Re-enrol at UCOL for 2016

Are you currently studying a certificate, diploma or degree that is longer than one year? Are about to finish your studies this year?

Have you thought about the future? Are you ready to take your career one step further?

So many questions! Well, if you’re thinking about furthering your studies, come and see us in the info centre to discuss what options are available for you at UCOL in 2016.

If you already have your heart set on a specific programme, either enrol directly for your future study online by following this link or come into the info centre.

If you are studying a multi-year programme then you also need to enrol for the next year of study. Go to this link to do that.

Here’s a handy video to help you through the online enrolment system.

Are you planning to get financial support? Try to get the application on its way as soon as possible. StudyLink wants all students to apply online by 16 December to ensure applications are addressed quickly. Click here to start the StudyLink application process.

We would love to see you here at UCOL in 2016.


Photo tour: UCOL Palmerston North campus

UCOL Palmerston North campus

We happen to think our UCOL Palmerston North campus is one of the coolest areas in the Palmerston North city. I mean, it’s on the corner of Princess and King streets, so it’s practically a castle.
We have a mixture of old and new buildings, fancy and unique architectural design and the facilities inside the buildings are good. Real good.
Its Māori name is Rangitaane Tikaraina ki te Matauranga, which translates in part to “straight pathway to education”.

UCOL Palmerston North campusHave a look around on our interactive map or scroll down for more pictures.

The UCOL Palmerston North campus is made up of one central building and several outlying buildings. The main building houses our main learning hub with library, support services, computer stations for students and a glorious little cafe.
There’s tables, couches, desks and plenty of study areas. Obvs, there’s also wifi everywhere on campus.

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Also in the main building is our beauty and hair training salon, our exercise and sport science facilities, our gym, science laboratories, the vet laboratory, medical imaging facility and many classrooms.

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There’s our Whānau Room, computer workshops, a health centre and a nursing simulation laboratory.

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Skip across the road from the UCOL Palmerston North campus main building and you’ll find block two, the arts and design building, on Queen St.
This building has been jazzed up by our students and their amazing work, and it’s got attitude and style.
There’s Mac suites, photography studios, art rooms and classrooms with bean bags. Bean bags!

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Just down Queen St from block two is block nine – the Nathan building. In here you’ll find our training kitchens and training restaurant Ambitions, as well as our performing arts facility.

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Another crowning glory of our UCOL Palmerston North campus is the trades building on Princess St. This 5315-square metre trades training centre is one of the largest in the region and features some of the latest industry equipment and technology.
Inside this big building are carpentry, automotive, furniture making and engineering workshops. Also, the carpentry students literally build a house within this building.

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For more information about our UCOL Palmerston North campus visit our website.
Check out the programmes UCOL has on offer for 2016 right here.
Contact us for more information by clicking here.



UCOL performing arts graduate profile: Jamie Smith and the rabbit

UCOL BP Peter and the Rabbit ad
Straight out of high school in 2006 UCOL performing arts graduate Jamie Smith knew he was interested in the arts but was looking for the skills to turn this passion into a career.
For Jamie that meant enrolling in UCOL’s Diploma in Performing Arts.

The programme allowed Jamie to get a taste of what a full time acting career is like and pushed him out of his comfort zone.

Jamie says he was able to try different areas of the arts that he never would have without UCOL.
“The course gave me the opportunity to solidify my passion for acting and helped me determine which areas of the arts I really wanted to focus on.”

Surrounded by like-minded, passionate people, Jamie also met his best friend while studying at UCOL when they combined their skills in a short film shot near Ruapehu.

In a rewarding experience recently Jamie was able to work on the same location again whilst shooting BP’s ‘Peter and the Rabbit’ ad, in which he played the main character.

Since graduating from UCOL Jamie has completed further studies at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) and now works in the arts, primarily in the film industry. Jamie continues to audition for acting roles, but for the past three years has been employed as a Stunt Performer on live action films and in Motion Capture.

He says developing a career in the performing arts has required a lot of him mentally, as well as physically, but he loves the varied nature of the industry.
“One day I can be in a motion capture suit doing very technical and challenging movement stuff and the next I could be in a treetop or roof rigging up pulleys and ropes to send me or another performer flying through the air.”

Jamie believes that studying at UCOL provided him with a wide range of skills that paved the way for further education and laid the foundations for a successful career in the performing arts.

Despite the wide scope and the challenges posed when working in the industry, Jamie is really enjoying his work.
“The team you work with, the other performers, riggers and co-ords at the end of the day make it all worth it.”

10 cool reasons to study at UCOL in 2016

Trying to decide where to study next year? Here’s 10 cool reasons why you should totally study at UCOL in 2016.

