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  • Locations: Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

SFS CHILE: FOUNDATIONS OF PATAGONIAN ECOLOGY (WINTER)

Chile Winter


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Winter
  • Credits: 3 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Hike through the dramatic landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park and take an expedition to neighboring Argentina and the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Climate Studies, located near the bustling port city of Puerto Natales – the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. This scenic city, surrounded by the jagged peaks of Cerro Benítez and the deep blue waters of the Señoret Channel, serves as your home base for expeditions throughout the region.

ACADEMIC THEMES

  • Coastal and alpine ecology
  • Endangered species protection
  • Climate change impacts and resilience
  • Penguin behavior
  • Conservation strategy and practice
  • National park visitation and protected areas management
 

 

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.