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How to Apply

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 an agent.

Just follow the steps below and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via our online form. Just let us know that you're "international" and our one of our international staff members will reply. 

Application checklist

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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
New Zealand

Accept your Offer of Place

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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

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Upon receiving your Unconditional Offer of Place you can apply for a student visa. UCOL is a pathway visa provider, giving you the option to apply for a pathway visa to complete your studies over a five-year period, studying up to three courses during this time, and working up to 20 hours per week while studying.

If you are an International student looking for some scholarships to fund your studies in New Zealand, check out our scholarships for international students page for more information. 

Pay your fees

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

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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.

Email: InternationalStudent@ucol.ac.nz

Phone: +64 6 952 7000

*Terms and conditions

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For applicants under 20 years old, refer to UCOL's International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria and guidelines

See our International Enrolment Terms and Conditions for detail on your rights and responsibilities as an International student.