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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Sea Education Association 
  • Restrictions: Wheaton applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Housing Options: Residence Hall or Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African, African American, Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Architectural History, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Business and Management, Business Design, Catalan Language & Literature, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication Design, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Culture, Czech Language & Literature, Dance, Design, Developmental Sciences, Dietetics & Nutrition, Earth Science, Eastern European Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Enology, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Film & New Media Studies, Film and New Media Studies, Food Communications, Food Technology and Management, Forestry, French, Gastronomy, Geography, Geology, German, Government, Graphic Design, Greek, Hausa, Health & Human Services, Health Science, Hebrew, Hispanic Studies, 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 Relations, Internships, Irish Studies, Italian Language & Literature, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Korean, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Maori Studies, Marine Science, Marketing, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Minority Studies, Music, Music Studio Art, Neuroscience, Other Language & Literature, Peace and Social Justice, Philosophy, Physics, Polish Language & Literature, Political Science, Portuguese, Pre-Health, Print Making, Product Design, Psychology, Public Health, Public Relations, Religion, Russian Language and Literature, Russian Studies, Sciences, Serbo-Croatian, Service Learning, Shoe Design, Siberian Studies, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Sports Science, Tagalog, Textile Design, Thai, Theater, Tourism, Ukrainian Language & Culture, Urban Studies, Vietnamese Language & Culture, Women's and Gender Studies, Zarma, Zoology
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Year: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
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Who Should Apply?

This study at sea semester welcomes students from all majors. Elective credit allows students to choose a program track that best meets their academic needs.

Program Highlights

  • Encounter Maori culture, environmental history, and conservation
  • Explore relationships between people and ocean/coastal environments
  • Choose from electives to tailor coursework
  • Sail and conduct research in some of the healthiest waters in the world

Program Description

Human impact on the oceans is one of the most important and challenging environmental issues of the 21st century, affecting human health, global economic systems, and local cultural practices. Coastal communities are already struggling to cope with sea-level rise, depleted fisheries, loss of habitat, plastics and other pollution, and increased catastrophic storm effects.

Multiple research disciplines converge to examine not only how natural systems work, but also the histories, cultures, and policies of people who live on coasts and islands, while improving communication across disciplines for smarter problem-solving frameworks and more effective solutions.

Our laboratory comprises the ship and the ocean and coast of New Zealand, where innovative policy and conservation efforts compete with other imperatives. New Zealand’s marine ecosystems range from subtropical to subantarctic, deep trenches to shallow banks, and coastal mangrove forests to coral reefs.

Explore the unique environmental and complex cultural influences that shape these ecosystems during an initial shore component in Woods Hole, a sea component in New Zealand waters, and a final workshop shore component in New Zealand. Visit a range of coastal communities and marine and coastal protected areas to examine the relationship between New Zealanders and their ocean environment.

Academic Coursework & Credit

SEA Semester: The Global Ocean carries 17-18 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.
 

Required Core Courses

Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Be an effective leader while leveraging the individual strengths of a team. Use leadership theory and case studies to understand how decisions affect outcomes. Participate as an active member of a ship’s crew, progressively assuming full leadership roles.

Maritime History & Culture (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Explore impacts of European maritime ventures on the societies they contacted in the Atlantic or Pacific, with focus on the resulting social, political, economic, and cultural changes. Investigate responses documented in the post-Colonial literature of indigenous people.

The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Ocean ecosystem change in the anthropocene: warming, acidification, fisheries depletion, and pollution. Review principles of circulation, seawater chemistry, nutrient dynamics, and biological production to understand causes and consequences of change. Conduct field measurements for contribution to time-series datasets.
 

Electives - Choose One or Two


Cultural Landscapes & Seascapes: A Sense of Place (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Field-intensive analysis and documentation of dynamic relationships between nature and culture in specific coastal, island, and ocean places. Apply cultural landscape and related interdisciplinary bio-cultural approaches to place-based environmental studies.

Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Comparative and issue-driven introduction to managing human uses and conserving coastal and ocean places and resources.  Explore concepts of technology, governance, sector and ecosystem management, and marine protected areas through expert content lectures, topical seminars, and field trips.

Your Choice of Research Courses:

Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 credits)

Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Three lab science courses (one at the 300-level or higher) or consent of instructor.
Design and conduct original oceanographic research. Collect data and analyze samples. Compile results in peer-reviewed manuscript format and share during oral or poster presentation session. Emphasis on development of research skills and written/oral communication abilities.

-- OR --

Practical Oceanographic Research (200-level, 4 credits)

Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester.
Introduction to oceanographic research. Design a collaborative, hypothesis-driven project following the scientific process. Collect original data. Conduct analysis and interpretation, then prepare a written report and oral presentation.


Further information about SEA Semester programs specific to Wheaton College students


Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.       

Courses & Credits:
Each 12-week SEA Semester program offers 17-18 semester hour credits through Boston University, SEA's school of record, which earns each student 4 credits at Wheaton College. 

Housing & Meals:
Students live in student housing on the SEA campus in Woods Hole during the shore component and student rooms aboard the ships. While at sea, three meals per day are provided. Prepaid grocery cards are provided for use during the shore component.
 
Budget Information:
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees and international insurance. Students will pay costs directly to SEA Semester. Please note that this may or may not include a meal plan. Students will book and pay for their own flights.

Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December). 

Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS. This can in turn be used to pay their program for room and board charges.

Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to your program website for an overview of all additional expenses, which may include visas, international cell phones, and discretionary expenses.

 For Wheaton specific questions contact:                                    
 Center for Global Education
 5  Howard Street
 Wheaton College

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.