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 and Global 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.

Costa Rica

SAFS 510 Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics

Offered during J-Term

Students posing in a garden in Costa Rica

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'. SAFS 510 is open to all UNH students and fulfills elective credit for the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems major as well as dual major in Sustainability.

Contact: Andrew Ogden


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 topography of Ireland. Students will immerse 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


UNH-in-Italy Program

Semester & Summer Programs

Two students in a Gondola

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems, the UNH-in-Italy Program offers students the opportunity to experience living abroad in the medieval city of Ascoli Piceno, for either a four-course, 13-week semester or a two-course, 5-week summer session. The curriculum focuses on the links between food culture, sustainably-focused agriculture, and the policies and issues impacting the food system.  Experiential activities, field trips, and group excursions encourage students to immerse themselves in the unique educational opportunity.  Students live in apartments in the historic center of the city and take UNH courses taught in English. The program is open to all UNH students and fulfills the International Experience requirement of the EcoGastronomy Dual major.

For more information, please contact Jesse Stabile Morrell at, (603) 862-2547.

New Zealand

EcoQuest New Zealand Study Abroad Program

Semester and Summer Programs

Students walking on New Zealand hillside

In partnership with the EcoQuest Education Foundation, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers an intensive program of applied field studies with a dual focus in education and research. Students engage in a hands-on, multidisciplinary, research-oriented program while contributing to New Zealand’s restoration ecology and sustainable resource management initiatives. EcoQuest has long-term commitments to ecological monitoring of endemic species and ecosystems, as well as projects that advance sustainable management of natural resources and habitats. 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 economy, and culture of New Zealand. Semester participants have the opportunity to carry out team oriented, directed research projects while working closely with a faculty mentor, and in association with New Zealand research partners and local communities. Alternatively, students may participate in the two-course (NR 660, 662 for 8 credit hours) 5-week, summer session.

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

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