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Certificate of Proficiency (Student Exchange)


Find yourself in New Zealand

Massey is a world-ranked university offering excellent courses. That’s when you’re not out having the time of your life exploring New Zealand!

  • Level

  • Other qualification below degree level, NZQF Level 5
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

Studying at Massey is a great way to experience the Kiwi lifestyle, explore a beautiful country, and make new friends, all while gaining credit toward your degree. There are a number of different options for you with the Certificate of Proficiency (Student Exchange):

  • National Expedition and Internship - Massey University offers a summer study abroad programme for a wide range of majors.
  • Global Student-Athlete - High performing male and female athletes can enhance their skills, continue their training and conditioning, receive intensive coaching, and play with professional players while studying at Massey University for one or two semesters. 
  • Full-Semester Internship - this Internship involves a placement in a media company, for-profit business, community arts agency, sports organisation, governmental department, global non-profit, or with Massey University’s Study Abroad and Student Exchange Team.
  • Geology Field Camp – explore New Zealand’s geology during the New Zealand summer. This programme covers topics such as quaternary tectonics and sea-level changes, glacial and tectonic geomorphology, volcanology, and geological mapping.

You can choose from a huge range of subjects to study at Massey that will credit toward your degree at your home institution.

Life at Massey

We know moving across the ocean to live and study can be a bit intimidating. We have a whole range of staff teams and support services to ease your transition and get the most out of your time in New Zealand. You can choose to study on one of our three campuses in different parts of New Zealand.

Before you leave home

Massey offers a wide range of catered and non-catered accommodation options. Book your housing by getting in touch with the Accommodation Services team on the campus where you will be studying.

Arrival on campus

A Kiwi welcome awaits you the moment you arrive into your final destination, with an airport pickup and transportation to campus. Each campus has an International Student Support office to help you settle in and enjoy your time at Massey. Each team will be on hand to provide guidance and organise events throughout the semester.

You can email us with any questions or stay up to date by liking us on Facebook. You can also find out what it is like to be here by reading blogs from past students and watching our Massey and student videos.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Certificate of Proficiency (Student Exchange) you will:

  • have completed at least one year of successful university level study in your home country
  • have permission from your home university to undertake study at Massey University
  • have a cumulative GPA for all higher education work of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Prior learning and exemptions

For information on prior learning and exemptions or other questions:

  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

45-60 credits

  • Pre-approved courses – 45‑60 credits per semester

Planning your programme

Planning overview

You will enrol in and take courses alongside other Massey University students. Study Abroad students normally take four courses equating to 60 Massey University credits during a semester.

Details about choosing courses, life at Massey, and student testimonials can be found on our Study Abroad pages.

Many courses above 100-level have prerequisite requirements (preparatory course/s or other entry requirements). If you believe you have passed the prerequisites, you will need to apply for the courses using the Special Request/Special Permission button on the Course enrolment page in the Portal.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • are a student-athlete interested in developing your skills, strength and stamina
  • want an internship
  • are looking for field work, field study and other experiences outside the classroom.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships