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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2019


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


SEA Semester


Opportunity Description

Environmental Studies at Woods Hole and at Sea.  SEA Semester offers an 8-week summer program focusing on marine conservation and climate change.  Conduct oceanographic or policy-based research.

  • SEA Semester offers the sailing adventure of a lifetime grounded in academic purpose for transferable credit.
  • All study abroad programs include multidisciplinary curriculum with course offerings to suit all majors, and are designed to emphasize hands-on learning and independent research.
  • Benefit from a maximum student-teacher ratio of 8:1 (3:1 at sea). SEA Semester students work more closely with faculty that at almost any other academic institution.
  • All SEA faculty have the highest professional degrees in their fields, and many are alumni of the program.
  • SEA has received funding for our shipboard labs through the NSF, NOAA, and NASA as a result of the long history of success of SEA in ocean research and education.

What is unique about summer study?

  • Summer is a great time to take a “deep dive” to pursue a particular subject in a new place, particularly if you are unable to study abroad any other time.
  • Unless you are taking a summer course with Cornell faculty, when you study abroad in the summer you are not registered at Cornell. Make sure to follow your college’s procedures to transfer credit back to Cornell. Note, these are generally the same as transferring domestic credit to Cornell.
  • Financial aid is not available for summer study, but many programs offer scholarships. National scholarships such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship or the Boren Awards support STEM students who study in the summer. Also, check Cornell’s Off-Campus Opportunity Fund (OCOF) to see if you are eligible to apply for funds through OADI, Global Cornell, or Engaged Cornell.

How do I apply?

Apply directly to your program through SEA Semester, and then register your program destination and dates with Cornell using the “apply” button on this page. Not only will Cornell be able to communicate with you in the event of an emergency, but you will have access to Cornell’s emergency assistance insurance and health and safety information.

SEA awards need-based aid and scholarships to qualified students.