Field Courses with Wild Rockies Field Institute

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Location of Opportunity: 
Off Campus
Opportunity Description: 

Earn credit living in your tent! Seriously. 

The Wild Rockies Field Institute is an off-campus study opportunity; WRFI offers academic field-based courses through the University of Montana.  Our courses take place in the “Wild Rockies” of North America and combine rigorous academic inquiry with cultural immersion and extended backcountry expeditions (boating and backpacking sections for 6-12 days at a time).  WRFI courses are taught 100% in the field!  Students join us from colleges and universities across North America and from a wide variety of majors; we currently offer courses in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources & Science Management, Native American Studies, Geography, and Philosophy.  WRFI’s small group size (10-12 students maximum, with 2 instructors) and interdisciplinary curriculum offer students an exceptional opportunity to complement their coursework on campus with experiential education in the field.  Students can spend a full term with WRFI in the fall, spring or summer as well as take advantage of exciting shorter summer course offerings such as Environmental Ethics: Climate Change and Visions of a Sustainable FutureRestoration Ecology in Greater Yellowstone, and Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana.   


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How to apply: 

Apply Here:  WRFI has a rolling admissions policy- courses are open until they are full!

Scholarships and Financial Assistance Available: 

Please Contact Bethany Applegate (WRFI Outreach Manager) with questions at or 406-549-4336.

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Engagement Category(s): 
Intercultural Exploration
Research Theme(s): 
Climate and Adaptation
Natural Environment and Biodiversity