- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: January, September
- Category: Academic
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Dorm, Boat
- Affiliation: Gap Year Association
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Interested in exploring today’s most critical marine conservation topics? Looking for a sailing adventure aboard a tall ship? Do you want to take your learning out of the classroom and into the field while developing new skills in leadership, teamwork, and research?
Ocean Exploration is 12-week interdisciplinary gap program that combines insights from the natural and social sciences to deepen students’ awareness of and appreciation for the ocean. As full, working members of the scientific team and sailing crew aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer, students will be managing shipboard operations, navigating by the stars, and analyzing oceanographic samples while completing an epic ocean passage from the temperate shores of New England to the tropical islands of the Caribbean. Choose between an academic, credit-bearing program or an experiential not-for-credit program – either way, no sailing experience is required!
Fall 2022: Ocean Exploration: Wonders of the Deep Blue
Understanding the oceans is an essential component of appreciating how the world works and how we relate to it as human beings. This interdisciplinary program combines insights from oceanography, the humanities, and the social sciences with practical skills in seamanship, allowing students to deepen their awareness of and appreciation for both the near coastal environment and the open ocean through hands-on research. In this gap year program, participants will address and answer some of the most pressing global questions related to the last true wilderness on the planet – the open ocean “Deep Blue” environment.
Spring 2023: Ocean Exploration: Environmental Justice in the Caribbean
Explore the ocean through the lens of environmental justice, learning about issues such as food security, displacement from coastal lands, and coral degradation resulting from both the historic plantation system and modern examples of resource extraction in the region. Participants will address and answer some of the most pressing global questions related to environmental justice through a maritime and oceanographic lens. Broaden your understanding of the ways in which the ocean impacts larger social structures through field-based research in the Caribbean.
SEA is based in the world-renowned oceanographic research village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Since 1971, we have educated more than 10,000 students about the global oceans through preparatory studies on shore followed by a tall ship sailing research voyage at sea.
Cost and Session Information
For information about tuition and financial aid, please go to https://sea.edu/admissions/gap-year-admissions/