Palmerston North, New Zealand—Study Abroad
This program is offered through ISA at Massey University.
Located toward the southern end of the North Island in the Manawatu district, Palmerston North is a thriving city that retains all the charm of inland New Zealand. It is often called "the student city," as university students make up a large portion of the population. At the center of the city, its famous central open space, the Square, includes walking trails and picnic areas and is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The Plaza, the largest shopping center in the region, has over 100 stores to compliment the boutique shops of the downtown area. The city has also emerged as a thriving musical scene, drawing many nationally and internationally recognized performers.
Massey University is one of New Zealand's top rated universities, and Palmerston North is the home of its first campus. Founded in 1926, the institution originally came into existence to fill the need for agricultural higher education in New Zealand. The university took its name from New Zealand Prime Minister William Ferguson Massey. Massey University is characterized by the practical and applied nature of many of its teaching programs and by its expertise in a wide range of fields. Massey has five academic colleges: Business, Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences. Massey Manawatu is New Zealand's premiere and largest institution for the life sciences, agricultural, horticultural and veterinary teaching and research and is a leader in industrial innovation through areas such as food science and technology, biotechnology, advanced material sciences and product development. Massey's College of Business has an excellent reputation for its business research and theory and the practical application of these to contemporary workplaces. Massey is recognized by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand.