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Program Description




This program offers students a unique chance to challenge themselves and experience the extremes of life at the end of the world.  The environment the students will get to experience is simultaneously in peril from human activity and yet still can make human beings seem so small when faced with it. The program will be a unique opportunity to explore the complex relationship between humans and our environment, while being inspired to think and act differently in the world they live in based on what they learn and experience.  

Quick Facts

  • December 17 - December 29, 2020
  • ASU's only study abroad program to the world's most remote continent!
  • Learn about the history, wildlife, and environment of Antarctica in the classroom and in person.

  • Combines a 3 credit course in Fall 2020 with a 2 week trip to the continent during Winter Break 2020.

  • Several days of daily trips to the mainland to visit wildlife colonies and hike to historic science stations.

  • Opportunities to see orcas, whales, seals, and penguins

  • Open to all majors!

  • Space is limited. Apply early! 

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



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Location Details

Ushuaia is a beautiful port town in Argentina surrounded by mountains, and frequently referred to as the southernmost city in the world.  We will have two nights in Ushuaia before we board the vessel that will take us south to Antarctica.
Most of the trip will be on board a ship that will take us from Argentina to Antarctica.  The bulk of the first two and the last two days on board we will be at sea learning more about what we are going to experience from the naturalists and ship’s crew on board. We will get to experience the thrill of the open ocean, occasionally accompanied by magnificent albatross and petrels.
We will spend six days off the coast of Antarctica, with daily opportunities to take small zodiac boat excursions. Some of these will simply be to get up close views of the ice and mountains towering above the ocean. But they will also take us to the mainland for hiking, exploring historic scientific research stations, and getting closer to wildlife.   We will be guided by naturalists who will help us to better understand the animals and the environment around us. Stops may include Cierva Cove,  the gentoo penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island, and Wilhelmina Bay, a favorite stopping ground for humpback whales.  Depending on the weather, and whether you're up to it, there may be an option to leave the boat behind for one night and camp on the continent.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.8 GPA
  • Complete a short interview with the Faculty Director


Students will register for the following courses during the Fall registration period.

This is a 5 credit hour program. 3 credits will be done during the fall semester, with the other 2 credits being focused on the 2 week trip to Antarctica.  All students will be enrolled in two courses:
FIS 394 – Antarctica: Humans and the Environment (3 credits)
FIS 394 – Antarctica: The Frozen Continent (2 credits)
There is some flexibility in the courses in that each student will pursue research in their own area of interest to produce a short paper.  FIS 394-Antarctica: Humans and the Environment will meet two credit hours of the University's general education "L"credit and three credit hours of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences "Science & Society" credit. 

For more information, please refer to the draft syllabus for both courses. FIS 394 Antarctica syllabus 2020 D4.docx

*Please note that these courses count towards your Fall semester load.  If registering for these courses will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.

Course Format

This program is divided into two parts. The first part is a series of weekly meetings held during the Fall 2020 semester. It will be facilitated by Prof. Maynard but will electronically bring together other students across the US who will also be participating in the trip to Antarctica for a series of live online lectures given by experts from around the world.  This portion of the program will introduce you to the wide variety of natural science research that is conducted in the Antarctic including marine and terrestrial ecosystems, glaciology, and geology. Alongside these natural research questions, you will also explore the complex social and political issues in Antarctica including: history of exploration, international cooperative research and treaties, and environmental management policies. As part of the course you will write a short research paper on an Antarctic topic of your choice. This semester-long program is designed to prepare you to maximize their experience of being at the frozen southern end of the world. 

The second half of the course is a December trip to Antarctica.  That program begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, where we board a ship for a trip to the continent. You will get to learn on board from scientists and naturalists so you can identify and learn more about what you see.  You will also have the opportunity to go by small boat to the continent for hiking and closer inspection of not just the wildlife, but the research and whaling buildings constructed over the last 100 years. While on the boat you will take field notes and further explore your research paper topic to help you better process the experience of being at the end of the Earth.

Upon returning home to the US, you will complete the final aspects of the program by rewriting your research paper, writing a short blog or public piece about their experiences, and synthesizing their field notes.
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Faculty Director

Professor Andrew Maynard
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Mail code: 5603
Interdisciplinary B 366D
Phone: 480.727.8831

Andrew is a scientist, author, and a leading expert on emerging technologies and the future. Being English, he’s long been fascinated by the 20th century British explorers who failed so spectacularly in their journeys to Antarctica, and hopes not to continue the trend! 


Antarctica faculty - Maynard



Antarctica-watching penguins

Program Housing

We will be spending a total of four nights in small hotels in the port town of Ushuaia. but most of the journey will be spent on board the ship with 100 other passengers plus crew. You will share a cabin with at least one other student for the duration of the voyage. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.This program includes daily trips in small inflatable boats between our ship and the continent. Participants will be required to embark and disembark from the boat on a number of occasions, to traverse potentially uneven terrain during stops, and to navigate small confines in the rooms of the ship. This program may also include a significant amount of hiking.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Argentina, the facilities for individuals with disabilities are often lacking compared to the US. Infrastructure for individuals with visual, hearing, and physical disabilities is rare. For example, wheelchair users will have a hard time finding ramps and lowered curbs; and sidewalks tend to be broken and uneven. Most hotels are not adapted for wheelchair use.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Argentina, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Winter Break 2020 is $11,875.

Program Fee includes: Housing, some group meals on land, all meals aboard the ship, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the five-credit courses, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2020 03/09/2020
Rolling Admission 12/17/2020 12/29/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until the Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.