Year in Patagonia

Year in Patagonia


  • Course culminates with an 8-9 day Independent Student Expedition
  • NOLS' longest course! 135 days total.
  • Break between semesters, giving opportunity to travel, return home, study Spanish, or participate in local service projects.
  • Courses are exploratory in nature-- you'll travel mostly off-trail in rarely traveled areas
  • Cultural immersion sections with heavy emphasis on learning Spanish language skills
  • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder & CPR Certification and Leave No Trace Master Educator
This is it—the longest course at NOLS. This extended expedition packs in outdoor skills, wilderness certifications, and international culture to create an unparalleled adventure.

From mountain travel on remote peaks to sea kayaking along Patagonia’s archipelagos and rock climbing at the foot of the Andes, the components of this course form a comprehensive backcountry immersion.

With a strong focus on Spanish language and cultural interaction, the Patagonia Year allows you to spend one section living and working with local poblador families. Along with developing an appreciation of Patagonian culture, you’ll also see more of this region’s remote and breathtaking scenery than most visitors.

Also, the course offers certifications for students interested in outdoor careers around the world, including Leave No Trace Master certification and Wilderness First Responder.


Location NOLS Patagonia
Tuition $28,645 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $850
Minimum Age 18
Duration 135 Days
Type Semester & Year
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College Credit
  • 27 Credit Hours
  • 4 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 4 Hours Risk Management
  • 2 Hours Expedition Planning
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 3 Hours WFR
  • 2 Hours Cultural Studies
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High School Credit
  • 4 Carnegie Units
  • 2 CUs Physical Education
  • 2 CUs Leadership
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