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Lincoln University

Check whether Lincoln University is right for you as an international student.

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Lincoln, New Zealand
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Study abroad at Lincoln University

Originally founded as a School of Agriculture in 1878, Lincoln University (LU) is New Zealand’s third oldest university. Located in the quaint rural town of Lincoln, the university still has a strong focus on farming and agriculture and is the smallest of New Zealand’s eight public universities.

LU delivers a range of mainly agricultural degree programs through three faculties: agribusiness and commerce; agriculture and life sciences; and environment, society, and design. There is also the University Studies and English Language Division, which runs programs aimed at helping students who missed out on their entrance qualifications and students who need to improve their English language skills.

The 58-hectare campus is surrounded by farmland and has a supportive and multicultural atmosphere. There are a wealth of top-of-the-range facilities that all students can enjoy, including modern teaching spaces, IT laboratories, a comprehensive library, a range of eateries, and world-class sports facilities. LU also owns and runs eight South Island farms that give students first-hand experience and facilitate world-leading research.

Sport plays a big role at LU, bringing students and communities together. As well as offering a host of social sports clubs, there are also four major LU sports teams - LU Rugby, Netball, Basketball, and Rowing, who all compete in local Christchurch competitions.

Why study at Lincoln University?

  • Industry links

    LU has major links and collaborations with local industry and research centers

  • Specialist programs

    Lincoln University is the oldest agricultural teaching institution in the Southern Hemisphere

  • Diverse community

    Students come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds to study at LU

  • Staff and student interaction

    Small classes and an ideal student-staff ratio means staff are always available

  • Top-ranked university

    Lincoln University is ranked in the top 1.5% of universities globally

Life as an international student

LU offers a diverse and multicultural community for international students. Around 3,500 students from more than 80 different countries study on campus, so you won’t be short of like-minded people to get to know.

Before the start of term, you’ll take part in international student orientation which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn more about the university and meet other new students. LU Students’ Association arranges a variety of exciting social events during the first week of term to help you get fully involved in campus life.

The University also offers a range of support services to all international students. International student advisors are available for any problems you may have at any stage of your journey. If you need help with things like your visa application, scholarships, or enrollment, the student administration team will be happy to help.

Student accommodation is available on campus, with a range of options available. Alternatively, you can choose a homestay, where you’ll live with a welcoming local Kiwi family. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture, practice and perfect your English language skills, and build relationships with local people.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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    • No. of Athletics Track
    • No. of volleyball courts
  • Praying Rooms
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    • Group Praying Rooms
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    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
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    • Student Tutoring & Support
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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - From NZ$29,100 to NZ$41,125 per year
  • Undergraduate (certificates and diplomas) tuition - From NZ$$22,400 to NZ$29,100 per year
  • Graduate tuition (master's) - From NZ$29,100 to NZ$79,000 per year
  • Graduate tuition (PhD) - NZ$7,524 per year
  • Graduate tuition (graduate certificates and diplomas) - From NZ$14,550 to NZ$31,800 per year
  • Graduate tuition (postgraduate certificates and diplomas) - From NZ$14,633 to NZ$31,200 per year

Undergraduate scholarships

Lincoln University International School Leaver Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$10,000
  • Requirements - To be eligible for a scholarship, students must meet academic and English requirements. Provide documentation of all previous academic studies. Send the duly filled and signed application form along with a statement of purpose and offer letter and email to [email protected]

Lincoln University International Pathway Merit Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$2,500
  • Requirements - Be an international student who has not previously studied in an academic program at Lincoln University, and meet the academic and English requirements for admission to their chosen program. Meet all necessary immigration requirements to study in New Zealand, and not hold any other scholarship.

Lincoln University International Undergraduate Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$5,000
  • Requirements - Must be a new to Lincoln University International Student who is planning to enroll in a bachelor's degree. Must not have any other scholarship, and should meet all Lincoln University entrance requirements. Submit one confidential letter of reference and documentation of all previous academic study with your application.

Lincoln University International Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Amount - NZ$3,000
  • Requirements - For new students who are studying undergraduate programs. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must meet academic and English requirements.

Graduate scholarships

International Taught Master Merit Scholarships

  • Amount - NZ$7,000-NZ$10,000
  • Requirements - You must have at least a GPA of a B+ average in the last year of your bachelor’s degree to meet the requirements.


Lincoln University

85084 Ellesmere Junction Road, Lincoln 7647, New Zealand

Lincoln is a picturesque rural town with a population of just over 8,000 people. It offers international students a quiet and welcoming community in which to live and learn.

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Visa requirements for Lincoln University

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