Why study climate change in Patagonia?
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Argentina, students should know that this program may begin with a two-week quarantine from September 14–28, and all students should plan to arrive on September 14 to reduce the need for an extended quarantine period. During this time students will undergo an orientation and begin their classes but have contact only with each other, the academic director and SIT staff while taking all necessary protective precautions. Following the two-week quarantine, students will move to homestays and begin regularly scheduled activities and classes.
This program has been modified to include students who do not fulfill the Spanish language requirements. Classes and activities will accommodate both Spanish immersion students and non-Spanish speaking students. All students will receive Spanish classes according to their level. Non-Spanish speaking students will be enrolled in an introduction to Spanish course to enhance their stay in Ushuaia.
*Please note that all expeditions providers to Antarctica have cancelled expeditions for the fall 2020 semester due to COVID-19 concerns. The program will continue to incorporate Antarctica into the comparative learning on the program including lectures, assignments, and readings about Antarctica. The excursion will be replaced with extra days in other excursions within Patagonia.
Experience the unique environments and biodiversity of Southern Patagonia and examine the conservation challenges posed by the impacts of climate change and human behavior. From your home base in Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world, you will discover the economic and environmental importance of this region. Learn how to apply scientific research tools and methods as you examine how climate change affects the region’s marine biodiversity.
Through site visits to Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Beagle Channel, and Puerto Williams, you will see Southern Patagonia’s biodiversity, ecology, and conservation issues firsthand. You will also learn about scientific research methods and environmental monitoring systems as well as the complexities of managing shared natural resources.
- Discover Southern Patagonia’s environmental characteristics.
- Examine the region’s unique biodiversity, ecology, and conservation issues.
- Learn about environmental issue sin Antarctica, the world’s last pristine region.*
- Apply scientific tools and methods to climate change and biodiversity research.
Previous college-level coursework and/or significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT.