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.

Overview

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

There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and during your Orientation Program in Queenstown take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from journeying through the Milford Sound fiord to dining high above Queenstown with panoramic views. No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture, and you’ll learn from Maori guides who provide an introduction to their history, as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life. After this packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.

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Housing

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.


TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Christchurch Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

University

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.

Courses

Courses

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 the Lincoln University see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester, which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

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.

Discipline
Subject Area
 Business
  • 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
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resources Management
Health
  • Food Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
 Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Maori Studies
  • Sociology
 International Studies
  • Maori Studies
  • New Zealand Studies
 Science
  • 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

 

Eligibility

Eligibility

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

Events & Excursions

ACTIVITIES / IMMERSION

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.

RUGBY MATCH

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

MAORI BONE CARVING

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

COFFEE BREAKS

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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Thailand

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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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 15
Fall Deadline April 15

Spring 2018

Date of Departure Feb 7
TEAN Orientation Feb 9 Feb 13
University Orientation Feb 14
Classes Begin Feb 19
Semester Break March 29 April 23
Classes End June 1
Study Period June 2 June 10
Exam Period June 11 June 22
Program Ends June 23

Fall 2017

Date of Departure June 29
TEAN Orientation July 1 July 5
University Orientation July 5 July 7
Classes Begin July 10
Semester Break Aug 21 Sept 1
Classes End Oct 13
Study Period Oct 14 Oct 18
Exam Period Oct 19 Nov 2
Program Ends Nov 3

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2018

  • Program Fees: $13,720
  • University Off-Campus Housing: $3,805

Fall 2017

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 5-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Local SIM card
  • 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 pre-arranged itineraries and booking agent
  • 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 at TEAN Orientation and in host city
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare ($1,500)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • 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.

Scholarships

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.

New Zealand’s Land-Based University

From course content, to native plantings, to the paper publications are printed on, environmental sustainability is at the core at everything Lincoln University does with a mission to help feed the world, protect the future and live well

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Students Say
"Lincoln is the the only land-based university in New Zealand making it strong in all environmental fields and a cool opportunity to meet and be surrounded by people who are interested in all of the same things as you!"
Olivia Fow, University of Rhode Island

We Love Christchurch

Alice Milne

Resident Assistant - Christchurch

Christchurch Tip
Port Hills walks

Go ‘tramping’ without even leaving the city boundaries! The views from the Port Hills views are amazing… just be aware that the weather is known to change at any moment so always be prepared! My favorite walks are: Mt. Vernon Valley (below the more crowded Rapaki track); Bridle Trail over to Lyttleton (it’s tough but short – get a smoothie from the Shroom Room in Lyttleton as a reward!); and Captain Thomas (this track is shared-use with mountain bikes so be alert)

Kate Hilby

Program Manager

Christchurch Tip
Christchurch Earthquake Memorial & Quake City Exhibition

The memorial, with the names of those who died in the quake, is a stark reminder of what Christchurch lost but the location in the new riverside district also shows the promise of the new city and opportunity to re-develop a city from the ground up. Quake City is an amazing exhibition put together by the Canterbury Museum, which highlights the earthquake and the effects since. If you put your name down in the ledger and show your student ID, then you can go back again for free during your semester.

Q&A

Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).

Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.

What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!

Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).

If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

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