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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 the application process now. You can apply directly or with the assistance of one of the UCOL Te Pūkenga agents.

Just follow the steps below and if you have any questions or concerns, contact us via our online form. Let us know that you're "international" and one of our international team members will get back to you.

Application Checklist

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Prepare the following certified documents before you apply:

  • Proof of English language proficiency, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE
  • Official identification, e.g. passport, birth certificate
  • Academic transcripts and certificates from previous study
  • Other documents as specified on the specific programme page

If you will be under 18 years old at the start of the programme you are applying for, you will need to provide additional information.

Information for international students under 18 years old

Complete Your Application 

Email your International student Admission and Enrolment Form and supporting documents to:



Attention: International Applications
UCOL Te Pūkenga
Private Bag 11022
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand      

Accept Your Offer of Place

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If you meet all the requirements, you will be sent an Unconditional Offer of Place. Accept your Offer of Place by signing the letter and returning it by email to  

You may be sent a Conditional Offer of Place. This means 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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Organising your visa:  After you have returned your signed Offer of Place, the next step is to apply for your student visa. Visit to apply for your visa online.

Use Immigration New Zealand's checklist to ensure you provide the right documents and evidence to support your first-time student visa application.

UCOL Te Pūkenga is an approved provider for pathway visas under the Immigration New Zealand pilot programme. A pathway visa allows international students to undertake up to three consecutive programmes of study on a single visa. The visa is valid up to a maximum of five years.

Pay Your Fees

If you are applying for your visa offshore, then you can pay your tuition fees* after your visa has been Approved in Principal (AIP) using the information provided on your Offer of Place letter. UCOL will send you a receipt after your payment is received. Send this receipt to INZ as evidence that you have paid your tuition fees and your student visa will then be emailed to you.

*Read and understand the UCOL Te Pūkenga refund policy for International students below.

*Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology will be unifying international fees across all network providers during 2023. Fees may be subject to change for programmes starting in the second half of 2023.


Inform us of Your Travel Arrangements

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As soon as you know your travel arrangements, send these to us so that we can pass these on to our International Student Support team. They will be in touch with you to help organise your pick-up upon your arrival to the city closest to your campus.


Phone: +64 6 952 7000


All international students planning to study at UCOL must have medical and travel Insurance - a compulsory requirement of the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 (the Code).

All international students are automatically enrolled in UCOL’s preferred medical and travel insurance, StudentsafeThis insurance will cover you from departure of your home country to the expiry date of your student visa. The cost of the insurance will be included on your offer of place.

If you choose to purchase your own medical and travel insurance, you must show your policy to UCOL staff upon your arrival at UCOL to ensure it meets the minimum standards of the Code, including (a) your travel to, from and within New Zealand, (b) medical care in New Zealand, (c) repatriation or expatriation as a result of serious illness or injury, (d) death, including travel costs of family members, repatriation or expatriation of the body, and funeral expenses. 


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

Terms and Conditions

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For applicants under 20 years old, refer to the UCOL Te Pūkenga International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria

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

the UCOL Te Pūkenga Te Pūkenga Disciplinary Procedure

As part of the Code, students need to be aware of the UCOL Te Pūkenga disciplinary procedures and the UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute: