Rewarding Experiences Studying Abroad!

The opportunities to study away from the UNH campus are almost endless. Whether you choose to study abroad in another country, or away in another state, such an educational experience can be enriching and life changing. The Center for International Education (CIE) has a dedicated staff that is happy to help you navigate the “sea” of opportunities available to you.  Included among the programs available to you are some of our own programs in which many COLSA students participate.

Grenada, West Indies

MEFB 616 - Tropical Coastal Plant Ecology

Grenada
 

A field-based course taught in Grenada, West Indies, which will provide an introduction to the physical chemical and biological processes that form and sustain tropical coastal plant communities with an emphasis on mangroves and seagrasses. Plant adaptations to various environmental stresses will be examined over a range of habitats spanning a gradient of salinity from fresh to open coastal salinities. As a dynamic ecosystem affected by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances from hurricanes to large-scale development, major environmental impacts and pressures will be examined first hand, and conservation and management actions will be discussed. A variety of on-going, community-based coastal habitat restoration and ecological monitoring sites will be visited throughout the island. Student participation in management actions will be encouraged through interaction with local students, volunteers, and representatives from governmental environmental agencies and several non-governmental organizations. The course material is relatively specialized and appropriate for juniors and seniors with interest and background in botany, coastal ecology and restoration, and conservation.

For more information, contact Gregg Moore.

Ireland

ANSC 510 - Integration of Culture and Agriculture in Ireland: Past, Present, and Future

Ireland Class 2013
 

What was the worst natural disaster in 19th century Europe? What characterizes Ireland's agriculture in the 21st century? In this interdisciplinary course, students examine the cultural, historical, political, economical, and religious influences on Ireland's agriculture, fisheries, and forestry. The crowning experience of the course, a 10-day study abroad in late May, provides students with a window to the world as they experience the culture, agriculture, and topograhpy of Ireland. Students will immere themselves in local history and culture as they tour working agricultural farms, university research facilities, and cultural landmarks.

For more information, contact Patty Bedker at pdbedker@unh.edu.

New Zealand

Students walking on New Zealand hillside
 

EcoQuest New Zealand Study Abroad Program

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers highly motivated students the opportunity to study abroad through the UNH-EcoQuest New Zealand applied field studies program. Students engage in a unique multidisciplinary, research-oriented program and receive grade-point average credit for a semester abroad. Four fully integrated courses (NR 660, 661, 662, and 663 for 16 credit hours) focus on the ecological, resource management, and conservation and sustainability issues important to the natural environment, economy, and culture of New Zealand. Alternatively, students may participate in a two-course (NR 660, 662 for 8 credit hours) summer session.

For more information contact Donna Dowal, Director of EcoQuest Admission at ecoquest@unh.edu, (603) 862-2036.

Portugal

 

Students riding horses in Portugal
 

 

ANSC 520: Classical Dressage Experience in Portugal

ANSC 520 is a 2-credit class offered Spring Semester with a Weekly Seminar:Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., preparing students for 1 Week in Portugal to receive Classical dressage training at L'Escola de Equitação de Alcainça during Spring Break or after commencement.

Contact Sarah Hamilton, Director of the Equine Program, sarah.hamilton@unh.edu, (603) 862-1356.

Pollenzo, Italy

EcoGastronomy Foreign Experience

All students who declare the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy must spend a full semester abroad, most likely during their junior year. The University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Pollenzo, Italy, will serve as the site of this foreign experience. Founded by Carlo Petrini, UNISG is a unique university with a mission "...to create an international research and training center, working to renew farming methods, protect biodiversity and maintain an organic relationship between gastronomy and agricultural science." Dual Majors will complete a series of upper level core courses at UNISG, such as history of cuisine and gastronomy, history of food, aesthetics, food law, food technology processes, and Italian language.

Contact: ecog.info@unh.edu.

Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine

 

Appledore Island
 

 

Shoals Marine Laboratory

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine is dedicated to undergraduate education and research in marine science and has been since 1966. SML offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study marine science in the field with exceptional faculty from institutions throughout North America. Instruction at SML is based upon giving participants a truly "hands-on" educational experience. Class sizes are limited providing excellent faculty to student ratios. SML's curriculum is diverse; encompassing a variety of marine disciplines.

Contact: http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_contact.html

Costa Rica

Students posing in a garden in Costa Rica
 

SAFS 510 Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics

Offered during J-Term

Course is designed as a three week immersion into tropical agriculture and Costa Rican ecology and culture. Agriculture plays a pivotal role in Costa Rica's history and in shaping current events. Production of horticultural and agronomic crops occurs on a variety of scales ranging from large export based systems, to mid-sized operations for domestic sales, and sustenance based home gardens. Examples of all systems are visited and discussions focus on their overall sustainability. Sustainability is a broad concept and requires consideration of socio-cultural, environmental, and economic factors. Agriculture and agricultural products infuse the culture as seen by large participation in farmers markets and appreciation for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables prepared in myriads of ways. An appreciation for nature also infuses the culture and is embodied by the country's extensive system of national parks and protected reserves along with the national philosophy of 'Pura Vida'.

Contact: Andrew Ogden

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