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Chile

Patagonia Conservation Program

Spend a semester living and conducting research with Round River in Patagonia. Our semester program takes students to southern Chile, where we work with local organizations...

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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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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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Botswana

Botswana Conservation Program

Spend a semester living, studying, and conducting research with Round River in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta is...

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Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula Conservation Program

Experience Round River's newest program on the Osa Peninsula in beautiful Costa Rica! The Osa Peninsula was named "the most biologically intense place on earth" by National...

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Round River Conservation Studies Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    8

Unique experience in Southern Chile

Round River provides a unique, outdoor study abroad experience. You'll learn an incredible amount of the natural history, environmental issues and culture of the region. I made great friends and was able to travel for three months afterward in South America. If you're considering a study-abroad program with an environmental focus this is the one for you.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    7

Once in a lifetime

This program will immerse you into a country whose natural landscapes, wildlife and people are both extraordinary and incredibly unique. For three months me and my 4 classmates camped out in the Botswana bush, living amongst lions, elephants, hyenas and leopards. Each day began with the excitement of never knowing what might happen that day and ended with the nightly calls of close by hyenas and lions. The best part about this program was that your classroom was your home. We had lectures around the campfire and did our readings in our tents, only to be able to experience what we learned the next day. Our research directly influenced and helped the local communities as well as the Botswana government. If you are looking for the most unique, unbelievable and authentic field experience than this program is the right one for you.

Program: Botswana Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best decision ever

Going on this program was one of the best decisions I've ever made, both in college and in general. When I applied, I did not have a thorough idea of what I wanted to do with my future and I felt quite discontented by this.

After 4 amazing months of backpacking through the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen, participating in fascinating scientific research with some of the most interesting and wonderful people I've ever met, I found my outlook was fundamentally changed. I will never forget the friendships, beauty, and lessons of Patagonia.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Amazing summer in BC

I learned a lot about the natural history of the area, conservation efforts, and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) with Round River this past summer. We went out on day hikes in the Atlin area to conduct our field work as well as record our opportunistic sightings of wildlife. The area is remote and just stunning. In the middle of the program, we hiked to the Nakina River and spent a few days on the river, which has significant cultural meaning to the Tlingit. We also had the opportunity to interact and talk to these Tlingit community members over home-cooked meals and even a boat ride! These experiences shifted my understanding of conservation biology to a more nuanced and complex understanding. The program instructors, having done this program for more than five years, knew the area extremely well and were awesome to get to know. Truly a program I would recommend.

Program: Taku Watershed Conservation Program

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

Rugged & Pristine

My time in Patagonia went by so quickly it's funny to look back on those three months of my college career. I had always dreamed of going there (it's a climbers' and mountaineers' paradise) and so I knew I was getting into something pretty amazing when I got accepted. Living alone in a tent for 90 days was surprisingly easy to adjust to, I actually craved it when I was assimilated back in the US. During my time there I felt less like an academic student and more of a world traveller, being immersed in the cultural flow and learning from the locals. If you're a hands on learner who is interested in wildlife biology, ecotourism or learning more about different conservation strategies, I'd like to say this program would be fitting.

Program: Patagonia Conservation Program

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