New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Christchurch earthquake update for Korean parents and local agents

We know you have been watching events unfold in New Zealand and have very real concerns about what is happening.

To date, the New Zealand Ministry of Education has had no reports of any incidents of injury or death in relation to international students.

The earthquake affected New Zealand’s Canterbury region, which experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake over the weekend, along with aftershocks.

All public education institutions are closed until at least Wednesday 8 September. Both Canterbury and Lincoln universities are closed until Monday 13 September. Most provider websites can be accessed to give the latest information.

Some providers may have buildings that are inaccessible due to earthquake damage.

Some international students may be displaced from their homes due to damage to their accommodation. Please be assured that these students and their needs are being taken care of. International students have the support of providers to find alternative accommodation if need be, and of counsellor support. Information will be sent to you by providers regularly to keep you informed of the situation.

Updates on the Canterbury earthquake are being posted on the following websites: 

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

For Ministerial announcements detailing the Government's response to the Canterbury earthquake see:

Updated information is also available on the Ministry of Education website at

Canterbury University website:

Lincoln University website:

Information for international visitors and businesses can be found at

People wishing to make donations towards earthquake relief in Canterbury can do so online through the New Zealand Red Cross.


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