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SEA Semester-The Global Ocean

Program Location At sea and various ports, Multiple Countries
Sponsor Sea Education Association
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30035
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Fall 2018 09/23/18 to 12/20/18

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SEA Semester-The Global Ocean

To a large extent, the fate of the oceans determines the fate of the planet. The sea is so complex that it is impossible to understand and appreciate from the perspective of a single academic discipline.

SEA Semester: The Global Ocean takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines data and insights from oceanography, the humanities and social sciences, and public policy – together with practical skills in nautical science – so students can develop a broad understanding of the sea. This knowledge is increasingly important today, when society is becoming more aware of how the world’s oceans affect the operations of the planet, from climate patterns to the origins of life itself.

Six weeks of intensive study at SEA's campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, prepares students for a six-week research cruise.

In Woods Hole, students will study the program topics and learn skills necessary to operate a sailing research vessel (since no previous sailing experience is required). In addition, students will design an independent research project to be carried out during the research cruise.

During the voyage, students will carry out all functions of the sailing research vessel and gain practical experience in offshore research.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Sea Education Association.


SEA Semester-The Global Ocean

This program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. While there is an emphasis on the science of oceanography, the curriculum is designed for students representing a wide diversity of backgrounds and interests. No previous sailing experience is required.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success and maturity.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Click here for course descriptions. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program and housing fees include: tuition for 17 credits, including academic field trip and science lab fees, housing (on the SEA campus in Woods Hole during the shore component and on the sailboat during the voyage), prepaid grocery cards for use during the shore component, three meals plus three snacks per day while at sea, on-site orientation, and on-site student support and supervision for the duration of the program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$23,700.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $5,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$350.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

SEA offers both merit and need based aid for individual students. SEA's Board is very clear in wanting to make this program available to “all qualified and motivated” students. Almost 75% of SEA Semester students receive some form of financial assistance, and more than 50% receive financial aid directly from SEA.

Payment plan is availale.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
SEA Semester-The Global Ocean

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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