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SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation


Spring, Trimester


March 20 - June 17, 2017

Degree Level


Minimum Education

High School

Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Conservation & Preservation
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • International Policy & Diplomacy
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Social Sciences

Cost in US$:

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Program Fees Include:

* 18 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

  • Other
  • Group living

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of 2-3

Scholarships are Available

SEA awards over $1 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

  • Transcript
  • Physical Exam/Health Records
  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Letters of Reference
  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Job and Internship Network
  • Alumni Network