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;
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of F&M approval for this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History, International Studies, Public Policy, Sciences, Sociology
Field Study, Study Center
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.