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SEA Semester (Third Party)

Dates vary by voyage.

The Program

SEA Semester study-abroad program is unlike any other.  You go to the deep ocean on a traditional sailing vessel to learn about the sea, how we are ONE world, land and sea, connected to our past and to each other. You will learn the history and culture of mariners who for centuries have gone to sea, an ancient tradition that you will join. You will discuss the major policy issues that will be tomorrow’s headlines. And you will learn what it requires to take a vessel under sail safely to the deep ocean and to international ports.
The interdisciplinary program begins in Woods Hole, one of the world’s great centers for ocean research. You will study the chemistry, biology, physics, and geology of the oceans, and you will design your own research project to carry out at sea. After six weeks on shore, you and your classmates will join one of the 135-foot vessels, either in the North Atlantic, Atlantic/Caribbean, Pacific, or the South Pacific. You will stand watch as part of the shipboard community of 35. When in the lab, you will find sophisticated equipment, but you will also find it may be moving up and down with the seas or heeled over with the wind. When on deck, you will be handling sail, navigating, and making sure all equipment stays in good working order. You will participate in all of the duties the ship requires, as mariners have done for generations before you. Every day, you will be given more responsibility as your skills increase until, towards the end, you are running the ship.


By coming to SEA, you can get a semester’s credit for a 12-week program that takes place half on shore and half at sea.  You may be a science or a liberal arts major. Six different voyages take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the marine environment by combining the natural sciences, social sciences, and public policy. The focus varies by voyage: Ocean Exploration, Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, Oceans & Climate, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems, The Global Ocean, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. You develop an oceanographic research project during the shore component which results in a presentation and final written paper at the end of the sea component. Research varies by the program’s academic theme. To accredit additional courses, follow the instructions for this process under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ARE 4993 Foreign Study CAS NS 320 Ocean Science and Public Policy 3 12/31/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study CAS NS 322 Maritime History and Culture 4 12/31/2020
MARN 4893 Foreign Study XAS NS 324 Advanced Oceanographic Field Methods 4 12/31/2020
MARN 4893 Foreign Study CAS NS 321 Oceans and the Global Carbon Cycle 4 12/31/2020
MARN 4893 Foreign Study XAS NS 325 Directed Oceanographic Research 4 12/31/2020
MARN 4893 Foreign Study CAS NS 326 The Ocean and Global Change 4 12/31/2020


You deepen your awareness of and appreciation for the ocean through hands-on research and personal experience. Many past participants will tell you that the most captivating destination of all is the sea itself, and the most exciting discovery is learning what lies within you.

Most students receive financial aid. If cost is a concern, if you are qualified and motivated, SEA will find a way to make this experience affordable for you. For information about Need-based Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships, please go to the SEA Semester website, need-based aid info: and scholarships:

You must fill out a UConn application and separately, an application to SEA Semester.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Around the world, Around the world
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5