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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Landscape Architecture, Plant Science, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Science
Program Description:
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Program Overview     

Sign of Penguin CrossingLincoln University is one of eight government universities in New Zealand, with a history stretching back more than 125 years. The University is less than 25 minutes from Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. It has an established campus noted for its space and the quality of the environment. The 58 hectare campus houses modern teaching spaces and an excellent library and campus facilities.

Lincoln University is an agricultural school that has grown into a major research institution. Lincoln excels in land and natural resource management. The University's Agribusiness and Economics Research Centre, Tourism and Recreation Research and Education Centre, Centre for Soil and Environmental Quality, and Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation are all among New Zealand's leading research institutes. Lincoln is also the home of the National Centre for Advanced Bio-Protection Technologies, one of only seven government-sponsored research centers in the country. In keeping with the strengths of the university at large, Lincoln's landscape architecture program concentrates on the sustainability and enhancement of ecological and cultural values in addition to being the largest and arguably the best landscape architecture program in New Zealand.

Please note the Lincoln University campus is not located in downtown Christchurch. The University is 15 miles outside the city center and there is a regular bus route that takes students to and from the city when necessary.

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Education Abroad Credits

Friends in Glacier Hole, New ZealandYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

Lincoln University offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in agriculture, ecology and bioprotection, environmental science, viticulture and oenology, plant science, soil science, landscape architecture, social science, recreation and tourism, and business. Students will also be able to take classes in landscape ecology, landscape assessment, and sustainable landscape design. For more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.

You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load. Students will register for 16 credits, or 60 Lincoln credits for the program. 1 Penn State credit = 3.25 Lincoln credit.

Play Rugby and Study Abroad

Canterbury Rugby Football Union and Lincoln University present this unique chance to get the best of both worlds. The Canterbury Rugby Football Union and Lincoln's study abroad program are giving students athletes the opportunity to undertake intensive Rugby or Sevens development in conjunction with academic courses. 

Key Features of the Program:

  • Academic study at Lincoln University
  • Individual performance plan, including goal setting, monitoring and progress reports
  • Specialist coaching on attack, defense, contact, set piece and core rugby skills
  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Fitness programming and testing
  • Weekly games
For more information about this unique opportunity contact Lincoln University.

New Zealand and United States Academic Terms

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the New Zealand academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.

Academic Terms Used in the United States and New Zealand
New Zealand Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Christchurch Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Housing and Meals

You can choose to live in a fully-catered, semi-catered or self-catered dormitory. Fully-catered rooms are fully furnished with shared laundry and bathroom facilities. In a self-catered dormitory you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

By studying abroad in New Zealand, you will live in one of the best places to live abroadHousing costs in New Zealand can vary significantly between the different housing options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. For more information on the varying housing costs, visit the notes section of the budget sheet.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New ZealandPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. Two scholarships are available:
  • Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards offer $2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand. 
  • Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards offer $500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand Universities.
Visit the Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards website for further details and application instructions. 

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/14/2018 06/22/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 02/12/2019 06/22/2019
NOTE: Students must arrive in Lincoln on or before February 12. Mandatory orientation will take place on February 13. Final exams conclude on June 21 so students may depart on or after June 22.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed