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Lincoln University

New Zealand


Based just south of Christchurch, New Zealand, Lincoln University has been educating students for 144 years and is rated the 17th best small university in the world.

The university helps its international students to feel welcome by involving them in a range of activities, including a detailed orientation programme, faculty welcome sessions, financial support sessions and campus tours. Students can rest assured that they will receive all the tools they need to make Lincoln their second home.

Counselling services, pastoral support, international student advisors and a banking and budgeting team are available to help promote a smooth transition to life at Lincoln.

There is plenty to do around campus and living in New Zealand provides an abundance of exciting activities. From thrill-seeking sports such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting, to more relaxed activities like whale watching and hiking across stunning landscapes, there really is something for everyone.

Lincoln University has a diverse international student population and campus, with students coming from more than 80 different countries. The institution has a 5-star rating for internationalisation and inclusiveness in the QS Stars Rating System.

Lincoln is committed to providing students with a world-class learning experience, as evidenced by the university's 5-star rating for teaching and facilities in the QS Stars Rating System. Lincoln also received 5 stars for employability, due to the fact that graduates have a 6 percent higher employment rate than students from other New Zealand universities.

Students can access employment opportunities through CareerHub. Most programmes include practical work experience, and the university organises events to allow students to make contact with reputable employers. Lincoln is ranked Number 1 in New Zealand for Employment Outcome in QS World University Ranking 2023.

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Scholarships at Lincoln

Some of the scholarships awarded at the university may be used to cover students' living and accommodation costs, while other types of scholarships are provided based on their financial needs.

The majority of the scholarships offered at Lincoln University are available for students for a period of one year and in various forms. Some of the scholarships awarded by the university to international students cover the entire duration of their undergraduate degrees.

The International Taught Master Merit Scholarships offered at the university amount to up to NZD 10,000 each. These scholarships are awarded towards the overall cost of the international students' study in any of the available 180-credit taught masters programmes.

Visit the Lincoln University website for more information on scholarships.

Accelerated bachelor's studies through the foundation programme

The foundation programme at Lincoln University is unlike a traditional one - it is a fast and flexible pathway. It consists of the Certificate in University Studies (CUS)and the Diploma in University Studies (DUS), which consists of two (DUS2) to three (DUS3) semesters.

Every year there are three intakes. These intakes provide pathways to bachelor's degree programmes in February, July, and November.

Students who start with the CUS programme can finish their bachelor's degrees in three years with the DUS2 programmes, and three-and-a-half years with the DUS3 programmes.

With Lincoln's unique and accelerated pathway, students can potentially save up to a year's expenses which would otherwise be spent on tuition and living, when compared with the traditional foundation plus bachelor's pathway.

The university also provides financial aid in the form of the English for Further Study Awards and the Pathway Scholarship for these programmes. For more information, read the scholarship section below.

Please visit the website to know more about the programme.

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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

The university offers a range of specialised undergraduate degrees, including the following:

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science programme is applied and context-based, producing graduates with a firm grounding in the basic sciences. Graduates can apply this to processes in the environment, in ecosystems and biota or at the molecular level, helping them to contribute to the sustainable management and conservation of land, water and air and the country's abundant natural resources.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) is taught by the School of Landscape Architecture (SoLA), which is the longest established school of its type in New Zealand and staffed by internationally acclaimed academics.

The Lincoln University B.L.A. is accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA), meaning graduates can become registered professionals who are highly sought after within both public and private sectors throughout New Zealand, Australia and internationally.

Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) has a specific focus on value chains. Value chains connect the world, and so does the university's graduates.

Bachelor of Tourism Management

The Bachelor of Tourism Management provides students with skills and knowledge relating to the management of the tourism sector. The programme focuses on tourism in relation to people and places as well as businesses, and has been designed in consultation with industry.

Additional majors

Students completing a bachelor's degree can include an additional major. Additional majors are intended to supplement degree programmes with meaningful study in a complementary discipline.

The additional majors available are:

  • Accounting
  • Commercial and facilities management
  • Economics
  • Environmental management
  • Event management
  • Finance
  • Global business
  • Marketing
  • Parks and outdoor recreation
  • Supply chain management
  • Tourism management
  • Water management

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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

Lincoln University offers a variety of specialised postgraduate programmes, including:

Master of Applied Computing

The Master of Applied Computing from Lincoln University seeds the skills students need to move into a technology-based role in 12 months, even if they don't have a technological background. The programme focuses on growing student skills and understanding through experiential, project-based learning that includes an industry project. Both problem-solving capabilities and people skills are valued by the tech industry.

