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Why do International Students choose UCOL?

1. Over 100 years of excellence in education

Established in 1902, UCOL is a high-performing New Zealand government funded Institute of Technology and a leading public tertiary education provider. In 2015, our international students achieved high pass rates with 86.5% course completions.


2. UCOL is everywhere you want to be

From city life to charming provincial towns, UCOL’s four campus locations across the North Island allow international students the chance to explore a variety of iconic Kiwi landscapes.



3. Wide range of study options

With over 100 foundation courses, certificates, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications available, UCOL’s programmes are designed to fit into your lifestyle.


4. Strong industry connections

Work placements, internships, competitions, and case studies thanks to our extensive industry connections are all part of the UCOL journey and provide our students the industry-needed skills and training needed to gain a career doing what they love.


5. Award-winning staff 

UCOL’s staff are passionate and dedicated to helping students succeed so they can make a difference wherever they work in the world. 


6. Putting students first

UCOL is the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to implement Te Atakura – a relationships-based teaching and learning approach that aims to improve student success and educational outcomes.


7. All-round student experience

The UCOL student experience goes far beyond the classrooms at UCOL. Our International Student Support Staff will help make your journey at UCOL unforgettable.


8. A safe place to live and study

New Zealand is one of the most peaceful nations on earth ranking 4th out of 162 countries in the 2015 Global Peace Index



9. High-tech facilities

Students are immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that often surpass industry standards, including U-Kinetics and the Regional Trades and Technology Centre.

10. Successful alumni across the globe

UCOL’s growing network of alumni fosters collaboration and exchange with UCOL graduates around the world.