Study Abroad

Studying abroad is your ticket to the world.

Along with the programs available through the UNH Global Education Center, COLSA offers four of its own study abroad programs.  Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s tropical agriculture, tour working farms in Ireland, explore the Italian food system from the medieval city of Ascoli Piceno or conduct timely and relevant field studies in New Zealand  all while being exposed to new cultures and ideas and meeting new and interesting people.

This is your chance to join the roughly 700 UNH students who study abroad every year and have an enriching and life-changing adventure.

Costa Rica

SAFS 510 Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics

Offered during January term

This 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 extensive participation in farmers markets and appreciation for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables prepared in many 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 and Food Systems major as well as dual major in Sustainability.

For more information, please contact Andrew Ogden.


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


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, economic, and religious influences on Ireland's agriculture, fisheries, and forestry. The course culminates with a 10-day study abroad in late May. 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.



UNH-in-Italy Program

Semester & Summer Programs

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 email Jesse Stabile Morrell or call at (603) 862-2547.

New Zealand

EcoQuest New Zealand Study Abroad Program

Semester and Summer Programs


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 email Donna Dowal, Director of EcoQuest Admission or call (603) 862-2036.

Still looking?

The UNH Global Education Center has information on more than 500 programs in 39 countries. Their staff is ready to connect you with your ideal study abroad destination.