If you are an International student and know which
programme you would like to study, then you can start your application process to study at UCOL.* You can apply directly with us or via
Just follow the steps below and if you have any questions or concerns, please
via our online form. Just let us know that you're "international" and our one of our international staff members will reply.
Prepare the following certified documents before you apply:
- Proof of English language capability e.g. IELTS, TOEFL
Official identification e.g. Passport, birth certificate
- Your academic history
- Other documents specified on the programme page
Complete your application
Send your completed application and supporting documents to:
Attention: International Applications
Private Bag 11022
Palmerston North 4442
If you need help with your application book an appointment with us
Accept your Offer of Place
If you meet all of the requirements and are successful, you will be sent an
Unconditional Offer of Place
. This means you have been accepted into UCOL. Accept your Offer of Place by signing the letter and returning it by email to: InternationalStudent@ucol.ac.nz
You may be sent a
Conditional Offer of Place. This means that we require more information from you before you can be accepted. You must send us the requested information that shows you meet the conditions of entry before you can apply for your student visa.
Apply for a student visa
New International student
: Upon receiving your Unconditional Offer of Place you will need to apply for a student visa
. If this is your first student visa, or you are applying from outside of New Zealand, you will need to apply directly to Immigration New Zealand.
UCOL is an approved provider for pathway visas
under the Immigration New Zealand pilot programme. The pathway visa allows international students to undertake up to three consecutive programmes of study on a single visa. The visa will be valid up to a maximum of five years. International students on a pathway visa may be able to work up to 20 hours a week while studying, and full-time in the holidays.
Pay your fees
* using the information provided on your Offer of Place. UCOL will send you a receipt after your payment comes through. Please keep your receipt since it is required by Immigration NZ to process your study visa.
*Read and understand our refund policy for International students below.
Inform us of your travel arrangements
Please send us your travel arrangements so that we can pass these on to our
International Student Support Staff
who will help organize your pick-up upon your arrival in New Zealand.
Phone: +64 6 952 7000
All international students planning to study at UCOL must have Medical and Travel Insurance - a compulsory requirement of The New Zealand Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students. Medical and Travel Insurance must cover you from the beginning of your studies until at least the expiry date of your student visa. The purpose is to cover course related travel, medical care in New Zealand, travel costs related to serious life events (repatriation or expatriation), and death (travel for family members to and from New Zealand, the body and funeral expenses).
All international students are automatically enrolled in the JLT Student Plus Scheme, UCOL's preferred insurance provider. This competitively priced Medical and Travel Insurance policy will cover you from departure of your home country to the expiry date of your student visa. This insurance charge will be invoiced to you once you have paid your tuition fees.
If you choose to purchase your own insurance policy, this charge will be removed when you show your insurance certificate to UCOL at the Student Information Centre. UCOL will need to see the detail of your own insurance policy to ensure that it meets the minimum standards of The New Zealand Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students.