The third-oldest university in New Zealand, Lincoln University was founded in 1878. With a student body of under 4,000, and located in the South Island region of Canterbury, Lincoln offers an ideal environment for studies in agriculture, environmental studies and tourism. Coursework is also available in business, Maori studies and the sciences. Smaller class sizes and a focus on applied learning (many courses have field trips) enhance the academic experience. Outside of the classroom, clubs and societies, alongside events and activities in the halls of residence, offer opportunities to meet other students and become part of the Lincoln University community.

Lincoln is a small and friendly university on farmland 15 miles south of Christchurch. The small number of students means that new students are quickly made to feel at home, and before you know it, are sporting shorts and gumboots, and off on agricultural/environmental field trips.

Lincoln’s location is perfect for those into the outdoors. The university is located in the heart of the Canterbury Plains, which is a fertile farming area with the Southern Alps to the West and the Pacific Ocean to the East. Skiers and hikers have loads of trails and five ski fields less than 90 minutes away. Surfers have the beaches of Sumner, Brighton and Taylor’s Mistake an hour in the opposite direction. Locals brag that it really is a place where you can ski and surf in a day!