Lincoln University near Christchurch, New Zealand
Lincoln University is one of eight government universities in New Zealand. The University enjoys a rural setting on the Canterbury plains less than half an hour from Christchurch, the biggest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The student population is approximately 4,500 students, which provides a close-knit community of students and professors. Lincoln University has developed into a nationally and internationally renowned university specializing in commerce and management, primary production, natural resources, science, engineering and social science.
Lincoln University is a quick 25 minute drive from the airport and the many popular tourist and recreational attractions of Canterbury. You can travel from the airport by car, taxi or shuttle. You can even catch the number 81 bus from central Christchurch that will take you right out to Lincoln University.
Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island (population 310,000) and is called the “Garden City”. The city offers the typical urban attractions such as cafes, restaurants, museums, art galleries, parks, and botanical gardens, as well as the natural attractions of spectacular beaches and trails.
The South Island is perfect for outdoor activities: hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, boating, fly fishing, biking, birdwatching, skiing, snowboarding, etc. There are national parks, fjords, rivers, coastal nature reserves, glaciers, temperate rainforests, and high mountains to explore. Outdoor activities are a major part of life in New Zealand, especially on the South Island.
Lincoln University offers strong programs in agriculture, agribusiness, commerce, environmental management and planning, landscape architecture, sport and recreation management, science, software and information technology, tourism, viticulture and oenology.
The academic program at Lincoln is combined with practical studies. As an agriculture student, for example, you may find yourself cultivating a garden for a project associated with your classroom instruction and learning. Certain subjects include field trips or tours. These may be visits to a business, a farm, a factory or some other place where you may see applications of the work you are studying. A trip is one day or less, while a tour lasts several days.
Each spring semester, a faculty member from the College of Agricultural Sciences accompanies students to Lincoln University.
In order to be considered for available exchange positions (fall only), students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be a Colorado resident and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office. The spring semester is non-exchange. Students who do not qualify for exchange or not selected for exchange will be admitted under the “CSU Study Abroad” rate. Please see the appropraite budget sheet (above).
Each CSU student will be required to take four courses, each worth four credits.When considering classes to take at Lincoln university, make sure you are getting courses offerred in the semester you plan to study abroad. Each course must also be in a different timetable block to ensure there are no timetable clashes. Remember that Semester 1 at Lincoln is the February – June term, and Semester 2 is the July – October term.
Most students live in residence halls on Lincoln’s campus. Students have single rooms and access to lounge, kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry facilities. Catered halls provide 19 meals per week and there is one semi-catered option, which has the option of just having dinner at the hall and students prepare breakfast and lunch. Students who choose to live in self-catering accommodation (flats) are responsible for cooking their own meals. Students in self-catered halls may also opt to eat in the university dining hall and pay per meal. Approximately 550 students live in the university residence facilities.