Ecology in Antarctica
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Antarctica
- Weather and Climate
- Research your destination
Students will be housed in the Hotel Villa Brescia in Ushuaia, Argentina. Restaurants, shopping, and the Hotel Albatross (where preparatory events for the oceanic portion of the seminar will be held) are within 15 minutes on foot of Villa Brescia.
Students will be housed onboard the Akademik Ioffe purpose-built polar research vessel in shared hotel-style berths. Day excursions will occur to barrier islands and the Antarctic continent proper, however, all nights will be spent onboard.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
In Ushuaia, dinner will be provided and students will be responsible for breakfast and lunch. Aboard the Akademic Ioffe, meals will be served in the bistro dining room, which provides buffet-style breakfast and dinner and ala carte dinner menu. The dining room can accommodate most dietary restrictions.
In Ushuaia, excursions will include a walking tour of Ushuaia, a catamaran tour of breeding bird habitats, and a visit to the Acatashun Marine Mammal Museum. In Antarctica, daily excursions will include sea kayaking and zodiac travel to Antarctic barrier islands and the continental mainland, including an active scientific research station.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)
Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, sitting astride the geographic South Pole. Its 5.5 million square miles are almost entirely covered by ice and almost entirely unpopulated by humans. It is a land of extremes, being the coldest, driest, and windiest location on Earth.
Since Antarctica contains no permanent human population, it also has no citizenship, no direct government, and no legal system. Antarctica is internationally governed by the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), originally signed by 12 countries (including the United States) in 1959. The ATS preserves Antarctica as a region of scientific research, precludes military activity, and limits national claims of land and sovereignty on the continent. Visitors to Antarctica are subject to the laws of their home country and to international agreements made by that country as part of the ATS.
Currency: Argentine pesos (in Ushuaia) and American dollars (onboard Akademik Ioffe)
Primary Language Spoken: English
December is summer in the southern hemisphere. In Ushuaia, temperatures will average at about 50° Fahrenheit with low chances for rain. In the Antarctic Peninsula temperatures will hover just above freezing (~33° F). Precipitation is low and winds can be high making this region cold and very dry.