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Sustainability: Sciences, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Management

Study Abroad Program Overview

Prepare to make an important difference to the planet! With environmental concerns like resource depletion, pollution of air and water, and global warming dominating the landscape, you can specialize and learn to minimize the impact of modern life on our struggling environment.
Lincoln University leads the way in New Zealand as the premiere institution for environmental and resource studies. Courses at Lincoln University are firmly anchored in the needs and issues of the real world, and professors at Lincoln focus their knowledge and research on contributions to sustainable management and conservation of land, water and air, and the country's natural resources. Many courses have field trips or tours associated with them, and all students will benefit from Lincoln's small class sizes and direct contact with some of New Zealand's top academics.
While enrolled at Lincoln, you can also participate in an independent research project of your choosing, or volunteer for a community-based project that will add a working, hands-on element to your studies. Plan also to attend events and cutting-edge presentations at the very relevant Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation.
If you are interested in this program, learn more about its unique setting and engaged community.
Students attend classes with host country students.

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Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
​Mid-June through November

Spring :  
Early-February through June








Students choose the type of housing option that best suits their needs and preferences. Whether living in the university dormitories, university-owned apartments, or choosing a private rental off campus, students make their own choices and arrangements. Those who choose on-campus housing may live in a hall of residence or university flat. The flats are shared by five to six people, are furnished, and are either double or single rooms. Senior students may have self-catered rooms within the halls.

Because each student may choose a different option, housing is not included as a part of EAP participation and is not reserved or provided by UCEAP.
Lincoln University's housing website features great information about on- and off-campus housing options.
Past UCEAP participants have lived in the following accommodations and have reported the following:

Farm Road:

  • Apartment-style housing unit at Lincoln University
  • About a 10-minute walk to class and 3-minute walk to the gym
  • Coed housing (four flatmates per apartment)
  • Good chance you’ll live with Kiwis
  • Private rooms, shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom
  • Wood-burning fire place, room for a small garden, a washer and dryer, and access to a clothes line
Stevens Hall:
  • Dorms (all single rooms)
  • Catered hall
  • Consists primarily of older exchange students and young Kiwis; meeting interesting exchange students and sharing common experiences was convenient
  • Convenient for the hall activities
Centennial Halls:
  • Five Centennial Halls
  • Bus system into Christchurch is great and the township is only a short walk away
  • Self-catered flats close to campus
  • Dormitory quad/suite with six singles
  • Private rooms of a good size
  • Kitchen and bathroom (no living room within flat)
  • Common area with a TV and couches for all of Centennial to share
  • Mostly international students living there (great for getting to know people from around the world)
  • Only one Centennial building made up of first-year Kiwi students
Private Accommodation:“I would recommend living either on campus (self-catered dorms), in Lincoln township, or in Riccarton. I would not recommend living in Christchurch City, which I did for the first several months. It is about a 45-minute bus ride from the city center, which is a long journey to do everyday—plus daily bus fare gets expensive. Riccarton is about 30 minutes. I would also recommend not getting a place alone—it’s just too much of a hassle to deal with having all of the lease issues and bills. Several people I know who’ve lived on campus wished they were off campus, just because it’s pretty small and they felt like they never got to leave school; however, I think that there were a lot of positives for those people as well and there is a lot going on at the campus. I now live with classmates in a house in Lincoln, which I think is ideal. It’s about a 15-minute walk from home to class, and I like living with Kiwis and learning more about the NZ culture.”
For more information on housing, see the housing section of the Program Guide.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Student Unions and Clubs
    Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on EAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Clubs not only provide excellent social outlets, but also offer inexpensive opportunities for outings and for rental of all kinds of gear (sports equipment is expensive in New Zealand).
    Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.
  • Outdoor Activities
    University students in New Zealand usually love the outdoors. There are unlimited opportunities for hiking (called tramping), mountain climbing, nature walks, “orienteering,” sailing, bird watching, fishing, beach activities, and water sports. Go for it!

On-site Support

The EAP program in New Zealand is currently overseen by the EAP Study Center in Auckland. EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Host faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of their host country and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

Course Opportunities

Most students on this program take courses in the following subject areas:
Biological Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Plant Protection, Plant Science, Soil Science, Water Resource Management, Biochemistry, Engineering, Entomology, Food Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Law Studies, Quantitative Methods, and Winegrowing.

Select courses from the complete list of subject areas

Use the following resources to learn about EAP courses:


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester. With the majority of courses being worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units, you will be taken 4 courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Participate in an independent research project of your choosing, and plan to attend events and cutting-edge presentations at the very relevant Isaac Centre for Nature Conservation.
An outstanding opportunity to get involved is the Conservation and Ecology Student Network. This is a group of staff and students at Lincoln University who are interested in nature conservation and the science of ecology. The group organizes guest lectures, field trips, workshops, and social events. The network also informs members of any new job opportunities in this field.
Don't need additional credit?  Volunteer for a community-based project that will add a working, hands-on element to your studies.

Lincoln University, Christchurch

Lincoln University, Christchurch
Lincoln University's campus is in a beautiful, green setting just 12 miles from Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island.  The township of Lincoln offers a range of shops and services, including a local supermarket, bakery, post office, student pub, and banks. Students easily integrate into the local community and the university, where "everybody knows your name."
Lincoln University is also an ideal jumping-off point to explore stunning and diverse New Zealand scenery. The surrounding area has an impressive range of outdoor recreational activities in both the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Adventure sports enthusiasts will find no shortage of activities for every season and terrain.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Lincoln University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: