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Sea Education Association (SEA) is a leading non-profit, independent educational institution focused on environmental studies and the world’s oceans.

  • Founded 45 years ago (in 1971)
  • Based in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts on Cape Cod
  • One of six scientific research institutions in this vicinity
  • Full-time faculty in oceanography, history, anthropology, public policy, and nautical science
  • Dedicated to educating the next generation of ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders

SEA Semester is our flagship academic study abroad program.



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SEA in the News

Below are highlights from recent news articles featuring SEA Semester. To view more, click here.

Vassar student finds “something completely different” for jr. year abroad

Posted on: February 15, 2017
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SEA Semester in the News
Vassar | Stories:  A Semester in the South Pacific
By Larry Hertz

Clare McClellan ’18 was determined to find “something completely different” for her junior-year-abroad experience. She found what she was looking for on a 134-foot Brigantine sailing ship in the South Pacific, studying climate change and Polynesian ecosystems and culture.

McClellan joined 25 other undergraduates from throughout the country on a 2,300-mile voyage from Samoa to New Zealand aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, under the auspices of the Sea Education Association, an environmental education and research organization based in Woods Hole, MA.

McClellan, an Environmental Studies major from Portland, OR, began her studies last August at SEA headquarters in Woods Hole, where she and her classmates took courses in oceanography, Polynesian history, and seamanship. McClellan also did some preliminary work on two topics for her individual research projects, one on coastal protection measures in Tonga as a result of sea level rise and a second on environmental education in Tonga.

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SEA selects Front Street Shipyard for SSV Corwith Cramer major maintenance

Posted on: January 20, 2017
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After thorough search and evaluation, Sea Education Association has selected Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine for SSV Corwith Cramer’s upcoming major maintenance period.

“We are excited to be working with the staff and management at Front Street Shipyard… for planning and implementation of this important work period for SEA’s senior flagship,” said David Bank, SEA Director of Marine Operations.

An extensive work list is planned, including maintenance on the rigging, engineering systems, galley and living spaces. The work will take place from June through August 2017.

SEA President Peg Brandon expressed thanks to the SEA Marine Operations Department, and to the SEA Ship Committee for their efforts in this project: “The Cramer is now approaching 30 years of age, so it’s important that we continue to invest in her so that she may continue to fulfill our mission at SEA.”


Karen Merritt is winner of Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship award

Posted on: December 21, 2016
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
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Karen Merritt, public health educator, street photographer and SEA Semester alumna (W-98), has been selected to receive this year’s Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship award.  Karen plans to use the award to investigate and document the “invisible history” of 16th and 17th century mercury and silver mining in Spain and Mexico, which she describes as one of the “longest continuous maritime transport endeavors in history.”

About the Award
Established in 1987 in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III, master mariner, educator and adventurer, who taught Maritime Studies at SEA Semester and sailed as crew aboard the SSV Westward, the fellowship provides an opportunity for recipients to follow a dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study.  Fellowship winners actively investigate a marine or maritime subject of personal interest. Projects must be unrelated to their current professional activities and reflect a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge.  SEA alumni, faculty, staff, former employees and crew are eligible. Awards range from $3,000 to $7,000.

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Stony Brook University students share lessons from SEA Semester expedition to Phoenix Islands

Posted on: December 13, 2016
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SEA Semester in the News
Sea Change: Students Set Sail for Ocean Research
By Glenn Jochum
SBU Happenings

Two Stony Brook University students traveled to a remote part of the world this past summer with the hope of contributing to big global change.

Ruthann Monsees ’16, Alexandra Bonecutter ’17 and 21 other crew mates set sail in a brigantine, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, from Hawaii to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area of Kiribati. Their assignment: to study the pristine atolls there and the effects of climate change. The ship on which they sailed is operated by Sea Education Association (SEA), which offers the SEA Semester program, an accredited study abroad initiative. SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Ruthann, who grew up on Long Island, hails from Hauppauge, while Alexandra calls Cincinnati, Ohio, home. Despite their disparate geographic settings, these two young scientists were both drawn to the maritime from an early age.

Ruthann and Alexandra met for the first time in a physics class earlier this year. Ruthann told a friend in class she had been accepted to the SEA Semester program and Alexandra overheard her and told her she had been accepted as well.

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