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Life on Shore

During each SEA Semester program, students begin with a shore component on SEA’s campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Located on picturesque Cape Cod, Woods Hole is a world center for marine, biomedical, and environmental science. Learn more about our unique community.

Under supervision from an on-site Head Resident, students live in one of our fully furnished coed cottages in either a double or triple single-sex room. With their classmates, they share the responsibilities of communal living including food shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Each week, all houses receive a prepaid grocery card (included in the program cost). Students are responsible for budgeting appropriately, satisfying everyone’s dietary needs and requirements, and preparing all meals.

We consider the shore component to be a sort of extended pre-departure orientation. Coursework in Woods Hole prepares students academically to go to sea as mariners, scientists, and global citizens; campus life prepares students for the demands of living and working together on the ship.