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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

On this immersion program in New Zealand, you’ll be able to fully integrate into the academic and social life on the Wellington campus. You can take regular university courses in your major or a related field. This campus of Massey University is known as the creative campus and offers excellent coursework in the areas of art, communications, journalism, marketing, and public relations. A number of courses include fieldwork or other hands-on experiences.

Unique study opportunities

  • Take hands-on fashion or textile design courses along with a studio project.
  • Explore New Zealand’s indigenous people, history, and society.
  • Tap into your creative side in courses at the College of Creative Arts.
  • Explore buyer behavior, social media marketing, and branding from a new perspective.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units each semester or 60 Massey University units per term.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a P/NP basis.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

Choose from a vast selection of courses in your major. You will finalize your study plans and register for classes after arrival with assistance from UCEAP. Before you enroll in courses, you’ll review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

Catalogs and resources

  • Massey University: Get an A-Z listing of subjects available for study abroad students at the Wellington campus.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to New Zealand campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The New Zealand semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address local lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them. In New Zealand, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use New Zealand English for assignments.

Grades

You will earn UC credit and grades for all coursework. The study center converts your New Zealand grades to UC grades. New Zealand university grades are criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced (i.e., curved). This means that your performance on an assignment will be compared to a predefined standard, not to the performance of your classmates. Your lecturer will advise you of this predefined standard via a grading rubric.

Most courses will be assessed by a combination of coursework and a final written exam. Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in Week 6 and not receive any grades back until week 8. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

Fall grades are usually available late January to early February. Spring grades are usually available mid-August to mid-September.