Year in Patagonia

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Year in Patagonia

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.

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



2018 Dates

Oct. 18, 2018 – March 16, 2019

Tuition: $29,250
Details: Mountaineering, Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing, Cultural, Sea Kayaking, Holiday Break 12/22/18-01/05/19
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2019 Dates

Oct. 18, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Tuition: $29,995
Details: Mountaineering, Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing, Cultural, Sea Kayaking, Holiday Break 12/22/19-01/05/20,


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$29,250 to $29,995
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Equipment Deposit



135 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

27 College Credits
  • 2 Cultural Studies
  • 3 WFR
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Expedition Planning
  • 4 Risk Management
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Environmental Studies

4 High School Credits

  • 2.00 Leadership
  • 2.00 Physical Education
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CPR (on some courses)

Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Wilderness First Responder


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics PY-1-10/18/2018


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Skills learned



Rock Climbing

Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

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What Our Grads Say

“Being in the wilderness, with very limited supplies, with only your course mates and instructors to rely on...really forces you to build a strong community...Otherwise, nothing will work in the field...For me, that was the biggest, and most important lesson from my Patagonia Year. How important it is to build a community, and take good care of those around you.”

— Isadora L., NOLS Year in Patagonia grad

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