Study Abroad at Lincoln University, New Zealand

Video and Photos

Isthmus Peak
Isthmus Peak
walking at mueller hut
walking at mueller hut
friends and sunsets!
friends and sunsets!
Kawarau Bungy Jump
Farm Road Flats Party Bus
Sunrise at Sumner Beach

About

International students can study at Lincoln University and transfer your credit back to your degree at home.

Lincoln University excels in areas related to land and natural resource management and is renowned for its applied commerce degrees and industry-relevant programs.

Our rural location on the outskirts of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, is perfect for our land-based focus - giving students the best of both worlds.

The Study Abroad programme is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who meet Lincoln University's admission requirements. Depending on your academic background, you can choose from any of the courses within the faculties. You can enrol for one or two semesters on an independent basis, or as part of a Study Abroad programme.

Lincoln University has a strong sports club culture and our University Rugby Club are the current Senior Mens Christchurch Champions and have hosted a number of current and former All Blacks.

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%.

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.

Reviews

88%
based on 54 reviews
  • Academics 7.4
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 7.2
  • Safety 9.4
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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

laid back education in unique town

This opportunity has been a good chance to get to know the dry kiwi humor and make friends with people in flats around you. I don't have a car so it is hard to get out of Lincoln when I want to, but there are still opportunities for travel with the tramping club. Down time for me is most often filled hanging in my flat with friends. Not many places to walk to, but the bus is a great option for getting into Christchurch. I also made friends with a number fo locals who have cars, which makes possible day and weekend trips. Lots of the people from Colorado State University (there are an unexpectedly large number of us here) bought their own cars, which seems like a good move but one that I did not do because it seems like an unnecessary hassle and responsibility. I have found the academics very interesting but much more relaxed than back at CSU which is a very nice change of pace in college.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
"cheerios and tom sauce"
the sweetness of the tom (tomato) sauce has grown on me, but cheerios (red encased meat things) are best to be avoided
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Alexandra
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Abroad at Lincoln University

Lincoln University, situated in the small township Lincoln, near Christchurch has enchanted me with the beautiful campus. Flowers, Trees and NZ Birds dominate the surroundings, and that makes up for the remote place. I love walking around here, being in New Zealand and just enjoying the good and positive vibes the campus but also the staff give me. Kiwis are the most helpful people I have ever met, and that is something I'll miss when I get back to Europe again. I love the commitment and enthusiasm of some of the Lecturers here; the love and passion they carry out to me as a student is unknown. Lincoln has allowed me to dive into the world of wine and made me love it as I do now. It is because of Lincoln that my plan of the future is shaped as it is now, and that is something I will never forget!

What was your funniest moment?
Buying a 7 seat 'camper'- car with 2 Norwegian strangers
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Lynda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It's been a great year

I came for two semesters from Oregon State University. As a non traditional student (ie. almost 60, first bachelors, full time job, full time seasonal business, full time distance learner at OSU, cats etc), I made the decision to come for a year as the only way I could do this was to close down my life as I knew it in the US. It has been a steep learning curve because this was the first time I had ever set foot on a college campus (I was a 100% distance learner through OSU Ecampus) and I had to relearn an entire new set of study skills.

I will be completing my undergrad at Lincoln in Agricultural Science, Range Management at the end of June 2019. Because of the exposure I got here, I discovered an entire area I was unaware existed and have developed a PhD thesis statement, have backing and interests from several companies as well as university staff, and it doesn't hurt that the company I work for is behind me 100%. But first I have to do a research master's as my undergrad was not research related. My plans are to continue on starting in January 2020 with a master's and then a PhD, working here in New Zealand or moving on to perhaps the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome Italy. None of this would have happened in the US. Something else would have, but not this.

And it all started because I said yes to this opportunity and then took a summer scholarship here at Lincoln no one else wanted.

The only downside is the cost of living is expensive here. Living on campus is very expensive (I was paying more for campus housing than I was paying in the states for a 2 bedroom farm house with a 1/2 acre and utilities). As for the night life, that wasn't really my thing but I have met some great people, gone and seen a lot of great things and am really have a ton of support for my goals.

The only other thing that is an issue is the cost for international students post grad master's. It is why students from the US don't come here, but will come to do a PhD, which is inexpensive. This needs to change if Lincoln wants to attract more US post grads.

Come, have fun, enjoy all that New Zealand has to offer and always say yes.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Travel a lot more. Of course I m staying so I will be do a lot more.

