What will I learn?

Lincoln University's Certificate in University Studies is a unique qualification that prepares students for further study, leading them into a degree programme. Taught over one semester you will learn language, writing and study skills in preparation for further study as well as communication and technology, mathematics, economics and environments, within the context of a specialist land-based university. On successful completion you can transfer to the Diploma in University Studies and on to a bachelor's degree.

Summary of Regulations
All of the following:
• Must pass four compulsory courses

Compulsory Courses

  • LUAC 001 Language and Writing for Tertiary Study
  • LUAC 002 Mathematics and Statistics for Tertiary Study 1
  • LUAC 003 Communication and Information Technology
  • LUAC 004 Environments, Economies and Numeracies

Which department am I in?

University Studies and English Language Division

Study options

Full Time (1 semester)

Tuition fees
NZ$10,500.00 (5,42,027) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

26 July 2021, 22 November 2021, 28 February 2022, 25 July 2022, 21 November 2022

More details

Start date

19 July 2021, 15 November 2021, 21 February 2022, 18 July 2022, 14 November 2022


Lincoln University

Ellesmere Junction Road / Springs Road,



7647, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Meet one of the following or equivalent qualification:
• 58 NCEA credits at Level 2 or higher (including 30 credits over three approved subjects plus UE literacy and numeracy)
• A Lincoln First Level 3 qualification
• Other pathways

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 5.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 35 (with at least 14 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 154, with no individual component less than 154
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 36 with no communicative score of less than 36
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 55%.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Lincoln University

Lincoln University has a 5-star rating for employability, and graduates have a 15% higher employment rate than those from other NZ universities.

  • 5-star rating for internationalisation and inclusiveness
  • A world-class learning experience
  • Practical work experience for most programmes
  • Excellent support services that aid a smooth transition