SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems

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Pursue a more sustainable relationship with our oceans... Voyage to paradise in this place-based and comparative environmental studies semester. Visit several South Pacific islands to confront challenging questions of colonial conflict, cultural i... read more

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December 19, 2017 Eye Opening
Definitely worthwhile- opened my eyes to a love for sailing, a deeper understanding of the ocean and the complexity of the ecosystem - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes it was worth while. It gave me a chance to slow down and experience a whole different world - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems
I gained friendships I will have for the rest of my life. I also learned a lot about living and working with a variety of people. It opened my eyes as to what is important to me and has somewhat guided me in what I want to do with my life. - University of California - Santa Cruz View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems
This program made me realize how lucky I am to have the things that I do. There are countries out there that are lucky to have food and fresh water to drink. These places introduced me to beautiful and unique landscapes and people that I will never forget. I hope to return to some of the islands in the near future, or at least w... - Medical University of South Carolina View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SEA Semester: Programs at Sea - Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems
First of all, this experience was hard work. I was 1/25 responsible for an 8 million dollar ship and all of the souls on-board. It taught me discipline, timeliness, and gave me the tools to problem solve in situations where I would usually be quick to ask for help. This experience was totally worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The only reason why I wouldn't do it again is because I get seasick. I learned how to sail, take initiative, and live on my own. Very worthwhile, though it made it really difficult to come back to Middlebury. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
- Wheaton College View Entire Review
I gained leadership, confidence, and teamwork skills. It was an extremely challenging environment, and we were at sea for the majority of our 7 weeks abroad. I would have liked a little more time to experience the different ports we visited, but I also enjoyed the layout of the program. - George Washington University View Entire Review

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Pursue a more sustainable relationship with our oceans... Voyage to paradise in this place-based and comparative environmental studies semester. Visit several South Pacific islands to confront challenging questions of colonial conflict, cultural identity, and environmental justice, and to examine relationships between political structures, culture, and the natural environment. This program concludes with a shore component in New Zealand to compile and process research findings.

Who Should Apply?
All Majors.  Particularly suited to Environmental Studies or Science majors.

Academic Credit
17 semester credit hours 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 meet all students' demonstrated need.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Marine Sciences
  • Pacific Area Studies
Minimum GPA:
0.0
Year Founded:
1971
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One award per year is available to a resident of Canada participating in a SEA Semester.

Up to $5,000

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One award per year available to a deserving Journalism major.

$2,500

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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:
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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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