There are many tertiary education organisations to choose from in New Zealand, so why choose the Universal College of Learning (UCOL)? UCOL is a New Zealand Government Funded Institute of Technology, which is industry-driven and innovative. The Institute has two main campuses for international students in the North Island of New Zealand.
UCOL enjoys award-winning lecturers, high tech facilities, and partnerships with industry that equip students with work skills that give them the edge when competing for jobs.
Regional employers help shape the Institute’s degrees and diplomas. Programmes cover Information Technology & Business, English Language, Health & Science, Arts & Design, Trades & Industry, and Chef Training, as well as Bridging programmes.
The most popular programmes at UCOL for international students are Postgraduate Diplomas, Degrees and Diplomas in:
- Chef Training
- English Language
- Exercise & Sport
- Graphic Design
By choosing to study at UCOL, international students can look forward to their future with confidence.
International Student Support
UCOL's dedicated, professional staff are experienced in looking after the educational, practical and social needs of international students. They provide students with everything needed to succeed, including advice on enrolling and access to excellent support services and advice on making the most of their time at UCOL. Student Support Coordinators will help arrange student accommodation before arrival, organize travel and medical insurance, and organise transport from the airport to accommodation.
Bachelor of Nursing
Aastha Gupta did a Bachelor of Biotechnology back home in India but decided she did not enjoy working with machines. "I wanted to work more with people, so I came to New Zealand to pursue Nursing at UCOL." The three most important things that attracted her to UCOL were the support that it provided to its students, its location and the reasonable cost.
Aastha believes everyone wants to have an amazing time at college, but when the going gets tough, it's important to have a strong support network around you. "I've found when you are on a programme such as Nursing, which is emotionally, mentally and physically draining, you need people around you who you can turn to," she says. "The staff at UCOL went the extra mile to support me and provided reassurance even at the most difficult times."
"Palmerston North is a student city so finding accommodation was easy. It is a small city and is easy to get around but there is still enough happening for you to enjoy your free time," she says.
"I found that the programme cost was quite reasonable for an international student and provided the placements at the different clinical settings at every year of my degree. These placements enabled me to work confidently and competently in a different cultural and professional environment."
Aastha is now working as a Registered Nurse at MidCentral District Health Board in a Cardiac Specialist ward. She hopes to gain Cardiac Level 2 Certification, so she can work in the Coronary Care Unit. She is also considering Postgraduate study in Nursing.
She says the most rewarding part about her job is coming home and feeling that she has made a difference in someone's life. "It makes you feel good about yourself and your profession." More Student Stories…