Lincoln University

Lincoln University

Why choose Lincoln University?

Established in 1878, Lincoln University has been a key contributor to the primary industries that sit at the core interests of the New Zealand economy. Ranked 317th in the world , and the top 50 in Agriculture and Forestry (QS Rankings), we are the only specialist land-based university in New Zealand.

Small class sizes, practical work, relevant field trips and a fun environment are a few good reasons why you should choose Lincoln University.

Themed Study Abroad programmes - sustainability - feed the world, protect the future and live well. Strong sports clubs in the sports of rugby and basketball, all students receive free gym membership.

Gateway to the scenic beauty of The South Island.


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Fall 2023 Term

I am from Oregon State University, studying a BS in Agriculture and Food Business Management. I spent my last term as an undergraduate at LU through a student exchange program. I took Wine 201, Sheep production, Amenity Horticulture, and Maori & Indigenous planning. I stayed the first half of the term in Farm Town Flats & the second half renting off-campus nearby. Let me tell you, this was an absolutely incredible experience.

As someone who had never traveled outside the US before, I wanted to study abroad, but I was nervous. NZ has such as safe, calming, and kind atmosphere, it was as though I was back home in Oregon with a sprinkle of changes. Lincoln was a sweet little farming town like the one I grew up in, and the people were very friendly. The relationships I formed are exactly what made my entire experience this memorable.

If you have the opportunity to go abroad, just do it!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Not only did I become immersed in the calm and relaxed NZ lifestyle, but I also became surrounded by cultures from all over the world. I’m certain that within my first few days in NZ, I met more people from other countries than I had in my entire life put together. I made friends from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Laos, NZ, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, Timor-Leste - and that isn’t even the entire list!

Most surprising thing: My partner of 7 years quit their job, flew here, and surprised me during mid-semester break to propose!! :)
  • LU enrolls around 7,000 students, with nearly 50% of them being international
  • well-established program, staff & students very friendly
  • There was a heavy emphasis on getting out of the classroom and into a physical learning environment.
  • Food is quite expensive.
  • Some of the living quarters are quite old.
  • Small campus & farm town <-- I personally see this as a big pro, but city-folk might not. It is about 30min drive (1 hour by bus) from big city
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Lincoln University Review

Lincoln University in New Zealand was a fantastic experience for me. The people that I met in this wonderful institution are now lifelong friends of mine. I have met people from all over the world, who have broadened my perspective about new cultures. This institution brings people in from every corner of the earth, from Europe to Asia and the Americas, and I got to explore their diverse cultures while in the university. Because of their housing layout, I could live and interact with a diverse range of people. The school also creates many events throughout the school year that encourage students to mingle. This experience is lifechanging for me and I would recommend this to anyone who is searching for a new adventure and wants to meet great people from around the world.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The greatest advice I could give future travelers is to get a car or some sort of vehicle. There are a lot of beautiful places in new Zealand, but they are not very accessible for public transport. A car makes you be able to enjoy the country at its fullest potential
  • lots of nature
  • engaging classes
  • great people
  • bad public transportation
  • only one bar in the city
  • food is not too good
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Experience of a lifetime

Studying in New Zealand was a fantastic adventure. It's such a beautiful country and the people down there are super nice. Lincoln University is a peaceful, but also exciting place to be a student. It is a bit outside the busy city centres, but it is not a long busride to get to Christchurch. Many fun social events and good professors at this uni. Also very close bonds between all the international study abroad students. I would recommend to buy a car to get around, because it is not so easy getting everywhere you want to go by public transport. Do find an ally or two and buy a cheap, used car together.

