It’s a big step coming to university – new people, new routines, new ways of working, first time away from home for some… To help ensure you make the switch successfully, both academically and socially, the University and the Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA) bring you two weeks’ worth of events and activities. Orientation will help you familiarise yourself with student life on our Te Waihora (Canterbury) campus, help you find lifelong friends and most of all, have fun.
Here are some of the highlights:
Welcome Week: (20 – 25 February)
- Campus tours – find your way around campus
- Faculty Welcome events – meet the staff who will be teaching you and other students in your classes
- Welcome Desk – a place to ‘check in’ and meet other new students and staff – ask questions and get answers!
- International Orientation – four compulsory workshops for all new international students
- Complete your Enrolment – choose courses, arrange payment, get a timetable, finalise enrolment
- Join- Student Health Centre, Recreation Centre and the Library
- ‘New Start’- A welcome for Mature Students
Orientation Week: (27 February – 3 March)
- Small Town Tucker & Tunes
- The Great Gumboot Toss
- Hypnotist Evening
- Tu Meke Toga Party
- Clubs Gala Day
- Bottle Top Quiz Night
- Post Grad Wine & Cheese
Official University Welcome - Powhiri - Monday 27 February
Date and time: Monday 27 February, 9.00am, arrival by 8.45am for briefing of protocol.
Location: In front of Ivey Hall
Details:This is your official welcome into the Lincoln University whanau (family). You will be welcomed by local iwi (tangata whenua) and the current students and staff on the campus (Te Waihora Canterbury). The pōwhiri provides the starting point in your association with the university whether it be for a semester or longer and is a great opportunity for you to meet with current students and staff. The ceremony will take place in front of Ivey Hall, if fine and if the weather is wet, it will be transferred to the Stewart Building Foyer.
All new students participating in the pōwhiri should assemble outside the Stewart building by 8.45am.
The pōwhiri (or pōwhiri) is a central part of Māori culture and protocol. It is a ceremony of welcome involving speeches, waiata (song) and the traditional greeting, the hongi and hariru (shaking hands and pressing of noses).
While traditionally used to welcome visitors on to a marae - the sacred space or courtyard usually in front of Māori meeting houses - the ceremony is also commonly seen in everyday New Zealand life. It symbolises the coming together of two separate groups of people as one.
Pōwhiri can happen anywhere that tangata whenua (hosts) wish to formally greet manuhiri (visitors). This custom frequently takes place in the workplace to welcome new staff and important guests, at schools and universities to welcome new students, sports and leisure clubs, and at significant occasions or ceremonies, such as a building dedication.
Other important information
You will have received a LUCAS username and password to enable you to access the University’s student management system (http://lucas.lincoln.ac.nz
The 'To Do List' on the front page of your Student Centre in LUCAS lets you know if we are needing more information or what documents need to be sent. Try to clear this list as soon as you can.
Even though you are choosing and enrolling in courses it is still possible to make changes to these during the first week of lectures. You can also access resources that academic staff make available to students through Learn@Lincoln
(click on the link on the front page of your Student Centre in LUCAS).
International students must hold a valid visa and health and travel insurance before completing enrolment. When you arrive on campus present your passport at the Student Administration office on the ground floor of the George Forbes building.
Get help to complete your enrolment from the Student Liaison team or the Student Administration team - both offices are located on the ground floor of the George Forbes Memorial Building or call 0800 10 60 10 (within New Zealand), or +64 3 423 0044 (Student Administration) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not sure what you should be enrolling in there is help available:
- Student Liaison
- Your course advisor
- Course information on our website
- Your Faculty Welcome on Thursday 18 February or Friday 19 February
There are kiosk computers in the Student Administration office and in the foyer of the George Forbes Memorial Building, and staff are available to provide assistance.
You will definitely need to check in with the staff in the Student Administration office if you are an international student, you have transferred credit and are enrolling in higher level courses, or Admissions have asked you to provide some documentation (check your To Do List in your Student Centre in LUCAS.)
Your Student ID card
When you complete your enrolment, you’ll be able to collect your Student ID card from Library, Teaching and Learning. You’ll need this for:
- Exams and tests
- Library services
- University-wide printing and copying services
- Meals, if you are a hall resident
- Recreation Centre
- Access to computer labs and other relevant buildings.
Your ID card is valid for two years but you’ll need to arrange for an update to your card every year. If you lose your card, report it immediately to the Library ID Card and Copy Centre. You’ll then need to get a replacement card. This costs $15.
Detailed information on the Welcome Week sessions
Māori and Pasifika information desk
During Welcome Week this desk will be attended by Māori and Pasifika staff and students to provide information and advice to students new to Lincoln. Students can get information and advice on the following:
- Academic course advice
- Maori and Pasifika students support on campus
Students are encouraged to register at the desk to ensure ongoing support is available to them during their studies.
Interactive campus tours
Date and time: Wednesday 22 February- Friday 24 February, 10.00am and 2.00pm
Location: All tours will start from in front of Ivey Hall (the Library)
Details: If you’re new to Lincoln University – whether you’re a domestic student, international student, studying postgraduate, undergraduate or pre-degree, this is the best way to discover where all the facilities and support people are. Tours are run the week prior to the start of the semester for various student groups including the mature students, halls students and international students.
Course advice and enrolment event for Study Abroad and Exchange students
Date and time: Thursday 23 February, 9.00am-11.00pm
Location: D1 & D2, Landscape Architecture Building
Details: If you’re a Study Abroad or Exchange student, make sure you attend the Course Advice session on Thursday morning 23 February. We will have course advisors and admissions staff on hand to help you decide on what to study. The first week of lectures are open, meaning you can try a number of courses before making your final choices. Students remember to bring your passports and LUCAS login details.
