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  • Locations: Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
SEA Semester: Caribbean Reef ExpeditionSEA Semester Caribbean Reef
SEA Semester (SEA) is an educational adventure in a study-abroad program, open to students in all majors, that will take you to the deep ocean on a traditional sailing vessel to learn about the sea. The semester long program is for 12 weeks, with half taking place on shore and the other half at sea. The interdisciplinary program begins in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, one of the world’s great centers for ocean research. There you will study the chemistry, biology, physics, and geology of the oceans and you will design your own research project that you will carry out at sea. You will discuss the major policy issues that will be tomorrow’s headlines, and you will learn what it requires to take a vessel under sail safely to the deep ocean and to international ports.

After six weeks on shore, you and your classmates will join the crew on one of their 135-foot vessels. You will participate in all of the duties the ship requires. Every day, you will be given more responsibility as your skills increase until you are running the ship. SEA voyages follow various cruise tracks depending on the research focus and weather conditions.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language prerequisite
Program Calendar
Varies per cruise track

Academics
Throughout human history, coral reefs and their intricately linked ecosystems have protected islands from eroding and provided food resources for growing human populations. Coral reefs attract tourists and drive economic development, and force us to take pause and marvel at their natural beauty and abundance. A healthy reef is not only part of a healthy ocean but also a thriving, successful island community. Nowhere is this more true than in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, coral reefs face many threats related to human excess. Overfishing, reduced water quality, physical disturbance, invasive species, and rising temperatures and lower pH due to climate change all threaten the health of reef ecosystems, and reduce their ability to provide the important ecological services that the Caribbean people have come to rely upon. Effective solutions to the management of coral reefs requires an understanding of the historical context underpinning the economic, political, and cultural landscape of the Caribbean today alongside the scientific foundation of how the oceans and climate interact and leadership skills enabling decisive, effective action and engagement. During this semester at sea, students will examine how a variety of local and international organizations, communities, and businesses have joined together to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean.

You will earn up to 18 credits for your semester. All courses are taught in English.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.


Housing
At Woods Hole, you will live in one of five fully furnished cottages. In preparation for going to sea, you will function as a team with your roommates and be responsible for the housekeeping, shopping, and cooking. While you are at sea, you will live on-board the ship.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and a program fee. You may apply all SU financial aid except work-study. The program fee includes: pre-departure meeting, international travel insurance, orientation, room and prepaid grocery card on shore, and room and board at sea. For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see a sample financial planning budget here:
SEA Semester Caribbean Reef Budget 2018-2019.pdfdf

Contact
Cara Hardy, Counselor, crhardy@syr.edu

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SEA application.

Syracuse University 
SEA Semester
  • Complete SEA Semester's application.
  • Follow instructions from SEA for supplemental documents.
Website
SEA Semester

 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.