Master of Fintech and Investment Management

Lincoln University's Master of Fintech and Investment Management grows the advanced skills students will need to evaluate and apply fintech priorities to finance, investment, information technology as well as agriculture.

Master of Business (Finance)

The Master of Business in Finance is an advanced postgraduate qualification for students who have completed a bachelor's degree. A graduate of the Master of Business (Finance) will gain a perspective on finance in New Zealand and international contexts, with reference to sustainability, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialisation.

Master of Science in Food Innovation

The Master of Science in Food Innovation is a one-year master (180-credit) degree aimed at creating world-leading food scientists. The students focus on food composition, quality, processing, innovation, marketing and human nutrition.

Master of Sport and Recreation Management

The Master of Sport and Recreation Management provides an understanding of the complexity of the sport and recreation sector, and how the dimensions of governance, economy, social relations and environment at local, national and global scales can affect individual business decisions and long-term planning within the sector.

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Language requirements

Language requirements

Students with English as their first language automatically meet Lincoln University's English language requirements, whether they are international students, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

However, if English is not their first language, they will need to demonstrate that their English competency is high enough to allow them to study successfully at the institution.

It is expected that all students will be able to:

  • Write clear, grammatically correct English in essays, assignments, reports and exams.
  • Read English with understanding, find relevant information without assistance, and comprehend and analyse a line of argument.
  • Listen actively and discern key points in English and follow complex, technical discussion in lectures and small groups.
  • Speak freely and clearly in English and actively engage in large and small group discussions.

The general requirement for pursuing the university's bachelor's programmes is an overall score of 6.0 in IELTS, and a total IELTS score of 6.5 for the postgraduate programmes, or their equivalent.

Students can also satisfy the English language requirement for entry to Lincoln programmes by studying English language at Lincoln.

Read more about the English language requirements for entry into the university's programmes.

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A wide range of scholarships are available for international students, usually awarded in recognition of academic ability or achievement, while some focus on other factors, including personal qualities, financial need, where the students live and the course of study they choose.

English for Further Study Award

Students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 weeks of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will receive a fee rebate award, valued at NZD 5,400. The award is granted on enrolment in the Certificate in University Studies, Diploma in University Studies, or an undergraduate degree.

International Taught Master Merit Scholarships

The International Taught Master Merit Scholarship provides up to NZD 10,000 towards the overall cost of a student's study in any 180-credit taught master's programme. Students must have at least a GPA of 75 percent or a B+ average in the last year of their bachelor's degree to meet the requirements.

Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

This NZD 5,000 scholarship was created to reward and support international students who possess high and enter the bachelor's programmes at Lincoln.

Lincoln University Pathway Merit Scholarship

This scholarship, worth NZD 2,500, is established to support academically proven international students who are new to Lincoln University. It is available to students who apply for admissions to the Diploma in University Studies or Certificate in University Studies programme at Lincoln.

Lincoln University International Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarships valued at NZD 3,000 are available for new students who are studying undergraduate programmes. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must meet the relevant academic and English requirements.

Read more about the scholarships.

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International partnerships

International partnerships

Lincoln University holds a place as a partner member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) and the Global Challenges University Alliance, strengthening its standing on a global level

ELLS is an exclusive community of seven prominent European institutions, set up to provide collaborative educational opportunities across fields like animal, agricultural, food and environmental science ecological engineering natural resources management and landscape architecture and spatial planning.

The member universities of ELLS include:

  • Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science
  • University of Hohenheim
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences

ELLS also has other partner institutions, such as:

  • Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Robert H Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment

The network places a strong focus on joint teaching and learning, as well as the mobility of staff and students. It also works to maintain consistent quality assurance for master's and PhD programmes around the world.

The Global Challenges University Alliance is a meeting point for leading universities across all the continents, where they can work on issues including food security, bioenergy, sustainable urban development and climate.

Lincoln University benefits from inter-university agreements with prominent institutions across Canada, Denmark, USA, UK, Norway and Sweden.

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