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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; Various, Antarctica
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel, Ship Cabin Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences Program, Earth Sciences, Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, Human Dimensions of Environment, International Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Earth Science, Environment and Natural Resources Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Research
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Charlie J. Gbur
Program Description:
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Program dates are tentative at this time.
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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the remote and dramatic wilderness of the world's least-understood continent. Towering icebergs, glacier-draped mountains and waddling penguins are just a few of the wonders that greet you on this experiential program. You'll explore contemporary issues in Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean, and learn how this otherworldly continent is so closely linked with the civilized world.


Antarctica is a wondrous and unique place. It is the "coldest, windiest, driest, highest, quietest, most remote and least understood continent on earth." The South Polar Region has been an object of human speculation for millennia and a prize for explorers, scientists, hunters and geologists for more than two hundred years.

Ushuaia, Argentina will be the port of call, and will also be the site of a coastal hike in the Tierra Del Fuego National Park.


Students will stay in shared hotel accommodations in Argentina and in cruise ship rooms while traveling in Antarctica. All meals and extreme winter gear will be provided on the ship.

Resident Directors

Dr. Larry Krissek
School of Earth Sciences

Ohio State Program Contact

Charlie Gbur
Student Programs Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Global Engagement



Courses and Credit Antarctica tab 2

This program is cross listed with the Department of Earth Sciences and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Admitted Participants will enroll in 1 credit EARTHSCI 5790.01 or ENR 5790.01 during AU18 for the pre-departure course, and  3 credits EARTHSCI 5797.10 or ENR 5797.10 for in-country experience.



Application Requirement Antarctica tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.75 GPA, take part in a personal interview and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Antarctica tab 4

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee includes lodging, coursework, all required excursions and field trips and all meals while aboard the ship. It does not cover airfare, some meals in Argentina and Chile, your passport, baggage fees (if applicable), the entry fee for Argentina ($160, currently not required), personal travel and expenditures.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 10 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions Antarctica tab 5

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U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 04/01/2019 04/15/2019 12/13/2019 12/30/2019