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THE ORIGINAL WILDERNESS SEMESTER

CONFIDENCE AND DIRECTION FOR YOUR FUTURE

Take time to sharpen your sense of self and your sense of direction. Navigate ocean channels and group dynamics. Build your outdoor skills and your leadership skills. Learn deeply about the world’s cultures and yourself. Grow with and from the best. Take time for your future on a NOLS wilderness semester.

With the academic credit you’ll receive and opportunities for scholarships and other financial aid, there’s nothing stopping you from stepping forward and taking your education to the next level with NOLS.

Featured Course

Year in Patagonia

Join world-class instructors and like-minded peers on the most profound 135 days of your life. 

This expedition in remote Chilean Patagonia is packed with leadership mastery, outdoor skills, impressive wilderness certifications, cultural immersion, and local service. 

Perfect for both first-time and experienced travelers, course sections include total immersion while living with a Spanish-speaking Patagonian family, sea kayaking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the remote mountains and coastlines of Patagonia.

A Patagonia Year will set you up for success in the future. The experience, life skills, global perspective, and outdoor skills will serve you for the rest of your life.

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GET YOUR FREE GAP YEAR GUIDE

 

Prepare to lead in a changing world

8 Steps to a Successful Gap Year provides you with steps to get the most out of your gap year. Get your free Gap Year guide.

8 Steps to a Successful Gap Year Guide
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Go Beyond the Traditional Path

Tales from the Trail

In the last video in our Tales from the Trail series, Fatou talks about her first night in the woods. 

“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