Study Abroad

Would you like to study in New Zealand?

Would you like to study in New Zealand for one or two semesters and transfer your credit back to your degree at home?

The Lincoln University Study Abroad Programme enables you to do this.

The programme is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, provided they satisfy Lincoln's entrance requirements. More information can be found in the Study Abroad at Lincoln University brochure (PDF, 1 MB)

Study Abroad at Lincoln University

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Study Abroad programme


It is possible to study abroad at Lincoln University for either one semester or a full academic year. Most courses are taught over one semester.

The University’s academic year is divided into two semesters:

Semester one - February to June
Key dates - semester one 2015

Semester two - July to November
Key dates - semester two 2015

Study Abroad students are required to study full-time to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements.

This means that students will need to study 60 Lincoln University credits per semester:

  • For undergraduate students this means choosing four courses per semester, each worth 15 credits.
  • For postgraduate students this means choosing three courses per semester, each worth 20 credits.


Students can choose from any of the courses on offer at Lincoln University, provided they have the appropriate background for the course they wish to study. The rules for meeting pre-requisite requirements are not imposed for Study Abroad students, however noting the prerequisites will assist students to select suitable courses.

Details of individual courses can be found on our Courses A-Z web page, with confirmation of whether they are offered in Semester 1 or Semester 2. When choosing courses please also bear in mind that each course must be taught in a different timetable block to avoid timetable clashes. 

If you require full course outlines in order to get pre-approval from your University please contact the Study Abroad Co-ordinator to request further information.

Entrance requirements

Students must usually have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) score of 2.75. Students with a lower GPA can apply and be assessed on a case-by-case basis.   

English language
Students must meet the Lincoln University English language entry requirements. For full details please see our English language web page. (Please note English language tests may not be required for selected European nationals who have been taught in English, please contact Student Administration for more information.)


Additional Information

Visa Requirements

Prospective students will need a Student Visa to study in New Zealand and this need to be obtained prior to departure to New Zealand.

For more information check the New Zealand Immigration Service website



All Study Abroad Student are required by law to have appropriate medical and travel insurance for the duration of their study.

We strongly advise that you do not take out insurance from your home country as it is unlikely to meet the specific requirements for New Zealand compliance (you will be unable to register at Lincoln University without a compliant insurance policy).

We therefore recommend that all international students take out Studentsafe - University Insurance which is endorsed by all New Zealand Universities. For further details please see our insurance information.


How to apply

Apply online :

(Please also read the instructions on how to choose the Study Abroad programme)


Download an application form
Complete the application for international students (PDF 1548 KB) and return it to Lincoln University along with:

  • An original or verified copy of your most recent University Transcript(s)
  • A verified copy of your passport or birth certificate

What happens next:

  1. We will e-mail a username and password to you, giving you access to the Lincoln University Campus Administration System (LUCAS). You can then check the status of your application within LUCAS. 
  2. Student Administration staff use the 'to do list' on the front page of LUCAS to let you know if we are needing more information or to be sent documents. Try to clear this list as soon as you can. 
  3. Complete your enrolment and register before lectures begin so that you can have accesss to your campus e-mail address and other services (from two weeks prior to the start of the semester).
  4. Class notes become available on the student intranet during the first week of lectures.
  5. Academic and social orientation -To help make sure you make the switch successfully, both academially and socially, the University and the Lincoln University Students' Association (LUSA) bring you two weeks' worth of events and activities. 

Cost indication for each semester (2015)

Activity Costs (shown in NZ dollars)
Tuition fee  $11,000
Student Services Levy 
The Student Services fee is charged to all students. It covers the provision of the Lincoln University Students Association, Health Services available on-campus, an IT fee and themaintenance of the Student Union building. (2014 fee to be confirmed)
Studentsafe insurance $294.50
Accommodation (fully catered including bond) $6,412.50
Accommodation (semi-catered including bond) $5,025.00
Accommodation (self-catered including bond) $3,642.50
Accommodation application fee $75
Recreation Centre membership $85


 * You may also wish to consider other associated study costs


Campus accommodation

Most Study Abroad students choose to live in campus accommdation.

There are several  options available, and the semi-catered option is popular. More information and an online application form can be found on the Accommodation Services web page.



Fore more information about the Study Abroad Programme please contact:

Diane de Haan
Study Abroad and Exchange Co-ordinator

Phone:  64 3 423 0048


Postal address:
Student Administration
PO Box 85094
Lincoln University 7647
New Zealand

Lincoln University is a signatory to the New Zealand Government Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students as established under section 238F of the Education Act 198. Copies of the Code are available from the University or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education.


Page last updated on: 08/09/2014