SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Summer Session

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The SEA Summer Sessions are abbreviated versions of our interdisciplinary SEA Semester.  This SEA program offers students a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans through interdisciplinary coursework on shore and at sea. To a large e... read more

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I learned how to sail a 135 foot sailing vessel, nautical science, celestial navigation, maritime studies (history of human interaction with the sea), marine biology, field data collection, leadership skills, time management skills, team-building skills, and how to produce a scientific paper. - Cornell University View Entire Review
Spending a semester with S.E.A was the grandest adventure I have ever had. I was pushed academically in a way that I had never experienced before and may never experience again. The professors and crew were the most understanding and helpful people that I have ever had a chance to be in class with. I learned more from them in a ... - Lesley College View Entire Review
many things that I will wish never to forget - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I learned how to better work with other people, and I learned a great deal about myself. This experience truly shaped me as a person. - Colgate University View Entire Review
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very worthwhile - Illinois State University View Entire Review
It was worth every single scrap of while. I gained an attitude of wonder and awe and respect and learned to give my all in work and supporting others and the natural world, and to walk in love because it supports a tired body and lifts those around it. - University of Hawaii - Maui Community College View Entire Review
Not only do you learn how to navigate and sail; but getting to stand watch, and being responsible for the well being of everyone on board is an amazing experience. You will make some of your greatest life long friends, because nothing can quite compare with the relationships you make with your shipmates. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Yes! It was absolutely amazing! The way that I formed bonds with people and the way that together we overcame challenges surpassed my expectations. I thought I would just learn how to sail and collect scientific data, but I learned so much about myself, what I am capable of, and what people are capable of when they support each ... - University of Mary Washington View Entire Review
It was absolutely worth it. Four weeks on the open ocean, sailing a tall ship...If you're looking at this review, you're already interested in this program. Go for it. - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review

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The SEA Summer Sessions are abbreviated versions of our interdisciplinary SEA Semester.  This SEA program offers students a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans through interdisciplinary coursework on shore and at sea.

To a large extent, the fate of the oceans determines the fate of the planet. The sea is so complex that it is impossible to understand and appreciate from the perspective of a single academic discipline. The SEA Summer Session takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines data and insights from oceanography, the humanities and social sciences, and public policy with practical skills in nautical science so students can develop a broad understanding of the sea. This knowledge is increasingly important today, when society is becoming more aware of how the world’s oceans affect the operations of the planet, from climate patterns to the origins of life itself.

This 8-week program combines 4 weeks of academic study in Woods Hole with 4 weeks of sailing in the Pacific. 12 credits are offered through Boston University.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • English Language and Literature
Minimum GPA:
0.0
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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