Every SEA Semester begins with a shore component on SEA's campus in Woods Hole, MA and is followed by an open ocean research voyage.  SEA Semester offers a number of programs/voyages in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

“Even though this program is based in America, I left the program feeling like I was integrated into a new culture, and got to see the world in a new and exciting way. Life is completely different on a tall ship in the middle of the ocean. There is a whole new lingo you need to learn, a new way of living, eating, sleeping, working, etc. You also become extremely close to the people on this crazy journey with you. Not only are you living with them in a cottage in Woods Hole, but you also live with them for weeks in relatively close quarters on the ship. Luckily, the people who join this program are all passionate, adventurous, brilliant and kind, so the company is amazing. The captain, the mates and the scientists all integrate the students into sea life very well. I felt comfortable and excited and challenged every day on the ship. I also got to learn a lot about Bermuda, a country that I had given little thought to before this program.” - Kathleen M. ‘17 SEA Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

“I really enjoyed learning how to sail and just living on a boat where we weren't allowed to really use technology and the only music we could listen to was made by our shipmates. The dynamic on the ship was great because everyone got along and if there were any problems we resolved them as a family.” - Tehani L.P. ‘18 SEA Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures

Student Blog:

Paige Dempsey | SEA Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures, Fall 2016 
Laura Rea | SEA Semester Ocean Exploration, Spring 2016

Fields of study:

Oceanography, maritime history and culture, environmental studies, public policy, and nautical research

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Credits:

The Global Ocean (17-18 credits)
Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (3 credits)
Maritime History & Culture (4 credits)
The Ocean & Global Change (4 credits)
Electives (Choose Two)
Cultural Landscapes & Seascapes: A Sense of Place (3 credits)
Data Communication & Visualization (3 credits)
Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (3 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits)

Colonialization to Conservation in the Caribbean (CCC) (17 credits)
Maritime History and Culture (4 credits)
Marine Environmental History (4 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)
Oceanography (3 credits)
Maritime Studies (3 credits)

Oceans and Climate (18 credits)
Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle (4 credits)
Data Communication & Visualization (3 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)
Advanced Oceanographic Field Methods (4 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits)

Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (SPICE) (17 credits)
Maritime History and Culture (4 credits)
Marine Environmental History (4 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)
Oceanography (3 credits)
Cultural Landscapes & Seascapes: A Sense of Place (3 credits)

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (18 credits)
Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography (4 credits)
Ocean Science and Public Policy (3 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits)
Advanced Ocean Policy Research (4 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)

Ocean Exploration (17 credits)
Oceanography (3 credits)
Maritime Studies (3 credits)
Nautical Science (3 credits)
Oceanographic Field Methods (4 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits) or Practical Oceanographic Research (4 credits)

Caribbean Reef Expedition (17 credits)
The Ocean and Global Change (4 credits)
Marine Environmental History (4 credits)
Ocean Science and Public Policy (3 credits)
Leadership in a Dynamic Environment(3 credits)
Directed Oceanographic Research (4 credits) or Practical Oceanographic Research (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SEA Semester credit = 1 Whitman credit

Internships:

None

Housing:

Woods Hole: in a house shared with other SEA Semester students
On Ship: in a small berth

Meals:

Woods Hole: students work together to shop for and prepare meals
On Ship: all meals are provided. Students take turns helping prepare meals in the ship's galley.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring

Calendar:

Calendar varies for each SEA program/voyage

Scholarships:

See Link to Financial Aid

Program Link:

SEA Semester