National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
NOLS is one of the world's premier educators of outdoor skills and leadership, offering courses in the world's most spectacular wilderness classrooms. Although the NOLS program is open to all students, our office provides advisement for SUNY Cortland students only. All other interested students should contact NOLS directly.
Please note: the above second and third photos have been printed with NOLS permission and taken by NOLS alumni Brad Christensen and Deborah Sussex, respectively.
International NOLS programs: Australia, Baffin Island (Canada), Baja, Brazil (The Amazon), India (Himalayas), New Zealand, Patagonia, Chile, Scandinavia, and the Yukon, Canada.
Semester or Summer
The dates for each NOLS program vary depending on location. View dates.
Spring 2014 Admission: October 15, 2013
Summer 2014 Admission: April 1, 2014
Fall 2014 Admission: April 15, 2014
All participants must submit a NOLS application in addition to the SUNY Cortland Study Abroad application. Students should complete their NOLS application approximately 6-8 months prior to the program start as programs fill quickly.
Note: If applicant receives financial aid, applicant MUST note this on the NOLS application and specify that SUNY Cortland, not the applicant, should be billed for all program costs.
Participants make own travel arrangements. The exact arrival and departure dates can be acquired by contacting the NOLS program directly at 1-800-710-NOLS.
The cost for each NOLS program varies depending on location. Please contact the International Programs Office at SUNY Cortland for detailed cost information. Students will be charged SUNY Cortland tuition, however, the tuition will be applied to the overall NOLS international program cost.
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Students should plan to make an appointment to meet with Professor Lynn Anderson, SUNY Cortland's NOLS coordinator.
Accommodation varies by program. Students generally will learn to create outdoor shelters and will sleep in a camping-like environment.
Please feel free to contact the following students about their amazing NOLS experiences:
India: Laura Platt
Patagonia: Melanie Canna
Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland study abroad advisor for any questions you may have.