New information following the change in COVID-19 alert levels.

International students - impact of COVID-19

Semester 2

Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, enrolments for Semester 2 are continuing as normal. Please note that key dates relating to Semester 2 have changed.

  • ENROL INTO courses by: 6 July 2020

  • Semester 2 starts: 20 JULY 2020

If you are currently based outside New Zealand, we are aware there is a chance you will not be able to travel to New Zealand before the start of, or during, Semester 2 because of current travel restrictions. The Government has not indicated when restrictions are likely change. Despite this, we would like to encourage you to continue your application as normal, with the understanding that Massey will support you in your studies, regardless of whether you are studying on campus or online, as we have done this semester.

Continuing to study online allows you to progress your qualification and easily transition to face-to-face on campus study when New Zealand’s border restrictions are eased, even if that is in the middle of the semester.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the University has a wider array of courses available online this semester. If studying online is still fairly new to you, it may be worth considering enrolling in three courses this semester, instead of the usual four. This courseload allows you to obtain a study visa, but may ease the transition to online study.

Returning international students

If you are a current Massey student, go to your student portal to enrol in courses for Semester 2.

New international students

Find out more about studying at Massey as an international student, and where to choose programmes, apply and enrol.

International students in New Zealand

The University is encouraging international students to remain in New Zealand. Travelling to return to your home country at this time could potentially risk your health, as well as your studies. It may also be difficult for you to return to New Zealand at a later date. The Government’s advice to stay safe is to remain in your residence or student accommodation.

However, if you wish to explore your options for travelling to your home country, please contact your embassy to seek urgent assistance, including advice regarding flights to your home country during this period. We understand that only limited international flights continue to operate and there are considerable health risks if you travel internationally. Your embassy will be able to provide you with the correct advice for your situation. Once arranged, we would appreciate it if you could let the University know by emailing

Study Abroad/student exchanges to Massey University

Exchange or Study Abroad students currently in New Zealand and studying at Massey can choose to either return home or continue their studies with us during Semester 2. As there is no indication when New Zealand’s borders will reopen to international travellers, inbound student exchanges are currently suspended. International students who would like to explore the option of studying online with Massey during Semester 2, or to apply for a student exchange in 2021, should email for more information.

Student visas

If you are an international student, studying from your home country, you are not required to hold a student visa while studying online with Massey University.

With the New Zealand border still closed, if your intention is to come to New Zealand to study, you can commence studying from your home country and move to New Zealand when borders re-open and you are then able to apply for visa.

If your current visa is about to expire

Holders of a work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of April 2 to July 9, 2020 inclusive, who were in New Zealand on April 2, 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to September 25, 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.
Holders of a work, student, or visitor visa with an expiry date of April 1, 2020 or earlier, and who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. Please use the Immigration Online visa service to apply to renew your student visa as soon as possible. In order to speed up the processing time, wherever possible your supporting documents should be in English. You can download your required study-related documents from your Massey Portal. An interim visa will be issued.

applying for a new post-study visa

A post-study work visa may be available if you have completed the minimum duration of study in New Zealand, provided you also meet the health, character and funds requirements. Immigration New Zealand will assess each application on a case by case basis and the impact of COVID-19 on each application will be considered.

  • The minimum duration of study requirement requires you to be studying in New Zealand for a minimum of 30 weeks for a qualification at Level 7 and above.
  • Students studying for a qualification below Level 7 must spend 60 weeks in New Zealand to be eligible for a post-study work visa.
  • You must apply for your post-study work visa no later than three months after your student visa expires, or six months if you were a PhD student, of your current valid student visa.
  • Immigration New Zealand - post study work rights for international students factsheet


Student visa holders or applicants who have more questions should contact Immigration New Zealand about their situation. Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for further information.

English requirements for enrolment applications

As many standard English-language testing sites are currently closed, Massey has identified alternative English-language tests to allow applicants to proceed with their enrolment applications.

For Semester 2, 2020 the University will accept these online testing sites as alternative methods for students to obtain the necessary English requirements:

Applicants in Mainland China

For applicants residing in Mainland China only, who cannot access these tests, there is one further option:

  • Duolingo

To register to take an English test with Duolingo:

When you receive your results, select Massey University from the dropdown menu to share your score with us. You will receive an email confirmation once your test has been scored and shared.

If you have any questions about your Semester 2 application, email and please provide your student ID.

Recognition of online learning for Chinese students

The Chinese education authorities have expressed their “understanding and support” for universities that have moved their courses online as a result of disruption to study due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have confirmed your online learning during this period of COVID-19 disruption, whether you are currently in New Zealand or China, will not impact the recognition of your qualification.

Getting help

Under these unique and challenging circumstances, it is important that students stay in contact with staff at Massey and share any difficulties they are experiencing. Massey has a range of support in place. Students who are impacted by the travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing difficulties studying online, can withdraw after the fees refund eligibility period and enrol in that same course (or in an approved equivalent) one further time with no additional cost in the next available semester.

Massey University are here to answer any questions you have about your study. We also have health and wellbeing support and can offer counselling over Zoom, Skype or WeChat.

You can also register with NauMai NZ, which is especially for international students, for regular updates, information and support, including advice on looking after yourself and staying healthy and well.

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