1. Our campuses are super close to town.

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The location of our UCOL campuses in Palmerston North, Wairarapa and Whanganui, and our photography school in Auckland, are all easily accessible and close to town.
This means bus routes are nearby and we’re basically surrounded by good coffee.
In Palmy, we are right on King Street, which is a couple of blocks from The Square and The Plaza.
In Whanganui we sit pretty on Taupo Quay, in Wairarapa we are on Chapel St and the UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography in Auckland is in the middle of the wonderful Newmarket.

2. We have fancy and ultra-modern facilities.

UCOL Palmerston North Nursing Sim Lab

State-of-the-art facilities is our game at UCOL.
We have an incredibly cool nursing simulation lab, proper beauty and hair salons, a huge trades building full of top-of-the-line equipment, U-Kinetics – a specialised exercise and wellness clinic, central learning spaces and more. So much more.
And the couches. The couches are comfy and colourful – what more could you want in a couch?

3. Our programmes are just like working in the real world.

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All of UCOL’s programmes have an element of practical hands-on experience. We’re talking building actual houses, styling actual clients’ hair and makeup, working in a simulated hospital for nursing, and even working in our real restaurant Ambitions serving real-life people.
You want to learn how to do something? We will teach you, as well as show you.

4. There’s free buses.

Bus rides for free! Bus trips that you don’t have to pay for! No money required! Save your pennies for noodles and ice cream! Seriously though, UCOL students can ride for free in the Palmerston North and Whanganui city buses, and there’s even a free bus that travels between Palmerston North and Whanganui especially for students going either way.

5. We are (almost) everywhere.

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UCOL has four main delivery areas with campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa and the UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography in Auckland. We even have programmes running in Levin and Taumarunui. What does this mean for you? It means you don’t necessarily need to leave home and be away from family and friends to study with us. You can stay local and hopefully mum will still do your laundry, right?

6. Supportive learning environment is our middle name.

UCOL Palmerston North Learning Hub

If we had a middle name, that is. We have brilliant support services and whole teams dedicated to making your UCOL student experience the best for your learning and wellbeing. We have learning advisors to help you with course work and study, a health centre that can include free doctor and nurse visits, counsellors, accessibility co-ordinators, childcare centres, student coaches, libraries and learning hubs. We have dedicated Maori and Pacific Island student support in the Whanau Rooms and international student support for those coming from afar. We’ve got your back.

7. We do degrees.

UCOL Exercise and Sport Science Degree

Yes, you read that right. Bachelor degrees are not just for universities. UCOL does degrees. In fact, we do several and they are top notch. We have degrees in nursing, exercise and sport science, medical imaging, information and communications technology, management, design and arts, computer graphic design and applied visual imaging. Holy UCOL! That’s a lot!

8. We have a zillion different options for study.

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There’s more than 100 options for study at UCOL. We do programmes from introductory level certificates and diplomas right through to degrees and postgraduate diplomas. We have courses in exercise and sport, cookery, beauty, building, automotive, computing, business, fashion, design, music and so much more that you’ll just have to look at our website to see them all.

9. We have a mixture of students from around New Zealand AND the world.

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There’s a whole bunch of Kiwi kids studying here at UCOL but we also welcome all international students. We have students from China, India, Nepal, Scotland, Germany, and more than 28 different nationalities. We have a friendly international support team who are there especially for our international students and they even organise special activities to help them get to know what it’s like living in Kiwi land.

10. We have a super buzzing atmosphere and cool learning environment.

UCOL Palmerston North Atrium

Our Palmerston North and Whanganui UCOL campuses have awesome, colourful Atriums where there’s desks, tables, couch areas, computers and cafes. In Wairarapa it’s known as the learning hub and these spaces sit right beside the support teams and libraries so it’s all in one cool place. The Atriums are always full of people studying, meeting and hanging out. There’s cafes and coffee, oh and did we mention the couches?

Keen to study at UCOL in 2016? Keen! Go check out our website to see what we’ve got and make sure you share this post with your friends!

And the winners are…

Congratulations to our Palmerston North 2015 UCOL Scholarship and Award winners:

Andrew Cliff Award – Ashleigh Thompson, Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)

Fletcher Challenge Trust Award – Reguina Blair, Bachelor of Nursing

Palmerston North City Council Jaycee Trust Scholarship – Jane Barnett, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Palmerston North City Council Jaycee Trust Scholarship – Sasha Anastasi, Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology

Graduate Women UCOL Award – Rebecca Nilsson, Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)

Graduate Women UCOL Award – Reguina Blair, Bachelor of Nursing

Graduate Women UCOL Award – Moana Tipene, Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology)

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