Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand
Stunning landscapes, lush vegetation, peaceful surroundings and a unique wildlife.
Lincoln University enjoys a rural setting on the Canterbury Plains less than half an hour from Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Lincoln University is a quick 25 minute drive from the airport and the many popular tourist and recreational attractions of Canterbury. You can travel from the airport by car, taxi or shuttle. You can even catch the number 81 bus from central Christchurch that will take you right out to Lincoln University. See How to get here for further travel information.
Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university. As a publicly owned and operated University that exists and operates under New Zealand statute, we are 100% committed to transforming land, people and economies. Arguably no other New Zealand university has had such a direct link with the New Zealand economy, and with the people responsible for fuelling the economy for much of that time, than us.
History of Lincoln University
Lincoln is New Zealand’s third oldest university. Founded in 1878 as a School of Agriculture, the organisation was linked to Canterbury College, welcoming its first intake of students in 1880.
In 1896, with agriculture now well established as the mainstay of New Zealand’s exports, the School of Agriculture separated from Canterbury College and became Canterbury Agricultural College, with its own governing body and the ability to award degrees through the University of New Zealand. In 1961, the university was officially renamed Lincoln College, becoming a constituent college of the University of Canterbury. In 1990 Lincoln University formally separated from the University of Canterbury and became the self-governing national university that it is today.