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  • Locations: Valdivia, Chile
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Description:


FLP Mountains to Sea BrochureJourney with College of Forestry faculty to Chile to build field skills and discover a landscape that will feel at once familiar and starkly new. Chile's diverse forests provide a unique opportunity for students to compare Pacific Northwest ecosystems with their Chilean counterparts.This program builds on a long and rich history of comparative ecology between the US West Coast and Chile that has played a key role in the development of convergent evolution theory, biogeography, and plant ecology. Despite very different natural histories of Northern and Southern hemisphere west coast flora and fauna, these regions support many functionally similar species and ecosystems that reflect broad similarities in climate and geology. Interaction with Chilean faculty and students in this program will give you the opportunity to learn firsthand about both the diversity of Chilean terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the social and cultural factors that impact them. In the process, you'll develop friendships and connections with Chilean faculty and students that will influence your subsequent careers and lives.

Spend a week in Chile visiting significant forest sites and meeting with stakeholders and peers from Universidad Austral de Chile to discuss forest management and conservation issues. As part of this program, you will visit several distinct regions in Chile including the Coastal Valdivian temperate rainforest and Andean montane forests.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in FES 499: Mountains to the Sea: Ecosystems of Chile

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate key concepts of forest ecology as applied to forest management and conservation.
  2. Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams toward established research, education and outreach goals.
  3. Develop and articulate research questions germane to course themes, collect relevant primary and secondary data using appropriate research methods, synthesize research findings and present them through professional oral and written communications.
  4. Analyze and articulate interconnections between local conditions and global ecological, social, political, and economic trends affecting forest conservation and management.


To register for this course, student must have achieved at least sophomore standing, and a 2.75 GPA or permission of instructor.

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $875 (undergraduate) $500 (graduate)
Tuition [3 credits] $624 (COF undergraduate) / $1,350 (graduate)
Housing Included in Program Fee
Meals $150 (estimate only)
Accident & Sickness Insurance $24 (approximate)
International Airfare $1,600 (estimate only)
Passport $135
Visa or Entry/Exit Tax $0
Books & Supplies $0
Local Transporation & Misc. Expenses $300
Total Estimated Expenses $3,691 (undergraduate) / $3,927 (graduate)

Additional Info

The Program Leaders are Chris Still and Carlos Gonzalez.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Program Leaders and visit: College of Forestry’s Faculty-led Programs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.