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Cornell in Patagonia
Trelew, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Advisor: Stephen Capobianco Curricular Highlights: Natural Science, Research
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Cornell in Patagonia**

**In development, please start an application for Spring 2018 in order to receive additional information and status updates!
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Cornell in Patagonia offers a unique opportunity to engage in an intensive academic and scientific research coursework while integrating into Patagonian culture. The program offers a set of courses with Cornell course codes that introduce the unique geology and the living and extinct biodiversity of Patagonia. The courses are taught by experienced professors and researchers providing up-to-date information with an important component of laboratory and fieldwork activities. The courses take place in the educational facilities of a constantly growing, modern, museum, which houses some of the most important fossil specimens from Patagonia.

Where in the world?

Trelew is the largest and most populated city in the Chubut river valley of Argentinian Patagonia, with more than 100,000 inhabitants. The city was founded by Welsh settlers in 1886. As such, the entire area of Trelew and its surrounding cities represent an important landmark in the history of Wales and colonization/migration worldwide.

Trelew is the center of a touristic region that offers a variety of spectacles such as paleontological findings inland, and important areas for the conservation of whales, sea lions, penguins, guanacos and other members of the Patagonian biota on the coast, a short distance away. Trelew and its surroundings offer a snapshot of the past, present and future of Patagonia. Trelew has a typical Patagonian desert climate with hot summers and cool winters and low precipitation. However, the presence of Chubut river that stems from the foothills of the Andes makes the area an ideal habitat in the entire Patagonia. In reasonable distance from Trelew, the visitor can travel to the marvelous mountain chains of the Andes (Cordillera) with protected national parks, glaciers and spectacular environment, all embraced in a unique cultural heritage.


Who is our partner?

The Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (MEF) is a center for scientific activities that is one of a kind in South America. MEF’s innovative work is reflected both in its exhibitions as in its products and services. The MEF’s mission is “to take a commitment to the development and promotion of culture, through science conceived as an entire synthesis of production, dissemination and accessibility of knowledge.” The museum has a commitment to research and exhibit the paleontological richness of the region, a World Heritage Site and a genuine source of pride for all.

How does it work?

Earn 15 Cornell credits towards your degree. Each course has Cornell course codes, so this means the grades you earn on this program will calculate into your Cornell GPA.

This program is module based, courses are worth three credits and generally last for three weeks, each week could contain up to three lectures, three labs, and field trips.

Everyone will take Introduction to the Language and Cultural of Patagonia, which is the only course to last the entire semester.

You will then mix and match courses from the two tracks, Botany/Paleobotany and Zoology/Paleozoology.

The semester will also include an Advanced Field Geology and Biology of Patagonia course where you will traverse the continent from the coast to the Andes.

All courses are taught in English, except for the language and culture course.

  • Introduction to the Language and Culture of Patagonia
  • Individual Research Project
  • Mysteries of Gondwana
  • Plant Biodiversity and Vegetation of Patagonia through time
  • Animal Diversity in Patagonia through time: Major evolutionary changes and adaptations in dinosaurs, birds, and mammals

What will you learn?

You will get hands-on experience in cutting-edge research in the fields of botany, zoology, paleobotany, and paleozoology. You will explore one of the most beautiful and intriguing regions of the world with a scientific lens.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.