Since 1999, and in partnership with the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the EcoQuest Education Foundation has offered an intensive program of applied field studies with a dual focus in education and research.

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Why study in New Zealand?

Rigorous academic pursuit and hands-on learning from the mountains to the sea. Full immersion learning at a diversity of sites in the North and South Islands.
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Application deadline for Summer Program and Fall Semester 2017 is extended to April 15th; deadline for Spring Semester 2018 is October 15th. We evaluate applications on a rolling admissions basis and we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

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Who Studies at EcoQuest?

Programs are accredited by UNH and are open to highly motivated students from institutions across the US and around the world.  To date, students from over 80 US Universities and Colleges have attended our programmes. All students are registered for academic credit through UNH and this credit may be transferred directly to the participant’s home institution.

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 Fall 2016, Hiking in the Coromandel Ranges

EcoQuest Fall 2016. Part of the team in the Coromandel Ranges.


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      Sea Week N. Maekawa Spring '17

South IslandN. Maekawa Spring '17

News from the field

Jessica's research

It’s 6:30pm, marking the start of a new night’s work. Weta are nocturnal; to study them, you have to align your schedule to theirs.

Marine Week March '17

From Christina Samela's blog... I’d forgotten how much I love being underwater. The feeling hit me earlier this week while searching for kina (sea urchins) on a rocky reef. Beneath the surface is quiet, where sea life roams in a glowing blue realm. Kina like to tuck themselves in shelves between rocks and amongst kelp, so I had to dive down and scrutinize the area until their dark, spiny forms revealed their presence....

students walking through a river
Hunua River Crossing

First field exercise in the Hunua Ranges