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National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

outdoor scenes

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. 


City, Country 

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.


2.5 GPA 

Application Deadline

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.

Travel Information

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.

Program Costs

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.

Program Course Information

Students should plan to make an appointment to meet with Professor Lynn Anderson, SUNY Cortland's NOLS  coordinator.
Students who participate in an approved NOLS program will earn SUNY Cortland credit for REC 476 (Undergraduates) or REC 676 (Graduates). Credits vary depending on the length of the program and can range from 1-12 credits awarded.


Accommodation varies by program. Students generally will learn to create outdoor shelters and will sleep in a camping-like environment.

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Student Mentors

Please feel free to contact the following students about their amazing NOLS experiences:

India: Laura Platt

Patagonia: Melanie Canna

Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland study abroad advisor for any questions you may have.