Field & International Experiences: Patagonia over images of mountainous landscapes

Patagonia Field Course


Learn to apply an integrative conservation framework across continents and explore commonalities and differences between complex socio-ecological issues in Patagonia and Wyoming. With an emphasis on coastal temperate rainforest and marine ecosystems, students will use an integrative framework approach to understand natural resource conservation and development issues in Chilean Patagonia. Students will engage with local communities and management officials on public and private conservation projects that attempt to navigate conventional and sustainable development demands in some of the world’s most pristine ecosystems. Field experiences will include visits to remote communities and wilderness areas in the forested fjords of northern Patagonia. 

Instructors: Steve Smutko | Richard Vercoe

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DATES & CREDITS Our Patagonia international course is offered every other year. The course includes the following required components:

  • pre-travel prep sessions: October-December, 1 session/week (no credits)

  • late December to mid-January: ENR 4890/5890 Patagonia: Critical Issues in Conservation & Development (3 cr.)

Upcoming programs: 2023

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REQUIREMENTS & ADMISSION Program admission is dependent upon application and may include an interview. Open to all UW students with junior, senior, or graduate standing, or consent of instructors. Preference given to students enrolled in Haub School programs. Students will need a passport valid for travel to Chile*.

*Additional requirements may apply.

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PROGRAM FEE Includes visa fees, all lodging, in-country transportation (including private bus, air travel, ferry, and public transportation), entrance fees, and some meals. 

The course fee does not include roundtrip airfare, some meals, UW Education Abroad fee, UW travel insurance, or UW tuition and fees for spring semester credits. 

Program Fee 2022: TBD (est. $4500-$5000/student; depends on number of participants)

Program Dates 2022: TBD Dec. 28, 2022 - Jan. 13, 2023

Additional financial assistance is available.


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Coming soon! 


2023 Update

We are currently accepting applications for J-Term 2023 travel. 

Rolling Admissions. All plans are subject to change.


Please contact Field & International Program Coordinator Melanie Matthews -

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University of Wyoming
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Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080
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