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    Lincoln University Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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    Established in 1878 as a School for Agriculture, Lincoln University is New Zealand’s third oldest university. Around 3500 students from 60 countries attend the campus. 42% of the student population accounts for international students aiming for higher education in New Zealand. There are 237 total faculty which are specialized in their teaching criteria.

    According to QS World University Rankings 2021, Lincoln is also top 1.5% of universities globally. It also has QS Five Stars rating and ranks under 100 in the subject areas of Agriculture and Forestry. Fortifying International standing, Lincoln is a partner member of Global Challenges University Alliance and Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS).

    Lincoln University offers bachelor’s degrees, certificate & diplomas, international pathways, honors, postgraduate certificates & diplomas, research master’s, taught master’s, and Ph.D. courses. The study areas of specialization are business; landscape architecture; science; tourism; environment; sport & recreation; and agriculture, horticulture & viticulture.

    Lincoln also organizes Māori and Pasifika relevant teaching methods to underpin thriving land-based economies, growing opportunities for cultural, social, and economic transformation. For those of you looking for admissions at Lincoln’s, the minimum IELTS score requirement for a bachelor’s course is 6.0 and the master’s degree is 6.5. The bachelors’ tuition can approximately vary around NZD 31,000 and master’s tuition fees are NZD 34,500.

    Lincoln University Rankings 

    The latest rankings of Lincoln University, NZ by some most reputed institutions/websites are following:

    • 101st in the Impact Rankings 2021 by Times Higher Education
    • 1031st in Best Global Universities by US News and World Report 2021
    • 8th Country Rank in New Zealand by Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019
    • 387th in the QS World Rankings 2021
    • 89th in the QS WUR Ranking Subject 2021


    Type Public
    Campus Setting Rural
    QS Stars 5
    Application Portal MyLinc
    Application Fee Nil
    Percentage of International Students 42%
    Students: Faculty ratio 10:1
    Number of FTE students 2,511
    Total Faculty 234
    No of Farms 8
    No of Research Centres 13
    Graduation Rate 91%
    Work-Study Program Yes (domestic students)
    Mode of Study Full-Time (for international students) Part-Time (for Australian and NZ citizens) Online (only Certificate and Diplomas)
    Mode of Payment Credit Card (Mastercard or Visa only) via LUCAS, EFTPOS (at the cashier), Direct Credit
    English Language Proficiency Score IELTS or equivalent
    Financial Aid Scholarships

    Lincoln University Campus

    Lincoln University’s main campus Te Waihora is in Canterbury, near the South Island surrounded by snow-capped mountains, clear lakes, and grassy plains. It is based in Lincoln (in the Selwyn district of Canterbury) which is 20 kms outside of Christchurch. Its largest city is the fastest growing city Christchurch with bustling arts, culinary options, and bustling arts.

    • The campus has modern teaching facilities including information technologies laboratories with 24-hour access, a comprehensive library, a printery, eateries, free car parking, a travel agency, and world-class sporting facilities.
    • To broaden their horizons, students can meet new people through the Lincoln University Students’ Association (LUSA) which oversees the management of the university’s organizations and clubs.
    • Lincoln University Sport (LU Sport) has four major sporting clubs- LU Netball, LU Rugby, LU Rowing, and LU Basketball which compete in Christchurch competitions. Students serious about study and sports can even apply for Sports Scholarship Program.
    • Learning, Teaching, & Library (LTL) is located in the Ivey Hall to provide students access to books and databases with study spaces and rooms.

    Lincoln University Accommodation

    Lincoln’s campus houses 600 students and they can choose between self-catered flats, catered Halls of Residence, or housing. These accommodations provide king single beds, desks, wardrobe, chair, communal lounge, disability access & bathroom facilities. Students can have personalized campus tours with a detailed itinerary to explore the parts of the campus. It is advised to apply at the MyLinc portal as soon as possible after receiving an Offer of Admission to secure the preferred accommodation type in New Zealand.

    • Student reviews of Lincoln University suggest that all 6 halls are fully-catered and centrally located with free WiFi, SKY TV, and a pool table. There are Colombo Hall, Centennial Hall, Southland Hall, Lowrie Hall, Stevens Hall, and The Quarters.
    • There are three flat options for students from the second year and above with residential assistants, sports, organized events, security, and support if need. It features a bedroom with their private lounge, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. They are The Farm Road, The Crescent, and The Junction.
    • There are also a limited number of campus houses with two to four bedrooms, in demand, especially for families.
    • The accommodation fees cover WiFi (200GB/semester), membership to the Recreation Centre, laundry facilities, power (total power for fully-catered hall/ power allowance for a self-catered unit), bedding packs (sheets, pillowcase, pillows, duvet, bathmat, mattress, towel), pastoral care, and access to a variety of events throughout the years.

