SEA welcomes applications from undergraduate students enrolled at US or international colleges or universities who have an interest in studying the ocean from a variety of perspectives. Students from most majors—including but not limited to the sciences, social sciences, and humanities— can participate in SEA programs. While there is no GPA requirement, we take a holistic view of each student’s application through their academic record, submitted references, and motivation and goals for the selected program. Some programs have specific prerequisites for admission.
Review our Essential Eligibility Criteria to be sure SEA is right for you.
All programs operate on a rolling admissions basis, meaning we review each application once all materials are submitted and considered complete. Each SEA program has a limited capacity with a maximum of 24 or 25 students. We accept applications up to one year in advance and encourage students to apply early to ensure availability of their first-choice program.
Access the online application portal, and you will be guided through the process. You will be required to submit:
- Online application form
- Official transcripts
- Two academic references
- An academic writing sample
- Short answer essay questions
- Participation Approval Form from your home school
Once your application is complete, you will schedule a short interview with an admissions staff member. Admissions decisions are made generally within two weeks of completion of the interview. The SEA financial application process takes place after you’ve been accepted and is also completed through the same portal.
- Connect with SEA Admissions. We’ll help you navigate your program choices and direct you to resources on your home campus.
- Choose your program. Identify which semester or summer program is the best fit for you.
- Work with your home institution. Think about logistics including study abroad approval, credit transfer, academic planning, and internal application deadlines.
- Complete your online application.
- Consider funding options. Meet with your home institution’s financial aid office to determine what aid will transfer to SEA .
- Apply for a valid passport if you do not already have one since you will need it for the program and waiting times may be extended.