Located just 30 minutes from the center of Christchurch, Lincoln University is considered New Zealand’s specialist land-based university offering unique courses in such areas as agriculture, biological sciences, viticulture, landscape architecture and more. With a small and relaxed campus, Lincoln provides participants with a unique glimpse into South Island life. Dormitory and apartment-style housing is available for participants where they’ll meet students from New Zealand and as well as from countries around the world.


Semester Program
(February - June, June - November)


Application Deadlines:
Spring - Nov 15
Fall - April 15

3,500 Students

2.75 GPA to apply


Rural Setting
Traditional Campus

On-campus Housing


With its beginnings as an agricultural college in 1878, part of what is now the University of Canterbury, Lincoln became a university in its own right in 1990 and is known for its land-based course offerings

Get an adrenaline rush during our Orientation Excursion in the 'adventure capital of the world' - Queenstown - where you are exposed not only to local culture and incredible nature but to New Zealand’s love of extreme adventure

Experience living with local and international students in convenient university housing

Live near Christchurch, benefiting from its relaxed lifestyle and its proximity to all the South Island has to offer

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Christchurch-based Resident Assistants for continued support throughout the semester

Go on an adventure with our mid-semester Thailand excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches

Program Details

Orientation Excursion

Hit the ground running with our activity-filled Orientation Program in Queenstown, known as the ‘adventure capital of the world’. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from jet boating through Middle Earth to touring the world renowned Central Otago wineries. You’ll also get plenty of time to explore on your own and choose your own adventure - bungy jumping anyone?

No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with Maori guides, who provide an introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.

After this action-packed six-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals. With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.

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Lincoln has furnished on-campus, university housing for 570 students. Each student living in on-campus housing has his or her own room. Housing is dormitory or apartment-style, fully, semi- or self-catered, shared with local and / or international students.


About Lincoln university 

  • With its beginnings as an agricultural college in 1878, Lincoln became a university in its own right in 1990.
  • Known as New Zealand’s specialist land-based university, Lincoln is situated on a 124-acre campus less than a 30-minute’s drive from the center of Christchurch.
  • Lincoln University’s mission is to help: feed the world, protect the future, and live well with a focus on sustainability.
  • With a mix of modern and traditional buildings, as well as open spaces and plenty of trees, the campus feels similar to a small, private U.S.-based college. The university also has a small student-to-staff ratio of 1:14.
  • The university is home to the government-sponsored Bio-Protection Research Centre, the only Centre of Research Excellence on New Zealand’s South Island.
  • Well known as a friendly and supportive place to study, Lincoln University emphasizes personal service. An ‘open-door’ policy means that lecturers are on hand to discuss projects, essays or lectures.



Academic Departments and Schools at Lincoln University are divided into three academic divisions: Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design.

Courses (often called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at Lincoln University refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer to our Lincoln University online course catalog instructions for a listing of all courses, and how to navigate the online catalog. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester, which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Parks & Recreation Management
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resources Management
  • Food Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
 Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Maori Studies
  • Sociology
 International Studies
  • Maori Studies
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Entomology
  • Horticulture
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Viticulture
Visual Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture




  • 2.75 GPA. Students with a GPA below 2.75 are encouraged contact TEAN and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Events & Excursions


Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Christchurch-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.


It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team or, when available, TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.


Using traditional Maori techniques, spend an afternoon creating a special souvenir for yourself or friend/family member.


Kiwis love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.


Optional Excursions

TEAN’s mid-semester (spring break) trips allow you to explore as much as possible on your semester abroad. These mid-semester break excursions are an optional extra so you can choose to participate based on your interests. We operate our excursions at cost. This means you’ll save on average 15% - 30% off comparable itineraries because there are no travel agent commissions or profit margins involved. And our excursions are specifically designed for study abroad students, and since we have been working with students for a long time we know just what to include.

South Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!

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Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Spring 2017

Application Deadline Nov 15
Date of Departure Feb 9
TEAN Orientation Feb 11 Feb 16
University Orientation Feb 22 Feb 24
Classes Begin Feb 27
Semester Break April 10 April 21
Classes End June 2
Study Period June 3 June 11
Exam Period June 12 June 23
Program Ends June 24

Fall 2016

Date of Departure June 27
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion N/A
TEAN Orientation TBD
Housing Move-In June 29
University Orientation June 30
Classes Begin July 4
Semester Break Aug 15 Aug 26
Classes End Oct 7
Study Period Oct 8 Oct 12
Exam Period Oct 13 Oct 27
Program Ends Oct 28

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2017

  • Program Fees: $13,720
  • University Off-Campus Housing: $3,405


  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 6-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cell phone with initial credit to get you started
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  • Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  • Access to low airfares and discounted group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival and airport transfer at end of semester (provided you are booked on the group flight)
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program


  • International airfare ($2,100)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($40)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,900)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

Education New Zealand

We encourage our students to apply for the scholarship opportunities offered through Education New Zealand. They have awards up to $2,000 to put toward flights, plus $500 scholarships toward tuition.

We Love Lincoln

Alice Milne

Alice Milne

Resident Assistant - Christchurch

Christchurch Tip

This is in the centre of town and sprung up after the earthquakes as a safe and innovative shopping centre. Each shop or cafe is housed in one or several shipping containers painted in bright colours. There’s some great places to get food and some cool shops. Right next door is the Quake City exhibition, which I would highly recommend for anyone new coming to the city to find out about the recent history of your new home and how it affects the city today.

Kaylie Adams-2

Kaylie Adams

Program Manager

Christchurch Tip
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch lives up to it’s nickname as the garden city.  Looking for something to do on the weekend? Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens – it’s free and absolutely beautiful! Pack a picnic and enjoy the native flora!

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