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University of Rhode Island — Marine Affairs
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Study Away

Have you ever dreamed of going to college in Hawaii, living in Europe or Australia, or even spending a semester on a research vessel?

Make those dreams a reality and spend a semester or academic year studying in another state or a foreign country through the National Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs. In some cases you may even save money by paying in-state tuition rates for that semester! Any student who wants to do a Study Abroad program is strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor prior to starting the application process to understand how the program will fit into their course of study and if it might affect his/her graduation date.

Additional information is available through the URI Office of International Education:

Marine affairs students may be particularly interested in the Sea Education Association program based out of Woods Hole in Cape Cod, MA. Spend a semester (fall or spring, 12 weeks) or a summer (8 weeks) studying oceanography, maritime studies, and boat operations in Woods Hole and at-sea. Learn to sail and carry out oceanographic research on a working cruise aboard an over 130-foot long tall ship in the Atlantic (SSV Corwith Cramer) or Pacific Ocean (SSV Robert C. Seamans). Academic credit (17 cr. in fall or spring; 12 cr. in summer) will be directly applied to a student's URI transcript. SEA representatives are on campus periodically to speak to prospective students. All students must arrange a short interview with URI Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Jacqueline Webb, in the Office of International Education prior to starting the application process.

URI courses for which students will get credit:

  • AFS 290 Small Boats (3 cr.; free elective)
  • MAF 312 The Politics of the Ocean (3 cr.; free elective)
  • OCG 401 General Oceanography (3 cr.; required for MB major)
  • OCG 493 & 494 Special Problems and Independent Study in Oceanography (4 cr. each, in Fall/Sp.) or OCG 493 Special Problems and Independent Study in Oceanography (3 cr., in summer), [in either case, a max. of 3 cr. may be applied to the MB major as MB elective).

In addition to the traditional SEA Semester program, "special" SEA Semester programs are now available. Some of these programs include: "Documenting Change in the Caribbean" (a social science and humanities-intensive semester), and "Oceans and Climate" (for advanced science students). Consult the SEA Website or contact Dr. Webb if you are interested in either of these special programs.

NOTE: Enrollment in SEA Semester is open to students over 18 years of age who are judged capable by SEA and benefiting from the SEA Semester experience regardless of major. Course work assumes sophomore level competence and academic credit (as described above) may be applied towards any program of study (including majors in arts and sciences and engineering).