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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020


Alayne Prine

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Human Ecology

Off-campus partner:

Massey University


Opportunity Description

Massey University is unique amongst New Zealand universities, in that it is a multi-campus university delivering rigorous academic programs in three North Island city centers. Massey University has 36,000 students enrolled in three campuses located in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Internationally, Massey University ranks among the top three universities in New Zealand. While Massey is a large, comprehensive university, the campuses have a strong community-feel, conducive study environments, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Known as the creative campus, Massey Wellington is home to New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious School of Design. The College of Creative Arts provides internationally benchmarked undergraduate and postgraduate programs in art, design, and visual media culture. Spread across all three campuses, the School of Food and Nutrition is a leading provider of integrated research and education for food and health innovation in New Zealand. The Massey Business School is New Zealand's largest, with 13,000 students. Staff are recruited from all over the world, providing an international flavor and a refreshing degree of diversity in professional activities. Massey University has carved out a reputation for being innovative and progressive against the triple objectives of excellence, relevance and national contribution.

About the Exchange

Human Ecology undergraduate students may spend up to a year studying in partner programs at Massey University, at any of its three campuses located in Wellington, Auckland, or Manawatu (Palmerston North).

Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and the center of the country, geographically, culturally and politically. Set between a magnificent harbor and green hills, Wellington is compact and welcoming, with a vibrant café culture, unique boutiques, and colorful nightlife. The Massey University Wellington campus is centrally located near the city's artistic and entertainment quarters.

Massey University's innovative Auckland campus is located on the North Shore of New Zealand's largest city, just 20 minutes outside the center of Auckland. The campus is surrounded by a wide range of amenities, including numerous cafés, shopping centres, cinema complexes, art galleries, libraries, a performing arts facility, and extensive leisure and sport facilities.

Manawatu is Massey's original campus, with lovely heritage buildings and park-like grounds located near Palmerston North city. With 11,500 different varieties of plants and trees, the university grounds in Manawatū are listed as a New Zealand Botanical Garden. Palmerston North is the seventh largest city in New Zealand. The Manawatu campus is home for many of New Zealand's top researchers, who have earned Massey an international reputation.


Massey University's College of Creative Arts is located right in the heart of Wellington. Accommodation is very close to campus and you can walk to most places in the city. Massey University offers a range of quality housing and living options including Halls of Residence (on-campus), Flats and Apartments (off-campus), and Homestay (off-campus) accommodation. The on-campus housing include meal plans or self-catering (cook your own meals). The University-managed apartments are fully self-catered. Students should apply as soon as possible to secure a place.

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if filled.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.

On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.

Returning Applicants