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  • Locations: Honolulu, United States; Multiple, Multiple; Woods Hole MA, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Sea Education Association 
  • Restrictions: W&L applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
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Type of Program: Study Abroad Housing Options: Residence Hall
Area of Study: Aboriginal Studies, Accessories Design, Accounting, Acting/Performance Art, Advertising, African Studies, Agriculture, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Arabic Language & Literature, Archaeology, Architectural History, Architecture, Art, Art History, Arts, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Business, Business Design, Business Information Systems, Catalan Language & Literature, Celtic/Irish Studies, Central Asian Studies, Chemistry, Child Development, Chinese, Classical Studies, Communication, Communication Design, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Culinary Arts, Culture, Czech Language & Literature, Dance, Design, Developmental Sciences, Dietetics & Nutrition, Earth Science, Eastern European Studies, Ecology, economics, Education, Educational Administration, Engineering, English, Enology, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Film, Finance, Fine Art, Food Communications, Food Technology and Management, Foresty, French, Gastronomy, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, German, Government, Graphic Design, Greek, Hausa, Health & Human Services, Health Science, Hebrew, History, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Human Rights, Humanities, Hungarian Language & Literature, Iberian Studies, Independent Study, Information Design, Interdisciplinary Design, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, Italian, Italian Language & Literature, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Korean, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mandarin, Maori Studies, Marine Science, Marketing, Mass Communications, Math/Statistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Music Studio Art, Neuroscience, Nigerian Studies, Other Language & Literature, Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Polish Language & Literature, Political Science, Politics, Portuguese, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Print Making, Product Design, Psychology, Public Health, Public Relations, Religion/Theology, Russian, Russian Literature, Russian Studies, Sciences, Serbo-Croatian, Service Learning, Shoe Design, Siberian Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Sports Science, Studio Art, Studio Arts, Tagalog, Textile Design, Thai, Theater/Drama, Tourism, Ukrainian, Ukrainian Language & Culture, Urban Design, Urban Studies, Vietnamese Language & Culture, Womens Studies, Writing, Zarma, Zoology Language of Instruction: English
Class Eligibility: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Program Description:

Program Description

A humanities and ocean science semester at sea program that builds from science-based observations and inspires a human-centered approach to solving the challenges presented by global climate change.

Global Ocean Hawai’i features a six-week shore component in Woods Hole followed by six weeks of sailing through the Hawaiian Islands.

In Woods Hole, home to world-renowned leaders in climate and ocean science, you will develop your semester-long research project, review essential literature, and design a plan for original oceanographic research. You’ll meet with experts in the Woods Hole science community to discuss a range of climate related issues including migration and displacement, food and water security, environmental justice, and alternative governance and adaptation strategies. Dynamic interactive courses in oceanography, communication, and leadership will prepare you for the sailing and field research phase of the program.

The sailing component begins in Honolulu.  Through daily oceanographic surveys, “classroom” discussions, and navigational training while at sea, you will gain a unique and valuable perspective of climate change that links oceanic and terrestrial systems. The cruise track returns to the island of Oahu and a final onboard symposium featuring student presentations of field research and storytelling projects.

Cruise Track: Honolulu, Hawai’i >>> Honolulu, Hawai’i

Program Dates
Jan. 3 – March 26, 2022

Jan. 3 – Feb. 15: Shore component in Woods Hole.  Please note that Covid uncertainties may necessitate a partial remote shore component before boarding the ship in Hawaii.
Feb. 16 – March 26: At sea, Honolulu to Honolulu. No planned portstops at this time but this will be evaluated based on current CDC guidance for Covid travel.  

Program Highlights

Examine climate science, policy, literature, and leadership in their human social contexts
Interact with researchers and writers in New England and Hawai'i
Acquire valuable climate leadership and communication skills through coursework, field research experiences, and digital storytelling.

Who Should Apply?

This semester program is designed for students of all majors who are passionate about addressing climate change in an actionable way. It allows students with a limited background in the sciences to explore climate-related issues while gaining science literacy through engaging and accessible research at sea. Open to all majors.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2024 10/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.