Wildlands Studies

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Multicountry, South Africa, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, India, Nepal, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

A sponsored GEO program, Wildlands Studies field project programs offers the rare opportunity to study critical environmental and wildlife concerns on six continents and sixteen different countries. Nomadic by design, the field based courses evolve annually to match the latest ecological research of the region. Academically rigorous, each outdoor study program earns 15 UO credits, features direct contact and instruction with PhD credentialed faculty who are subject matter experts, contributes directly to your cumulative GPA, and UO financial aid will apply. Students come from all over North America to form small teams of 8-16, perfect for sharing energy, responsibilities and discoveries. The overarching goal is for students to leave our programs with extensive knowledge about a specific region and the broader skills of ecological, geological and social sciences needed to effectively pursue their future careers.

These projects are in generally remote locations and include strenuous hiking and backpacking.  Applicants are urged to read the specific program descriptions thoroughly, and to consider their own experience and circumstance. Also see the Wildlands FAQ’s.

** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

***GEO does not sponsor the US-based Wildlands Studies locations and programs.

Contact Information:

Academic Details

All international Wildlands Studies locations are available to UO students.  Each program is project based; sites, types of project and levels of community interaction vary.  Click here to see individual program descriptions.

Wildland Studies courses and credit can be used to meet ENVS and ESCI major and minor requirements.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Housing Description

These projects are entirely field-based and in most cases students live in tents or very rustic accommodations for the duration of the course.  Arrangements vary somewhat by program location; click here to see individual program descriptions.  

Additional requirements

Must have completed one lower division science/biology or environmental studies/geography course.

Application process

IMPORTANT: A Wildlands Studies application has two steps.  The GEO application deadline supersedes the Wildlands deadline.  Application fees are required at time of application and confirmation deposits upon acceptance.  Please read the attached (right-hand column) “Budget & Price” document on GEO’s program webpage for Wildlands Studies, and the specific program listing on the Wildlands website http://www.wildlandsstudies.com/

Step 1: GEO Application Login

Winter 2021 - Canceled

Spring 2021 - Canceled

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

University of Oregon students complete a study abroad application that confirms status as an enrolled student during the term of the program dates.

Step 2: Wildlands Application  

This is a program-specific application and is subject to review and acceptance by Wildlands Studies, and can be filled out here

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Winter 2021 10/1/2020 Varies Varies
Spring 2021 12/1/2020 Varies Varies
Summer 2021 4/1/2021 Varies Varies
Fall 2021 4/15/2021 Varies Varies

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.