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  • Locations: Pucon, Chile; San Jose de Maipo, Chile; San Pedro de Atacama, Chile; Santiago, Chile; Villarrica National Park, Chile
  • Program Terms: Short-Term Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-Term Spring 2021 11/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: NCOAE Field of Study: Environmental Science
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Advisor: Luis Santiago
Program Description:
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Program Description

Program Overview
This 25-day program allows students to explore the beauty of Chilean Patagonia while obtaining certification as a Leave No Trace Trainer and in wilderness medicine. Students will hike and whitewater paddle throughout this gorgeous mountainous region, helping them to gain experience in expedition planning, wilderness risk management, environmental studies, back country navigation, teaching in the wilderness, and more! 

Location & Program Features
This program takes place in Chilean Patagonia, with stops at Lago Caburgua, Termas Panqui, Volcan Villarica, Rio Trancura and Rio San Pedro. Patagonia can be found in south-western South America, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina.  This beautiful region is home to fewer than 2 million people, and also has 6 national parks. The world's best whale watching can be found throughout the region, in addition to penguin spotting. 


  • Degree-seeking student
  • 2.5+ GPA 
  • Good judicial standing 

Academic Details

EVS 485/592- Issues in Sustainability- Patagonia The course begins with an overview of hydrology and the role of water as a key component of planetary systems, the many ways humans use water, and the cumulative effects of human activity on Earth’s freshwater supply. We’ll learn about the importance of water for biodiversity, globally and locally; we’ll explore the cultural significance of water systems to societies in Chile and around the globe, and how that relationship has evolved over time; and we’ll learn how natural water systems are used, how they’re protected, and how today they’re experiencing rapid change; gaining an understanding of sustainability as an emergent and integrative approach to addressing diverse problems. The course area is utilized to reveal issues, challenges, and successes as students develop knowledge of sustainability as a viable approach to fostering human well-being, ecological integrity, and just economies. The course covers an interdisciplinary field of study, focusing on the physical, biological, and human dimensions of places in Chile, and around the world. Students gain an understanding of sustainability as an expansive set of principles, ideals and initiatives. Students also gain skills necessary to explore remote places for field study, including back country travel.
This program can also be completed as a DIS

Program Dates

Application Deadline
November 9, 2019

Tentative Program Dates 
December 13, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at

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