Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2024
  • Spring 2025
    March 3, 2025 to May 27, 2025


Brianna Brown

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


Due to the unpredictability around maritime travel, there may be changes to SEA Semester programs throughout the application period. Connect with the program advisor or SEA Semester directly for updates on program status.

Opportunity Description

What is Unique about this Opportunity?

Be part of a professional effort to protect the world’s oceans…

  • Embark on a blue water adventure sailing from New Zealand to Tahiti
  • Extract, amplify, sequence, and learn bioinformatic pipelines to analyze DNA in the ship’s lab
  • Engage in real-world research on population genomics and contribute to biodiversity conservation

Who Should Apply?

The Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program is geared toward students interested in in ocean science as a career, as well as those interested in marine ecology and conservation, molecular biology, or environmental marine policy.

Prerequisites are one introductory science course and one 200-level science lab.


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 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 two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  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 page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)