Fall Semester in the Amazon

Fall Semester in the Amazon


  • Learn to thrive in the beautiful, yet challenging Amazon River Basin
  • Travel on and off trail through dense forests, dry scrubland, and savannah
  • Strong cultural aspect: interact with Brazilians from all walks of life
  • Humidity 80-90%, temperatures between 60 and 100 degrees F
  • Multi-day riverboat travel between sections is typical
This semester is an expedition through the southern part of the Amazon Basin.

You will experience the natural environment—the diverse forest types and their myriad insects, birds, and mammals—as well as the fascinating culture of some of the people who live there. The Amazon region is an incredibly beautiful part of the world but a highly challenging place to travel through. For 80 days you'll explore a variety of environments that transition from dry upland forests known as the Cerrado to the lowland rain forest closer to the equator.

You will see the southern sources of the Amazon River in the highlands and travel by canoe on some of the huge lowland clear-water tributaries. If you crave a remote, extended, and demanding tropical expedition that enables you to visit part of the Amazon Basin, this unique NOLS program is for you.


Location NOLS Amazon
Tuition $15,650 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $100
Minimum Age 18
Duration 80 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Call Admissions (800)710-6657
Fly in/out Call Admissions (800)710-6657
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Biology
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 4 Hours Risk Management
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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