Academics & Credit
Students who successfully complete a SEA Semester program are eligible to receive 17-18 semester credits (12 credits for the Summer Session or Trimester Program, no credits are offered for Gap Year programs). Credits are either issued through their home institution (if affiliated with SEA) or through Boston University as transfer credit. Students must work with their academic advisors in advance to determine exactly how the credits will transfer towards their degree.
Each SEA Semester program offers a set curriculum. Therefore, all students participate in the same courses regardless of their college major. SEA encourages students to work with their home faculty far in advance in order to avoid complications with credit transfer. If students encounter difficulty with course approval, we advise them to contact their Admission Counselor for assistance.
Course offerings and credit for each SEA Semester program may be found here.
SEA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum with an emphasis on hands-on learning and independent research. With a maximum student-teacher ratio of 9: 1 (approximately 2:1 at sea), SEA students work more closely with faculty than at almost any other academic institution. In addition, all SEA faculty members have the highest professional degrees in their fields. They bring extensive experience in their chosen fields, and many are alumni of the program.
To read more about our outstanding faculty, visit the Academics section.