International students’ orientation seminar
Date and time: Thursday 23 February and Friday 24 February
Location: C1, Commerce Building
Details:These seminars give you an opportunity to find out what is expected of students in New Zealand universities and how these expectations may differ from other countries. It also provides you with useful information and an insight into Kiwi culture to help you make the transition to Lincoln University. The seminars are compulsory for all international students new to Lincoln.
'New Start’: A welcome for mature students
Date and time: Wednesday 22 February, 9.30am – 12 noon (with optional activities in the afternoon)
Location: L114, Library
Details: This programme is specifically designed for students starting at Lincoln University who have had a break from formal education for a number of years. The session provides an opportunity to meet other students in a similar situation, address any apprehensions about starting university study, and familiarise yourself with the services on campus (including the library).
In the afternoon, you can meet individually with a Learning Advisor to discuss in more detail how to succeed in your study at Lincoln University, and join a group tour of the campus.
Please note it is important to book your place for 'New Start', as places are limited. To book please email Deborah Gillespie, (Deborah.Gillespie@lincoln.ac.nz
For more information contact:
Phone: +64 3 4230328
The big move in
Time and date: From Wednesday 22 February
Location: Dinnig Hall, Te Kete Ika
Details: The halls of residence provide a welcoming arrival and orientation programme to help you settle into your new home. Throughout the week you’ll have an opportunity to go on a campus tour and take part in a number of events and activities to meet your new hall-mates. For further information download the LU Halls app on your smartphone.
Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce induction
Date and time: Friday 24 February, registration from 8.15am
Location: Stewart Building Foyer
Details: The Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce welcomes you to Lincoln University for the 2017 academic year. Be sure to attend our induction session, where you’ll be able to meet your lecturers and begin to make friends with other new students. Our lecturers will provide you with essential information including the timetable, lecture formats, assessments and course advice – all things that make life a little less scary in your first week on campus. At the end of the induction, you can mix and mingle over lunch in the Commerce Building Foyer. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at our induction session.
Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences induction
Date and time: Thursday 23 February, 1.00pm -3.00pm
Location: S1, Stewart Building
Details: The Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences welcomes you to Lincoln University in 2017. Be sure to attend our induction session, where we’ll welcome you to the faculty and tell you more about the exciting things we do and how we teach. We’ll talk about the courses and what they involve: workloads, laboratories, field trips and assessments. We’ll also touch on academic expectations and how to balance your study with life at Lincoln. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at our induction session.
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design induction
Date and time: Thursday 23 February, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: S2, Stewart Building
Details: The Faculty of Environment, Society and Design welcomes you to Lincoln University in 2017. Please join us for our induction session to help you settle into life at Lincoln. You’ll be welcomed to the faculty and introduced to the course advisors who can answer your questions and help you plan your study. You’ll also learn about all of the important aspects of student life, where to find food, who to ask for a Band-Aid and who to contact for advocacy. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at our induction session.
Diploma in Agriculture and Diploma in Horticulture induction
Date and time: Friday 24 February, 10.00am – 11.30am
Location: B4, Burns Building
Details: This session is specific to Diploma in Agriculture and Diploma in Horticulture students and it is strongly recommended that you attend. In this session you will meet one of your management lecturers and course advisors who will explain the resources required, lecture formats, timetables, field trips, laboratories and assessments. They will be able to answer any questions you have related to these Diploma programmes, as well as the advanced Dip. Farm Management and Dip. Hort. Management.
Great facilities and services
People who study at Lincoln University all talk about the friendly warm atmosphere. We want to make your time with us as enjoyable and as fun as we can whilst providing you with a specialist education that helps you land where you want to be.
Computer Suites and free Wi-Fi
There are nearly 300 computers available for use on campus. You’ll also get 24-hour access to the free wireless network, with wireless access points scattered about campus.
Library Skills Seminar and Library facilities
We have a full range of library services available, and you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to make the most of our facilities at the Library Skills Seminar.
Get your body up to speed with your mind at the Lincoln University Recreation Centre. For just $115.00 for the year for a student membership or $90.00 per semester, you get:
- Full use of the gym facilities
- Group exercise classes (including Les Mills)
- Instructional workshops, orientations, kickstart program Lincoln Lasses and Lincoln Lads
- Olympic Lifting Club and running group
- Basketball, football, volleyball, rugby and netball hire
- Access to boxing studio including free glove hire
- Access to sports hall and squash courts.
Halls Students membership are included in your accommodation fees.
Student Health and Support
We provide confidential medical care, support and advice. Our team consists of:
- Counsellor and Clinical Psychologist
- International Student Advisor
Inclusive Education: supporting students with a disability, injury or illness
If you have a disability, injury or illness which is having an impact on your studies, come and see the friendly staff at Inclusive Education.
We support students with a wide range of conditions, e.g. dyslexia, head injury, visual or hearing impairment, mental health issues, physical or mobility challenges, broken limbs, flu etc.
We can put support in place to help you succeed, help with referrals for assessment, advocate on your behalf, and more.
How to contact us:
Hudson 0003 (ground floor at south end of Hudson, nearest Mrs O’s)
Co-ordinator, Katy Sinton: 423 0089
Administrator, Rosemarie Richardson: 423 0090
Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA)
LUSA works hard to ensure you have a great time at Lincoln through representation advocacy, media, clubs and events. If there’s something you want to know about, talk to them. They’re here to make your experience at Lincoln as good as it can be.
Keep an eye out for the LUSA team in your first week to collect a special arrival pack with a heap of goodies. Join LUSA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/studentsatlincoln