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The government has announced one year of fees-free tertiary education from 2018 for people new to tertiary study.

StudyLink is encouraging prospective students to apply by 16 December 2017 and to provide supporting documents promptly to ensure applications are sorted for the start of the 2018 academic year. 

Choose UCOL

Applying to study at UCOL is where your new journey starts. We'll support you along the way. Explore our programmes of study, choose the one that's right for you and apply. 

Application checklist

It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme you want to study
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you'll need to supply your documentation in person, via post or via email.

Apply online for a new programme of study


Once you've applied, make sure you are ready to pay your fees before the first day that teaching starts.

Apply in person or post us your application

If you'd like help with your application, download UCOL's Enrolment Guide and Form and visit one of our friendly Information Centre staff in Palmerston North, Whanganui or Wairarapa.

Alternatively, send your completed form with any required documents (e.g. verified birth certificate, academic records, CV, etc.) to:

UCOL Student Registry
Private Bag 11022
Palmerston North
New Zealand


How can study at UCOL help you?

Learn from lecturers who care about your success. Our staff are not just teachers, but experts in their fields who are connected with industry, meaning that UCOL's programmes will prepare you to find your place in the community and economy.


Join 7,000 students each year

who are using the skills they learnt at UCOL to gain meaningful employment and further their careers.


Like to know more?

Our Information Centre team and academic staff are happy to chat.

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