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Our COVID-19 website hub has lots of information for current students about changes to University operations this semester. Visit www.massey.ac.nz/coronavirus for more information. You will find information about changes to Semester 1 exams on the exams and assesments page. If you are doing an exam or assesment online from your home country, your exam start time will be be adjusted to your local time zone. You will sit your exam on the calendar date of the exam and at the local time in your time zone, eg 8am your time (the same as when you would normally have sat venue-based exams).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
If you have deferred study to Semester 2 or early 2021, and your visa will remain valid over this period, your education provider should notify Immigration New Zealand (INZ). Your file will be updated with this information. Your visa remains valid and your visa travel conditions still apply.
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.
If you begin studying with Massey online during 2020, you may still be eligible for a post study work visa, provided you travel to New Zealand once border restrictions are lifted and continue your studies to meet the minimum duration of study requirement.
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.
If you are completing your study this semester and planning to apply for a post study work visa, please ensure you renew your student visa (if needed). You will be able to apply for your work visa once you have completed your qualification.
Most study visas cover the academic year. If changes are made to semester dates, study visas will remain vaild for the academic year, including any date changes made by the University. If you believe your visa contains specific conditions that can no longer be met because of changes to semester dates, then we can help you to clarify this with Immigration NZ.
Email us for help clarifying your situation with NZ Immigration.
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:
For applicants residing in Mainland China only, who cannot access these tests, there is one further option:
To register to take an English test with Duolingo: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants
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 International@massey.ac.nz and please provide your student ID.
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.
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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Last updated on Wednesday 20 May 2020