Fall Scholarships

Are you ready for a NOLS expedition? With $2M in scholarships annually, NOLS is committed to supporting your dreams of taking an extended wilderness education semester. As we approach this fall season, we have a limited amount of scholarship awards still available for 2019 Fall Semester Courses. Choose from eight locations around the world and get ready for a life- changing experience.

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Featured Semesters

Fall Semester in Patagonia

Leave the ordinary behind on the Semester in Patagonia. Climb the mountains and paddle the fjords. Taste the cold wind of the Andes on your face. Breathe in the smell of mate while passing by a poblador’s ranch. On this course, you’ll go mountaineering and sea kayaking in the Andes and coastal regions of Chile and earn an industry-respected Wilderness First Aid certification.

Students take in a sweeping view while mountaineering past craggy spires in Patagonia.


Fall Semester in Baja

Open the door to lifelong outdoor adventure, leadership, and international travel on the Semester in Baja. Explore winding canyons in the Sonoran Desert and sail quiet coves on clear blue water in the Sea of Cortez. Watch the sunset from the beach after a day of paddling your kayak and gain perspective by interacting with remote ranching and fishing communities.

A student uses oars while out on a sailboat in Baja California, Mexico.


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Expeditions for Adults

Women’s Southwest Rock Climbing

Are you hungry for new challenges? Push your limits with this rock climbing course in Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold, an area renowned for its climbing routes and unique desert environment. Start with the basics and gain competence and confidence in your rock skills. Open to all abilities.

Student climbing with ropes on a cliff face at Cochise Stronghold.


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Stories from the Wild


How NOLS Ruined the Old Me

Erin Sullivan | March 1, 2016

The summer I was 19, I went on a thirty day Wind River Wilderness course. It wasn't like I was outdoorsy. I never went to summer camp as a kid. I was in Girl Scouts, but I only lasted until we had to... Read More

Sun setting behind mountains



Inside Whitewater Expeditions in the Rockies

Kate Dernocoeur | April 30, 2019

On June 8, 1869, John Wesley Powell and his expedition floated down the Green River through the Gates of Lodore—a narrow, towering cleft worn in the deep red rock of what is now western Colorado.... Read More

Course participants paddle in a raft and on kayaks on the river


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“NOLS taught me the secret to great teamwork is great leadership … I learned that leadership isn’t exclusive to those in charge; anybody can demonstrate leadership.”

-Theodore Davidson, NOLS grad