Massey University is one of the largest universities in the country. It was founded in 1926 as the College of Agriculture at the University of New Zealand. The College was raised to the status of a university in 1963, and given the present name in 1966.
Today Massey is the largest agricultural university in the country. According to the rating QSv 2013 it occupies 21st place in the world among tertiary institutions in the industry and 343rd in the overall rankings. In addition, it is in the First World hundred in accounting and teacher training.
The University has three campuses. The oldest, Manawatu Campus, consists of two parts in Turitea and Hokowhitu (Palmerston North suburbs, located in the southern part of the North Island). The Turitea Campus has the majority of the administration, and faculties of business, humanities and more.
To the south is Wellington Campus, which was built in 1999.
And finally there is the large Albany campus (on Auckland’s North Shore), founded in 1993. All the faculties of the University are represented at Albany.
In 2012, the university enrolled 33,941 students, more than 3,000 of them foreign students from 100 countries.
All five of the University’s faculties have training programmes that include Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees in more than 40 different areas. Most popular are business, education, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, engineering, music and visual arts.
The basic university programme takes from three to four years.
Student will pay from NZ$17,200 to $23,000 a year depending on the programme.
For graduate school, students must have a high school diploma and two years of tertiary training. An alternative is the University preparatory programme (Foundation) from 7 to 12 months.
Speakers of another language must have English at IELTS not less than 6.0 and TOEFL not less than 5.5.
Like most schools, Massey University offers a variety of options: full board, self-catering accommodation, rental apartments and separate living off-campus. It is worth noting that the cost of accommodation in Palmerston North is slightly lower than in Wellington, and about one and a half times lower than in Auckland. Also, Palmerston North campus provides a free shuttle bus that takes students to different areas of the city.
Each campus has its own library, with free access for students at any time. The university libraries have a total of about 800,000 books and videos, and subscribe to 9000 journals and periodicals.
The university has 57 research centres.
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