SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Oceans and Climate

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Participate in groundbreaking climate science research… Voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti in a long, blue-water sailing passage. Contribute to baseline climate research in the South Pacific, a region key to climate science yet relatively understud... read more

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Gain confidence in going into my future - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I climbed to the top of the ship in the middle of beautiful tropical bay. I lived through a hurricane. I was the Junior Watch Officer on a ship in the middle of major squall. I got a ship from point A to a 1km circle in the middle of night and saw a giant asteroid go past. The ocean is amazing. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
February 16, 2016 Go To Sea!
I became incredibly confident in my abilities to do shipboard oceanographic research. - Barnard College View Entire Review
I am glad I went, but I would not do it over because I was wayyyy to sea-sick. - Wheaton College View Entire Review
I learned to sail a tall ship. I learned a lot of science. I learned about the effects of the environment and climate on the US as a political entity and Polynesia as a cultural one. - Macalester College View Entire Review
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I gained confidence and a broader sense of the world. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Taught a lot of self management and leadership skills. - University of California - Santa Barbara View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Oceans and Climate
Having this educational experience on my resume has helped me get jobs like being a commercial fisherwoman in Alaska as well as where I currently work, for NOAA in Woods Hole. Its a great networking opportunity. When employers are thumbing through resumes and they see something like 'sailed across the Pacific on a scientific r... - University of Vermont View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Oceans and Climate
(Please see the words of wisdom, too). I left SEA in complete awe of the world that surrounds us (particularly the aquatic areas) and inspired by the need for a better understanding of the world beneath the surface of the ocean. I am a more confident individual, secure in the knowledge that I am capable of tackling tough challen... - Vassar College View Entire Review
Solely because of the repercussions on my academic schedule, I was on the fence while deciding whether to do this program. After participating, I realize that any unfortunate consequences on class scheduling as a result of doing this program are negligible in comparison with the experience of SEA Semester. If I could go back in ... - Bates College View Entire Review
SEA Semester did not broaden my cultural awareness, or change my academic interests or future plans. But it did change my life, and that's what is important. - Barnard College View Entire Review
September 09, 2018 Sea Changed My Life!
I became more confident, made new friends, learned so much science, and got to experience life at sea. - Florida State University View Entire Review
I gained so much from my experience doing SEA Semester and it was very worthwhile! I was really pushed out of my comfort zone and gained a lot of confidence through this experience. I knew very little about oceans and nothing about sailing before SEA Semester and I gained a real interest and appreciation of the sea and sailing. ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was SO worthwhile. While the academics were intense and intriguing, they were far surpassed by the leadership training and self awareness I gained by working with a crew on a ship. I learned how to be critical of my own actions in a close community setting, I learned how to command and be commanded by my peers, and how to b... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile and I learned so much about so many varied things. - Endicott College View Entire Review
I learned how to sail and live in a completely new environment. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more then I'm willing to put time into this review. But I'll never stop traveling now, and never lose the salt in my blood. - Furman University View Entire Review
*Absolutely.* - Ripon College View Entire Review
Heck yea it was worthwhile. It's too difficult to distill what I learned into a few sentences. You learn fascinating things about our world, meet incredible people, and travel to amazing places. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I know that one day I will return to the ocean - I hope to sail again soon. I'm currently in medical school - working in the fast-pace environment of the ship with my fellow classmates prepared me well to work in teams back on land - sailing really tests you, you get to find out what you're really made of - University of the South View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile, I learned how to work with a group of people under stressful conditions and close quarters - University of Rhode Island View Entire Review
SEA Semester did not broaden my cultural awareness, or change my academic interests or future plans. But it did change my life, and that's what is important. View Entire Review
Yes, definitely worthwhile. The experience gave me a chance to really challenge and push myself beyond anything I had done before. Being out at sea is an amazing experience and now that I have tasted in for a brief 6 weeks I cannot wait to return. The friends I made during the program will be friends of mine for life. - Barnard College View Entire Review

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Participate in groundbreaking climate science research… Voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti in a long, blue-water sailing passage. Contribute to baseline climate research in the South Pacific, a region key to climate science yet relatively understudied. Engage with stakeholders directly impacted by climate change by visiting a variety of Pacific island communities faced with this threat. Hone your science communications skills as you build your climate scientist toolbox!

Who Should Apply?
This program attracts upper-level science majors interested in exploring the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle and climate system, as well as investigating the history, challenges and uncertainties of climate-related policies from local to international.

Academic Credit
18 semester hour credits from Boston University upon successful completion of the program.

Financial Aid
SEA Semester is dedicated to making your experience affordable. We grant over one million dollars of financial aid every year, and are currently meeting all demonstrated need.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Earth Science
  • Marine Sciences
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmentall Engineering
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
Minimum GPA:
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Year Founded:
1971
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SEA Semester Scholarships

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.

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.

Our most prestigious award. One is available for each SEA Semester class (excluding the SEA Summer Session). Criteria are: Academic excellence, community service and leadership experience.

$7,500

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

Guidelines/Requirements:
Submit a one-page essay describing your qualifications, and a nomination form (downloadable on the SEA Semester website). Applicants will also be automatically considered for a Dean’s Award.

Multiple awards are available for every SEA Semester class, including the SEA Summer Session. This award is based on academic achievement, educational experiences and intellectual curiosity.

Up to $5,000

Deadlines:
April 20 for Fall Semesters; November 1 for Winter/Spring Semesters; February 1 for Summer Session

Guidelines/Requirements:
Submit a one-page essay describing your background and elaborating on your educational experiences.

Available to students enrolling in SEA Semester from colleges operating on a trimester or quarter calendar. Not applicable to SEA Summer Session or SEA Trimester Program due to the already reduced cost of these programs.

$2,500

Deadlines:
No deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Must be accepted to SEA Semester and attending a trimester or quarter college/university.

One award per year is available to a deserving Colgate University student accepted to a SEA Semester class.

$5,000

Deadlines:
No deadlines

Guidelines/Requirements:
Must attend Colgate University and be accepted to a SEA Semester program.

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).

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