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 Whanganui

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The inspiring blend of heritage buildings, modern facilities and range of tertiary study programmes attracts highly motivated students and staff to UCOL from many parts of the world. 

Whanganui iwi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, gave the campus the name 'Matapihi ki te Ao', which means 'window of opportunity' to the world.

For many of our qualifications we partner with the local business community to provide students with work experience opportunities, which in turn helps local organisations meet their staffing needs, solve a problem or advance a project. The skills learnt during this creative and collaborative process help students hone their research abilities and apply theory to real-life challenges. Does this sound like you? If so, take a look at our programmes starting soon, or contact us.


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Feel free to visit UCOL to see what it's like, and talk to our friendly Information Centre team.


Starting soon at UCOL Whanganui

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Keen to study at UCOL Whanganui? Take a look at our classes starting soon.

Visions Training Restaurant

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UCOL's Chef Training and Hospitality team welcome you to dine with us in our training restaurant, Visions.

Hair and Beauty

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UCOL's Hair and Beauty team welcome you to visit for a hair or beauty treatment at our Whanganui salon.

Getting around

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UCOL students have access to a range of benefits, including free bus transport within Whanganui and access to a commuter bus from Palmerston North.

Moving to Whanganui

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If you're considering moving to Whanganui to study at UCOL, Whanganui and Partners has some useful information about what it's like to live and study here (external site).

Student association

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UCOL's student association, AS@U offers advocacy, representation, class reps/ambassadors and essential services to help you succeed.

What's happening

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To find out what's happening at our Whanganui campus, see our news and events, and follow us on social media.

Starting soon at UCOL Whanganui

A group of people sitting together in a communal space

Keen to study at UCOL Whanganui? Take a look at our classes starting soon.

Visions Training Restaurant

A chef delivering a meal for service in a commercial kitchen

UCOL's Chef Training and Hospitality team welcome you to dine with us in our training restaurant, Visions.

Hair and Beauty

A photograph of a hairdressing training class

UCOL's Hair and Beauty team welcome you to visit for a hair or beauty treatment at our Whanganui salon.

Getting around

A photograph of people's legs on a bus

UCOL students have access to a range of benefits, including free bus transport within Whanganui and access to a commuter bus from Palmerston North.

Moving to Whanganui

A photograph of one of the beaches nearby UCOL

If you're considering moving to Whanganui to study at UCOL, Whanganui and Partners has some useful information about what it's like to live and study here (external site).

Student association

Some young people talking

UCOL's student association, AS@U offers advocacy, representation, class reps/ambassadors and essential services to help you succeed.

What's happening

A photograph of a young Maori man at a computer

To find out what's happening at our Whanganui campus, see our news and events, and follow us on social media.

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