Moving to Christchurch


We are so pleased that you have chosen Christchurch and Canterbury as your new home or are thinking about making it your new home. You have made a great choice. Here you will have the opportunity to receive internationally-recognized education, as well as experience and explore an exciting and enjoyable lifestyle.
Exploration is part of what Christchurch and Canterbury is all about.
It is part of what has shaped us. We are hardwired to challenge the status quo, to imagine, explore and discover what’s next. Christchurch is a city founded on that spirit; our history was built on it. And our future will be created by it.

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Code of Practice

When you come to study in New Zealand, it’s important that you are well informed, safe, and properly cared for. New Zealand educational providers have an important responsibility for international students’ welfare. Here is an overview of the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” (the Code), which sets standards for education providers to ensure:

– High professional standards are maintained
– The recruitment of international students is undertaken in an ethical and responsible manner
– Information supplied to international students is comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date
– Students are provided with information prior to entering into any commitments
– Contractual dealings with international students are conducted in an ethical and responsible manner
– The particular needs of international students are recognized
– International students under the age of 18 are in safe accommodation
– All providers have fair and equitable internal procedures for the resolution of international student grievances.

The Code also has a Review Panel to receive and adjudicate on student complaints. For more information regarding the Code –

Natsaran Choihiran


I came here with my family and we thought it was a beautiful country. I decided to return to study and chose Lincoln High School because of the quiet rural country location. I love the quiet environment, it is really good for studying. I also enjoy the relaxed pace of life and the choices available at school, especially graphics.

Paul Cheng


I enjoy social activities such as the international night, cooking classes and sports events which are organised by Lincoln University’s Student Association (LUSA). “I enjoy the interaction with people of all walks of life”.

Cici Huang


Our studies were both indoors and outdoors, which I liked.The small classes mean you are able to interact with each other and your lecturer more, which is not something you’d easily get in a big class environment.I had an awesome time and met a bunch of great people.I studied hard and also had a great social life to balance it up.

Ayaka Urushihara


I like Christchurch because it is similar to my hometown. I can relax here. I have enough time to study and people are very friendly.

Ting Fu Chen


I like small cities that’s why I chose Christchurch. It is quiet and not crowded.

It is easy to move around. People are very helpful.

Kat Timmerhaus


After school, I had a lovely family to come home to: my host dad, my host mum, and my host sister.  I knew I would love them from the beginning. They were so welcoming and kind hearted from the first minute. For some people it might seem impossible to call people you just met a few months ago your family, but with this family it’s the most natural thing to do.

Aamir Al-Toubi


After eight years studying at UC, I actually think of New Zealand as my second home now. Kiwis are such welcoming, warm and laid back people. I’ve felt entirely comfortable being myself here – even though my culture as a Muslim Arab is very different.