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Chile

Patagonia Conservation Program

Spend a semester living and conducting research with Round River in southern Patagonian Chile, where we work with local organizations to monitor wildlife and vegetation while...

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Canada

Taku Watershed Conservation Program

Round River's Taku Watershed Conservation Program is a 6-week summer program in northern British Columbia, offering students the opportunity to experience a vast wild place...

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Botswana

Botswana Conservation Program

Spend a semester living, studying, and conducting research with Round River in Botswana's Okavango Delta, home to some of the world's most abundant and diverse wildlife populations....

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Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula Conservation Program

The Osa Peninsula was named "the most biologically intense place on earth" by National Geographic, and provides an exceptional chance for you to get hands-on experience conducting...

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Mongolia

Mongolia Conservation Program

Round River Conservation Studies' Mongolia Conservation Program provides an incredible opportunity to experience the vast landscapes and biodiversity of Mongolia. Operating...

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Round River Conservation Studies Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

The best semester of your college career

My semester abroad with RRCS was absolutely fantastic. RRCS provides wonderful communication before the trip on the logistics of planning and the gear necessary, as well as assuring that safety will be the number one priority during the program (helps give your parents peace of mind). The Patagonia program was full of wonderful, like-minded people who challenged me daily. By the end of the semester I considered my classmates and instructors my family.
The program provides wonderful hands-on conservation work that is important for the future of conservation in Chile in a backcountry field environment that can't be beat. There is also opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture during week-long homestays and interactions with local gauchos throughout the program, though I wouldn't consider it full immersion. Most of the program is instead spent backpacking and doing cool research in this breathtakingly beautiful place.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Round River Patagonia

Studying abroad in Patagonia with Round River was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The opportunity to meet amazing people and see beautiful landscapes, all while working to further research to protect those areas was incredibly rewarding. The instructors were excellent, and I learned more about the different species of flora and fauna, as well as the Spanish language, than I ever thought I could in such a short amount of time. Round River is amazing and I can't recommend their program enough to anyone who has any interest in the outdoors, different cultures, or environmental studies.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Semester abroad in Patagonia

My decision to spend a semester in Patagonia with Round River was the single best decision I made during my college career. It challenged me, opened new avenues of thought, broadened my worldview, gave me hands-on experience in conservation, and sent me back home with life-long friends. The instructors care about your academic experience as much as your personal one, and they are truly invested in furthering the conservation mission of Round River. The Chilean people are incredibly welcoming, and are eager to share their knowledge and culture with students. Take a chance on Round River— you won't be disappointed.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

Tent city - backpacking in valleys and on glaciers with some of my favorite people

Prior to my three months with Round River, I had never been backpacking. I knew I loved the outdoors and that Patagonia was beautiful, but never did I think that I would have the opportunity to live in the woods and conduct research alongside other students who became some of my closest friends while hiking in some of the most gorgeous natural areas I have ever seen. There were hard days in the field during which we never saw the sun and my feet never dried, but we were always able to find something beautiful in it - whether it be puma tracks, a rainbow, or an extra chocolate bar that no one knew we had. I made some of my favorite memories of college out in the middle of nowhere in Southern Patagonia, and I truly believe that studying abroad there was one of the best decisions for me.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

An amazing experience of biodiversity

I learned an incredible amount about both the biology and culture of the Osa Peninsula on this trip. We got to see amazing wildlife every day at our campsite and the field experience that I gained will be incredibly valuable to me as I pursue a career in conservation. The people that we worked with on the program were also great! The instructors were really knowledgeable about the area and we also got to meet a lot of really cool and diverse local people. I improved my Spanish language skills a lot during my semester as well. This is a great program for anyone who is interested in wildlife and conservation and who is looking to make some great memories while having a unique and adventurous study abroad experience!

Program: Osa Peninsula Conservation Program

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