What was your funniest moment?
When my travel agent, who was a former employee of the university invited me and a friend of mine to stay with his family for a weekend. They took us kayaking, mountain climbing and to a cabin. The people in New Zealand, and especially those with a connection to Lincoln University are so welcoming and nice, and if you are open to it you will make many good acquaintances.
  • Very nice people
  • Fun, social events
  • Stunning surroundings
  • The flats got really cold in the winter
  • The flats did have a lower standard than what I was used to
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Exchange student from Europe 🌟

I had a great time at Lincoln University! I took some interesting courses in geomorphology, physics, and geoinformatics, and had plenty of time to explore the beautiful country. Living in Farm Road Flats was awesome, with lots of international friends around. The campus is small, and everything is within walking distance. My courses included enjoyable field trips, but the best part was the chance to go on hikes and explore the Southern Island. A nice surprise was the affordable buses to Christchurch and the pottery club. I would recommend the university!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
There's a fantastic pottery club where you can create ceramics while chatting and connecting with people from across the entire university.
  • Helpfull staff
  • Lots of fun field trips
  • Beautiful nature
  • Small town university
  • No insolation in houses
  • Car culture
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Norwegian University of Life Sciences

I enjoyed studying at Lincoln in NZ so much that I extended my stay from just one semester to two. My second semester was very demanding with lots do to at Uni, but I still think it was worth staying the whole year.

Lincoln is a peaceful and picturesque place with caring professors and kind individuals. Compared to NMBU back home, the classes were small, which gave more intimate relationships and guidance.

It was the other exchange students I spent most of my time with. Particularly as we all lived in FarmRoad, which was great for meeting each others. Many had shared interests in hiking, climbing, and the great outdoors. This made it easy to make friends to go adventuring with in holidays and weekends. Now I have a great network all over the world. I do miss New Zealand, the other exchange-students, the incredible nature there and the slow lifestyle at Lincoln.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Cheese roll! It’s just a slice of bread with cheese rolled up, a very Kiwi kind of food, and it looks strange. It did taste good, though.
  • Fairly close to great hiking-trails and mountains
  • Very friendly and helpful people
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Landscape architecture courses were super time-consuming
  • Impractical location when you have no car avaikable
  • Poorly isolated student housing


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Lili Paradi

Lili is a Wildlife Biology & Conservation student from Canada, as well as photographer, traveler, hiker and food-and-music junkie. She enjoys puns, off-road antics and discovering hidden gems.
Lili Paradi

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because Lincoln University offered up an ideal best-of-both-worlds: an education where you would feel more like a part of the greater learning community, as well as a chance to do your own thing. Lincoln seemed to provide lots of time off for travel, life, and rest, as well as field trip days, getting us out into the real-world to apply our studies. They also had a really cool list of clubs to join!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Lincoln helped out with everything in settling down, from shuttles between the airport and campus to orientation week. Between my home university and Lincoln University, there was good communication for course selection, life on campus, financial advice and due dates, and getting situated in New Zealand. We had to book flights, and any other travel opportunities, as well as course selection and fee payments.

We were able to choose our own housing situation, but upon applying to live on campus, the accommodation services were always on top of any problems/queries we had. There is the option to either cook your own food in the on-campus flats or to live in a fully-catered residence. Some people even opted for both!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Get off of campus. Lincoln is on the outskirts of the city, which makes it easy to get into Christchurch, but not anywhere else, really. To truly experience New Zealand, find a mode of transportation to get you around the two islands. Whether it is renting/buying a cheap car with friends (See: Backpacking Cars groups on Facebook!), taking the InterCity bus, or looking into travel busses such as the Kiwi Experience or Stray bus, get out and see the world!

Also, YOU have to make an attempt to make local friends. Often, people already from New Zealand do not go out of their way to make friends from people overseas, so you have to be the one to say hi!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I wake up fairly late in the morning - 8 or 9 o'clock usually, to enjoy my morning tea and breakfast over reading a book (such a contrast to back home, where I felt rushed to go to class each morning!). Then I head to my classes, which are usually 1-2 hours long, only about 30 people in a class. They are very interactive classes, so it is easy to stay awake and aware during the lecture! Quite often, classes end before noon, but for some people, they go until 5 pm.

