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Past Offerings

Global Citizen provides Massey students with opportunities to have international experiences across a range of academic areas.  Here are some recent programmes that were available to Massey students.

Virtual Experiential Learning Program

Your Global Entrepreneurship virtual journey will take you to Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.S. You get to virtually meet managers from well-known global brands, such as Porsche, Boeing, Dolce & Gabbana and Facebook. In addition, you become short-term entrepreneurs yourselves when working on your own Start-up Challenge Projects and learn about the differences between the American, German, Italian, Hong Kong and Singaporean start-up ecosystems.

The company and start-up visits are composed of virtual tours of the companies and/or virtual meetings with managers whom you can ask questions. Two experienced program managers and serial entrepreneurs from People & Friends, virtually accompany you during the entire program. While they provide guidance and support to you and your team members for your Start-up Challenge Projects and the final pitching competition, five virtual guest speakers are invited to give overviews of each country’s entrepreneurship culture.

The programme runs 11-24 July 2021 and costs US $850. Use code PAFVIR20 and register by 28 May.

During Global Goals, you embark on a virtual journey and dive into the world of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will visit globally known companies, such as VISA and SAP, and hear from selected guest speakers featuring UN Global Goals Advocates and supporting organizations. You also become an active member in the global SDG community by adopting a goal and becoming its goalkeeper and by becoming an entrepreneur and developing an SDG-related Start-up Project.

This virtual experience takes you “around the world” and lets you connect with 17 organizations, such as Viva con Agua, UVD Robots or the foundations of Forest Whitaker, Emma Watson and Leonardo di Caprio. The virtual meetings with managers from these organizations allow you to gain a better understanding of the SDG mission and learn how you can become the change our planet deserves and needs.

The programme runs 6-19 June 2021 and costs US $850. Use code PAFSDG20 and register by 23 April.

Urban Disasters: Vulnerability and resilience in a pandemic

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is running a two-week virtual programme exploring Urban Disasters. The event will be filled with online lectures, group work and discussion. Taking place online from 2-13 August 2021, this event is a great opportunity for students from across the Commonwealth to connect and collaborate around key global issues.

The event is free to attend but participants will be selected as part of a competitive selection process. Applications closed on 14 April 2021.

2021 U.S. Embassy Youth Council

The Youth Council was an opportunity for students and young professionals to engage with U.S. experts, dignitaries, and officials from a variety of fields throughout 2021. The Youth Council addressed topics of importance to both New Zealand and the United States and was be a forum for young people to learn more about the relationship between New Zealand and the United States in general. While the Youth Council tends to attract students interested in International Relations, Politics and Law, we welcomed applications from all disciplines and anyone with a genuine interest in the United States.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or residents between 19 – 25 years old based in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, or Dunedin.

AFS NZ Global Competence Certificate

This one-of-a-kind online programme is all about connecting you with other students to become part of a global community of learners, so when the world starts moving again you’ll have the skills you need to kick-start your future and make your mark on the world. 

The programme is a mix of self-paced videos, taught sessions, interactive quizzes, and assignments to help you reflect and learn, including a closed forum for connecting and sharing. The course will be run through Massey University, and the curriculum has been developed by AFS Intercultural Programs

You will explore how to be a global citizen by reflecting on your own personal and cultural experiences, recognising and understanding patterns of behaviour and values of people from different cultural contexts, and learning and applying effective strategies to deal with unfamiliar situations.

The course is subsidised by Education New Zealand and costs $190.  Registrations closed on 28 February 2021.  Participants commit to:

  • Undertake the programme (approx. 5-7 hours of online learning a week) from 16 March to 1 April 2021.
  • Attend online taught dialogue sessions over the course, led by Massey University teacher. Live sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays (16, 18, 23, 25, 30 March and 1 April) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
  • Actively participate in the taught and self-directed sessions, making the most of this opportunity
  • Be ready to build new relationships, make life-long friends, learn, ask questions, be creative, work in a team environment, and most importantly, have fun!

Global Citizen Scholarships available

Massey University students can apply for the Global Citizen Scholarship toward the programme cost.

Virtual Service-Learning Program in Spain

Why wait for the world to change? You can start making a difference now from wherever you are with ISEP’s Virtual Service-learning Program in Barcelona. Students gained cultural competence, remote work skills, and an understanding of social issues that prepared them for a career of leading change.

Students volunteered remotely with one of ten leading social justice non-profits in the Barcelona area including Oxfam and Islamic Relief. The organizations were carefully selected and address a wide range of social issues: climate change, food security, education, mental illness and cultural understanding. 

The internship involved 3 hours per week for ten weeks from October to December 2020.  The cost was US $950 and the application deadline was 15 September.

Four-week programmes in Mexico during July 2020

Tecnológico de Monterrey offered students the opportunity to live and study for four weeks in July on different campuses across Mexico. iSummerMx offered ten subject areas including Aeronautic, Culture, Marketing, Business, Architecture, Music, Engineering, Jewellery, Migration, and Economics.

Each program included two courses, accommodation (hotel and campus residence), breakfast (6 days per week), transportation for all activities during the program and between cities, tickets for all the programme’s events, and a Student Kit. The cost was USD 1,600.

Scholarships for two weeks in China

Wuhan University provided two scholarships for Massey University students from any qualification to attend their 2020 Luojia International Summer Program. The scholarships covered the registration fee, tuition fee, and housing expense for participants. Participants needed to meet any additional costs at their own personal expense. The program has been providing international students with a better understanding of Wuhan University and China since 2006 under the theme of Understanding China: Past & Present.

2020 NASA Internships and NZ Space Agency Scholarships

The New Zealand Space Agency invited high-performing New Zealand post-graduate students to apply to participate in the NASA International Internship programme from August to December 2020. To complement this opportunity, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Space Agency offered the New Zealand Space Scholarship.


The JET Programme is a fully-paid overseas employment opportunity from the government of Japan that allows Kiwis to live and work in Japan for a year or more. Participants work either as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). No teaching experience, Japanese language ability, or overseas experience is required to apply to the Programme, and there is no age restriction.

The JET Programme’s goal is cross-cultural exchange at a grassroots level, and as such, encourages New Zealanders from all walks of life and backgrounds to apply. Applicants must be a New Zealand Citizen and currently hold a Bachelor’s Degree/Teaching Diploma.