Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
    January 2, 2024 to March 20, 2024


Brianna Brown

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


SEA Semester


Opportunity Description

A humanities and social sciences semester at sea that takes a human-centered approach to solving the challenges presented by global climate change.

Pursue a more sustainable relationship with our oceans…

  • Sail the Pacific and learn how climate change is affecting coastal communities
  • Examine strategies for building coastal resilience and mitigating the impacts of sea level rise
  • Interact with local stakeholders, environmental activists, and urban design and climate change experts


What is Unique about this Opportunity?

Finding solutions to the problems brought about by climate change requires going beyond scientific data. We must also consider the possibilities found within social and political institutions, economic systems, cultural practices, and the creative forces of art, literature, and design. The humanities and social sciences contribute to knowledge of how our changing climate impacts human lives and societies, and they play a vital role in building strategies for global climate resilience and adaptation.

This semester at sea program is designed for non-science majors who are interested in addressing climate change. It allows students with a limited background in the sciences to explore climate-related issues. Open to all majors.

    How do I learn more about SEA Semester?

    Things to Consider Before Applying

    • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to the next steps
    • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates
    • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors
    • Want to keep up to date with Cornellians Abroad? Follow Education Abroad on social media, @cornelliansabroad, @CornellEducationAbroad

    How do I apply?

    Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process.  You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself. 

    1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
    2. For Program Admission, apply directly on the program website. Most programs have rolling admissions.