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Featuring CCIS Programs

Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand Summer

Palmerston North, New Zealand (Australia & New Zealand)

Quick Facts

Summer: Agriculture and Environment
Dates:  May – July 
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017
Costs:  $6,600 CCIS Member | $7,000 Non-Member

Summer: Communication and Marketing
Dates:  June – July 
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017
Costs:  $6,600 CCIS Member | $7,000 Non-Member

Summer: Disaster Risk and Emergency Management
Dates:  June – August 
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017
Costs:  $6,600 CCIS Member | $7,000 Non-Member

Summer: Creative Expression and Digital Media
Dates:  June – July 
Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017
Costs:  $6,600 CCIS Member | $7,000 Non-Member

Program Overview

Massey University offers a customized study abroad experience that takes place over the Northern Hemisphere summer. This program offers four unique program tracks that focus on specific topics: Agriculture and Environment, Creative Expression and Digital Media, Communication and Marketing, and Distaster Risk and Emergency Management. Student are also able to participate in the Global Student Athlete (GSA) program, which grants male and female student athletes access to international coaching and training while studying abroad.

The key components of the program, unlike any other in New Zealand, are a two week national expedition and a four week internship. In total, students will spend six weeks fully immersed in the culture, community and wonder of New Zealand.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Montana State University
Susan Welker
Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(406) 994-7151

This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University.

Academics & Program

Massey University in Palmerston North

Through this unique summer program with Massey University, students have the opportunity to explore New Zealand, earn academic credit, and complete an internship.

For 2017, there will be four different program tracks available: Agriculture and Environment, Creative Expression and Digital Media, Communication and Marketing, and Disaster Risk and Emergency Management.
Massey University offers four unique program tracks during the North American Summer Program. Each track begins with a two week National Expedition and then transitions to a four-week internship. The six week program will earn participants 6-8 credits and experience of a lifetime.
Agriculture and Environment - Designed for agribusiness, agriculture, environmental science and wildlife management majors, you'll gain on-the-ground practical experience for your field of study. To learn more about this program track, click here. Dates for this track are May 28 – July 8, 2017.
Creative Expression and Digital Media – This track is designed for students with interest in creative writing, storytelling, digital media, theatre, scriptwriting, and more. For more information, click here. Dates for this track are June 11 – July 22, 2017
Communication and Marketing - This program track is ideal for journalism, media studies, public relations, advertising, marketing and communication majors. Click here to learn more. Dates for this track are June 11 – July 22, 2017.
Disaster Risk and Emergency Management - Students interested or majoring in emergency management, public safety, geography, sociology, political studies, and defense should explore this program track. Learn more by clicking here. Dates for this track are June 25 – August 5, 2017.

Academic Highlights

Each program track offers participants practical, hands-on experience all while gaining academic credit and exploring the beautiful country of New Zealand.

Course Credits: Credits vary
Language of Instruction: English

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

Through this program, students have the opportunity to explore New Zealand with a cohort of students, living and learning together. Students have independent internships, but will all come together in the evenings to share what they learned and maybe cook a meal together. With evenings and weekends free during the internship, students have time to do their own exploring.

The Global Student Athlete program combines study abroad with professional coaching and personal training for student athletes, including a strength and conditioning track, elite sport services track, and rugby track. All tracks are open to male and female athletes. 


During the National Expedition, students will spend most nights in YHA Hostels. Staying in hostels gives students an excellent opportunity to meet students and travelers from around the world. Breakfast will be included on some days, while the remaining meals students will cook/plan on their own. Once in the internship portion of the program, students will be housed in a summer camp-style agricultural community hostel, located in an orchard.

The hostel has separate accommodation buildings for males and females, with a kitchen, recreation hall, and laundry facilities. A Residential Advisor will be living on site to assist students with anything that arises. Group cooking facilities will be available, and breaksfasts and lunches are provided. Dinners will be the responsibility of individual students.

Duration & Costs


Agriculture and Environment:  May 28 - July 8, 2017
Creative Expression and Digital Media:  June 11 - July 22, 2017
Communication and Marketing:  June 11 - July 22, 2017
Disaster Risk and Emergency Management:  June 25 - August 5, 2017

Financial Aid and Scholarships

CCIS students are eligible to apply for the "Explore New Zealand" Scholarship offered by Massey University. Learn more here.


$6,600 CCIS Members | $7,000 Non-CCIS Members

A $400 deposit is due two weeks after official acceptance. 

Costs Included: Tuition, fees, accommodations, New Zealand health insurance, course related activities and excursions, some meals, airport pickup, and International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Costs Not Included: Airfare, most meals, books and supplies, and personal expenses

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

March 15, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum 2.75 GPA and sophomore standing by the start of the program

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

MSU Signature Verification Form
MSU Disciplinary Clearance Form
Passport-sized photo (JPEG format preferred)
Supplemental Application


Refund Policy
31 or more days prior to first day of orientation:  100%  (minus $400.00 deposit)
30 days or less prior to first day of orientation:
  75%  (minus $400.00 deposit)
After departure but prior to first day of classes:
  50%  (minus $400.00 deposit)
After first day of classes any refund will be determined after consultation with host institution.


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