Sea Education Association: Programs at Sea - Climate & Society

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Finding solutions to the problems brought about by climate change requires going beyond scientific data. We must also consider the possibilities found within social and political institutions, economic systems, cultural practices, and the creative... read more

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I learned how to be adaptable. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained immense knowledge in a multitude of fields- from nautical studies to culture, geology, biology, etc. I gained so much perspective about myself and about my place in the world. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. Gained knowledge about sailing, the ocean, and how to do lots of scientific procedures for research - Middlebury College View Entire Review
February 04, 2024 Fine
Really cool experience, but I've already done programs like this (Outward Bound) and wish I had done something a little more free form. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got to dive into environmental communication (the field I want to pursue after college); SEA's leadership education is spectacular; and I learned how to sail. Nothing compares to climbing out on the bow while we're crashing up and down on eight-foot waves. - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Finding solutions to the problems brought about by climate change requires going beyond scientific data. We must also consider the possibilities found within social and political institutions, economic systems, cultural practices, and the creative forces of art, literature, and design. The humanities and social sciences contribute to knowledge of how our changing climate impacts human lives and societies, and they play a vital role in building strategies for global climate resilience and adaptation.


During the shore component, you will develop your semester-long research project, review essential climate humanities literature, and design a plan for original field research. You’ll discuss a range of climate related issues including human migration and displacement, coastal and urban resilience, environmental justice, energy alternatives, and sustainable design.


The sailing component begins in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, where you will discuss climate change issues and local solutions with marine scientists and community leaders. You will learn about coastal erosion mitigation strategies in New Zealand and explore the effects of climate change on agricultural production and foodways there. Through daily oceanographic surveys, “classroom” discussions, and navigational training while at sea, you will gain a unique and valuable perspective of climate change that links oceanic and terrestrial systems. The cruise track returns to Auckland and a final onboard symposium featuring student presentations of field research and storytelling projects.


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
Minimum GPA:
0.0
Year Founded:
1971
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Sea Education Association Scholarships

One award per year available to a deserving Journalism major.

$2,500

Deadlines:
No deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Must be a Journalism major in good academic standing.

For Bermuda students enrolled in SEA Semester, SEA will match the scholarship value for any student who receives an award from The National Transportation Board or the Bermuda Zoological Association.

Matched

Deadlines:
No deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Please apply using our regular financial aid application and including details of your NTB or BZA scholarship.

If you learned about SEA Semester from an alumnus or alumna of our program, you may be eligible for this award.

Up to $2,500

Deadlines:
No deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Contact the SEA Financial Aid Office.

One award is available per each SEA Semester class for a student from one of the five colleges in the "5-College Consortium" (Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hampshire College).

$5,000

Deadlines:
April 20 for Fall Semesters; November 1 for Spring Semesters

Guidelines/Requirements:
A faculty nomination is required via the Five-College Faculty Nomination form (downloadable on SEA Semester website).

One award per year is available to a resident of Canada participating in a SEA Semester.

Up to $5,000

Deadlines:
April 20 for Fall Semesters; November 1 for Spring Semesters

Guidelines/Requirements:
Must be a resident of Canada. Apply via SEA Semester's traditional financial aid application.

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