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Our motto here is work hard, play hard. A popular destination for students, not only do we offer world class education but our thriving economy and diverse region means internships and job opportunities are aplenty. 
Home to world class education with Massey University, the Universal College of Learning (UCOL), and IPU New Zealand all offering exciting tertiary opportunities. 

Did you know around 40% of the population is studying? We're a true centre of knowledge?  With three main tertiary institution’s, private training organisations establishments, Te Wananga Aotearoa, ITO’s, along with three Crown Research Institutes, and more than 70 primary, intermediate and secondary schools, we’re famous for our excellent education offerings, from kindy to degrees. 

Inspiring the future 
We're known as the center for education, recognised nationally and internationally for inspiring great minds of the future. Don’t mean to brag but we do have the highest number of PhDs per capita in the country, including the highest number of Māori with doctoral degrees.
Get amongst it
Need a break from the books? Surrounded by spectacular scenery and landscapes, the great outdoors is literally your own backyard – vast west coast beaches, beautiful rolling countryside, bush clad mountain ranges and expansive scenic hikes. Plus, just a quick ride in the car can get you to ski fields, vineyards and thermal hot springs in neighbouring regions. 

Unlock our natural beauty.

Tertiary providers

Massey University continues to be the leader in land-based sciences, the development, production and packaging of food, education, sports exercise and management, business, social work and social policy, Māori development, IT and engineering. It is also home to university-based aviation school, WH Oliver Humanities Research Academy, and New Zealand’s only veterinary science programme, which is one of a few vet schools outside of North America that have received American veterinary medical association accreditation.

Massey University’s work defines New Zealand, enables New Zealand to compete globally and leads the way in research and technology development. The Palmerston North campus is also a leader in the sport and well-being arena with world-class facilities, teaching and research expertise and the Massey University Sports Academy.

Massey in Palmerston North offers well-priced student accommodation in the Halls of Residence, and the city offers free bus service to get around the city.
Contact us
[email protected]
+64 6 350 5701
0800 MASSEY (627 739)
Established in 1902, UCOL is a high-performing New Zealand government funded Institute of Technology and Polytechnic that offers a wide range of rewarding study options. With over 100 foundation courses, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications available, its programmes are designed to fit all lifestyles.

UCOL’s excellent reputation draws students from far and wide with its Palmerston North campus right in the heart of the city.

UCOL exists to inspire students, businesses and communities to succeed. UCOL lecturers take a relationships-based approach to teaching, and there are small student-teacher ratios and class sizes. There are also dedicated student support staff available to help students thrive and grow with every step of the UCOL journey. Students are immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that surpass industry standards.

Students learn from staff who care about the success of UCOL and their students, and who are dual-professionals – not just teachers but experts in their fields. Their ongoing connections with industry means that UCOL’s programmes will prepare its students to succeed in today’s working environments. Lecturers pass on their knowledge to help students develop the skills needed to make a difference wherever they work in the world.

When students come to study at UCOL, they become a part of the UCOL whanau. UCOL is a nurturing place where students gain a sense of belonging, a feeling of purpose and a world of opportunity. UCOL’s growing alumni network is a fun and easy way for graduates to stay connected across the globe.
Contact us
[email protected]
+64 6 952 7000
0800 GO UCOL
(0800 468 265)
IPU New Zealand is a unique environment for those who want to learn about their role in the global community. By catering to international students from a wide range of different backgrounds, IPU New Zealand offers a culturally diverse setting. IPU New Zealand also welcomes domestic students who are also looking to study International Business, International Relations, Environmental studies, English Language studies, or for those who want to master an international language (Japanese and Mandarin). Degree, diploma, and postgraduate programmes are offered, which are all approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). IPU New Zealand has been given the highest possible rank available for Tertiary Institutes by NZQA – Highly Confident.

IPU New Zealand works to expand the horizons of all students, where they are immersed, living and learning with fellow students as part of an international community which embraces over 20 different nationalities. There is an emphasis on small class sizes, where students can enjoy a close relationship with their teaching staff.

The institute offers the opportunities to travel to Japan while studying, whether through the 20-week exchange in IPU Japan (Okayama), our two year Double Degree Programme or through the Business Internship at Tokyo International Business College. Students can gain critical experience and knowledge, using IPU New Zealand’s global network of educational providers.

Campus accommodation is offered to students, with ten halls of residence providing a safe and supportive accommodation that feels like a home away from home, with all meals and campus facilities provided. IPU New Zealand offers a unique and interactive environment that is excellent for studying, learning languages and socialising. With a range of activities happening on campus and many events in the city, students enjoy a vibrant student lifestyle.
Contact us
[email protected]
+64 6 354 0922
0800 367 472


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