Semester in the Land of the Midnight Sun
A semester in Alaska includes everything from forested coastlines to the snow and ice of the high mountain peaks to the tundra and rivers in between. In the long days of the northern summer, you'll have plenty of time to learn about and travel through wild Alaska. Even if you don’t feel outdoorsy now, by the end of your course you’ll have opportunities to try out and hone a variety of wilderness skills.
Backpacking takes you to the North America’s largest assemblage of glaciers and greatest collection of peaks over 16,000 feet in elevation. The mountaineering section travels even deeper into the range, taking you to an ideal training ground for learning to live and climb on snow and ice. Finally, spend over three weeks sea kayaking in Prince William Sound. See glaciers and moose, sea lions and alpine tundra Amid all this activity, expect an extensive environmental studies curriculum that will offer a unique perspective on some of the world's most stunning wilderness.
Throughout the semester, deepen your understanding of leadership as your instructors coach you through the NOLS leadership curriculum. Learn leadership by doing every day as you and your group work together to solve problems and meet challenges together. After honing skills and leadership for 75 days in Alaska, you can graduate confident traveling in a variety of wilderness settings and with lifelong leadership skills.