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How to Apply to SEA Semester

SEA Semester undergraduate programs are limited in capacity with a maximum of 24 or 25 student spots per class. Therefore, we welcome applications as early as one year in advance of the program start and encourage students to apply early to ensure placement in their preferred program.

We review all SEA Semester applications on a first-come, first-served basis until each class is full.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Admissions for SEA Semester and SEA High School Summer Programs operates on a rolling admissions basis. Although we do not maintain our own application deadlines, SEA Semester applicants should check in with your home institution and/or study abroad office regarding internal application deadlines on your campus.

We are currently accepting applications for the following terms and programs:

Fall 2021: SEA Semester || SEA Gap Programs

Spring 2022: SEA Semester

The First Step

To learn which SEA Semester program is right for you, contact our Admissions team! You should also discuss your study abroad plans with your study abroad office and/or academic advisor to make sure of any additional requirements and procedures. We welcome applications from U.S. students as well as from students enrolled in international universities who are seeking a semester's worth of undergraduate credit.

Every semester, the SEA Admissions team travels far and wide to visit colleges and universities across the country. Meeting a member of the SEA Admissions team in person is the best way to learn more about SEA Semester, so you should also take a look at our Campus Visits calendar to find out when a team member might be in your area!

Finally, review our Essential Eligibility Criteria to be sure SEA is right for you.

Connect with a Recent Alum!

Program alumni are some of your best resources for learning more about SEA Semester. We encourage you to connect with a recent alum, or read through some alumni testimonials, to hear about the experience from their perspectives!

SEA Semester Application Checklist

  1. Complete an application form
    Apply online. (Note: the application fee is waived for students from affiliated institutions. Contact your the Admissions team for the code!)
  2. Submit two writing samples (500-750 words each)

    List your full name on each. Use either red button below to upload both your essay and your writing sample.

    Two-part essay (500-750 words): Why have you chosen to apply to SEA Semester and what do you expect to gain from your experience? How will the SEA Semester program to which you're applying (The Global Ocean, Oceans & Climate, etc.) complement your education? Be sure to address both questions.

    Upload Essay and Writing Sample

    Academic writing sample of your own choosing (2-4 page excerpt if longer than 4 pages). This should be a reflection of your best written work from a recent course, and on a topic applicable to your SEA Semester program of interest (science, history, environmental studies, literature, etc.). Please include your name and the context of the sample (course title and brief description of the assignment). Poetry or college entrance essays may be submitted only as a secondary sample.

    Upload Essay and Writing Sample

  3. Request and submit transcripts
    Official college transcripts are required for all applicants. E-transcripts must be emailed to Hard copies must remain sealed and be sent directly from your institution to:

         SEA Office of Admissions
         P.O. Box 6
         Woods Hole, MA 02543

    High school transcripts are required for students who have not yet completed two years of college. They may be unofficial and should be uploaded using the link below.

    Upload High School Transcript

  4. Submit two (2) undergraduate academic references
    The online application will provide a link to email the reference form to your professors directly. If you require a PDF version, please click here.

    Both should be from undergraduate level instructors; at least one should be from an instructor (i.e. professor, academic advisor) who has taught you within the past year. We also welcome additional references (i.e. coach, academic, personal, etc.). Letters of reference will only be accepted as supplemental to the online form.
  5. Schedule an interview with our Admissions Team
    Interviews may be conducted over the phone or in person, depending on our team’s schedule. Topics of conversation may include life at your college/university, academic and extracurricular interests, transition from high school to college, your expectations for life at SEA, and how you learned about our program. The interview is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about SEA.
  6. Submit the Student Participation Approval Form to the appropriate authority (study abroad office or academic advisor) on your campus
    This form is accessible through our online system and ensures that you go through the appropriate channels at your school for off-campus study approval (if applicable) and credit transfer. If you're not sure who to contact on your campus, ask our SEA Admissions team.

​Apply for a Passport: Please note that all SEA Semester students must have a valid passport - NOT a Passport Card - before joining the program.

Apply for Financial Aid: If you plan to apply for need-based financial aid, download a financial aid application (pdf) and submit it with your application for admission.