Start your college career with an immersive, inquiry-based semester in the American West or Ecuador and learn from your location, your professors, your peers—and yourself.
Lehigh Launch is an experiential, integrative learning experience for intellectually curious and independent students. This unique first-semester experience is led by Lehigh faculty and staff, is open to students in any major, and costs the same as an on-campus semester (financial aid applies the same as for an on-campus semester as well). Through hands-on learning and challenging coursework in a living-learning community, students will gain new perspectives, grow as individuals and return to Lehigh with the experience and knowledge to succeed.
Explore the American West through backpacking and canoeing expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) that elevate the program's classroom- and field-based learning.
Experience Ecuadorian culture by studying in the beautiful colonial city of Quito and spending three weeks on the Galapagos Island, one of the most pristine natural laboratories in the world.
At this time, we are evaluating all options with regard to Lehigh Launch: Semester in Ecuador in fall 2020. Lehigh University is actively monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, especially as it impacts study in Ecuador. You can read the latest updates on the university response on the COVID-19 Information webpage.
place-based, situated in a living-learning environment
concepts woven together through connective themes
cohort-based learning with collaborative projects and reports
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NOLS's Wyss Campus will be home base for the Wyoming portion of the semester.
Backpacking through the Wind River Range with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Universidad San Francisco de Quito is located in the large, cosmopolitan city of Quito.
The blue-footed booby on the Galapagos Islands
Hiking on Pichincha volcano outside of Quito
Southern Methodist University’s Taos campus will be home for the second half of the semester.
Wilderness and wayfinding skills will be part of the curriculum.
Birdwatching at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the Amazon