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EcoQuest study abroad programs offer interdisciplinary, hands-on learning in a vibrant, sustainable learning community.

15 Weeks, 16 Credits, 4 Courses - APPLY NOW for SPRING '25

Ecology in Action Aotearoa semester programs are delivered from the mountains to the sea, in a wide variety of ecosystems in both te Ika a Maui (the North Island) and te Waipounamu (the South Island). Students learn through case studies and hands-on field work.

15 Weeks, 16 Credits, 4 Courses - APPLY NOW for SPRING '25

Aotearoa is a world leader in primary production. A diverse array of New Zealand produce and fibres is exported around the globe. Indigenous agricultural enterprises are on the rise and highly successful. There is large emphasis on climate-smart food systems and food security.

Directed Research Projects (DRPs) [Ecology in Action semester] facilitated by EcoQuest are comprehensive field-based studies that equip students with the knowledge and skills required to become effective, modern researchers.

During the SAFSA program, students spend four weeks on farms or in agribusiness. This first-hand experience provides students with insights and transferrable skills, to work toward enduring solutions for sustainable food systems anywhere in the world.

5 Weeks, 8 Credits, 2 Courses

An unforgettable Summer Program in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our five-week summer program provides an unequalled opportunity to gain academic credits while working toward sustainable solutions for the management of natural resources. 

Why Study In New Zealand?

New Zealand is a young dynamic country with a multi-cultural and plural society, diverse ecosystems and agricultural landscapes. We have a pro-active approach to a sustainable future.

Programs provide rigorous academic pursuit and hands-on learning from the mountains to the sea. Full immersion learning across a range of stunning sites in the North and South Islands.

"One of the greatest things I learned at EcoQuest is the idea that meaningful science has human dimensions" 

Natalie Lowell

Who Studies at EcoQuest?

Programs are offered in partnership with, and accredited by the University of New Hampshire. They are open to highly motivated students from institutions across the US and around the world. To date, students from over 90 US Universities and Colleges have attended our programs. All students are registered for academic credit through UNH and this credit may be transferred directly to the participant’s home institution.

EQ Alumni Voices

Carol Blum

University of New Hampshire
SAFSA Program 2020

In a semester filled with more than its fair share of the unexpected, the depth of my attachment to a place I had been and people I knew for only five weeks was perhaps the most startling.

I stepped off the plane onto a tarmac in the wrong season, and at first, I did not even remember all the names of the people who met me at the airport, but when I suddenly had to fly back to the US a third of the way into the semester, we hugged, we cried, we promised to stay in touch (we have) and to return soon (we will). How did all that happen?

Nathaniel Maekawa

University of Michigan
EcoQuest 2017

"EcoQuest was one of the most profound learning experiences that I’ve had. It united people of different life journeys under a passion for planetary wellness. It inspired me to educate myself so that I can be an agent for positive global change. It was a place for friendship and it was a place for memories. When I think about EcoQuest, I think of what I accomplished and who the program helped me to become. I am deeply grateful for the EcoQuest community.”

Nathaniel Maekawa
University of Michigan 18'

Ana Schlanzky

Cornell University
EcoQuest 2018

I exercise no hyperbole when I say that the four months I spent at EcoQuest Education Foundation were some of the most special, joyous, transformative, fun, and wonderful of my life. I hardly know how or where to begin expressing just how much this program meant to me.

EcoQuest is a unique program in so many ways, for it offers an entirely different perspective on New Zealand’s culture, biodiversity, and ecosystems, among others.

As a student, you are immersed in the country and culture from the moment you arrive. While field studies are the core focus, a multitude of other subjects are covered, contributing to a broad and multidisciplinary curriculum.

Join us for the learning adventure of a lifetime!

Community in Action

EcoQuest is embedded in community.

Students engage in outreach activities with local schools, NGOs, iwi (tribes) and a variety of stakeholders. These include habitat restoration, community gardens, citizen science and monitoring projects throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

EcoQuest strives for beneficial outcomes for both the community and planet.

News From The Field


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