Ecosystem: Mountain


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Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition


Spend a semester in a corner of the Himalayas where few foreigners ever step foot. Trek through remote villages and high mountain passes to experience Bhutan’s vibrant culture, Buddhist philosophy, and environmental issues firsthand. Learn about the challenges of maintaining biodiversity and traditional rural lifestyles in a time of transition. Develop skills in field research and data collection, and apply them to a research project on conservation and development issues... Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11

Closed

Spring 2021

Jan 25 - May 7

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Fall 2021

Aug 30 - Dec 10

Open

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Forests in the Land of the Thunder Dragon


In this summer study abroad program, explore the rich culture, biodiversity, and dramatic mountain views of the Bhutanese Himalayas and learn how forests are integral to achieving the goals of Gross National Happiness. Spend four weeks surveying forests – which cover more than 70% of the landscape, visiting ancient shrines, and studying issues of conservation and development in one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Learn More

Availability
Summer 2021

May 31 - Jun 30

Open

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Big Cats of the Himalayas: Tracking and Conservation


In Bhutan, a deep cultural and spiritual reverence for life has aided in the preservation of the country’s tigers, snow leopards, and other wild cats. During this summer study abroad program, learn to use camera traps and radio telemetry, study the conservation of these elusive creatures, and learn how adaptation and management strategies can ensure their survival in a changing world. Learn More

Availability
Summer 2020

Jul 6 - Aug 5

Closed

Summer 2021

Jul 5 - Aug 4

Open

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Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice


Spend a semester amid the soaring peaks, massive glaciers, and narrow fjords of Patagonia, where the trails of national parks like Torres del Paine become your classroom for research and field work. Embark on expeditions to the southernmost tip of South America and the volcanic lakes region of northern Patagonia to study climate change impacts, diverse ecosystems, and conservation in one of the world’s most iconic regions. Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Sep 7 - Dec 18

Closed

Spring 2021

Jan 25 - May 7

Open

Fall 2021

Sep 6 - Dec 17

Open

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Foundations of Patagonian Ecology


Spend your winter break studying the biodiversity and fragile habitats of southern Chile. The trails of national parks like Torres del Paine and the expansive Patagonian steppe become your classroom as you explore the region from high-alpine forests to glaciers to the lower-elevation steppe. You’ll practice animal observation and census techniques on species like the guanaco, Andean condor, and elusive puma, and explore how nature adapts in extreme conditions. Learn More

Availability
Winter 2021

Dec 28 - Jan 15

Open

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Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon


Explore the extraordinarily biodiverse ecosystems of the northern Peruvian Amazon. Discuss threats to the region – from climate change to resource extraction – and get at the heart of Peru’s conservation and development issues. Experience flooded forests on a multi-day riverboat expedition and travel to the Andean highlands where you’ll visit cloud forests and the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the hub for visitors to Machu Picchu. Learn More

Availability
Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11

Closed

Spring 2021

Jan 25 - May 7

Closed