    Lincoln University Programs

    Land-based sector programs by Lincoln University are what makes it stand out. Lincoln offers 19 bachelor's degree programs (including 9 honors) with 18 additional majors in agriculture, science, agricultural science, environment & society, environmental policy & planning, landscape agriculture, land & property management, agribusiness & food marketing, etc.

    • Students can choose from 2 certificate courses and 10 diploma courses. Some of these are even fees-free and held online.
    • Apart from this, there are 8 graduate certificates and 9 graduate diplomas to settle upon. These differ in the disciplines of applied science, business & sustainability, commerce, property management, recreation management, resource studies, tourism management, academic English, viticulture & oenology, and valuation.
    • Lincoln University offers International pathways with countries like China, Sri Lanka, Canada, Germany, and Austria. Students can enroll themselves in Joint degree programs, articulation programs, and twinning degree programs through these pathways.
    • There are two also NCUK International Pathways: NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) and NCUK International Year One Business (IYOne Business) which welcomes international students to Lincoln University.

    Some top master’s research programs are mentioned below with their tuition fees:

    Program Tuition fee 2021 (NZD includes GST)
    Agricultural Science 34,500
    Applied Science 34,500
    Commerce (Agricultural) 29,100
    Horticultural Science 34,500
    International Nature Conservation 34,500
    Landscape Architecture 34,500
    Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering 34,500
    Water Resource Management (2 years) 79,000
    Science 34,500

    Checkout Application Deadlines for other top Universities in New Zealand

    Lincoln University Admission Process 

    The application process at Lincoln University for all local and international students is the same. However, international students have to submit country-based qualifications to meet the entry requirements.

    Students in the final year of undergraduate study can also apply for postgraduate courses. Also, if these students don’t have all their results, they can apply using the latest transcripts so that Lincoln can provide them with Conditional Offer. Lincoln University recommends applying three-four months before the start date of the course which gives ample time to International students to making accommodation, travel, and visa process.

    Application Portal: MyLinc

    Application Deadline: 

    • UG- February (semester 1), Late July (semester 2)
    • PG - March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022 (enroll for semester 1 courses)

    March 12, 2021, and March 11, 2022 (withdraw admission with refund)

    • Ph.D., Master’s degree by thesis- Start of every month

    Application Fee: Nil

    Admission Requirements

    • Birth Certificate
    • Passport
    • Academic Transcripts (translated to English) for all tertiary level qualifications
    • Evidence of English language proficiency
    • Insurance
    • Statement of purpose
    • Curriculum vitae/ Resume

    Additional requirements for postgraduate studies can also include an essay, personal statement, or statement of purpose.

    Students can check the status of their applications through the MyLinc portal. Generally, undergraduate applications are processed within a week but postgraduate research qualifications take several weeks.

    NOTE: Australian applicants are considered domestic, not international students. They also pay the domestic tuition fees.

    English Language Requirements at Lincoln University

    If English is not the student's first language, they have to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Almost all programs are taught in English, but only a few are taught in Te Rao Māori. There are also some pathway programs available at Lincoln’ to learn the language mentioned below:

    • Four–week modules
    • English language requirements for academic study
    • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - Online and on campus
    • Levels (EAP)
    • Graduate Certificate in Academic English (GCAE)

    The table enlists below the minimum standards for entry into Lincoln’s programs:

    NOTE: TOEFL test scores' original copy must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University. (Code No: 9479)

    Lincoln qualification Lincoln University English Language IELTS (Academic) TOEFL iBT^ Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) Pearson Test of English (Academic) NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL)
    Ph.D., Master’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas And Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Certificates (in all disciplines except for Commerce) GCAE or LU EL 70% 6.5 (no individual component less than 6.0) 80 (with at least 21 in Writing and 18 in Speaking) 176 (no individual component less than 169) 58 (with no communicative skill less than 50) Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)
    Bachelor Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Graduate Diploma, and Certificate in Commerce LU EL 65% 6.0 (no individual component less than 5.5) 60 (with at least 18 in Writing) 169 (with no individual component less than 162) 50 (with no communicative skill less than 42) Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)
    Diploma in University Studies - two-semester pathway LU EL 60% with no individual component less than 60% 5.5 (no individual component less than 5.5) 53 (with at least 18 in Writing) 169 (with no individual component less than 162) 42 (with no communicative skill less than 42) Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
    Diploma in University Studies - three-semester pathway LU EL 60% 5.5 (at least 5.5 for Reading and Writing, no other component less than 5.0) 46 (with at least 18 in Writing) 162 (with at least 162 in Reading and Writing and 154 in Speaking and Listening) 42 (with at least 42 in Reading and Writing and at least 36 in other communicative skills) Level 4 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
    Certificate in University Studies LU EL 55% 5.0 (no individual component less than 5.0) 35 (with at least 14 in Writing) 154 (with no individual component less than 154) 36 (with no communicative score of less than 36) Level 3 (General, Workplace or Academic Endorsement)
    Graduate Certificate in Academic English (GCAE) LU EL 65% 6.0 (no individual component less than 5.5) 60 (with at least 18 in Writing) 169 (with no individual component less than 162) 50 (with no communicative skill less than 42) Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)

    Lincoln University Cost of Attendance

    The cost of attendance in Australia covers the accommodation fees, personal expenses, and tuition fees of the chosen program. Students can pay the accommodation fees through bank transfer using their Student ID, ACCOM, and surname. Payment can also be done via credit cards. International students can also pay easily in NZD using Western Union Global Pay with full name and LU Student ID.

