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SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems (Humanities/Social Sciences)


American Samoa
New Zealand
Polynesia: French Polynesia




August 28 - November 6, 2017

Degree Level


Minimum Education

High School

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Communications
  • Conservation & Preservation
  • Creative Writing
  • Culture
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Policy & Diplomacy
  • Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Leadership
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Public Management
  • Science
  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Travel & Tourism

Cost in US$:

Visit our website for information on costs, affordability & financial aid

Program Fees Include:

* 17 course credits issued by Boston University (or home institution, if affiliated with SEA)
* Student housing on the SEA campus in Woods Hole during the shore component
* Prepaid grocery cards for use during the shore component
* Three meals plus three snacks a day at sea, prepared by a professional steward
* Research fees & access to SEA library, computer lab & wireless network; WHOI/MBL joint library membership
* Academic field trip and science lab fees
* Full-time Head Resident on site for student support and supervision
* 24-hour emergency assistance and support from on-site staff

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 2-3

Scholarships are Available

SEA awards over USD1 million per year in both need-based and merit scholarships to students participating in SEA Semester. Over 50% of our students receive some form of financial assistance; out of those, 95% receive aid directly from SEA. SEA remains committed to making our programs affordable for all qualified and motivated students.

Application Process Involves

  • Essay
  • Online Application
  • Other
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Letters of Reference

Post Services Include

  • Job and Internship Network
  • Alumni Network