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SEA Semester Voyages (B)
Auckland, New Zealand; Honolulu, HI, United States; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. George, Bermuda; St. George's, Grenada; (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall,
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Dorm, Other
Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
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Program Advisor: Claire Retterer Program Type: Field Study, Study Center
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SEA Semester Voyages (B)
Sea Education Association (SEA) is a global teaching, learning, and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding, and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. Acknowledging that human actions underlie environmental change, SEA Semester programs approach these issues from a variety of disciplines including science, history, culture studies, and policy. 

Each SEA program, semester or summer, is organized into shore and sea components. Your program will begin at SEA's residential campus in Woods Hole, MA, a world-renowned hub of oceanographic research and discovery located on beautiful Cape Cod. With the other students on your voyage, you'll build a living and learning community, and undertake coursework designed to prepare you personally, academically, and intellectually for the second half of your experience - at sea.

Following your shore component, you'll join the sailing vessel on an academic expedition to put your classroom theory into real-world practice. Regardless of your program topic or cruise track, you'll become an integral member of the ship's company at sea, fully participating in the scientific mission and sailing operations of the vessel. You'll be exposed to every aspect of shipboard life, including celestial navigation, the collection and analysis of oceanographic samples, sail handling, and even meal prep. A phased leadership approach will allow you to gradually assume the majority of shipboard responsibilities under the watchful eye of faculty and crew. The program does not expect or require you to arrive with any previous sailing experience.

Upcoming SEA Semester and Summer Voyages

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

  • Destinations: Key West, FL / San Juan, PR > Bermuda > New York City
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Participate in real-time, real-world research related to biodiversity and conservation efforts in this research-focused semester
    • Develop skills in molecular ecology
    • Present at a culminating professional symposium
    • Use scientific data to inform conservation efforts
    • Explore real-world interactions between science, policy, conservation, and law
  • Who Should Apply: This program attracts upper-level science students interested in complementing marine science research with the wisdom, concepts and skills necessary to effectively operate within the world of public policy. To be eligible, students must have taken at least three lab science courses (one at 300-level or higher) or received permission from SEA faculty.

Oceans & Climate

  • Destinations: Lyttleton, NZ > Chatham Islands > Raiatea > Papeete, Tahiti
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Contribute to baseline climate research in the South Pacific, a region key to climate science
    • Visit a variety of Pacific island communities directly impacted by climate change
    • Interface with leading climate science and communication experts in Woods Hole
  • Who Should Apply: This program attracts upper-level students 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. To be eligible, students must have taken at least three lab science courses (at least one at the 300-level) or received permission from SEA faculty.

Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems

  • Destinations: American Samoa > Tonga > Fiji > Auckland, NZ
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Explore global issues of environmental sustainability and cultural continuity
    • Visit several South Pacific islands to confront challenging questions of colonial conflict, cultural identity, and environmental justice
    • Examine community relationships between political structures, culture, and the natural environment
    • Conclude with a shore component in New Zealand to compile and process research findings
  • Who Should Apply: This study abroad program is particularly appropriate for Environmental Studies/Science majors but students from any major are encouraged to apply.

Caribbean Reef Expedition

  • Destinations: Grenada > Tobago Cays > Montserrat > Barbuda > St. Croix, USVI
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Chronicle the state of coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean in response to human impacts
    • Develop and refine snorkel-based reef survey techniques while documenting the effects of environmental change
    • Conduct research at a field station in the Virgin Islands
    • Contribute to local marine conservation policy efforts
    • Assess the effectiveness of Caribbean reef management strategies
  • Who Should Apply: This hands-on coral reef studies program is ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and/or marine ecosystems. Students will approach solutions to effective reef management in the context of history, policy, and science. Students of all majors welcome to apply.

Climate & Society

  • Destinations: Auckland, NZ > Kermadec Islands > Napier > Great Barrier Island > Auckland, NZ
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Examine climate science, policy, and literature in their human social contexts
    • Interact with leading researchers and writers in New England and New Zealand
    • Explore cities, islands, coastal regions, and glaciers affected by climate change
    • Acquire valuable communication skills and participate in digital storytelling
    • Spend amble research time on shore in New Zealand
  • Who Should Apply: This program is designed for non-science majors who are interested in addressing climate change. It allows students with a limited background in the sciences to explore climate-related issues. Open to all majors.

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

  • Destinations: St. Croix, USVI > St. John > Dominican Republic (Silver Bank) > Bahamas > Jamaica > Grand Cayman > Key West, FL
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Examine 500 years of ecological change from the first explorers to today’s environmental challenges
    • Analyze cultural connections to grass roots conservation efforts
    • Compare and contrast plantation complex legacies
    • Conduct marine mammal acoustic research during the peak of humpback whale season
    • Assess the impacts of tourism on off -the-beaten-path communities
  • Who Should Apply: This program is appropriate for students in any major who wish to understand the legacies of colonization alongside the modern issues of environmental change and sustainability in small nations and territories.

The Global Ocean

  • Destinations: Auckland, NZ > Bay of Islands > Wellington > Dunedin > Christchurch, NZ
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Explore the unique environmental and complex cultural influences that have shaped these islands
    • Visit marine and coastal protected areas
    • Examine the relationship between different cultural groups and their ocean/coastal environment
  • Who Should Apply: This program welcomes students from all majors. Elective credit allows students to choose a program track that best meets their academic needs.

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

  • Destinations: Honolulu, HI > Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) > American Samoa
  • Upcoming Voyages
  • Program Highlights
    • Explore the world’s largest – and deepest – UNESCO World Heritage Site while creating a policy plan to ensure its protection
    • Examine impacts of El Niño
    • Sail throughout the last coral wilderness
    • Collect baseline data to assess impacts of climate change
  • Who Should Apply: This summer program is ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and marine science. Students may choose a policy or science track, offering flexibility in project topics and transfer credit. We welcome students of all majors to apply.

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