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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  


If you need help with your application book an appointment with us


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:  

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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Organising your visa: When you have gotten your Offer of Place from our UCOL enrolment team, the next step is to apply for a student visa.

New to New Zealand?: Is this your first time studying in New Zealand? In this cause you will need to apply for a visa directly from Immigration New Zealand.

UCOL is an approved provider for pathway visas under the Immigration New Zealand pilot programme. The pathway visa allows international students to undertake up to three consecutive programmes of study on a single visa. The visa will be valid up to a maximum of five years. International students on a pathway visa may be able to work up to 20 hours a week while studying, and full-time in the holidays. 

When your application is ready, please email to for further instructions.

After you have received an e-visa from INZ, please send a copy to

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.


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. Your medical and travel insurance must include cover for (a) 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.

All international students are automatically enrolled in UCOL’s preferred medical and travel insurance, Studentsafe. This insurance will cover you from departure of your home country to the expiry date of your student visa. The insurance charge will be invoiced to you once you have paid your tuition fees. If you choose to purchase your own medical and travel insurance, this charge will be reversed when you show your insurance policy and certificate to UCOL at the Student Information Centre. UCOL will need to ensure that your insurance policy meets the minimum standards of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.


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. 

UCOL's Disciplinary Procedure

As part of the Code of Practice students need to be aware of UCOL's disciplinary procedures and UCOL's Academic Statute:

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.