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Planning Ahead for SEA Semester

Planning Ahead for SEA Semester

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It’s not too early to begin dreaming about your life’s journey, or to begin preparing for a SEA Semester study abroad experience. At SEA, we’re invested in our students’ futures and in their success. SEA Semester develops lifelong skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking, all of which serve students well no matter what career path they choose. 92% of our alumni report that SEA Semester provided them with skills that have proven useful in their careers today.

Gap Year and Winter Start Students

High school students considering a gap year or those accepted as a winter start in college often enroll in SEA Semester’s Ocean Exploration program. Ocean Exploration offers a 200-level introduction to the world’s oceans through interdisciplinary coursework coupled with a leadership development experience at sea. It carries a full semester of Boston University credit that is transferable to most U.S. colleges and universities. Click here for more details on SEA Semester credit.

Planning a SEA Semester Experience?

If you’re already thinking ahead about studying abroad with SEA Semester as a college student, here are some basic tips for success:

  • Check out which colleges and universities are affiliated with SEA Semester.
  • Work with your academic advisor to determine how SEA Semester courses can count as credit towards your future major or minor.
  • Connect with a SEA Semester Admissions Counselor to learn more about our relationships with specific institutions.
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The SEA Semester Ripple Effect

Setting a Course for Success
Being a SEA Semester alum means something. It says something about you: your passion, your character, your knowledge. It also means that you’re part of a well-established community. These are essential elements to success – in your undergraduate studies, professional career, and personal life – that colleges and employers value.

  • Passion

    Make a difference.

    Challenge yourself.

    Hone your sense of adventure.

    Contribute to something bigger than yourself.

  • Knowledge

    Master a range of academic subjects.

    Gain lifelong practical and interpersonal skills.

    Earn transferable credits from Boston University.

    Get to know yourself.

  • Character

    Develop confidence.

    Be a leader, and a follower.

    Abide by a code: ship, shipmates, self.

    Develop critical thinking & communication skills.

  • Community

    Join a tight-knit alumni community.

    Gain powerful networking opportunities.

    Find a professional circle of mentors.

    Make friends for life.

SEA Semester for Gap Year Students

Learn more about SEA Semester Studying Abroad Programs

Ocean Exploration

SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration is an ideal program for gap year students to develop skills in leadership, teamwork, and research while making a long passage through either the Atlantic or Pacific. Recent voyages include cruise tracks from New Zealand to Tahiti, and from Woods Hole to St. Croix.

This interdisciplinary program combines insights from oceanography, the humanities, and the social sciences with practical skills in seamanship. Students deepen their awareness of and appreciation for the ocean through hands-on research and personal experience as they consider some of the most pressing global questions related to the ocean environment.

On shore at Woods Hole, students design original research projects to be completed at sea. Maritime Studies coursework provides historical and social perspectives on the human impact on world oceans, and on the experience of going to sea. Nautical Science coursework introduces practical seamanship skills and the theoretical background necessary for students to safely operate a tall ship at sea.

At sea, students manage shipboard operations, navigate by the stars, and analyze oceanographic samples as they voyage across the open ocean.

Program Highlights

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans.
  • Make a long, blue-water sailing passage.
  • Take your learning out of the classroom and into the field.
  • Develop new skills in leadership, teamwork, and research.