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What's Included in SEA Semester

What's Included in the Cost of SEA Semester?


  • 17-18 course credits issued by Boston University (or home institution, if affiliated with SEA)
  • Maximum student-teacher ratio of 8:1 on shore and 3:1 at sea conducive to an intimate learning environment rarely found at other academic institutions
  • Faculty with the highest level of professional degrees in their fields, many of whom are SEA Semester alumni
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum with coursework to suit most majors

Financial Aid

  • Customized financial aid guidance and assistance
  • Federal aid applies in most cases (Stafford Loans, Plus Loans, Pell Grants)
  • Merit-based scholarships and need-based aid available for qualified students
  • SEA processes institutional aid for students that may carry it with them
  • Alternative Loans available
  • A variety of payment plans are available, including online

Student Support

  • Personalized advising and follow-up throughout the admissions process
  • Welcome packet and pre-departure information
  • On-site orientation at the start of each program
  • All research fees are covered, including access to: SEA library, computer lab & campus wireless network, WHOI/MBL joint library memberships
  • Academic field trip and science lab fees are included

Room & Board

  • Student housing on the SEA campus in Woods Hole during the shore component
  • Full-time Head Resident on site for student support and supervision
  • Prepaid grocery cards for use during the shore component
  • Three meals plus three snacks a day at sea, prepared by a professional steward with student assistant

Parent Resources

  • Parents’ welcome reception at orientation
  • Web access to daily satellite tracking of SEA vessels while they’re at sea
  • Web access to daily blogs and periodic audio updates (podcasts) from the ships

Health Services

  • 24-hour emergency assistance and support from on-site staff
  • Ships carry a fully-stocked pharmacy and receive support from a physicians network available via satellite 24 hrs
  • Captains are all certified Wilderness First Responders or Wilderness EMTs with extensive emergency training