    Accommodation Type Cost (in NZD)
    Kauri (Colombo and Lowrie Hall) 11,938
    Totara (Centennial Hall or Stevens Hall) 14,627
    Kowhai (Southland Hall) 16,289
    Rimu (The Quarters) 17,006
    The Junction (Flatting) 8,775
    Farm Road & The Crescent (Flatting) 7,605
    Farm Road (Ensuite) 9,750

    Some of the popular programs of Lincoln’s University are mentioned below:

    Course Tuition Fees in NZD
    Bachelor of Tourism Management 29,100
    Bachelor of Agriculture 31,800
    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Grad) (150 credits) 41,125
    Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (one semester/60 credits) 15,900
    Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and Viticulture and Oenology (two semesters/120 credits) 31,800
    Graduate Certificate Landscape Studies (one semester/60 credits) 16,450
    Certificate of Proficiency (Undergraduate per 15 credit course) 3,600
    Diploma in Horticulture 22,400
    Diploma in Farm Management 29,100
    Pathway Certificate for MPA Entry 14,500 60 credits only
    PhD 7,524.00

    Lincoln University Scholarships

    Scholarships to international students in New Zealand are awarded in recognition of academic achievement or ability. These scholarships also focus on other factors of the chosen subject of study, financial need, and some personal qualities. Most scholarships are applied either on tuition fees or accommodation costs.

    Below are some scholarships for International students:

    Scholarship Name Eligibility Awards (in NZD) Deadline
    English for Further Study Award 12 weeks of EAP with enrolment to Certificate in University Studies, Diploma in University Studies, or an undergraduate degree Fees rebate February 1, 2021 July 1, 2021
    International Taught Master Merit Scholarships GPA of B+ average in last year of bachelor’s degree 7,000-10,000 February 1, 2021 July 1, 2021
    Lincoln University International School Leaver Scholarship Bachelor’s degree programs 10,000 February 1, 2021 July 1, 2021
    Lincoln University international pathway merit scholarship Certificate in University Studies or Diploma in University Studies 2,500 22 January 2021 for February 2021 intake 18 June 2021 for July 2021 intake 8 October 2021 for November 2021 intake
    Lincoln University International Undergraduate Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship Bachelor’s degree 5,000
    Lincoln University International Undergraduate Scholarship Undergraduate programs 3,000

    Lincoln University Alumni 

    Students can look for alumni and recent graduates using Lincoln’s Alumni Portal.

    • Alumni can support the Lincoln University Foundation to help students who struggle to complete their tertiary studies.
    • There are also events and reunions for Lincoln’s graduates regularly like LU Gym Open Day, 2021 Marlborough LincUp Alumni and Friends, Fieldays LincUp Alumni and Friends, etc.

    Some of the most notable alumni are:

    • Richie McCaw- New Zealand rugby union player
    • Toni Street- New Zealand television presenter
    • Maggie Barry- Former Member of the New Zealand Parliament
    • Han Sai Por- Singaporean sculptor
    • Annabel Langbein- Celebrity chef

    Lincoln University Placements 

    Learning Advisors Career and Employment provides employment-related assistance throughout the year to students by keeping close contact with the job market in New Zealand, immediate vacancies, internships, scholarships, employer events, and graduate programs. Graduates can also work in Lincoln by looking out for regular vacancies like student administrator, lecturer/senior lecturer on the official website.

    • Lincoln University uses career systems such as NZUni Career Hub to manage job listings, campus marketing services, and employer information.
    • Lincoln hosts myriad career events annually which allows graduate talent and current students to interact with employers to grow their company profiles.
    • Volunteering Expo and Career Fairs take place in Semester two which attracts recent graduates and current students from all Lincoln’s university areas.
    • Specialist events which include company pop-ups and networking events attract the targeted group of students. Thereby these fairs and events are held informally, encouraging students to directly interact with recruiters.
    • Lincoln assesses the job market regularly for new employment areas of demand like business & commerce, design & technology, environment, science, agriculture & horticulture, society, tourism, & sport.
    • Other than these, the university gives effective ways to connect with graduates and students. This range of services includes drop-ins, presentations, interviews & information sessions on-campus; targeted email alerts, poster distribution, and career & networking events.
    • Lincoln University supports Career Choices which is a career information series of subject-based digital career brochures. These brochures help graduates find work, market overview, pay rate indications, job tasks, graduate profile, and industry bodies, etc.
    • The average salary for Lincoln University employees as per Payscale is NZ$70k. Associate Professor, Postsecondary/Higher Educations grabs the highest paycheck ranging between NZD 94,000 and NZD 154,000.

