Fall Semester in Patagonia

Credit: Hailey Arnold

Fall Semester in Patagonia

Travel by sea and on foot through some of the world’s wildest terrain as you grow as a leader outside of the traditional classroom.

You'll hike and camp in Patagonia's valleys and mountains and sea kayak in breathtaking archipelagos. Throughout the course, you'll learn about different ways of life—both Chilean culture and living on a wilderness expedition.

If you’re seeking an experience that will challenge you, develop your cultural competency, and deepen your connection to the natural world, then this is the course for you.



2018 Dates

Sept. 24 – Dec. 12, 2018

Tuition: $17,275
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking
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Oct. 2 – Dec. 20, 2018

Tuition: $17,275
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking


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Equipment Deposit
80 days
Minimum Age
18 yrs.
Academic Credit
16 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 4 Leadership Techniques

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Leave No Trace - Trainer

Wilderness First Aid


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Coyhaique, Chile
Fly in/out
Balmaceda, Chile
Skills learned


Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Semester Scholarship Form



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What Our Grads Say

“NOLS has prepared me for [my] job in so many ways, from Wilderness First Aid to a much greater degree of comfort leading a large group. I’m sure my NOLS trip was key in my landing this exciting job, and I’m sure that I will benefit in countless other ways and continue to share my passion for nature and the outdoors with others in the future.”

— Eric N., NOLS Fall Semester in Patagonia grad

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