Lincoln 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.
You 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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
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.
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
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 abroad. Housing 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.
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
Penn 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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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.
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 GeoBlogs 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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.