Applying to a Gap Year at SEA
Gap year 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.
We review all gap year applications on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is full.
Upcoming Application Deadlines
Admissions for our gap year programs operate on a rolling admissions basis.
Complete an application form
Submit two writing samples (500-750 words each)
List your full name on each. Submit via email to email@example.com or fax to 800-977-8516.
Two-part essay (500-750 words): Why have you chosen to apply to Atlantic Odyssey or Ocean Exploration and what do you expect to gain from your experience? How will this program complement your future educational goals? Be sure to address all questions.
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 class, and on a topic applicable to Atlantic Odyssey or Ocean Exploration. Please include your name and the context of the sample (class title and brief description of the assignment).
Request and submit transcript
A complete high school transcript is required for all applicants. Transcripts may be submitted directly from your school via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; via fax to 800-977-8516; or via mail to:
SEA Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Submit two (2) references
One should be from a teacher who has taught you within the past year. The other can be from a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, etc. Download the PDF reference form.
Schedule an interview with your Admissions Counselor
Email email@example.com to schedule your interview.
Interviews may be conducted over the phone or via Skype. Topics of conversation may include life at your school, academic and extracurricular interests, why you’re taking a gap year, your expectations for life aboard our tall ship, and how you learned about our program. The interview is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about us!
Apply for a Passport: Please note that all gap year 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, click here to learn about the requirements for gap year students.