Rā Whakawhanaukataka | Orientation
Be sure to take part in Rā Whakawhanaukataka | Orientation, an important beginning to your Lincoln University experience.
It's a great way to discover how things work, meet fellow students, prepare for first lectures and find out about the support available to help you achieve your goals.
There are a range of academic, social and cultural activities to meet the diverse needs of all our students. Some orientations are voluntary, while others may be compulsory.
Rā Whakawhanaukataka-Orientation Day
Orientation Day brings together all our other new students to celebrate the start of their Lincoln University journey. You’ll meet other students, learn what it means to belong to the Lincoln whānau and find out what to expect in your first lectures.
2022 Orientation Day schedule
- Semester One, Friday 18 February
- Semester Two, Friday 15 July
- November Summer School, Wednesday 16 November
Information for online students
If you are studying the following online programmes, orientation activities will be included. Even off-campus, there are plenty of ways for you to connect with our whānau. See the Get Connected information in the New Student Checklist.
Information for students studying outside New Zealand
If you are currently unable to study in New Zealand due to COVID-19 border restrictions, we understand how frustrated you must be feeling. However, we’re still here to help you in any way we can. You can attend orientation via Zoom and the event will also be recorded. We’ll be in touch via email with details closer to your start date.
In the meantime, there are still ways for you to connect with us. See the Get Connected information in the New Student Checklist.
If you require support, our dedicated team are here to help you. Please contact Dee Hannam who coordinates the needs of our offshore students.
Other Orientation Activities and Information
The Lincoln University Students' Association organises activities for all students during preparation week and in the first two weeks of the semester. You’ll need to buy tickets to some events, while others are free. Find out more and buy tickets via the LUSA website.
Preparation Week is held the week before the beginning of each semester. Staff are available to help you with choosing your courses, structuring your timetable, verifying your ID and completing enrolment. If you are studying off campus, contact us to arrange support remotely.
Raftr is Lincoln University's online social community, where you can share information, create groups, promote events and connect with other students. It's exclusive to LU and all new students are given an account.
Connect to Raftr through your web browser or download it via the App Store or Google Play.
- Go to raftr.com/register and answer the questions to set up your account.
- Use your Lincoln University email address: [email protected]
Who can access LU's Raftr Community?
Only those with an active Lincoln University email address can use Raftr.
Who can post on Raftr?
Anyone can create public or private posts, events, polls and more. This your platform to connect and communicate. We encourage everyone to create, share and discover on Raftr.
Why should I use Raftr instead of other social platforms?
- Raftr is an advertisement-free platform, so you have control over the content you see.
- Raftr is exclusive to universities. Only those who authenticate with their Lincoln University email domain can access our Raftr community. This means you are only connecting with the LU whānau and are safe from external unsolicited messages.
- Raftr helps you broaden your university network. Use the direct message feature to connect with someone new (you can block people if needed).
- You can set up your own rafts, promote events and post announcements in a place where the entire LU community has a chance to join the conversation.
Why is it called Raftr and what is with the otter?
The Raftr platform was created by a company in North America. They noticed a similarity between the behaviour of otters and the student experience:
“A group of otters linked together is called a ‘raft’. Sea otters are very social animals that often sleep, rest and eat together while floating in these rafts, which can include hundreds of interconnected otters – not unlike the student experience...” See About Raftr for more on this.
Please ensure that you have downloaded our SAFELU app, as it will issue instructions and notify you of the campus status during an emergency. It also provides quick access to helpful support resources and contacts. Download SAFELU here. Be sure to turn on notifications in your phone’s settings.