Universal College of Learning

Universal College of Learning

Palmerston North , New Zealand
  • 85
    Acceptance Rate
  • 6561
  • 71
    Employment Rate
  • Permit


As a modern Institute of Technology and Polytechnic, UCOL’s specialties include Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. Its environments have been designed to enhance student learning, supported by a relationships-based teaching approach. By studying with UCOL, students learn valuable life skills and can make a difference.

UCOL is the first to employ a relationships-based teaching approach in a tertiary education setting. Called Te Atakura, the programme was developed with the support of education consultancy Cognition Education Limited and Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop. It is designed to enhance Māori success, develop high performing teaching teams and provide ongoing support services for learners.

Entry requirements

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


Student life

Make sure your first week at UCOL is a great experience. The staff are here to make the transition to study life as seamless as possible. Follow Bryan as he makes his way through our Manawatū campus, collecting his ID card, is welcomed with a pōwhiri and meets some of the faces you'll see around campus.