From the get-go, TEAN made the 'getting there' process completely fool-proof. I was in constant contact with them finding out all the steps I needed to complete, and they basically handled everything for me in terms of sorting things out with Lincoln. The staff could not have been any better, were always friendly and helpful, and answered any and all questions I had.
The pre-semester trip to Fiji was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and the memories and friends I made there with the other TEANers will last me a lifetime. From snorkeling to hiking to the local village, all I have to do is think about it and i'm right back on the island with all my friends.
Orientation in Auckland was incredible, and we were able to not only develop our relationships with eachother, but also with the TEAN staff that accompanied us. This lasted througough the entire semester, and if we ever needed anything, we had only to call up one of the TEAN staff in NZ.
Licoln is a small ag school, very comparable to my home college, and I loved it. It isn't in the heart of a city, but rather just outside of Christchurch with one pub in town (the Famous Grouse is a must for some weekend drinking with mates!) and a short bus ride to Riccarton for shopping and the cinema. Or grab a bus into the city and spend a day wandering around, then go out to the pubs at night!
Farm Road flats were self-catered in a small community on campus, and I have no regrets about living there. It was a wonderful mix of international students from all over the world with heaps of kiwis as well, and everyone got along great. It was the convenience of living on campus with the independence of being on your own, and the grocery store was just a 15 minute walk from the flats for added ease. Classes were great, I loved all my professors and the library is incredible. Professors are willing to help with anything, and very personable. The study abroad offices were always helpful, and the international happy hours were always a fun time and a great way to meet some other international students!
If you're a city person looking for bars every night and big parties, Lincoln might not be the place for you, but if you are agricultural minded, or looking for a more low-key study abroad experience getting to know people and truly immersing yourself in a community in NZ, this could be the perfect fit. I would recommend TEAN every time to get you here, or to another uni in NZ, as they have so many to choose from and the pre-semester trips are always included!!