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Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

Institute of Technology and Polytechnic

UCOL is an industry-driven and innovative New Zealand Government funded institute of technology with a history spanning over 100 years. It offers a wide range of study options from certificates to diplomas, degrees and postgraduate programmes. 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.

Contact Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
Physical address

Cnr of Princess and King Streets
4442 Manawatu
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Phone numbers

64 6 952 7000

  • Number of students: 6500
  • Number of international students: 350
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Diploma
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Masters Degree
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Bachelor Degree

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay
The Manawatu is heartland New Zealand. A landscape that sweeps from the sea to the Tararua Ranges, it offers an exciting range of adventure activities.

Choose from rafting, kayaking, blokarting, horse trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and a host of other activities.

If you want to experience country life, it’s all around you. Go to a real stock auction. This is where the farmers buy and sell their farm animals, gathering around pens as the auctioneer rattles off bids. Stock auctions are one of New Zealand’s oldest traditions, dating back to the 1880s.

Or you could find a farmstay and meet farmers whose families have been on the land for generations.

There's a great diversity of attractions in Manawatu. In the vibrant student city of Palmerston North you can explore the world’s first museum devoted to rugby. If you’re a garden lover there are some fabulous public and private gardens to see, including one of the top rose gardens in the world. And a little way down the road around Horowhenua you’ll find such quirky attractions as an owl park, a farm devoted to Clydesdales and a fully operational Dutch windmill.
Main centres: 

Palmerston North


Bulls, Dannevirke, Feilding, Foxton, Marton, Pahiatua, Shannon, Taihape, Woodville

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Education Manawatu is the local education organisation
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