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UNT Faculty-Led: Tracing Darwin's Path: Chile Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (PHIL/BIOL)
Cape Horn, Chile; Puerto Williams, Chile; Punta Arenas, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Wintermester
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UNT applicants only
Program Cost: Wintermester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Wintermester 2017-2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete Pre-Departure / Post-Decision Phase materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fields of Study:
Biological Sciences, Philosophy
Minimum GPA Requirement:
Program Type:
UNT Faculty Leader(s):
Carmen Auerbach (, Jaime Jimenez (, James Kennedy (, Ricardo Rozzi (
Academic Level:
Faculty-Led Program Term:
Language of Instruction:
UGRAD Credit Hours: 3 UNT hours GRAD Credit Hours: 3 UNT hours
Program Contact in SAO:
Mrs. Kate Jordan (
Program Description:

Quick Facts

  • Open to all majors and classifications
  • Earn 3SCH as part of Spring 2018 course load
  • Must provide passport to complete application to program
  • Wintermester 2017/2018 course dates: 12/27/2017-1/13/2018
  • Travel dates: 12/26/2017-1/14/2018
This program will explore ways of defining, studying, communicating and conserving biocultural diversity through the case study of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park and the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.
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Omora Park Sign, Photo courtesy of Dr. Tetsuya Kono, Rikkyo University, Japan  Biocultural diversity has been defined as the “diversity of life in all its manifestations —biological, cultural, and linguistic— which are interrelated within a complex socio-ecological adaptive system.”  Addressing modern day environmental issues requires approaches that take into account this multi-faceted meaning of diversity. In this context, this course will provide students with an interdisciplinary research, conservation and education experience at one of the most pristine wilderness areas remaining in the world. The program will explore ways of defining, studying, communicating and conserving biocultural diversity. These goals will be achieved by exposing students to a first-hand experience using the case study of the creation and implementation of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park as a long-term ecological study site that serves to link society and development with biodiversity, history and ecosystems in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (CHBR).

Participants will have required orientations to attend throughout the fall semester:
  • Program Specific: Conducted by the Tracing Darwin's Path Faculty Leaders and Support Staff
  • General: Conducted by the Study Abroad Office


Location Details


The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve (Cabo de Hornos Biosphere Reserve) is located in the extreme south of Chile and comprises marine areas, islands, fjords, channels, forests and moorland. Program Leader, Dr. Rozzi has played an key role in the preparation of the proposal to UNESCO to designate the CHBR.  In addition to hosting the world's southernmost forested ecosystems and culture (the Yahgans), the Cape Horn Archipelago also protects 5% of the world's bryophyte diversity (mosses and liverworts). 

The Omora Ethnobotanical Park is located 3 kilometers west of Puerto Williams on the north coast of Isla Navarino.  Within the park interpretative paths explore most of the major habitat types of the region: coastal coigue forests, lenga parks, ñirre forests, peat bogs, invasive beaver wetlands and alpine heath.  The Omora Park aspires to be a natural laboratory to study the role of humans in the environment, an outdoor classroom for students and teachers of all ages, and a public space to experience the many ways of living together based on solidarity and respect between human beings and other biological species.

Punta Arenas is located in the extreme south of Chile.  Punta Arenas (literally in Spanish: "Sands Point" or "Sandy Point") is the largest settlement on the Strait of Magellan and the capital of Chile's Magallanes y Antártica Region.  Several penguin colonies are located near Punta Arenas which is where hundreds of Magellanic Penguins arrive home to breed at their birth place each spring.

Seno Otway Penguin Colony

Internet Access

Internet access and connections are few and very unreliable even when available, however, there are several local cafes where students can access an internet connection.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited while traveling to and during this program. Limited information may be provided by the UNT Study Abroad Office, your Faculty Leader(s), and/or partner organizations/institutions, however students should double-check visa requirements for their country of citizenship. 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 Withdrawal Policy.

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

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 Study Abroad Advisor and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all students regardless of major or classification.  While there are no pre-requisites, it is recommended that students take Introduction to Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation, offered each fall on campus at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

People Observing Bird in Cape Horn Biosphere ReserveCourses

Students will choose one course from the following list to earn 3SCH.  The course will show on the Spring 2018 course schedule once enrolled.




Bird Banding in Chile


Jaime Jimenez
Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program
EESAT, Room 310A or 310V or
Phone: 940.369.8211

  • Academic Matters
  • Syllabus
  • Itinerary
  • In-Country Experience
Mrs. Kate Jordan
Faculty-Led Advisor, Study Abroad Office
Sage Hall, Room 235A
Phone: 940.565.2207
  • Application Process
  • Payment Questions
  • Funding Resources
  • In-Country Experience

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Jaime Jimenez
Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Ricardo Rozzi
Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Dr. James Kennedy
Chair, Philosophy and Religion
Professor, Biology


Field Station House by Dr. Tetsuya Kono, Rikkyo University, Japan; Jan. 2015

Program Housing

The Cape Horn Field Station is administrated by the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, a research, education, and conservation program coordinated by UNT in the U.S., and the University of Magallanes and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile. The Field Station facility includes space to house up to 15 students and faculty with a kitchen, a basic laboratory for processing and storing samples, as well as library and classroom facilities. The station offers panoramic views of Puerto Williams, the Beagle Channel and the Cordillera Darwin.


Meals are served family style once at the Field Station. The meals are pre-planned ahead of time and tend to be be based on meats, starchy vegetables and breads.