    Lincoln University is one of the most reputed agriculturally-based universities in New Zealand. New Zealand has been the attraction of international students owing to its peaceful environment. Admissions to courses for the university are a piece of cake if the entry requirements are met.


    Ques. What are the tuition fees for study abroad programs at Lincoln University?

    Ans. The tuition fees (including GST) for study abroad programs for one semester/60 credits is NZ$12,600 and two semesters/120 credits are NZ$25,200 for 2021.

    Ques. How can apply for an MBA course at Lincoln University, NZ?

    Ans. As of now, Lincoln University does not provide MBA courses.

    Ques. What are the minimum English language requirements for a bachelors’ degree?

    Ans. Students whose native language is not English, have to submit English language proficiency scores. The minimum scores should be:

    • IELTS: 6.0 (no individual component less than 5.5)
    • TOEFL iBT: 80 (with at least 21 in Writing and 18 in Speaking)
    • CAE: 169 (with no individual component less than 162)
    • PTE Academic: 50 (with no communicative skill less than 42)
    • NZCEL: Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

    Ques. What are the entry requirements for a postgraduate degree?

    Ans. Students applying for the postgraduate degrees must submit copies of academic transcripts (translated in English), birth certificates, evidence of English language proficiency, curriculum vitae/ resume, and passport.

    Ques. How can apply for admissions at Lincoln University, NZ?

    Ans. Students can apply for courses at Lincoln University, NZ by creating registering themselves on the MyLinc portal.

    Ques. What are the deadlines for postgraduate admissions?

    Ans. The deadlines to enroll for semester one for postgraduate courses are March 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022.

    Ques. What are the accommodation costs on the campus?

    Ans. Accommodation costs depend upon students’ preferences. The residential halls can cost between NZ$ 11,938- NZ$17,006. The flats can range from NZ$7,605- NZ$$9,750.

    Ques. What are the pathways programs for English at Lincoln’s?

    Ans. Students can enroll themselves in pathways programs to fulfill English language requirements. They are four–week modules, English language requirements for academic study, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - Online and on campus, levels (EAP), and Graduate Certificate in Academic English (GCAE).

    Ques. What are the tuition fees for a Bachelor of Agriculture?

    Ans. The tuition fees (including GST) for Bachelor of Agriculture for the year 2021 is NZ$31,800

    Ques. What are the deadlines for undergraduate admissions?

    Ans. The deadline for undergraduate admission is due in February for semester one and late July for semester two.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.A Business (Finance)
    fall (5th Jan 2019)
    spring (11th Jan 2019)
    $40,036 /Yr
    M.A Agricultural Science
    fall (5th Jan 2019)
    spring (11th Jan 2019)
    $40,036 /Yr
    B.A/B.Sc Agribusiness and Food Marketing
    fall (5th Jan 2019)
    spring (11th Jan 2019)
    $28,232 /Yr
    B.A/B.Sc Tourism Management
    fall (5th Jan 2019)
    spring (11th Jan 2019)
    $26,355 /Yr
    USD 28,232/Yr
    Application Deadline: 05 Jan, 2019

    Master Business (Finance)

    1 year
    Full Time
    USD 40,036/Yr
    Application Deadline: 05 Jan, 2019

    Master Agricultural Science

    2 years
    Full Time
    USD 40,036/Yr
    Options Available:
    Application Deadline: 05 Jan, 2019
    USD 36,528/Yr
    Application Deadline: 05 Jan, 2019

    Bachelor Commerce

    3 years
    Full Time
    USD 26,251/Yr
    Application Deadline: 05 Jan, 2019


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    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $29,222 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $32,830 / Year
    Ellesmere Jct Rd, Lincoln 7647

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Hospital
    • Restaurant
    • Pharmacy
    • Airport
    • Book Store

    Bus Station

    Lincoln University0.45 km
    Gerald St near Springs Rd0.78 km
    Gerald St near Springs Rd0.78 km
    Gerald St near Murray Pl1.09 km
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    Domino's Pizza Lincoln0.65 km
    The Laboratory1.17 km
    Oriental Taste1.21 km
    Cottage Cafe1.32 km
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    Worthy Lodge airstrip (Ladbrooks)4.66 km


    WeCare Health Lincoln0.62 km


    Selwyn Community Pharmacy1.41 km

    Book Store

    Ecclesia Books7.89 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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