SEA Semester: The Global Ocean
- Location(s): Christchurch, New Zealand: Hawaii, United States: Field Programs in New Zealand, New Zealand: Multiple, New Zealand: Programs at Sea, Multi-Region: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain: Barcelona, Spain: Dunedin, New Zealand: Auckland, New Zealand: Palma de Mallorca / Mallorca Island, Spain
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Research
Humans are tied to the ocean... No matter your major, if you’ve always wanted to know more about the ocean, this is the SEA Semester for you. Customize your experience by selecting the electives that best suit your interests, and explore through t... read more
It was the hardest thing that I have ever done and I discovered so much of my own strength and identity but i was in a mentally poor place the entire time and did not feel supported. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how I behave in high stress environments. And more importantly, I learned how to better behave in those high stress environments. How to interact with people when all I wanted to do was be at home with my family on stable ground. How to perform my duties on less than ideal hours of sleep. It was ... Caitlin DiCara - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a lot. I learned how to find autonomy in a space that seemingly provides you with little opportunity for autonomy. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to manage my time effectively and how to be more present and living in the moment. Definitely would do again, more than worthwhile. Lindsay - Oberlin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and what I'm capable of. It was absolutely worthwhile. Claudia Davis - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was 100% worthwhile. I learned an incredible amount about myself, science, group dynamics, leadership, New Zealand etc. Emily Robinson - Middlebury College View Entire Review
it was worthwhile just to be away from wellesley for a semester. It was like taking a semester off. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained an interest in science and the ocean. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
While I learned a lot of really interesting academic stuff, the most valuable learning I did was about myself A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I got to learn about a foreign subject matter (the ocean, sailing, New Zealand) through the lenses of multiple disciplines in a totally hands-on , practical environment. Living aboard a ship was also a very valuable, once in a lifetime opportunity. I made friends that I had to lead, be led by, learn alongside, and rely on. This ... A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Leadership skills and group dynamics. Incredibly worthwhile A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned some valuable laboratory skills and research writing skills. The experience sailing a tall ship is something I could not find anywhere else. This wasn't a program focused primarily on cultural experiences, as we only spent about 5 days total on land. A student - Northeastern University View Entire Review
That I am capable of things I didn't know I would be. How amazing the middle of the ocean can be. Yes! - so worthwhile! Dawn R - Cornell University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about my own ability to be resilient, saw beautiful things like dolphins and bioluminescence, learned to read the weather, learned about sense of place. Hannah - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot academically, especially in terms of Caribbean culture, scientific methods, and traditional tallship sailing. I also felt that I grew older with my time at SEA, and it made me more confident to tackle college. Antonino Tomas - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Totally worthwhile and a super transformative expereince A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to interact with people a little different than me as well as sail a boat and do research on a ship. It was worthwhile. Qyn (Eriq) Byrne - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I gained not only a newfound knowledge and love of sailing a tall ship, but also an incredible community of friends. The skills I learned countless; everything from (literally) scrubbing the deck to setting and striking sails to learning the paths of the stars. I gained confidence, strength, and a true love of the ocean. Rachel Hemond - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to effectively live and work with others in an extremely confined space. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A million golden memories. A willingness to dare. A respect for those leading me as well as an appreciation for tough love and the environment it belongs in. So many people to look up to. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about my limits and how to stretch them. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The experience of being at sea on a tall ship and the wonder of the South Pacific and New Zealand. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was SO worthwhile. I learned so much about myself and gained a lot of perspective on the things that do and don't matter to me. However ironic, there is something very freeing about living minimally in a tiny bunk on a boat. You don't need much to be happy!! This trip was amazing because it made me readjust my values for the ... maggie.caputi - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, my experience on SEA Semester: The Global Ocean C-255 was worthwhile. I gained leadership experience, confidence, and friends for life. I learned how to coil and hang the deck, the magic of flamenco dance, how to hail super tankers, how to plot a point, and quite a bit more. A student - Kenyon College View Entire Review
Words can't explain. The academics are a small fraction of the over-all learning experience. Be prepared for enlightenment. Kwinn K - Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway View Entire Review
Humans are tied to the ocean... No matter your major, if you’ve always wanted to know more about the ocean, this is the SEA Semester for you. Customize your experience by selecting the electives that best suit your interests, and explore through this diverse place-based curriculum. Sail in the waters of New Zealand to learn about this nation's unique relationship with its ocean environment.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Maritime Studies
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Social Sciences
- Marine Sciences
- Pacific Area Studies
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SEA Semester Scholarships
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