Location
Multiple Locations +3
  • Argentina
  • Antarctica
  • Chile
Term
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Biology Conservation and Preservation Ecology Environmental Studies Geography Geology Marine Biology Natural Sciences Oceanography Pacific Studies Sustainable Development Wildlife Sciences +2

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Host Family
Language
Spanish

Pricing

Starting Price
18303
What's Included
Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Visa
Nov 22, 2019
Jan 16, 2020
6 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Discover how vulnerable ecosystems are impacted by human activity and climate change in Southern Patagonia and Antarctica. Learn about the environmental characteristics of Southern Patagonia and Antarctica from your home base in Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world.

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Program Highlights

  • Explore the last pristine region of the world on a 10-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula including guided landings.
  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the economic and geopolitical importance of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
  • Become familiar with and learn about the local and regional environmental challenges.
  • Stay with a local homestay family to learn the local culture and way of life.
  • Improve your Spanish by practicing in class, on excursions, with your homestay family.

Scholarships

SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship

Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.

Value
$10,000

Program Reviews

9 Rating
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  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 10
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Julia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible, unique experience in Southern Patagonia

This program is definitely more social-science focused than I anticipated, being a STEM student myself. However, the classes, excursions, and discussions with locals tied together to present a big-picture view of the ecological and human challenges relating to climate change in a very engaging way. Classes were taught in Spanish by a different professor for each lecture, offering an interesting variety of perspectives but also many different paces of language.
The scenery and location is definitely the highlight of the program. Ushuaia sits on the base and up the slopes of the Southern Andes and, of course, Antarctica's landscapes were unbelievable. That said, the busy class schedule and several weekend excursions don't leave a ton of time for exploring and hiking.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared for an intensive workload during the last weeks of class, as an entire semester is fit into 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks, classes are typically 3 hours 2x per day in a roughly 9-to-5 schedule.
Try to find at least one extra-curricular to get involved in! There are several art studios that offer classes or workshops, dance schools, and (indoor) soccer teams.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing outdoors and place-based learning experience

The location was beautiful, the material was interesting and relevant to understanding the culture, society, ecology and economy of Ushuaia, the outdoors were so accessible, and the people are kind, helpful and amazing! I found another place to call home, I became more independent, my Spanish improved a lot, made friends from places all over the US, and spent a lot of time outdoors! It was 100% worth it. I felt very safe walking around by myself, food is affordable, and it's a great environment to continue learning or practice Spanish.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Pack lightly, multiple layers and a GOOD pair of hiking boots and walking shoes! Even if it's at the southernmost tip of South America it's not always freezing, pack a few t-shirts and a pair of shorts.
You will also spend a fair amount of time in buses or boats traveling so pack motion sickness medication if necessary (especially patches for Antarctica!). This program is also has mostly "research" opportunities for the ISP and only a few internships, as they are seasonal.
6 people found this review helpful.

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