COVID 19 has had a substantial impact on international education. Almost all countries in the world have imposed measures to curb the spread of the virus, including countrywide lockdowns and border closures. Aspiring students cannot currently travel to New Zealand, and uncertainties on the opening of borders and visa processing remain. UCOL are continuing to process applications, which will help to give you certainty and ensure places when we are able to welcome you to New Zealand again.
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 providing educational agents and prospective students with updates on intakes, immigration policy, education changes and the wellbeing of current students.