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.


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.

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.


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 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.

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.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.

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


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

Fall 2017

Application Deadline April 15
Date of Departure June 28
TEAN Orientation June 30 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

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

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 and/or 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


  • International airfare ($1,400)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($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 Christchurch

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

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!


Where did you study abroad?
I studied on the Gold Coast of Australia with TEAN at Bond University. I have loved going from participant to now advising on the program. Think beaches, outdoor restaurants, sunshine and sunscreen and it has my name written all over it.

What do you think makes TEAN unique?
Hands down, our staff. The TEAN staff really pours their hearts and souls into our students to make their experience (before, during, after) legendary. It’s a pretty great crew we’ve got here and I’m so happy others recognize us as dedicated to student success.

How do you advise a student who wants to go to New Zealand?
When speaking with new applicants, I ask why they chose a particular program. The reasons will always vary but in that conversation, I’m listening for quite a few things: interests, typical activities they’re looking to do abroad, personality, to name a few. If a student comes to me completely unguided, I ask what they envision for studying abroad. Are they in a city? A mountain? A beach? Campus setting? From there, I take them on a little imaginative day in a respective city and see how they fare with that. Internally, I use a barometer of city life — Auckland to Wellington to Dunedin. I throw in Christchurch and Palmerston North when I know their keen on a city like those. If that fails (or they want wherever), I go into campus settings. New Zealand has a nice divide of city campuses and traditional settings.

What advice would you give to students applying for scholarships?
Aside from following all the directions, work to make yourself stand out. I’ve read probably close to 500 scholarship applications and I still remember a good number of the winners because their stories, experiences, credentials have stuck with me. The scholarship committee will read close to 100 applications on certain application cycles, so we are looking for students who have excelled outside of the classroom and within experiences. Everyone has an experience that has shaped why they want to go abroad but the really good scholarship applicants have applied that experience to their everyday life and told us about that, not the experience itself.

What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote?
“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” I love this quote because sometimes I’m guilty of thinking travel isn’t top priority and I should save my money towards tangible investments. The little reminder of, “Don’t be sorry” propels me to book that plane ticket.

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