Spring Semester in Baja

Spring Semester in Baja


  • Spend 80 days traversing the mountains and seas of Baja California's remote backcountry
  • Travel over 300 miles by foot, kayak, and sailboat through Baja's diverse coastal and mountain environments
  • Snorkel the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, and reach elevations up to 10,000 feet in the Sonoran Desert
  • Learn the natural history of Baja California, including classes on the 110 species of cacti on land, and the dolphins, whales, sea lions, and flying fish the inhabit the Sea of Cortez
  • Spend time with local families, fishermen, and ranchers learning about daily life for those who call Baja home
Flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east, the Baja California Peninsula is a land of extremes and contrasts.

Granite and volcanic mountain ranges extend over 1,000 miles down the peninsulas central spine, and Picacho del Diablo, a 10,126-foot peak in the northern mountains, is snow-covered in winter months.

The rest of Baja California, while still very rugged and mountainous, is Sonoran Desert country, receiving less than 10 inches of rainfall each year. Here exists an amazing variety of desert life, including more than 110 species of cacti. For three months, you'll explore these contrasting environments on foot, in a sea kayak, and under sail while having ample opportunities for cultural and Spanish language interactions with local students, educators, ranchers, and fishermen.

You will learn the skills you need to visit these ecosystems and communities comfortably and responsibly in the future.


Location NOLS Mexico
Tuition $13,400 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $500
Minimum Age 17
Duration 78 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End In Loreto, Out La Paz
Fly in/out Call Admissions (800)710-6657
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“It's waking up while its still dark, paddling until your arms feel like they're going to drop off, yet still having enough energy and willpower to get through the rest of the day and cook some amazing meals, and then go to sleep again. Thats what a day of sea kayaking is like.`”

-David Y.

Semester in Baja Grad