OSU: Antarctica - Ecotourism and Marine Life

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This is a short-term, faculty-led study abroad program with OSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offered in conjunction with American Universities International Programs (AUIP).


Antarctic Peninsula and Ushuaia, Argentina with a brief stop in Buenos Aires.

Winter term
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students

Min. GPA 3.0

Prerequisite: FW 467 Antarctica Science and Conservation (4 credits) with passing grade

OSU: Antarctica - Ecotourism and Marine Life

Application deadline: June 18

Interviews and selection: July 10-16

Acceptance deadline: July 25

Program fee payment due: July 31

Be sure to email your unofficial transcript, short essay, and letter of reference as a single file (pdf or Word doc) to the Faculty Program Coordinator (michelle.kappes@oregonstate.edu)

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Program Details: 

This program will be the only one of its kind to introduce students to the unique environment of Antarctica. Students will learn to identify and describe the biophysical processes sustaining Antarctic ecosystems, the implications of altering those components, and relevant conservation issues. Students will be expected to demonstrate the use of logic and reasoning to synthesize information and arrive at defensible conclusions and to identify biases and assumptions in their own work and the work of others. Students will experience the once in a lifetime opportunity of exploring this unique and remote polar ecosystem.  For more information, contact Michelle Kappes, michelle.kappes@oregonstate.edu and view the the following descriptive documents: 

Sustainable development of Antarctica Ecotourism

Marine Life and the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Field Course Reflection Assignment

The program begins December 16 and ends December 30, 2014.

Program Costs: 

The total estimated costs will be approximately $12,000 which includes the program fee ($8,095), tuition ($955), international airfare ($2,000), lodging, meals, insurance, etc.

Academic emphasis: 
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Sciences
Bioresource Res.
Crop & Soil Science
Environ. Econ. Policy
Fisheries & Wildlife
General Science
Natural Resources