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Yu
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing life

This is an amazing thing to study here, totally different experience compared with studying in China both from academic’s perspective or lifestyle’s perspective! People here always kind and helpful, although sometimes I miss my home,I still very appreciate this chance, giving me a chance to feel the different culture and atmosphere, now l have came here for three months, I came to queenstown and tekapo, it’s so so beautiful,i can’t believe that if i don’t see it in my eyes, the studying life is also different, assignment and thesis is different,but luckily so far so good, the teaching way gives me another idea to think, to learn, so totally I love here, if I have chance in the future,maybe i will come back to continue my study. Thanks for everyone here who helps me

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most surprising and unfamiliar thing here is lasagna nge, but now i love it, it’s so delicious, and i always buy it from supermarket
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WENXUE
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

NEW ZEALAND

Studying here is interesting and make me happy, but sometimes i am confused and need more support and tolerance.I like the life in New Zealand and i want to go to more places in New Zealand. besides,the air and the environment here is great.however, sometimes i met some people who were really unkind and unhelpful.but that does't matter.i will still love here.in Lincoln university,there usually was BBQ and some activities,which were really good.i think i will miss here after go back.

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Shixian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

colorful life here

As an exchange student here, I came to lincoln just one semester, also, it's my first time to go abroad. I think this period of time could be one of my best memories of college time. I feel it is pretty worth well that the efforts that I put into learning English ever before. Thanks to my parents' wise decision ( they strongly agree that I should come out of my own country and have a look at the outer world) . I could be able to achieve so much in Lincoln, no matter in study or in friendship. Also, I still want to continue my postgraduate study here. Hope things would also works well at that time. Last but not least, I will highly recommend lincoln University to my friends in China !

What would you improve about this program?
The skill for success lectures is not that useful and time-consuming
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Linshan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable lovely NZ

I studies marketing at China Agricultural University. I chose marketing, finance, and accounting courses when I exchanged at Lincoln University. The exchange course is very free, and I can choose according to my own interests and future development direction. Here, I found out that I really like accounting and decided to continue studying at the graduate level. I am also very grateful for the open-door policy here. The gap between the teacher and the student is very small. You can make multiple appointments to get help from the teacher. This is very important for the course. I live on self-catered flats in campus, which is the choice of most exchange students. I have met friends from all over the world. I have not made me feel that I am a foreigner. I can't get involved here. We share food, party, study together, and agree to travel to each other's country in the future. At the same time, New Zealand is a very beautiful country, I also travel as much as possible, here I found a place completely different from my home country and fell in love with it.

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Linshan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study abroad experience in Lincoln University

I studies marketing at China Agricultural University. I chose marketing, finance, and accounting courses when I exchanged at Lincoln University. The exchange course is very free, and I can choose according to my own interests and future development direction. Here, I found out that I really like accounting and decided to continue studying at the graduate level. I am also very grateful for the open-door policy here. The gap between the teacher and the student is very small. You can make multiple appointments to get help from the teacher. This is very important for the course. I live on self-catered flats in campus, which is the choice of most exchange students. I have met friends from all over the world. I have not made me feel that I am a foreigner. I can't get involved here. We share food, party, study together, and agree to travel to each other's country in the future. At the same time, New Zealand is a very beautiful country, I also travel as much as possible, here I found a place completely different from my home country and fell in love with it.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide some short trips nearby to make exchange group more familiar.
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Fiona
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester Abroad at the Lincoln Uni

I spend one Semester during my Master programme at the Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. We were housed in student homes on Campus, four of us in one house. The houses were simple but cozy and sufficiently equipped. During the cold months we needed quite a bit of heating since the houses weren't perfectly insulated and a little old, but overall it was great to share the house and the area with so many other students. The Lincoln University has a lot to offer for exchange students, the houses we were staying in (our "halls") had the chance to participate in a lot different Group activities and we bonded as a great family over the semester.

Additionally there is sports on Campus where everyone can join for a small amount of money and visit different courses or use the gym.

The classes were all on an appropriate level of teaching. The lecturers even cared especially for their students. This is for once due to the small size of the classes and also due to their personal dedication. I have never again felt so taken care of in a Uni.

The overall support was mostly perfectly taken care of, it was only a bit confusing at the beginning because I arrived a day after the official beginning and therefore missed a lot of introduction.

I do recommens this Uni to everyone who plans to to study abroud and this country to everyone who wants to travel. The people are down-to-earth and willingly show you their culture and in half a year I have never experienced any hostility.