Group with hiking gearAccessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States.  Although UNT cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the UNT Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

The final destination for this program is Puerto Williams, which is two (2) short plane rides from Santiago, Chile.  The smallest plane allows only 22 pounds (10kg)  of baggage per person.  The course is held at the Cape Horn Field Station, a multi-purpose building which has stairs only for access w
here students take classes, sleep and eat.  Part of the course is a 3-day overnight camping trip which requires hiking into the mountains to get to the campsite by a river. Participants should be physically fit to participate.  Each participant carries their own camping gear as well as their designated portion of supplies needed for the camping trip which totals about 50 pound in the backpack.

As the program is offered on an island, the location is remote and somewhat isolated. The meals are pre-planned months ahead of the program and tend to be be heavily based on meats, starches and breads. Fish and shellfish is limited in availability, so students requesting a pescatarian option will be provided with vegetarian options when fish is not available. A supply boat comes in once a week with fresh vegetables and fruits that students can purchase to supplement the meals provided by the program.  Students with dietary concerns should contact to learn more about the ability of the program to accommodate special diets such as vegan, etc.



Cost Information

Costs Paid to UNT

Amount Due Date
Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $100.00
  • Due no later than October 1, 2017
  • Paid Via Study Abroad Application system
Faculty Led Deposit (Non-Refundable) $500.00
  • Due no later than October 15, 2017
  • Paid Via Study Abroad Application system
Program Fee $3,571.51
  • Posts During Fall 2017 Semester
  • Paid Via MyUNT
UNT Tuition (3SCH) Varies (Est. $840.33 - $2,085.33)
UNT Mandatory Fees $165.48 (UG)
UNT Instructional Fees PHIL: $22.05
BIOL: $101.40
TOTAL COSTS PAID TO UNT:   $5,199.37 - $6,523.72

Out of Pocket Costs

Costs Amount
Passport (if needed) $150.00
Course Books & Materials 100.00
Meals Not Covered By Program $50.00
Estimated Airfare $1,600.00
Personal Spending $300.00

Explanation of Costs

  • The Application Fee is non-refundable once paid.  If the program is cancelled, the application fee will be returned to a student.
    • This program requires that applicants submit a copy of their passport to in order to obtain department approval to participate.  A student's passport must have an expiration date of July 15, 2018 or later.
  • The Faculty Led Deposit is non-refundable once paid.  The payment of the deposit is what secures a student's participation in the program and what authorizes UNT to make financial arrangements on his/her behalf.
  • The Remaining Program Fee is used by UNT to make payment for programmatic arrangements such as lodging, meals, cultural activities, etc.  Once publicly listed on this webpage, the advertised program fee will not change.  The program fee for this particular program covers the following:
    • Lodging
    • All meals except for travel days to/from Chile
    • In-country flight
    • Program related activities
    • UNT Health and Accident Insurance
    • SAO Administrative Fees
  • Students will pay their usual UNT Tuition rates for the UNT credits earned on the program.  UNT tuition rates are based on whether a student is an undergraduate or graduate level student, as well as whether or not s/he is a Texas or Non-Texas resident.  Students should use the UNT Tuition Calculator to determine their tuition rates.
  • UNT Mandatory Fees are assessed for university-related services available to students.  As result of studying abroad, UNT has waived some fees, but those listed below are still applicable to UNT Faculty-Led Study Abroad participants.
    • Student Service Fee
    • Technology Use Fee
    • Library Use Fee
    • Undergraduate Advising Fee
    • International Education Fee
    • Publication Fee
  • Instructional Fees are fees colleges and schools at UNT charge students as an additional fee in order to cover the estimated costs of goods and services related to instruction at the college/school level; students are responsible for paying these fees as normal. Please review the UNT Student Accounting website Explanation of Fees page to review course specific fees. 
  • Out of Pocket Costs are those which a student incurs personally as they are preparing to go abroad or while abroad.  The student is personally responsible for securing items or budgeting monies to cover these expenses.  These costs are not paid to UNT or to the Study Abroad Office.
  • A Passport is required to travel outside the U.S.  If a student already has a passport, then s/he does not need to budget for this cost.
    • For this program, a student's passport must have an expiration date of July 15, 2018 or later.
    • Students may apply for a passport through the UNT Study Abroad Office.
  • Some programs require students obtain Books and Supplies for their courses.  Students should consult with his/her faculty leader to determine which materials are needed, if any.
    • This particular program requires students obtain three (3) textbooks.
  • Depending on the program arrangements meals may or may not provided.  Meals Not Covered By Program refers to meals that the student is personally responsible for securing on his/her own.
    • This particular program provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the majority of the program.  Students are responsible for bringing funds to cover meals on travel and arrival days to and from Chile.  For example, lunch at the airport.
  • Students are personally responsible for obtaining their Airfare.  The amount listed will vary depending a student's travel route, airline benefits, and date when flight is purchased.  The Study Abroad Office does not purchase international flights on behalf of students.Students will receive instructions on how to make flight arrangements.
    • All itineraries for international flights should be approved prior to purchase to ensure students arrive in Santiago in time for the included in-country flight. Students should request approval at
    • Students with concerns about booking flights should consider the STA Travel Airfare Deposit Program.  It allows students to put down a $300 deposit now for a flight and pay the remaining balance when financial aid is received.
  • Personal Spending amounts will vary from student to student due to personal spending habits.
    • Students in this particular program should take into consideration shopping habits, laundromat usage, international phone and data plans and usage, emergency funds, supplemental snacks, etc.


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 Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Tab 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. Meet with a Money Coach to better understand your financial aid package and develop your funding plan.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program