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International Students


Kia ora koutou and greetings to all, 

Delivering over 100 years of excellence in education, it's easy to see why international students from all around the world choose UCOL as their top choice for studying abroad. Our courses are recognised internationally, including in People's Republic of China.

Established in 1902, UCOL is a government funded, high-performing New Zealand tertiary education institute that offers international students the chance to explore a variety of iconic kiwi landscapes and lifestyles across our four campuses in the North Island.

At UCOL, you will be immersed in a stimulating academic environment that will provide you with an internationally recognised qualification and the skills you need to succeed wherever you work in the world. With our long-standing industry connections, you will also have opportunities to connect and meet with local businesses and organisations.

Studying abroad will be one of the most exciting times of your lives. I encourage you to embrace this chance to challenge yourself, to develop your independence and to create memories of a lifetime. Our friendly and dedicated team here will strive to make your UCOL journey unforgettable. I very much look forward to welcoming you as part our UCOL whānau/family. 

In the meantime, download our International Prospectus (Mandarin version, Japanese version), and contact us if you have any questions via

Leeza Boyce, Chief Executive

Explore our programmes of study


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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

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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

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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.

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.