What would you improve about this program?
There is not much to improve, our University in Germany could have supported us more.
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Lina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A little hobbit on an adventure

Last year I studied abroad in New Zealand. When I now tell you about my experiences, I want to look away from all school stuff and rather focus on emotions because I’m just that kind of a person, sorry.

I read about an employer once who said that he would rather see people’s travel photos than their grades, and that is one of the loveliest things I have read. The grades we get on the exams are most of all a result of last-minute intense studying of things we will forget a year later anyway. But the things you learn from travelling and exploring the world are things you never forget.

I was terrified when I left. All of the new, weird and stressful things that happened was enough to freak me out, especially when I woke up after the first night in New Zealand and realised that my lung had collapsed. Oh well. Shit happens, but I survived, and I have become a braver person than I was before.

During the months I spent abroad I have created some of my best memories. I have gone kayaking, swum in glacier water and in hot springs, lived on a sheep farm and spent days and nights in the beautiful nature – waterfalls, turquoise water, mountains and long beaches. Last, but not least, I have met amazing people that have changed my life forever.

So what have I learned? Yes, I have learned something about phylogeny and legumes and invasion of pampas grass, but most importantly I have learned how to be a better human being. I don’t think I can ever be the same again, and I don’t want to either.

That’s why I recommend everyone to study abroad. Not for the academic’s sake, but for your own personal development.

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Julia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best semester of my study program.

I am studying "International Nature Conservation", a joint Masters program between the Lincoln University and the Georg-August-University in Göttingen (Germany). Even if the workload of our NZ semester was high, I learned a lot and gained a lot of knowledge that is still useful for my study program. The courses were very diverse and we got great help from the lecturers but also the Lincoln staff not involved in the courses. In addition, events for international students were organized which was definitely a great chance to get to know others. All in all, Lincoln was an amazing experience, both inside university but also during the free time.

What would you improve about this program?
I guess the program can only be improved by the German side.
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ke
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable experience

I came to New Zealand in February and started a semester study. Before coming here, I never thought I would study abroad. All this is like a dream, magical and fortunate.
My studies and life at Lincoln University are very good. I really like the friends and teachers here. They always help me when I am in trouble. I also like the air here. The sky is blue like a lake. In addition, the delicious food is essential. I like the fruit, chocolate, dessert and so on.
Although it was time to return to China, this five-month experience made me forget all my life. I will always remember New Zealand.

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Max
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great experience

Studying abroad at Lincoln University was a demanding but rewarding experience. The level of teaching and the level expected from the students was greater than I initially expected, but all went well in the end. If there would be something to improve, it would be the housing; I had to ask for a heater myself for example, something that should be available from the get-go. During my four and a half months here, I made so many new friends and enjoyed New Zealand to the fullest. There is so much to see here even though it is a smallish country! I would definitely recommend Lincoln University to anyone, regardless of their major. Loved it!

What would you improve about this program?
The housing and support with it could be better!
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Bridget
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lincoln University - Study Abroad

Although the town of Lincoln is quite small and we are least 20 min from the city, the quiet dairy farming surroundings has actually been a nice change. I have been able to see and do so much in New Zealand, especially on the south island since you are not that far away from some amazing places by car. The lecturers are all amazing and truly want you to succeed. The small class settings was a nice change from my Uni back home and it really allowed you to connect to the lecturer and have more of a discussion in class. This program has been truly life changing and I recommend it to anyone. Although the Uni is small compared to mine back home you get to connect with and have a deeper relationships with the students around you.

What would you improve about this program?
This program was really great, got to take classes that were related to my major but yet still different enough to make things interesting and new. I wish I was able to take a sociology class, but I found a lot of overlap in the time frames in the classes I wanted to take. But overall this program has been really great, I would have liked to see more classes offered though on environmental issue related topics such as environmental racism and inequality.
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Allison
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Abroad at Lincoln

The overall experience is great! However, I highly recommend having access to a car and spending your weekends traveling around the country. Lincoln is a very small town with not a ton to do, besides drink. So get out and adventure, otherwise you will get bored and not enjoy it. I love the West Coast and Mount Aspiring National Park, but the entire country is gorgeous. Life is expensive here, so just be prepared for that. Coming here made me go outside my comfort zone, but trust me, it is worth it.

What would you improve about this program?
Create more of a connection among the international students and the locals, it would make the time even more enjoyable.