. There will be strange animals, phrases and food all around you and you’ll be able to appreciate it all more if you take it all in with enthusiasm and curiosity.

What makes New Zealand a great place to study or intern abroad?
Almost anywhere in New Zealand, you are only ten minutes away from wildlife or amazing vistas. It can be surprising to feel like you are miles away from civilization and then be back at work or school within the hour but that’s what makes it special. I can almost guarantee that every local has a hidden spot nearby that they like to visit for hiking, fishing, surfing or simply an isolated place with a gorgeous view.

What should every study abroad student have on their bucket list for a semester in New Zealand?
Watch the Lord of the Rings and then see how many locations from the movies you can find. It may take you around the country or to hidden spots around your local city that were carefully picked because of their wondrous feel.

What previous experiences have led to your current role?
Throughout high school, I could be found in the International Department talking with the students coming from around the world. I wanted to know what drove them to come to New Zealand because to me their home countries seemed so much more interesting. They gave me a perspective about their home and my own, and what made each one special, which then led me to start to explore the Pacific a bit more. My studies took me to the Otago Museum, where I shared the history and culture of New Zealand/Polynesia to people from across the world and the passion just hasn’t stopped. TEAN attracts some of the most interesting and driven students I have ever met, and it is an honor exploring my home country with them and helping them bring out their best selves.

What do you love about living in New Zealand?
The passion of the people living here. At my doorstep I can guarantee that there will be exotic birds that were on the brink of extinction only 20 years ago and are now flourishing in this region due to the rapid actions of New Zealanders. We may be small, but we make up for it with our drive and passion. Go to any game of rugby and you will see and feel the energy of thousands of fans celebrating our national sport. Or ask anybody about places to visit and they will tell you about hidden gems around the country ranging from golden beaches to glaciers that are sometimes only an hour away from the city center. With the exception of overnight delivery options from Amazon, there is very little that you can’t find in New Zealand.

Rachel Fenton

Resident Director - New Zealand

Wellington Tip
Mt. Kaukau

Walk along the Skyline from Mt. Kaukau (just above Khandallah) to Crofton Downs (with the most spectacular views!) and have a drink and a meal in The Village. On a clear day you can see the South Island. For more walks around Wellington, download the Welly Walks iPhone app for free and pick one of its many routes.

Kate Hilby

Associate Director - Enrollment Management

Left Bank Market

On Friday nights check out the Left Bank Market down Cuba Street then on Saturday head the night market at the base of Cuba. Both markets show off the various cuisines of the city – meals are fresh and usually around $12 (roughly US$8).


Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

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