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Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program (Third Party)


The Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program encourages applications from undergraduate students of all majors.It is a multidisciplinary hands-on course of study focused on the world’s oceans and coastlines. No previous sailing experience is necessary for admission. Classrooms include Mystic Seaport, the town of Mystic, CT, a large number of field sites around the region and field seminars to the Pacific Northwest, California, Louisiana and off shore.


The curriculum is based on the history, literature, policy and science of the sea. In addition to courses, you will devote two afternoons a week to extracurricular  activities at Mystic Seaport in one of the many traditional maritime skills.  You will learn the proper ways to climb, set and furl sails and do rigging work aloft, handle whaleboats, and use celestial navigation techniques. The third component of the curriculum are the Field Seminars to the Gulf, the Pacific and the Atlantic.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found 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
ENGL 3650 Maritime Literature MAST 321 Literature of the Sea 3 6/30/2020
ENGL 3650 Maritime Literature MAST 231 (W) Literature of the Sea 3 6/30/2017
MARN 3014 Marine Biology BIO 231 Marine Ecology 3 6/30/2017
MARN 4893 Foreign Study: Marine Ecology MAST 311 Marine Ecology 4 6/30/2020
MAST 3544 Atlantic Voyages MAST 352 America and the Sea 1600-present 3 6/30/2020


Student life is one of the most important parts of the program. Communal living  takes place in fully restored 19th century homes at Mystic Seaport in the quaint coastal village of Mystic, CT. The Museum’s 17 coastal acres and 70 buildings provide a unique setting for all your classes.


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.

Please note that the only type of financial aid that can be applied to the cost of this program, other than scholarships, are Federal Stafford Loans. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

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: Various, United States
  • 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: Maritime Studies
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5