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International Students

UCOL is home to many international students seeking to attain an internationally recognised qualification and work experience while they study.

Our international student support staff are experienced in looking after the needs of international students and follow the New Zealand Government Code of Practice for pastoral care. We provide information and advice about living in New Zealand and studying at UCOL. 

Recent graduates rated UCOL highly in the 2017 International Student Barometer survey funded by Education New Zealand and participated in by all New Zealand institutes of technology and polytechnics. Small class sizes, teaching, and accommodation and living costs were scored favourably. To find out more, see our performance page.


Watch the Chinese and Japanese versions of UCOL's introductory video.

We welcome you to download our International Prospectus (Mandarin versionJapanese version), and contact us if you have any questions via InternationalStudent@ucol.ac.nz


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Chief Executive's Welcome

UCOL's Chief Executive, Leeza Boyce

A special welcome message to international students from UCOL's Chief Executive, Leeza Boyce.


International students have fun taking selfies outside the Palmerston North campus

Established in 1902, UCOL is a high-performing New Zealand government institute of technology and polytechnic that offers a wide range of rewarding study options for international students across four campuses located throughout the beautiful North Island.

Study Options

International students work together on the computer pods in the Palmerston North atrium

From IT and Business to English Language studies, UCOL’s range of programmes will provide you with industry needed skills and knowledge so you can make a difference wherever you work in the world.

How to Apply

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Make the move to study in New Zealand by following UCOL’s step-by-step guide on the enrolment and application process for international students who want to study at UCOL.

International Student Support

International students chatting in the Palmerston North atrium

UCOL has a network of services and support for all international students. From enquiries, admissions, to pastoral care, UCOL is dedicated to making your student experience unforgettable.

Arriving Soon

International Exercise and Sport Science student standing outside U-Kinetics

We want to help make your move to New Zealand as easy as possible. Find out what to expect upon your arrival and the first steps you need to take to establish your life here.

Important for Internationals

Important information for international students

UCOL is dedicated to supporting international students seeking or undertaking study with us. Find out about the policies and procedures that guide the way UCOL deals with international student applications and the pastoral care of international students.

International Accreditations

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UCOL's quality programmes of study and dedication to pastoral care of its international students is highly regarded beyond New Zealand's shores. Find out about our international accreditations.