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Study Abroad in the South Pacific
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Study Abroad in the South Pacific
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Antarctica: The Fragile Continent

Program Description

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the remote and dramatic wilderness of the world's least-understood continent. Towering icebergs, glacier-draped mountains, and waddling penguins are just a few of the wonders that greet you on this experiential program. You'll explore contemporary issues in Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean, and learn how this otherworldly continent is so closely linked with the civilized world. The program starts with a fall online course that includes weekly webcast lectures covering a diverse range of Antarctic topics. The two week field study takes place during your winter break (which is summer in Antarctica), when you'll fly to Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) before journeying by ship to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Although uninhabited and only recently explored, Antarctica is closely linked with the populated world. This program explores many of these important interconnections. Your study of the Frozen Continent will give you an excellent perspective on the ways in which humankind impacts the world beyond its neighborhoods and national borders.

During your visit to South America and Antarctica, you will share comfortable condo-style accommodations (on land) and staterooms (at sea) with other students in the group. All meals are provided during the field program. It's a chance to make life-long friends while visiting one of the most intriguing places on earth.

Interactive Map and Program Itinerary

Check out our interactive program map and view a sample itinerary for this program.

Program Pictures

Check out our Flickr page to view pictures of the Antarctica program!


Program Objectives

By the end of the program students will:
  1. Develop, through lectures and assigned readings, an inter-disciplinary understanding of the natural and human history and current issues in the Antarctic region, including their inter-relationships;
  2. Develop specialized understanding, through independent research, of the issues in one specific area of Antarctic enquiry related to their major (e.g., history of science/exploration, environmental ethics, geology and global climate change, marine bird conservation, etc.);
  3. Through field-based studies, students will develop a nuanced understanding of issues in exploration, exploitation, conservation, and sustainable use of the Antarctic region.
Read the program syllabus and sample itinerary for the Antarctica program.


We encourage students from all majors to apply, as we take an interdisciplinary perspective to examine global issues in the conservation of unique wildlife, natural systems, and cultural places. Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing with their home university or college.

Program Fee

The listed program fee (see application page) can only be guaranteed for the first 15 students. Additional applicants will be charged a surcharge for a twin berth, so students need to apply early to reserve their space in a lower cost berth. The program fee includes:
  • Transcript
  • Accommodation at hostels and motels
  • Orientation
  • All meals
  • Group activities
  • In-country transportation 
Additional costs that students are responsible for include:

Top Reasons to Choose this Program

  • Be one of the few people who have ever visited (and even camped a night on) this spectacularly mountainous and icy continent which is both remote and critical to the wellbeing of the global environment and to humankind.
  • Experience a rare travel adventure to what is perhaps the last true wilderness on earth, and see some of the world's greatest concentrations of wildlife including vast penguin colonies, and the chance to spot seals, and whales.
  • Immerse yourself in the history, politics, and natural science of Antarctica, and understand how this awesome place is profoundly affected by the rest of the world and how this unique continent will influence critical global environmental issues of the near future.
  • Our expedition ship has a fleet of Zodiac landing crafts, which allow us to take daily excursions ashore onto the continent for spectacular scenery and close encounters with wildlife.
  • Experience near-24 hours of daylight - take stunning photos at midnight and spot wildlife at all hours of day and night!
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