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New ERM Study Abroad Course to Patagonia

Posted: December 6, 2016

The Environmental Resource Management Program is currently planning a new embedded study abroad program for next winter break to the Patagonia region of South America. This program will travel during winter break of 2017 through 2018 and will start with a stay in Santiago, Chile.
Students at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand when the course traveled over winter break 2014-2015. Photo Credit Jose Bonetti

Students at the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand when the course traveled over winter break 2014-2015. Photo Credit Jose Bonetti

In a few short weeks, students in the Environmental Resource Management Program will be traveling to New Zealand as part of an embedded study abroad program. The group of 16 students will travel with the ERM program advisors to the South Island of New Zealand to learn about the vast environmental resources the country has to offer. While in New Zealand, the students will spend two weeks learning from professors at Lincoln University about the history, culture, and environmental issues of the country. Students will also have the opportunity to travel around the South Island and visit the Franz Josef Glacier, the city of Queenstown, and the Mount John Observatory. A visit to a sheep farm, hiking in Hinewai Reserve, and a trip to the International Antarctic Center are just some of the other activities the students will get to experience while in New Zealand.

The Environmental Resource Management Program is currently planning a new embedded study abroad program for next winter break to the Patagonia region of South America. This program will travel during winter break of 2017 through 2018 and will start with a stay in Santiago, Chile. While in the city, students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Chile as well as learn more about the environmental issues the area is currently facing. This may include in depth learning about air quality, water quality, and climate change impacts on South America. Day trips to the Western Coast of Chile in addition to national parks and nature reserves will also be included.

Following the stay in Santiago, Chile, the group will travel south to the more remote region of Patagonia. While here, the students will have an opportunity to experience the vast beauty of this undeveloped area. Not only will students be able to hike throughout Patagonia and experience its natural beauty first hand, but they will also learn about its expansive history and environmental importance.

Students who are interested in traveling to Chile and the Patagonia Region with the ERM Program should check the program website for updates and application details in 2017. Questions can be directed to Tammy Shannon of the ERM Program at tmb5352@psu.edu.