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

Complete an internship for academic credit in agribusiness or food and wine during fall or spring semester

Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or Queenstown (Spring).

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

Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments in either Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or in Queenstown (Spring). You can expect an introduction to Maori culture and experience New Zealand’s natural beauty. After this packed four-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.  

Note: Students studying during the Spring semester will have their orientation in Queenstown and students studying during the Fall Semester will have their orientation in Auckland and Rotorua.  


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

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. 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.

Meet the Team


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.


Lincoln University’s rural campus is located less than a 30-minute’s drive from the city center of Christchurch. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses 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, see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers (45-60 Lincoln credits) per semester, which usually transfers as 12-16 US semester credits or 18-24 US quarter credits. 

Students will enroll approximately a month prior to departure through Lincoln’s online system. Students will finalize enrollment on-campus during the Lincoln International Orientation. 

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.

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
  • Recreation Management
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
 Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
 International Studies
  • Maori Studies
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Entomology
  • Horticulture
  • Information Technology
  • Microbiology
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics
  • Viticulture
Visual Performing Arts & Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Landscape Architecture



Agribusiness majors have the option to combine their coursework with a part-time internship in the field for academic credit during the semester.

Today’s growing global population and increasingly limited resources will require a more savvy approach to the future business of food production and food marketing. Lincoln’s agribusiness courses are designed to equip students with actionable understanding of core business concepts and the unique commercial considerations required to meet future demands of this multi-billion dollar industry.

Students take 3 or 4 courses during the semester plus the internship. Internship placements are unpaid and between 15-20 hours/week.

Students choose at least 2 agribusiness courses from the below lists.

Spring Agribusiness Courses
MGMT106 Global Food Systems
MKTG 210 Logistics Management
MKTG 323 Supply Chain Management
MGMT 223 Food Regulatory Environment
BMGT 301 Business and Sustainability
BMGT 201 Sustainable Sourcing
LINC 101 Land, People and Economies

Fall Agribusiness Courses
MGMT 222 The Agribusiness Environment
MGMT 340 Agribusiness Strategic Management
MGMT 341 Integrated Agribusiness and Food Marketing Strategy
MKTG 308 Marketing New Zealand Products and Services
LINC 201 Sustainable Futures
MGMT 203 Agricultural Systems and Sustainability
ECON 212 International Trade


Food and wine-related majors have the option to combine their coursework with a part-time internship for academic credit during the semester. 

Lincoln University is a leading institution for food and wine studies in New Zealand. Students can study a range of food science matters, from nutrition best practices to developing new food products. Alternatively, students can focus solely on viticulture and wine science.

Students take 3 or 4 courses during the semester plus the internship. Internship placements are unpaid and between 15-20 hours/week.

Students choose at least 2 food and wine courses from the below lists.

Spring Food and Wine courses
BICH 209 Principles of Malting and Brewing
BICH 207 Biochemistry II
FOOD201 Food Processing
FOOD202 Food Safety and Microbiology
FOOD301 Food Innovation
WINE201 Viticulture I
MGMT 214 Horticultural Systems
MGMT 106 Global Food Systems

Fall Food and Wine Courses
ENGN230 Food Engineering
FOOD101 Basics of Food Science
FOOD303 Food Biochemistry and Biotechnology
WINE101 Introduction to Winegrowing
WINE202 Principles of Wine Science
WINE301 Viticulture II
WINE302 Wine Quality Assessment
FOOD398 (research essay)



  • 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.

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.

Wildlife Reserve

Spend an afternoon exploring a wildlife park and nature reserve in Christchurch including a Kiwi bird exhibit.

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.


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.


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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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 1
Fall Deadline April 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Nov 15
Fall Payment Deadline April 15

Spring 2023

Depart the US Feb 11
Arrive in New Zealand Feb 13
TEAN Orientation Feb 13 – 16
University Orientation Feb 17
Classes Begin Feb 20
Semester Break April 3 – 14
Classes End May 26
Study Period May 27 – June 5
Exam Period June 6 – 16
Program Ends June 17

Fall 2023

Depart the US TBD
Arrive in New Zealand Early July
TEAN Orientation TBD
Housing Move-In TBD
University Orientation TBD
Classes Begin TBD
Semester Break TBD
Classes End TBD
Study Period TBD
Exam Period TBD
Program Ends Mid Nov

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: $14,750
  • University off-campus housing: $4,075 – $6,450

Fall 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: TBD
  • University off-campus housing: TBD

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses)
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • 4-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 flight itineraries and booking agent
  • Extensive pre-departure advising
  • 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 ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,700)
  • Student visa ($30)

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


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

Other New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for students planning to study abroad in New Zealand ranging from $500 – $15,000. For more information see our list of New Zealand Study Abroad Scholarships.

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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"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

Kate Hilby

Associate Director - Enrollment Management

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.


Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia 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 several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!

Allison Ferris

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)


What are some of the common challenges students have to overcome to study in New Zealand?
Prioritizing why you are here versus all the activities you want to do – there’s so much to see, do and experience in New Zealand but it’s important to keep your focus on your studies as well! For making and maintaining relationships with Kiwis, many students find people here to be very friendly on a surface level but it takes more time to really invest in closer friendships.

Why should a student study abroad in Christchurch for the semester?
Christchurch is the most modern city in New Zealand with heaps of new buildings. It combines the best of a big city (second-biggest in the country) with the natural beauty of surf, ski and mountains. There’s also a very large cafe scene, vegan and vegetarian eateries, pop-up shops and more so there’s always some place new to try out.

Can you share some bucket list items for a semester in Christchurch?
A day at Sumner Beach with a walk up Godley Head and the flower track; Little High Eatery-a modern marketplace with eight different eateries including burgers, sushi and the most amazing milkshakes. Also visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, home to one of the country’s rescue and breeding programs for our most famous bird – the kiwi!

What is a must-see spot students need to visit in New Zealand?
Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, where you can see across the Pacific Ocean to understand just how far you have come and know that all the adventures lie just beneath your feet.

If you were going on a TEAN program leaving tomorrow, where would you go?
I would go to Seoul, South Korea. I used to teach English in Korea and have not been back for a long time. I would love to go during cherry blossom season (spring) to have the fresh vegetables and fruit and enjoy the divine flowers.

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