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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2023
    January 31, 2023 to May 12, 2023
  • Fall 2023
    August 29, 2023 to December 8, 2023
  • Spring 2024
    January 30, 2024 to May 10, 2024


Emily Dougherty

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:



EcoQuest: EIA


Opportunity Description

EcoQuest semester programs provide an exciting opportunity to be part of a vibrant learning community for 15 weeks and to be involved in local research.

What is unique about this program?

EcoQuest Ecology in Action provides a rigorous, immersive field-based program that focuses on practical skills and conceptual thinking, with opportunities to contribute to local conservation and resource management initiatives. Each semester, students will explore terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems at a variety of locations in New Zealand and examine the unique natural history and environmental impacts first-hand.

Throughout the semester, students learn about the forces and influences (geological, cultural and political) that have shaped New Zealand as we know it today and gain an understanding of topical resource management issues. The program builds on this knowledge with field exercises and field investigations in a variety of settings.

The last 4-5 weeks of the semester program are reserved for Directed Research Projects.  Students carry out field investigations and, guided by faculty, analyze and interpret results. All projects offered by EcoQuest have scientific and societal relevance. Directed Research Projects contribute information relevant to on-going ecological monitoring and research, restoration, and resource management initiatives of local importance.

What is unique about New Zealand?

New Zealand provides an ideal context for multi-faceted studies in ecology: the unique geology and ecosystem diversity make for a natural laboratory, superbly suited to applied field studies. Along with rich cultural traditions and innovative policy, New Zealand has considerable commitment to – and lively debate on - sustainable management of natural resources at several levels of government. Program delivery sites may vary among semesters, but the core curriculum and course content is fixed.

How do I get more information about EcoQuest?

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps.
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates. 
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors.
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How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)