College Credit

All IWLS programs are available for college credit. We work with over 40 colleges and universities to offer undergraduate and graduate students internship opportunities and credits that are directly transferable to their school. With a series of consortium agreements in place, we are able to structure your credit to easily fit your existing major or credit structure. Students who enroll in IWLS semester programs can earn between 16 and 20 credit hours.

In order to receive college credit you’ll need to be enrolled as a  full time degree seeking student at one of our partner universities.  Many of our students accomplish this through Western State (contact/info packet). Please allow at least four months of processing time before your course date if you plan on receiving college credit. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

IWLS and AMGCSI offer a variety of internships. Students receive college credit and practical skills essential for future job placement. Internship positions include: instructing, program management, administrative support, guiding, and program development.

International Students
About 30% of IWLS students are from outside the United States. Depending on where you are from, and the course location, visas can be difficult to obtain. We provide student visa support and help streamline the process for international students looking to study with IWLS in the U.S.

We recognize that many students don’t have the resources to invest in their wilderness education. In order to make our leadership and guide training programs more accessible, IWLS gives over $45,000 USD in scholarships annually. Awards vary based on location, interest, and length. Click HERE for more info on IWLS scholarships.

Financial Aid
Whether through FAFSA, or AmeriCorps stipends, payment for IWLS courses can be subsidized or paid for through a variety of financial aid mechanisms. Our administrative team is well-versed in financial aid processes and will help you apply them towards your IWLS course.Click HERE for more info on IWLS financial aid.  Unfortunately, IWLS courses are not currently financed through the Montgomery GI Bill.