Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in field-based environmental education at sea. For over 40 years, they have educated undergraduates about the world’s oceans through their Boston University–accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester®. SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. From Woods Hole, students depart for destinations across the globe.

  • No sailing experience is required
  • No previous field experience is required
  • Course prerequisites vary by program
  • Admission requirements for all programs
Summer and semester programs are available. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach.

Please refer to the SEA Semester website for course descriptions and syllabi, under Academics, and for faculty bios, under Faculty.

Initial Shore Component:

  • Co-ed cottages
    • Double or triple single-sex rooms
    • On SEA campus on Cape Cod
    • Fully furnished
    • Share responsibilities associated with community living including grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning

At Sea:

  • On board sailing research vessels
    • Personal bunk
    • Space for storage
  • Late May to early July
  • Mid-June to mid-August
  • Early July to early August

Program participants will be notified of any changes to the program calendar.

  • Summer Semester: March 1

In addition to completing the standard BU Study Abroad application, students must apply through SEA’s online application system.

(Please note that the SEA application may not yet be available for your chosen semester.)

Review of applications will begin according to the following timetable. Notification of admission begins after the application deadline.

  • 2015/2016 Tuition & Fees:
    • 8-week Summer Session: $18,900
    • 4-week Summer Session: $9,800

    Cost includes tuition, housing, board, excursions, emergency evacuation insurance.

  • For more information on costs please contact SEA Semester
  • Financial aid available