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Spring 2013 Programs – Apply Now!

Planning to study abroad next semester? You're in luck! You have five different SEA Semester programs to choose from, each offering a unique academic theme related to marine and environmental studies. Check out your program options below and click to learn more!

Ocean Exploration – Jan. 2-March 25 or Feb. 12-May 8, 2013

• Caribbean cruise track, Key West to Key West or Key West to St. Croix
• 17 credits
• Designed for all majors, perfect for any student interested in learning more about the global oceans and human impacts

Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems - Jan. 2 – March 24, 2013

• Pacific cruise track, Tahiti to Hawaii
•17 credits
• Designed for students interested in environmental studies/science, especially the challenges of cultural preservation in the face of environmental change

Energy & the Ocean Environment - Feb. 12-May 3, 2013

• Pacific cruise track, Hawaii to Hawaii
• 17 credits
• Designed for students interested in energy potential, production, and impacts (prerequisites)

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation - April 10-June 28, 2013

• Atlantic cruise track, St. Croix to Woods Hole
• 18 credits
• Designed for science majors interested in tackling the challenge of conservation within the frame of marine science (prerequisites)

APPLY NOW to reserve your spot!


Winter 2013 Trimester Award

SEA is excited to announce a special Trimester Award for our Winter 2013 Ocean Exploration program! This automatic $7,500 award is available to all qualified trimester institution students who apply for and are accepted to class C-245! This reduces the program cost from $25,300 to only $17,800! As always, additional need-based aid is also available.

Dates: January 2 - March 25, 2013
Cruise Track: Key West to Key West
Port Stops: Dominica, Iles de Saintes, and/or Antigua
Credit: 17 credits from Boston University

Learn more about the program or APPLY NOW! Don't go to a trimester school? Learn about all of our other scholarships here.



How Can We Help?

With six different SEA Semester programs PLUS a Summer Session, we know it's hard to pick just one. That's what SEA Admissions Counselors are for! Do you have a question about the program, financial aid, credit transfer, experience required, or anything else? Let us help!

Meet your Counselor based on the state your school is in, and find out when SEA Semester might be at YOUR school this fall! We're here to answer any of your questions so please be in touch.


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Nuku Hiva, The Marquesas Islands

Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia. During a port stop on the island students participating in Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems often have the opportunity to see local dancers perform a haka (a traditional dance), and paddle an outrigger canoe. Students also have the opportunity to perform archaeological surveys of the remains of past civilzations on the island. At its peak the island was home to about 20,000 people. Today the 130 square mile volcanic island, located around 8°55’S x 140°06’W, is home to about 2800 people.

>> Read about Class S-239's experience in Nuku Hiva (Feb 15 - 20, 2012)


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Q: I know that an oceanographic research project is a part of every SEA Semester program. What research projects have students done in the past? If I'm not a science major, how will I survive?

A:Correct! Oceanographic research is a part of every SEA Semester program because part of our mission is to create stewards of the ocean. The data you collect at sea can help contribute to a better public understanding of this important resource. You are not doing deployments, counting organisms, and entering data into the computer just to get a grade and finish a project. Your work provides valuable data about the world's oceans that is used by organizations such as NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and NSF (National Science Foundation) just to name a few!

SEA Semester students have explored hundreds of topics, but four popular project areas are marine debris; ocean acidification/climate change; marine biodiversity; and ocean conservation. Check out some sample student projects to learn more about what your research on SEA Semester might entail!

Oh, and if you're not a science major… no problem! Students often work in pairs or small groups so that everyone brings a different strength to the project. Additionally, our student/teacher ratio is 3:1, so you will get plenty of individual attention from your oceanography professor and learn more than you could ever imagine!


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Emily Allen

SEA Semester Class: C-241 (Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, Late Spring 2012)

School: St. John's University

Major/Minor: Environmental Science

Why did you choose SEA Semester?

I saw a poster in my science building and it sounded pretty cool and I thought about applying. I went out on a research cruise with Sound Waters, which is on a schooner in the Long Island Sound. It was a great experience. I talked to the captain of the ship, and he told me he was originally a business major, or something equally unrelated to science and the ocean, and that he happened to do an SEA program and he was hooked for life. He encouraged me to apply, so I did.

>> Read more about Emily and other Student Stories.

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There is still time to apply for merit and need-based aid for Spring and Summer 2013 programs.  Learn more about the various Financial Aid opportunities available!

Read about SEA's commitment to affordability.

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