Palmerston North (Palmy) is home of the original Massey campus in the Manawatu region. The city offers a true taste of Kiwi culture within a friendly, young, and laid back atmosphere. As a university town, Palmerston North offers a great selection of cafes, pubs, and restaurants catering to the student palate and wallet. Theatre and live music performances are scheduled around town, and popular student pubs come to life during the year, providing great entertainment. There are many hidden treasures in this area including luxurious country retreats, award-winning gardens, uncrowded championship golf courses, special interest museums, galleries, historical homes, and a host of adventures for adrenaline junkies. Throughout the year this region is alive with major national and international events—sporting, cultural, trade shows, conferences, and exhibitions. Horse trekking, bridge swinging, drift and whitewater rafting, and kayaking are available in this incredibly scenic area. If you like to hike, the Manawatu also offers amazing “tramping” country. In the city centre, the Te Manawa Science Center and Art Gallery have a mixture of interactive exhibitions, which explore science and technology, the stories of Manawatu and its people, and art from New Zealand and around the world. For avid rugby fans, a must see is the New Zealand Rugby Museum at Te Manawa. Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most populous city, is truly cosmopolitan. Home to over a million people, the city is built on a narrow isthmus between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbors, connected to the North Shore by a beautiful harbor bridge. This waterside setting provides a mild climate and beautiful scenery of water dotted with sailboats against the city skyline. Auckland offers all the advantages of large, international city— diverse culture, arts, entertainment, festivals, sports, major transportation, and industry—in addition to easy access to the amazing natural highlights of the Auckland region, including 48 nearby volcanic cones, numerous parks and reserves, rugged black sand beaches, over 100 km of coastline, and rainforests. Auckland is one of the only place outside the tropics where rainforests exist. The Albany campus is part of North Shore city. Within walking distance of the campus is a large shopping centre where students can shop and browse, and just down the road is the Albany village with its traditional shops. The campus is surrounded by a wide range of amenities, including numerous cafes, shopping centres, cinema complexes, art galleries, libraries, a performing arts facility, and extensive leisure and sport facilities including the North Harbour Sports Stadium. Wellington is New Zealand’s political and cultural capital and is truly a great city in which to live. Compact and funky, this unique urban space is situated between a magnificent harbor and rolling green hills. Shops, galleries, restaurants, clubs and world class entertainment all co-exist within a thriving and fast paced yet intimate urban environment where café culture dominates. "Welly" is home to Parliament, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, a thriving film industry, and "heaps" of interesting culture and events. It is the southern-most city of the North Island, serving at the gateway to the South Island. Wellington consistently ranks highly in lists of "must-see" cities in the world as well as for quality of life. Lonely Planet named it as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2011, calling it "the coolest little capital in the world."
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Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands, boasting picturesque architecture, medieval town ramparts, cobblestone alleys and streets, seventeenth-century facades, and a Roman bridge. Maastricht has everything a student could wish for: a historic city centre; countless numbers of inviting sidewalk cafés, pubs, and restaurants; sports facilities; shops; and countless film, music, and theatre venues. Or get outside the city and experience the countryside by taking long, leisurely walks or mountain biking in the low green hills surrounding Maastricht. Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn. Areas of Study Available at Maastricht University Your Maastricht University coursework will focus on the economic, political and socio-cultural aspects of Europe or approach topics from a wider international perspective. The six-week session is split into two 3-week instructional blocks, and you will enroll in one course during each block. During block one, you have the option to participate in a 4-ECTS Study Tour (2 US credits), or enroll in a 6-ECTS course (3 US credits) taught in a traditional classroom setting; during block two, you may only enroll in one 6-ECTS course (3 US credits) taught in a traditional classroom setting. Experience Europe both inside and outside the classroom, with the option to earn credit in either a traditional classroom setting and/or a study tour that combines lectures, assignments, and travel to key locations within Europe Choose from a variety of course topics that fit most majors, all with a distinctly European or international theme Live in a picture-perfect European town situated on the border of The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, with a medieval city centre and vibrant local culture Join in various field trips and extracurricular activities including a day trip to Amsterdam, and feel like a local by attending the many art and music festivals hosted by the city throughout the summer.
Haifa is a beautiful city, set on the Mediterranean Sea on the slope of Mount Carmel. Israel’s foremost port city, it plays a major role in the nation’s economy and is a center for high tech research and industry. Its 17 kilometers of beaches host excellent surfing and sailing conditions and nature trails, bicycle paths, wildlife reserves, and Carmel National Park beckon for outdoor enthusiasts. The city’s historical and cultural riches include museums, film and music festivals, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, theatre, and numerous cinemas, discos, restaurants, and pubs. It provides easy access to other parts of Israel, with Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion Airport all less than two hours away. In addition to Haifa’s vibrant Jewish community, its cultural and religious mosaic includes many churches and mosques. Haifa is also host to the center for the Baha’i faith and to Israel’s only Ahmadi Muslim community. The Ahmadiyya is an Indian sect of Islam, founded in the late nineteenth century, which promotes peace among nations and opposes religious coercion. Their large mosque houses a prayer hall and a first-floor exhibit of their history and significant contributions. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Baha’i World Centre is an expansive complex of gardens centered around the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab. Other sights in Haifa include Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, home to a cave considered by Christian tradition to be the grave of the Prophet Elijah, the nineteenth-century German colony, Paris Square, Carmel National Forest, Ein Hod artist’s colony, the Haifa Theatre and numerous museums.