SEA Semester Applications Open for Fall 2019

While SEA Semester programs are not run by the University of Washington, the UW School of Oceanography affiliates with their programs such that you can earn UW Oceanography credit (OCEAN 496) for their courses, and they can then be applied to degree program requirements. Ask the marine biology adviser for more information about how these courses can apply to your Marine Biology major requirements.

Check out UW Marine Bio major Andrew Chin’s excellent profile of his experiences in the South Pacific last summer here.

Applications Open for Fall 2019

SEA Semester operates on a rolling admissions basis and accepts applications up to a year in advance. We’re therefore already filling our Fall 2019 programs! Three semester options are available to your students, including our new Climate & Society program. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all programs are full. Encourage your students to apply early!

Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (August – November)

A humanities and social science focused program that takes an interdisciplinary look at the people and islands of Polynesia in an effort to learn what they can tell us about the global issues of environmental sustainability and cultural continuity. Open to all majors. American Samoa › Tonga › Fiji › Auckland.

Caribbean Reef Expedition (October – December)

This investigative science and policy semester examines the impacts of human actions on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems and the effectiveness of existing reef management strategies. Open to all majors. St. Croix › Barbuda › Montserrat › Tobago Cays › Grenada › Bonaire › St. Croix.

Climate & Society – NEW! (October – December)

A humantities and social science semester that explores the social and cultural impacts of climate change while engaging with stakeholders, community leaders, and policymakers addressing these issues at the local and global levels. Includes 10-days on the South Island of New Zealand. Auckland › Kermadec Islands › Napier › Great Barrier Island › Auckland.


SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition (New Fall 2017 Program)

adviser note: SEA Semester programs have been pre-approved to transfer in for UW credit with the School of Oceanography. Contact an adviser to find out how the courses can fit into major/minor requirements.

We’re excited to launch our newest academic program next fall!
SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition will combine fieldwork in Woods Hole and the Virgin Islands with a research voyage throughout the Caribbean to examine tropical reef ecosystems, their diverse marine life inhabitants, and the impact of human actions upon them. Students will explore how a variety of local, national, and international organizations are working together to conserve and sustainably manage these reef environments.
This program is ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and/or marine ecosystems. They will approach solutions to effective reef management in the context of history, policy, and science. We welcome students of all majors to apply.
Now Enrolling for Fall 2017!
We’re currently accepting applications for a diverse array of program offerings to Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean destinations this fall. Spread the word!
Fall Deadline: May 1, 2017

View a full program description on our website.


Space & Scholarships Available for SEA Semester Study Abroad in spring 2017

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Greetings from Woods Hole! I’m writing to let you know that space is still available for our late spring SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program, March 20 – June 17, 2017.

Given that your institution is on a trimester or quarter calendar, there may still be time for your students to consider spending a term off campus with us. Automatic $2,500 scholarships are available in addition to our standing $2,500 trimester/quarter award!

As a reminder, this program is an integrated upper-level science semester that applies modern biodiversity research to place-based resource management in the coastal and open ocean. Students will conduct authentic biodiversity and policy research that contributes directly to the international effort to protect the Sargasso Sea. They will then present their research findings and policy recommendations to a panel of invited experts as part of a formal, professional symposium.

If you know of a science major looking for an intensive, field-based experience this spring, please encourage them to learn more by visiting the program page. This program carries 18 transferable credits from Boston University.

Prerequisites apply: Students must have taken at least three lab science courses (one at 300-level or higher) or received permission from SEA faculty.


Learn more about SEA Semester

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A representative from the SEA Semester program will be tabling in the Vista Cafe on Wednesday, April 6 from 12 – 1:30 PM. Find out how you can spend a semester on a sailboat in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia or New Zealand. While these are not UW programs, the UW School of Oceanography faculty highly recommends them and supports credit equivalencies for many of their courses.