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  • Locations: South Shetland Islands, Antarctica; Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Blanchong, Julie, Dinsmore, Steve
Language of Instruction: English Online Course Catalog Available: No
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: NREM 496
Program Description:

photo provided by Logan Worden, 2014 traveler

Watch the Video from Fall 2014!  Click on the link:

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: February 25, 4:30pm, 114 Science II

Program overview: 
Students will travel to Antarctica through Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. They will spend 12 days on a ship exploring the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Throughout the duration of the trip, while on the ship and during daily excursions to the continent, expedition leaders and lecture staff will guide students in viewing wildlife like whales, a huge variety of seabirds, penguins, and seals. Students will explore the icebergs, mountains and waterways of Antarctica's geography.

NREM 496 - 3 Credits (Fall 2016 semester)

Program Directors: Julie Blanchong, and Steve Dinsmore,

Participant Selection:  Completion of online application (including one-page essay), an interview with course instructors.

Approval of instructor required. Current ISU undergraduate students only (graduate students may be considered with instructor approval). Preference will be given to College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors, though others who can articulate a compelling motivation to experience this unique ecosystem will be considered. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in an introductory biology course (e.g., Bio 211-212) is recommended. Participants should be capable of physical activity in cold environments, including travel on board a ship and in small boats, and hiking on snow, ice and rocky surfaces.

2014 Group at DSM

Ushuaia Ship

Here is a Tentative Travel Itinerary for the December 2016 ProgramANT DailyItinIowa Dec 2016.pdf

Program Fee:  $11,200  (The program fee is for a specific size group.  If the group size changes, the cost per person could change as well):  includes airfare, 3-day tour (includes most meals) in Ushuaia, Argentina, 10 days/9 nights on board the ship (includes all meals on ship), visa, airport taxes.

Other Fees:  $10 application fee, $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by the Study Abroad Center in the MU.

Out of pocket personal costs:  Incidentals estimated at $500 for tips, spending money, use of ship satellite phone, laundry.

If you are a first time traveler in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and do not have a passport, contact Jodi Cornell at to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.

Due to the season and limited availability of affordable ship berths, travel for this course will happen during the ISU academic semester. This means you will miss classes on campus during the final few weeks of the fall semester. If you are applying for this course, please note that you will be responsible for communicating with your fall semester instructors to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up class work and/or exams missed. The CALS Study Abroad office or the program directors can verify your participation in the Antarctica course and the details of the trip, but each instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class. It is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade.

Cool penguin

Cyclones in Antarctica



This program is currently not accepting applications.