Last century the world’s population grew from an estimated 1.7 billion to over 6 billion people, all with one common need – food. One in five jobs globally is now in land-based industries, and Lincoln University in Canterbury is New Zealand’s specialised land-based university, growing and driving the world’s agricultural and food production knowledge and skill base.
Established in 1878, Lincon’s main campus, Te Waihora, is based in Lincoln (in the Selwyn district of Canterbury), a small town 20km outside of the city of Christchurch. Situated on 58-hectares of green space, the campus offers modern teaching facilities, a comprehensive library, IT labs, free car parking, a dining hall, cafe and bar, banking services and sporting facilities. Around 3500 students are based at this campus.
Lincoln’s Telford campus is based on a 921-hectare commercial farm near Balclutha in South Otago, the campus offering real farming experience for up to 120 live-in students.
Lincoln University offers a range Bachelor level degrees which support its land-based focus, including agribusiness, environmental management, land management, landscape architecture and winegrowing. The university also offers degrees in sport and recreation and tourism management. Classes are generally smaller than in larger universities.
Helping you get into your university studies
Lincoln offers a range of programmes for students who may not have achieved university entrance. These preparation programmes, the Certificate or the Diploma in University Studies, are designed to boost students into degree-level study.
The Certificate in University Studies takes one semester, and by doing it students learn language, writing and study skills in preparation for further university study. Students with the Certificate can then step into the Diploma in University Studies course which, when successfully completed, gives students entry into the second year of a Lincoln Bachelor’s degree.
If you are a school leaver who is not wanting to commit to a three-year bachelor degree programme, Lincoln has a range of undergraduate diplomas which can be done in one year. These give a great introduction to a particular field of interest and can form the basis of a Bachelor’s degree. Courses like the Diploma in Agriculture and Diploma in Horticulture can also be studied at selected off-campus venues.
Live on campus with most other first year students
Lincoln has a range of accomodation options and almost two thirds of first year students choose to live on campus. Centennial Hall is the largest hostel, providing fully catered accomodation for 112 students, while others are Columbo Hall, Lowrie Hall, Hudson Hall, Southland Hall and Stevens Hall. There are plenty of social activities both within and between the halls.
Lincoln has a large number of scholarships available to help students with their studies, and their database is a must visit for anyone thinking about studying at any level.
Students at Lincoln can easily enjoy the best of both worlds, a strong campus life with the excitement, facilities and nightlife of the new Christchurch within easy reach. Also easy to access are the skifields, mountains, rivers and other delights that make the South Island so much fun.