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, to consider their own experience and circumstance, and to meet with a GEO advisor. Also see the Wildlands FAQ’s.

Join Wildland Studies in Nepal, India, Thailand, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Cuba, Belize, New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands, and South Africa!

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Additional requirements

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

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.

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.  

Application process

Students are strongly recommended to meet with a GEO advisor before completing an application.

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

Step 1: GEO Application Login

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Spring 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

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Travel Advisories

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