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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!