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The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is a New Zealand Government TEI (Polytechnic) located primarily in Palmerston North but has campuses also in Whanganui, Masterton and Auckland.

UCOL campuses are based right where you want them. With three campuses serving the region, the Universal College of Learning or UCOL is a popular choice for students in the lower half of the North .Island. The steadily growing institute of technology and polytechnic has more than 6,000 students working across over 100 programmes, from entry level certificates and foundation courses to diplomas and degrees (which 1/3 of students are doing).

Support staff at each campus ensure you don’t miss a step along the way. UCOL allows you to train or study the programmes you want, where you want.

UCOL is an industry-driven and innovative New Zealand Government funded institute of technology with a history spanning over 100 years. UCOL has partnerships with industry and provides students with work skills that give them the edge when competing for jobs. Regional employers help UCOL shape its degrees and diplomas so it can better cater to their needs, and offer exciting project-based work for UCOL students. UCOL is proud of its modern learning environment, from its training restaurant and science labs to its nursing simulation lab and U-Kinetics, its specialist exercise and wellness centre. By choosing UCOL students can look forward to their future with confidence.

IELTs Entry Requirements

Diploma Level 5: IELTs Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0.

Diploma Level 6: IELTs Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5.

Degree Level 7: IELTs Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5.

Postgrad Level 8: IELTs Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Masters Level 9: IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

For UCOL Nursing programmes, the English Language Entry Requirements are:

Diploma in Enrolled Nursing: IELTS 6.5 in all bands

Bachelor of Nursing: IELTS 6.5 in all bands

Graduate Diploma in Nursing: IELTS 7.0 in all bands

Short Course in Competency Assessment for Registered Nurses: IELTS 7.0 in all bands

Entry to Certificate / Diploma Level Programmes:

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)

Entry to Degree Level Programmes

Higher Secondary Certificate with passes of 65% over 4 academic subjects (CBSE and ICSE Boards)





• Bachelor of Applied Management

• Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging

• Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science

• Bachelor of Fashion

• Bachelor of Graphic Design

• Bachelor of Graphic Design (Honours)

• Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Applied)

• Bachelor of Nursing


Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced) (Level 5

Certificate in Networking and Desktop Support (Level 5)

Certificate in Therapeutic Massage (Level 5)


• Diploma in Beauty Therapy

• Diploma in Furniture Design and Making

• Diploma in Information and Communications Technology

• Diploma in Photographic Imaging

• Diploma in Professional Chef Practice

• Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

• National Diploma in Science

• NZ Diploma in Business

• NZ Diploma in Engineering – Electrical (Power Specialisation)















• Master in Design Thinking
• Master of Computer Graphic Design

Post Graduate Diplomas:

• Clinical Exercise Physiology
• Post Graduate Diploma of Computer Graphic Design

Graduate Diplomas:

• Graduate Diploma in Animation
• Graduate Diploma in Fashion
• Graduate Diploma in ICT: Computer Networks
• Graduate Diploma in ICT: Software Development

Whatever campus you're studying at, UCOL can provide advice on nearby, affordable accomodation options.


Homestay accommodation is where you live with a New Zealand family. You are provided with your own fully furnished room and three meals a day.

Living in a homestay is ideal for international students. It will allow you to concentrate on your studies, learn about New Zealand culture, practice English, and get used to life in New Zealand with the support of a friendly and caring family.

The cost of homestay accommodation is approximately $245 NZD per week. This covers food, electricity, room and Internet.

UCOL can facilitate living in a homestay. There is a one-off placement fee of $230 NZD.


There are hostels close to UCOL campuses with furnished rooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, offering both long term and short term accommodation

Shared accommodation - flatting

Students also have the option to go flatting – i.e. renting a house or an apartment with friends. If you choose this type of shared accommodation, we recommend staying for the first four weeks in short term accommodation, as it can take some time to find a suitable place.

UCOL Palmerston North has two types of accommodation. These are homestays, or accommodation @ The Hub

@The Hub Accommodation complex offers apartments and dorms in the centre of town, close to UCOL.

Whanganui UCOL has student accommodation available. The cost is approximately $110.00 (NZ$) per week - this covers everything except telephone, bedding and food. There are plenty of Backpackers and Homestay available in Wairarapa. Accommodation costs approximately $168 per week.


Quick Facts





Fees starts from 19,868 NZ$ and varies from course to course


It is difficult to suggest to you exactly how much money you will need to support yourself, as each person's circumstances will be different. We recommend that you budget to cover other costs, including accommodation, food, transport and social activities. But a minimum of 15,500 NZ$ is estimated cost for a yearly expenses



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Palmerston North Campus, Corner of King and Princess Streets, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, 4410

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