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Welcome to International Students

Lincoln High School warmly welcomes international students. We are a Government Co-Educational School catering for its approx. 1400 students from Years 9 to 13 and have a long tradition of accepting students from many parts of the world.

Lincoln High School has a very good reputation of high academic achievement and for providing excellent pastoral care for our students.

The happiness, safety and satisfaction of our students are very important to us. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring students enjoy their experience at Lincoln High School and ensuring that parents are confident in the safety of their children. We have a team of dedicated staff who support our International Students.

Lincoln High School offers wonderful opportunities for our international students and we encourage them to take full advantage of what is available.

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We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

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Welcome to Lincoln High School.

Haere mai ki te Kura Tuarua o Waihora.

We are a contemporary, co-educational public secondary school located just outside of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Our tight-knit and welcoming environment is a place for your child to discover their potential and learn values that carry them for life, as well as benefitting from the many rich experiences life in New Zealand can offer.

We have a long tradition of accepting students from many parts of the world and we look forward to welcoming your child to our school.

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Why choose Lincoln High School?


We genuinely care about the wellbeing, happiness and success of your child. They are the reason we are all here.

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Their years as young adults set them up for a full life, so our purpose is to nurture and guide them to be the best they can be, giving them every opportunity to be motivated, happy, challenged and supported. We take a holistic approach to learning and development, covering each student’s academic, cultural and pastoral needs.

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Key points

  • We take proper care of your child from the moment they arrive.

    You child will be greeted by us at the airport as well as welcomed to the school at a special event.
    Their host family is carefully chosen and well known and respected within the safe and welcoming Lincoln community.
    Our international students form a tight-knit network within our school, as well as being immersed in ‘Kiwi culture’ and supported extensively by the school. including regular check ins and an orientation programme designed to familiarise them with their new environment.

  • About Lincoln – the best of city and country

    Lincoln’s unique position on the outer edge of New Zealand’s second largest city means we offer the best blend of a contemporary learning environment set in a rural community – the kind of down to earth place New Zealand is famous for. Your child will experience our school’s strong links with our local area and Iwi.
    The Lincoln area is well known for its connections with scientific, agricultural and environmental innovation and development.

  • Learning thrives at Lincoln High School

    We are well-staffed and our small class sizes are comparable to private schools, which means teachers get to know your child’s needs and find ways to provide for and support their learning.
    We are proud of our reputation for high achievement across many subjects. Our balance of academics, sporting, cultural and social opportunities creates an environment where learning comes naturally. Participation in extra-curricular activities is also an important part of growth and development, so we offer an extensive range of options.

  • Pastoral care and student support

    Because students learn and grow at different rates, we meet their different needs through small group tuition, enrichment classes and individual mentoring. This is backed up by a comprehensive support network designed to help students develop an understanding of the world and their place in it.
    We also get to know your child ‘beyond the school gates’ to take a holistic approach; with a better view of their overall wellbeing, we can ensure they have what they need to get the best out of their education in New Zealand.

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Life and learning in New Zealand

New Zealand has a reputation for high achievement and our education system is internationally renowned. Outside of school, New Zealand is a beautiful and safe country with many unique things to see and do. It’s an unbeatable lifestyle here amongst friendly and welcoming people. Lincoln High School is located just outside of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island and New Zealand’s second largest city.

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All international students will live in either carefully chosen families arranged by the school; with their parents or legal guardian; or a designated caregiver.

Contact us

We have a team of people dedicated to looking after our international students. If you have any further questions, please get in touch.

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Frequently asked questions

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