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 The Future of International Education & COVID-19

COVID 19 has had a substantial impact on international education. Almost all countries in the world have imposed stringent measures to curb the spread of the virus, with countrywide lockdown and border closure being the major ones. Aspiring students cannot travel overseas, and while many of you are considering deferring their enrollments to the next intakes, uncertainties loom on the opening of borders and visa processing.

Being a student city, Palmerston North values its student community and has been very supportive in these hard times. Our Mayor, Grant Smith, released a video message to all international students on behalf of the Palmerston North City and the Rangitāne iwi.

At UCOL, we value whanaungatanga (relationships) and embrace diversity. In these times of uncertainty, we want to ensure there is clear and concise information for all students and agents, who make up our wider community. Our student support team has been proactive in providing assistance and supporting students already in New Zealand. Meanwhile, the international business team has been provided educational agents and prospective students with updates on intakes, immigration policy, education changes and the wellbeing of current students.

This page compiles the essential information you need regarding international education and UCOL.

Webinar: COVID-19 - What Does This Mean For Providers Of International Education?

COVID-19 has resulted in a tectonic shift in the tertiary education landscape - for New Zealand and the world.  See what it means for you and how UCOL is adapting to the future.

International Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have captured the general queries from students and have tried to address them through the International Students FAQs. See the FAQs here.

International Student Support for Covid-19

International students walking

While we weren’t together on campus, UCOL had extensive student support services in place working long distance.