Study Abroad at Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ

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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 programmes.

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.

Lincoln offers a range of specialized programs in the following subject areas:
  • Agricultural Science
  • Commerce
  • Agribusiness and Food Marketing
  • Property and Land Management
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Tourism Management
  • Sports and Recreation Management
  • Environment Management & Policy
  • Informatics: Information Technology, Agritech and GIS
  • Science: Biosecurity, Conservation & Ecology, Food Science, Land, Water and Environment, Water Management
  • Viticulture and Oenology
  • smaller semi-rural campus environment on the edge of the city
  • close proximity to the great outdoors - sking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing etc .....

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.


based on 24 reviews
  • Academics 7
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 8.1
  • Housing 7.6
  • Safety 9.4
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Little Lincoln Bubble

Growing up in Los Angeles, California and going to school near San Francisco, I had been looking for a different university experience while I was abroad. I definitely achieved that by going to Lincoln University!
For starters, you drive through town in about 30 seconds, and past the entire campus in about 15. The Kiwi students are very different from what I expected: not incredibly school focused, a bit insane when drunk, and not very outgoing in classes. The international group was where I really found my place, an incredible mix of students from all over the world and a range of ages (19-33). This group was much more keen to go on weekend trips, have get togethers, and really just make sure that everyone was included and having a great time in New Zealand.
Lincoln has a different grading structure than I was used to in the states: very little daily hw or readings, heavy emphasis on projects and the final, which meant that I was able to hang out a lot more with people with less worries on school.
Overall, Lincoln was a great experience and the administration is very responsive and willing to help out with any bumps along the way!

Yes, I recommend
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Reflecting on Lincoln

Studying at Lincoln has been a wonderful experience! Lincoln has a very laid back atmosphere and everyone is very friendly. I liked the housing arrangements because I met so many diverse from all over the world, that I otherwise would not have ever encountered. Farm Road Flats really is like a tight-knit community. Also, I became really close to a few New Zealanders, who invited me on weekend tramps and really introduced me to Kiwi culture.

Yes, I recommend
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A great place to study

Lincoln University is a very special and unique place to have a study abroad experience. Located outside of Christchurch city in the small town of Lincoln, you get a feel for small town rural New Zealand life, but are perfectly situated to travel around the south island either north or south, you are only a few hours from so many wonderful and beautiful places. Academically Lincoln is unique because of their strong agricultural and ecological focus it is a great place if you are interested in New Zealand's unique biodiversity, the wine industry or the kiwi methods of farming. Overall a great place, it is a very small school with many international students so you will meet many people from around the world and become a part of the community created at Lincoln.

How can this program be improved?
The program runs very smoothly and provides many opportunities, no suggestions for improvement.
Yes, I recommend
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study abroad review lincoln uni

New Zealand is awesome. If you love hiking, this is paradise. So many cool locations. Not much to do actually in lincoln itself except drink buts its a good base of operations. milford sound, mt cook, abel tasman, the kaikoura and mt fyffe, edoras(mt sunday), boogie boarding, sumner etc. Travel and get out. Drink at the grouse. Go wendesday, its karoke night, go to ms o's. Avoid the liquor store, its too expensive. new World has far better prices.

Yes, I recommend
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Weekend in Nelson

Studying abroad involves a whole bunch of experiences and you will find friends that you may keep for the rest of your life. But sometimes you have the urge to go on a trip alone. And it doesn't have to be a great trip it can only be one day or one weekend. But experiencing a journey just by yourself, maybe not even knowing your destination gives you the chance to grow and to enlarge your own horizon. This is what I did when I spent a weekend in Nelson, discovering the wonders of Abel Tasman and Nelson.

Yes, I recommend
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Great University, Awesome Country!

My time at Lincoln University was incredible... The best part was becoming friends with people from all over the world. I lived with other international students, so I got to learn a lot about culture in several countries in Europe. We even celebrated Norwegian Independence Day! It was so much fun.

I bought a car and my friends and I would go hiking up mountains, through the rainforest, up to glaciers... We went bungee jumping, skydiving, everything. New Zealand is the most beautiful country I've ever seen, and it is small enough to explore many different natural beauties in a short time.

Finally, my classes at Lincoln were interesting and very applicable to my major at Cornell University and career interest, dairy science and agribusiness. Field trips and practical examples in class helped me see how the New Zealand dairy industry has been successful and grown so quickly.

Overall, my time at Lincoln was filled with a lot learning, but even more adventures and fun with some great friends.

How can this program be improved?
International students should live in dorms with both international students and Kiwis (New Zealand folks), rather than just living with other international students.
Yes, I recommend
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perfect experience

It is the best experience i've ever had. You are able to find good friends, patient teachers and friendly homestay with the help of Lincoln uni's staff. Join in it and I am sure you will enjoy yourself!

Yes, I recommend
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Fun little school

Loved being at a smaller school with such a tight knit community. It's small, but easy to get around and still pretty close to the city. Lincoln is great for agriculture/natural sciences majors to get a change of pace and scenery.

How can this program be improved?
More opportunities to live with kiwis and hang out with them--campus housing was great but I ended up spending a lot of time with other internationals
Yes, I recommend
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Lincoln Uni

Lincoln University hosts a newly formed football team. The team is composed of a few Kiwis and several international players. If your're keen on playing some footy and studying hard, Lincoln Uni is the place to study.

How can this program be improved?
A few more Uni sponsored trips via bus would be great!
Yes, I recommend

About 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 319th in the world , and the top 50 in Agriculture and Forestry (QS Rankings), we are the...