Palmerston North City & Manawatu

International Students

Palmerston North is a centre for learning and knowledge. We are known for our excellent tertiary education providers, as well as our quality secondary schools. Our city and region offers a relaxed lifestyle and endless opportunities to explore and travel.




Download our complete guide to studying in Palmerston North.


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Best of New Zealand on Your Back Doorstep

Surrounded by spectacular scenery and landscapes, Palmerston North City & Manawatu is the ultimate natural playground for students.

Within a half-day drive are the iconic New Zealand tourism destinations of Rotorua, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay, and Wellington and connected to most key South Island locations through the Palmerston North Airport.

World Class Quality Education Providers

Palmerston North and Manawatu has a range of world-class tertiary education providers and eight secondary schools that host international students. The region has one university, Massey University and two tertiary providers, UCOL and IPU.
There are also specialist English language providers ETC (English Teaching College) and PaCE (The Centre for Professional and Continuing Education) which is apart of Massey University and supports international students as they further develop their English competency.


Safe & Affordable

The International Safe Community Foundation has accredited Palmerston North as a ‘Safe City’. Our city is one where international students are welcomed and well looked after by the friendly locals.


The Ultimate Student City

If you’re looking for quality education, a supportive learning environment, affordable living, friendly people, fun and adventure, Palmerston North City is the place to be!


Multi-Cultural Society

With over 100 different cultures, Palmerston North brings a dynamic international perspective to community culture. Those who live in the city and the wider region are friendly and highly respectful of international students.


Frequently asked questions

Here’s some common questions students often have