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Universal College of Learning Ltd (UCOL Ltd) is an educational institution with a history dating back to 1896. We are a modern Institute of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP), working to give our graduates the skills needed by businesses, both domestic and international.

We are a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga, the newly established Government-led educational institute. With sixteen Institutions of Technology and Polytechnic (ITPs) and eleven Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) under it, Te Pūkenga is the largest tertiary education provider in New Zealand. Within it, UCOL has four campuses across the central and lower North Island. We hold a strong regional position and play a vital role in our regions’ economic development.

UCOL’s specialities include Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. Our campuses have been designed to enhance student learning, supported by a relationship-based teaching approach. By studying with us, students learn valuable life skills and can contribute to the global community. Many international students choose UCOL so they can gain an internationally recognised qualification and get practical work experience while studying.

Once you become part of the UCOL whānau (family), we have an extensive support system to take care of your wellbeing and help you with 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 welcome you to read and download our International Prospectus in English or Mandarin and contact us if you have any questions via You may also use the booking app below to fix a meeting with us on campus or via Zoom.

The Future of International Education & COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused a significant shift in international education. Learn more about what the future of international education looks like and how UCOL is gearing up.

Coronavirus update

We are at Alert Level 1 now. All UCOL campuses are open, and classes are as normal. The international student support team and contact centre are available for any assistance.

New Zealand vocational education changes

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Are you an international student thinking of studying in New Zealand or at UCOL? Make an informed decision by reading about the vocational education sector changes here.


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Established in 1902 to meet the skills required by New Zealand businesses, UCOL has strong community connections. Many international students choose UCOL to gain an internationally recognised qualification and work experience while they study.

Study Options

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UCOL offers a full range of rewarding degree, postgraduate and English language study options.

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

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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

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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.

UCOL - Chinese Language Information

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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.

UCOL's International Agents

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UCOL partners with educational consultants and agents all over the world. We are confident in their knowledge of UCOL and studying in New Zealand.

International Accreditations

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

International agent resources

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Give the best advice possible to prospective students with UCOL's international agent resources.

International Enrolment Terms and Conditions

The following are the terms and conditions of your enrolment with UCOL as an International student.

Scholarships for international students

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Learn about UCOL's discount for studying cookery at our Whanganui campus and nationally available scholarships for international students.