After class, I go for a run outside past the University and the farms or go to the gym with my friends. I head back to the flats to hang out with my flatmates, make dinner and think about the weekend plans. Sometimes, we bake delicious baked goods together, other times we have a few laughs or go out to town (Christchurch). Some of my friends have cars, so we often go out on day trips to Akaroa, Arthur's Pass, Christchurch and beyond! I took part in a few Tramping Club trips, which also happen regularly on weekends and get you out into some rugged wilderness.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was getting stuck at school with no friends, and spending the entire semester on just studying, staying at home and on campus. I made the effort to go out of my way to join clubs, meet people at events and sacrifice a bit of study time to socialize. The work-life balance, I found, was really easy to commit to at Lincoln and in New Zealand. For me, it is easy to get lost in getting good grades at school and not focusing on the experience at hand, but the relaxing 'she'll be alright' attitude of the University, the locals and the people around me allowed me to allow myself time to be alive and enjoy being on an exchange. I find that the University can really stress people out. It is important to maintain a balance between study and your life, even if you are searching for good grades. The memories you will have made, and the new knowledge will come from experiences, not from exams.

Before I left, my friends and family kept telling me I would 'get stuck in New Zealand'. Is this true? Is it really a place where you would never want to leave?

Well, alongside being a country completely isolated in the Southern Hemisphere with a +15 hour flight to and from any major country (other than Australia), I have found many ways that I would get stuck here and constantly thought about transferring some credits over to finish my degree here. Even though I did not end up moving here to finish school, I am already planning to come back here - maybe for a Master's perhaps? I find that the warm atmosphere, the relaxed local society and mindset, the opportunity to travel and especially the environment really made it difficult to say goodbye. Although it is a small country, it is likened to Canada and the UK in that it has a vibrant culture, a progressive growing society, a beautiful backdrop of a backyard, and you feel like you get to know everyone! I felt I had the time and opportunity to explore who I am: I had outlets for my hiking hobby, photography, and close enough to the cities to fuel my passion for music and food. Kiwis and travelers alike are kind, generous and giving. I felt at home here!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Patrick Coleman

Job Title
Academic Coordinator, English Language

Patrick is the Academic Coordinator for English Language at Lincoln University. He has worked in a variety of sectors (high schools, tertiary institutions) and taught international students, refugees, and migrants from a diverse range of countries. He loves meeting people, regardless of where they come from, going hiking, and watching movies.

What is your favorite travel memory?

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea. It has over 800 languages. I was going there on behalf of Lincoln University to do some English language testing.

To get from the capital city Port Moresby to a mining town called Kiunga I had to fly over dense tropical forests. The view from the plane was amazing. The local people were very welcoming.

My lasting impression was talking to the students after the test. Their hunger for education was something that I had not experienced before. There was a group of people who had walked for three days through dense forests to try and join our test. It was a humbling experience and made me realize how easy it is to take getting a good education for granted.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In my role as Academic Coordinator, I have been able to understand and appreciate different parts of Lincoln University.

Throughout this time, I have been in contact with lecturers and supervisors from various departments such as Agribusiness to Food Science to Landscape Architecture. The amazing people and the research that they do have broadened my own knowledge. It is because of their work and enthusiasm that I am able to bring this knowledge into our English language program.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the major comments I get from ex-students is how thankful they are that they did our course. Some tell me how other students ask them how to write in an academic style or want help doing assignments.

I tell our students that they need to be active learners, not passive ones. By doing this they become experts at what they do.

So when I hear that ex-students are assisting others, it means I have done a great job! Some of our students have gone on to get great jobs in New Zealand and even become staff at the university.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The English language program at Lincoln is unique because it is part of the university. If you go to some institutions, English language is delivered outside the university. However, at Lincoln, English language is a division of our university. This means we are connected to the university departments. Therefore, the English Language staff work directly with other university staff to provide the best possible service when you study there.

Also, once students are enrolled they become full Lincoln University students. This means you have access to the same facilities like the library and recreation center as any other student, regardless of your length of study.

You can even join university clubs like the hiking club and get heavily discounted deals on activities around the Canterbury region.