Fall Semester in Baja

Credit: Cass Colman

Fall Semester in Baja

Grow and lead on the Sea of Cortez

Open the door to lifelong outdoor adventure and leadership on the Semester in Baja. Explore winding canyons in the Sonoran Desert. Sail quiet coves on clear blue water in the Sea of Cortez. Watch the sunset from the beach after a day of paddling your kayak. On this semester, you’ll learn the outdoor skills you need to explore these wild and beautiful places.

Leadership will be a key focus on this course. Taking on a different role in your sailboat will be your opportunity to learn about teamwork and risk management. Working with your group to navigate challenging terrain is your chance to practice communication and decision making. Your ability to lead will grow from your own experiences. Meeting local educators, fishing communities, and ranchers will connect you to this place and help you learn from cultures different than your own. Unlike most tourists, you’ll spend your time far from city centers exploring the landscape and communities of Baja California. The memories you make and friendships you form will stay with you for the rest of your life. Push yourself to meet new challenges and find your leadership style—you’re ready.



2018 Dates

Sept. 21 – Dec. 7, 2018

Tuition: $13,600
Details: Backpacking, Sea Kayaking, Sailing


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78 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


In San Diego, Out Loreto

Fly in/out

In San Diego, Out Loreto

Skills learned




Sea Kayaking

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What Our Grads Say

“There were the most beautiful, euphoric, accomplished of times, as well as the pivotal hardships moments. In my experience, these highs and lows were the crucial shaping moments that took the trip from just being an amazing memory to it being something that has changed my life and character forever.” 

— Madelyn B., NOLS Fall Semester in Baja grad

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