Center for Climate Studies

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice

Chile
Semester
15 Weeks
18 Credits
Fall 2024
Sep 4 - Dec 15
Closed
Spring 2025
Jan 27 - May 9
Filling Fast
Program Costs
  • Tuition$23,550
  • Room & Board$7,950
  • Total$31,500
Application Deadlines
Fall 2024
May 1, 2024
Spring 2025
November 1, 2024
Semester Program

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice

Puerto Natales,
Chile

Patagonia is a land of fire and ice. Here, massive glaciers and active volcanoes form a wild landscape unlike any other. Spend a semester amid soaring peaks, narrow fjords, and fields of ice as you study conservation and the impacts of climate change. The trails of Torres del Paine National Park will become your classroom for research and field work. The semester ends with an extensive research project in the field.

  • Hike through the dramatic landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Travel to the island of Tierra del Fuego, encountering king penguins, windswept landscapes, and evidence of massive past volcanic eruptions, and meet with the Selk’nam community still living on the island
  • Visit the site of Fuerte Bulnes to learn about the arrival of the Chilean state to Southern Patagonia and the way historical and environmental conservation coincide
  • Examine the economic and environmental policies of Chile, and how they have been influenced by the visible and dramatic impacts of climate change in the Patagonian region
  • Travel to El Calafate in Argentina to visit the Perito Moreno glacier and visit areas with prehistoric cave paintings that were made when glaciers were far larger than today
  • Conduct a comprehensive field research project: Develop a research question, collect and analyze data, write a paper, and present your findings.

Academics

This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. Each program combines theory learned during classroom sessions with field-based applications. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Chile.

Major academic themes include:

  • Climate change impacts and resilience
  • Glacial and freshwater dynamics
  • Geology and volcanic activity
  • Penguin behavior
  • Endangered species protection
  • Coastal and alpine ecology
  • Conservation strategy and practice
  • National park visitation and protected areas management

Courses

On the Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice program, you will take three 4-credit disciplinary courses, one 2-credit language and culture course, and a 4-credit capstone Directed Research course. Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to foster inquiry and active learning. Each course combines lectures, field exercises, assignments, tests, and research. All courses are taught in English.

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SFS 2001
Language, Culture, and Society of Chile
2 credits
SFS 3081
Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation
4 credits
SFS 3601
Earth Systems and Climate Science
4 credits
SFS 3781
Patagonian Ecology
4 credits
SFS 4910
Directed Research – Chile
4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity assessments, GIS, water quality assessments, biodiversity survey techniques, species ID and population monitoring, natural resource valuation, landscape and soils analysis, research design and implementation, quantitative/qualitative data collection and analysis, scientific writing and communication, basic Spanish language skills.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities, which may include glaciers and ice fields, fjords, coastal villages and port cities, glacial lakes and rivers, sub-polar broadleaf evergreen forests, prehistoric cave paintings, pampa grasslands, peatlands, penguin colonies, and popular national parks.


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Semester

Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice

15 Weeks
18 Credits
Fall 2024
Sep 4 - Dec 15
Closed
Spring 2025
Jan 27 - May 9
Filling Fast

More Information

Program Costs
  • Tuition$23,550
  • Room & Board$7,950
  • Total$31,500
Summer Session 1

The Patagonian Winter

4 Weeks
4 Credits
Summer 2024
Jun 3 - Jul 2
In the Field

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Program Costs
  • Tuition$6,400
  • Room & Board$2,500
  • Total$8,900

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