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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.

Rowan University Students Study Coral Reef Ecology with SEA Semester

Posted on: December 12, 2017
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Rowan Today

This fall, Rowan University students Elizabeth Thompson ‘18 (Biology, Biomedical Art & Visualization) and Niclas Grant ‘17 (Biology) are sailing on an ocean research voyage to study the human impact on Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. Through SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef Expedition, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association, Thompson and Grant, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, will conduct guided field research both on shore in Grenada and at sea sailing through the Lesser Antilles to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Three Sewanee Students Now Sailing with SEA Semester

Posted on: November 27, 2017
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Sewanee students spending semester at sea
Sewanee Today

Sewanee students Hannah-Marie Garcia (Environment and Sustainability major), Kaylee Pierson (Natural Resources), and Ann Robinson (Environment and Sustainability), all C’19, are part of a select group of undergraduates from diverse U.S. institutions who are spending this semester sailing through the waters of New Zealand. Their goal is to better understand one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century: human impacts on the environment.

Through SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA), these students are exploring first-hand the unique environmental and complex cultural influences that have shaped these islands, all from the unique learning platform of a tall ship.

The class arrived in early September for six weeks of preparatory coursework on shore at SEA Semester’s campus in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. On Nov. 12, the students arrived aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, SEA’s state-of-the-art 134-foot brigantine, in Auckland, New Zealand, to begin a six-week coastal and blue water voyage.

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Bowdoin Student Celebrates Thanksgiving at Sea

Posted on: November 27, 2017
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SEA Semester in the News
Madeleine King ’19 Spends Thanksgiving At Sea, Down Under
Tom Porter, Bowdoin News

While most of her classmates are at home diving into a traditional turkey dinner, Madeleine King ’19 is having quite a different Thanksgiving experience—doing environmental research aboard a tall ship, in New Zealand.

King, who’s majoring in environmental studies and earth and oceanographic science, is among a group of US undergraduates studying and sailing abroad through SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a program offered by Sea Education Association, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focusing on environmental education.

After six weeks of onshore preparation in the US, King and her fellow students joined the SSV (student sailing vessel) Robert C. Seamans—described by SEA as a “state-of-the-art 134 foot brigantine”—in Auckland, New Zealand on November 12, 2017 to begin a six-week voyage.

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Building Bridges for Conservation

Posted on: November 16, 2017
By: Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
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SEA Alum Meghan Jeans Brings Multidisciplinary Approach to SEA

As a biology major turned lawyer, Meghan Jeans (W-144) has been working across disciplines, geographies and issues areas to build bridges throughout her career.  She brings that approach to SEA this fall as a visiting faculty member for Class C-276, Caribbean Reef Expedition.

According to Meghan, a multi-disciplinary approach is critical to both solving problems and preparing students for the real world.  She says it’s an approach that’s been critical in her own work. “I use my science training to inform and inspire the implementation of market-based and policy solutions to marine conservation challenges.” Whether stimulating public-private partnerships in support of conservation, building capacity within communities to manage resources sustainably, collaborating with researchers and resource managers to translate science into action, or working with decision makers to enact meaningful policy reforms, her multidisciplinary background has proven to be an asset.

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