Mountains to the Sea: Ecosystems of Chile

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Aysén Region, part of Northern Patagonia  

Spring Break 2024 (March 23 - 30)

Applications open November-January


Journey with CoF faculty to Patagonia in Chile to discover a landscape that will feel at once familiar and starkly new. Chile's diverse forests and dramatic landscapes provide a unique opportunity for students to compare PNW ecosystems with their Chilean counterparts.


This program builds on a long and rich history of comparative ecology between the US West Coast and Chile that has played a key role in the development of convergent evolution theory, biogeography, and plant ecology. You'll experience Patagonia, visit a stunning lake, hike in the Andes, and learn about the people and their cultural and economic management of forests and natural spaces. In the process, you'll develop friendships and connections with Chilean faculty and students that will influence your subsequent careers and lives.

There are also opportunities for spring term internships in Chile! You can utilize financial aid and earn credit for these internships! To explore internship opportunities in Chile, fill out the internship interest form on this page.

Read about one student's experience in Chile on our blog!

For more information about the course, application process, funding, or other logistical details, please contact Rachael Fahrenbach.



Faculty-led programs are available to ALL OSU STUDENTS

This includes all majors and campuses, including E-campus, Cascades, dually enrolled students at partner Community Colleges, and our main campus in Corvallis. Because these programs are short-term, they tend to bring together diverse groups of graduate and undergraduate students, online and campus-based learners, students of different ages, majors, and life experiences. That diversity makes group interaction so much richer because there are so many different perspectives.






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