• New Zealand
    • Christchurch
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Accounting Agriculture Animal Science Biochemistry Biology Business Chemistry Communications Computer Science Conservation and Preservation Design Ecology Economics Engineering English Environmental Studies Finance Food Science and Nutrition Geography Indigenous Cultures International Business Landscape Architecture Law Māori Studies Marketing Natural Sciences Philosophy Psychology Social Sciences Sustainable Development Tourism Wildlife Sciences +22

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters PhD.
Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
2024 Cost Indication per Semester:

*New Zealand Dollars
Tuition Fee: $NZ 12,700.00
Student Services Fee: $NZ 425.00
Studentsafe Insurance: $348.50
Accommodation (fully-catered ): $NZ 6,208 - $8,630.00
Accommodation (self-catered units ): $NZ 4,192 - $4,850
Accommodation Application Fee: $NZ 150.00
Accommodation Bond: $NZ 400.00
Residential Life Fee $NZ 124.50
What's Included
Apr 14, 2024
Feb 09, 2024
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About Program

Discover the world of opportunities at Lincoln University, where international students can seamlessly transfer credits back to their home degree programs.

Renowned for expertise in land and natural resource management, Lincoln University offers applied commerce degrees and industry-relevant programs.

Nestled in the rural outskirts of vibrant Christchurch, our location blends academic excellence with the beauty of New Zealand's South Island.

Whether you're an undergraduate seeking global experience, Lincoln's Study Abroad program welcomes students who meet admission requirements. Choose from a variety of courses across faculties for one or two semesters, either independently or as part of a structured program.

Immerse yourself in our vibrant sports club culture, where our University Rugby Club boasts the title of Senior Men's Christchurch Champions, with the honor of hosting current and former All Blacks.

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Program Highlights

  • Smaller semi-rural campus environment on the edge of the city.
  • Close proximity to the great outdoors - sking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, etc.
  • Experiential learning opportunities within many courses.
  • Approachable academic staff with a open door policy.
  • Multicultural campus with an international student population of 43%.

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Program Reviews

4.70 Rating
based on 69 reviews
  • 5 rating 72.46%
  • 4 rating 26.09%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 1.45%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.05
  • Support 4.6
  • Fun 4.55
  • Housing 3.85
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

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
17 people found this review helpful.
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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
40 people found this review helpful.
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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
17 people found this review helpful.
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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
17 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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
16 people found this review helpful.
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Study Abroad Student - CO USA

My study abroad experience was the best thing that I have ever done. I got to meet incredible people, see amazing sites, and learn all about myself when I only have myself to rely on. I loved my classes and learning how similar yet different we are as countries and within the agriculture community. The students and faculty were great in welcoming me into class and helping me along the way.

I took advantage of the three-week break and got to do a lot of exploring and sightseeing. There is so much to do, just pick what interests you and go for it, you might find something new that you will enjoy!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be a yes person. Say yes to every possible adventure, colleague meet-up, or going out for the night. Saying yes will give you so many experiences, memories, and stories to tell. Explore as much as you can, nature will truly put you in awe. Make friends in your classes even if it feels uncomfortable at first, Kiwis are super nice and very helpful especially in courses your are unfamiliar with.
  • Friendly people
  • Amazing programs within the University
  • Spectacular sight seeing
  • Not have a car to travel more around the South Island
17 people found this review helpful.
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Colorado Student

I absolutely loved my time at Lincoln. I lived in Farm Road Flats, which was absolutely the best way to go. There was a great community there and you meet a a lot of other international students. The campus was always busy with activity which was fun. Mrs O's was the perfect spot to go in between classes. You can walk everywhere on campus, and walk into town to the grocery store. I took only three classes so that I could spend more time exploring New Zealand. I really enjoyed my courses, though. I took my first Environmental Economics course here which actually led me to change my major to environmental econ. I didn't have a lot of classes during the day, and without a car it is kind of difficult to use your free days during the week after class. That is why it was nice living in Farm Road so you could still spend freetime with people, or find something else going on at campus.

There are buses that run into Christchurch which is nice on weekends. It is a bit harder to fit a trip into the city during the week if you have classes, especially with public transit. My friends and I ended up buying a used car together. (Tip: pay the extra $5 for roadside assistance if you're buying an old, used car...) There were about 5 to 6 cars between the group of us at the Farm Road Flats, enough that we could fit a lot of people in the cars to go on camping trips on the weekends. In the first few weeks where I didn't have a car, it was easy enough to hitch rides with people to go on trips on the weekends. I also took the bus in to the city a few times and it was super easy to navigate. I spent a lot of days at Sumner Beach and some days in the city, too. My best weekends were on the various camping trips we did across the island. There are so many options for things to do, whether you want to stay local or go for a bit of a drive. There are multiple local wineries super close by, which are fun to tour!

The people in New Zealand are so nice. On each trip we went on, we would ask locals where we could get a good meat pie. They always had a nice little place to suggest! The scenery is beautiful and it is super easy to find places to camp.

I highly reccomend swimming with the Hector's dolphins in Akaroa Harbor. One of the coolest experiences.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would journal more! I spoke to previous students who did this program, and they recommended journaling a lot - especially some of the slang and phrases. Things were always so busy and a lot was going on, so I never took the time to journal out of fear of missing out. I thought I would easily remember some of the slang and phrases, but I've forgotten a lot of it!
  • the people and community!
  • beautiful location and weather!
  • walkable campus and town!
  • not a great location if you don't have access to a car
18 people found this review helpful.
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Exchange from CO, USA

I had an absolute amazing time at Lincoln University! I went early before the school year started to get some traveling in and the Rec center staff were very helpful in setting me up with a tent to go tramp Abel Tasmin. During the school year I greatly enjoyed the yoga classes at the rec center.
Also highly recommend living in Farm House Road Flats! It was great to form a community with other exchange student but also some native Kiwis there. I took Nutrition, and 2 business courses.
Travel lots and definitely take advantage of the 3 week fall (mid-march) break!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do anything over, I probably would not choose to do 2 business courses at Lincoln for the sole reason that American business laws and taxes are so different than in NZ. Although they were good classes and well taught!
  • Beautiful outdoors
  • Extremely friendly and helpful people (Uni staff, locals, etc)
  • So much to do
  • Cut short due to Covid...
  • Need a car or a friend with a car to best experience NZ
18 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

as far as I know they don't offer civil engineering. The major background of the Uni is agricultural. I hope I could help.