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.
This environmental studies semester at sea takes an interdisciplinary look at the people and islands of Polynesia in an effort to learn what they can tell us about the global issues of environmental sustainability and cultural continuity.
What is unique about this program?
- Share experiences through digital storytelling
- Participate in collaborative stakeholder engagement
- Explore Pacific island environments including Tonga & Fiji
- Conduct on-site anthropological research
Students will then begin their sailing research voyage, visiting several South Pacific islands to confront challenging questions surrounding cultural identity, colonial conflict and exchange, and the complex connections between human communities, political structures, and the environment. They will explore issues of sustainability with local officials and residents while visiting historical, cultural, and environmental management sites, and investigate the complex factors that threaten fragile island ecosystems and the surrounding marine environment in an effort to pursue a more sustainable relationship with our oceans.
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How do I apply?
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- 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.)