Skip to content

New Zealand (USAC) Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. 


Massey University is located on three campuses but you can only take courses offered at the campus you attend. You will take four courses at Massey. Each course is worth 15 New Zealand credits, which equals three UWEC credits. A full time course load per semester is four courses (15 Massey credits each). You can find a searchable course catalog on Massey's website. A few notes when viewing courses:
  • Semester one = our spring semester
  • Semester two = our fall semester
  • The Mode needs to be internal (not distance)
  • You will need to find courses offered at the same location.
  • Courses that are listed as "foundation" courses are NOT open to study abroad students.
To see a list of subjects available at each location see: Massey University subjects by campus. Not all locations offer the same courses.

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here
  • Choose New Zealand, then click "Search"
  • Click on Massey Univ
  • Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

You may study at Massey University for either semester or the full New Zealand academic year. The first semester (our Spring) starts in mid February and ends in mid June. The second semester (our Fall) begins in early July and ends in mid November . (Note that the early dates for second semester may create difficulty for students using financial aid, since aid cannot be released until the first day of the UW-Eau Claire fall semester.) Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure.