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SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Oceans and Climate
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
Gain confidence in going into my future Kyler Mose - 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. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I became incredibly confident in my abilities to do shipboard oceanographic research. A student - Barnard College View Entire Review
I am glad I went, but I would not do it over because I was wayyyy to sea-sick. Ezra C - 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. A student - Macalester College View Entire Review
I gained confidence and a broader sense of the world. Beryl K - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Taught a lot of self management and leadership skills. Elana H - University of California - Santa Barbara View Entire Review
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... Tracy S - University of Vermont View Entire Review
(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... Sam S - 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 ... Claire P - 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. Marissa T - Barnard College View Entire Review
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I became more confident, made new friends, learned so much science, and got to experience life at sea. Emily Dailey - 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. ... A student - 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... ellen.bechtel - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile and I learned so much about so many varied things. melissa e - Endicott College View Entire Review
I learned how to sail and live in a completely new environment. A student - 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. Brian T - Furman University View Entire Review
*Absolutely.* Heather N - 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. Scott Z - 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 Paul D - 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 Katie C - 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. A student 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. Emily D - Barnard College View Entire Review
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.
18 semester hour credits from Boston University upon successful completion of the program.
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
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Earth Science
- Marine Sciences
- Public Policy Analysis
- Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Environmentall Engineering
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Communication and Media Studies
- Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
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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
One award per year available to a deserving Journalism major.
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.
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
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.
One award per year is available to a deserving Colgate University student accepted to a SEA Semester class.
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.
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
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).