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Visa and Insurance Information

Obtain a current, valid student visa if you plan to study with us for more than three months. International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

Visa Requirements

International students must have a valid and current Student Visa to study in New Zealand.

To apply, you will need to submit:

  • A completed Student Visa Application Form (INZ 1012) for a temporary stay in New Zealand
  • Your passport and two passport photos
  • Offer of Place certificate (issued after all conditions of admission have been met), or a Confirmation of Enrolment certificate (for returning students)
  • Receipt of payment of tuition fees
  • Evidence of funds to support yourself

Students who are overseas must submit completed application to nearest INZ branch.  Allow sufficient time for your visa to be processed.

For more information regarding your ability to study in New Zealand, visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

You may need to provide:

  • A medical and chest x-ray certificate if you are applying to study for more than 12 months, AND
  • A police certificate from the relevant authorities in your country of citizenship if you are applying to study for more than 24 months
  • Please phone Immigration to find out if these are required - ph: 0508 55 88 55 (in NZ)

An 'Offer of Place' from the University does not in itself guarantee a student visa being issued.

If you're already here, Student Administration can assist you in renewing or applying for your student visa.  It usually takes one-two weeks to process your visa application.

You will need to provide:

  • A current New Zealand bank statement in your name showing six months of transactions. You need to have NZ$7,500 (half year) or NZ$15,000 (one year) for living expenses, OR a completed Financial Undertaking form or Sponsorship form
  • PLUS you need to show that you have sufficient funds held in New Zealand to cover the cost of outward travel to a country which you have a right of entry (approximately $1,500-$2,000), OR a fully paid travel ticket to any such country
  • Your receipt for the payment of your tuition fees OR original scholarship letter
  • Your passport
  • A completed Student Visa Application form (INZ 1012) available from Student Administration
  • A completed and signed Student Visa Renewal Checklist form available from Student Administration
  • NZ$180.00^ application fee, if using Students Online in the Student Administration office

^ This fee is applicable as at 1 January 2017.

For further information on visa requirements please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website.

For more information please contact:

Student Administration
PO Box 85084
Lincoln University
Lincoln 7647
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 423 0044

Office hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Compulsory Insurance

International students must maintain appropriate medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand, from the time you enrol until your visa expires.

Because the University observes the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students we carefully monitor this. All New Zealand Universities endorse the insurance plan known as Studentsafe-University which is the preferred insurance at Lincoln University. 

Although not compulsory for Australian students Lincoln University still recommends that all Australian students take out appropriate medical and travel insurance for the duration of their study.
The benefits of Studentsafe-University:

* Free Health Care from the Doctor, the Nurses, or the Counselling staff at Student Health and Support on-campus for matters coming under the scope of the insurance
* No Application Forms. The premium will simply be added to tuition fees when you enroll.  Students are automatically insured for up to 31 days prior to the course start date (including insurance for travel from your home country)
* Management by an Insurance Broker. MARSH Ltd manages the plan on behalf of all New Zealand Universities.

The following prices are in New Zealand dollars and are effective from 1 January 2018^:

* $620.00, based on a standard full-time study programme of 120 credits
* $310.00, based on a standard full-time study programme of 60 credit

For students on part year programmes only:

* $50.00 per month for courses less than one month
* Otherwise, minimum cover is 2 months $103.33

Family policies are available on request. Normally, based on a standard full-time study programme of 120 credits, the following would apply:

* $1,240.00 (two adults or one parent and one child)
* $1,550.00 (more than two family members).

^ Insurance premiums are subject to occasional market fluctuations.
Other insurance policies
If you choose to purchase a different policy you must make sure it is compliant and that the policy expiry date is valid until your return home, or for the period of your student visa, if you are staying in New Zealand.

MARSH Ltd provides an assessment service advising Lincoln University of policies that meet the required standards. Please complete our Insurance Policy Assessment Application Form. We strongly advise that you do not take out insurance from your home country as policies generally do not meet the specific requirements for New Zealand compliance. The following New Zealand policies have been assessed and approved by MARSH as compliant#:

* Studentsafe-University - Allianz
* NZ Student Plan - AIG Uni-care
* Studentcare Plus Plan - Interglobal Insurance Company Ltd
* Orbit Protect Prime Plan - Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd
* International StudentMax Plan - Southern Cross Travel Insurance (NZ).

The following New Zealand student policies are non-compliant:

* Studentcare Plan - Interglobal Insurance Company Ltd
* Orbit Protect Lite Plan - Lumley General Insurance (NZ) Ltd
* International StudentEssentials Plan - Southern Cross Travel Insurance (NZ).

# Lincoln University reserves the right to amend this list at any time.

Want more information?
If there is any other information that you require regarding insurance then please contact Lincoln University on email

Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets the standards of care that education providers must provide to international students who are living and studying in New Zealand. The framework covers minimum standards, best practice and student complaint procedures.

Summary of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

When students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, they must be 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, and the procedures you can follow if you have concerns about your treatment by a New Zealand educational provider or an agent of a provider. Full details can be found in the Code itself. It sets standards for education providers to ensure that:

  • 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 before 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 are in safe accommodation
  • All providers have fair and equitable internal procedures for the resolution of international student grievances

Visit NZQA for more information or click here to download your own copy of the Code.

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