Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Multiple, Multiple
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

QUICK FACTS    
Location Auckland, New Zealand
Academic Term Autumn Quarter
Credits 18 semester credits per session
Prerequisites Sophomore standing or above by time of departure
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Application Deadline Rolling admissions
Financial Aid UW students on semester programs automatically receive $2,500 off the program price. In addition, all accepted students can also apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
HIGHLIGHTS
General This semester at sea program is designed for non-science majors who are interested in addressing climate change. It allows students with a limited background in the sciences to explore climate-related issues. Open to all majors.
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Finding solutions to the problems brought about by climate change requires going beyond scientific data. We must also consider the possibilities found within social and political institutions, economic markets, cultural practices, and the creative forces of art, literature, and design. The humanities and social sciences have a vital role to play in building strategies for global climate resilience and adaptation.

Woods Hole, Boston, and New Zealand are our sites for exploring the impacts of a changing climate on human lives. You’ll investigate climate related issues such as public health, environmental justice, clean energy, human displacement, national security, and ecological design.

This new semester at sea includes shore components in both Woods Hole and in New Zealand, as well as a sailing research voyage in the South Pacific. Aboard the ship, you’ll meet with stakeholders responding to local climate impacts and gain a perspective of climate change that links oceanic and terrestrial processes. The semester concludes with a New Zealand-based symposium featuring student presentations of research and digital storytelling projects.


CONNECT WITH SEA Semester
Visit the SEA Semester website
Call the Admissions Hotline at (800) 552-3633 x 770
Email admissions@sea.edu
Read updates from the field on the SEA Currents Blog
Follow SEA Semester on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
Watch student videos on YouTube
 
LOCATION

Site

Over the course of the program, you will visit various sites including Christchurch, Auckland, and more. Please visit the program website to learn more about each site.





 

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students interested in participating in this program must be of sophomore standing or above at the time of departure.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 27 UW credits per term. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Courses

SEA Semester: Climate & Society offers 18 transferable credits from Boston University upon successful completion of the program.

Climate, Society and the Humanities (300-level, 4 cr.)
Survey of climate literature across humanities and social science disciplines. Explores interpretive and comparative approaches to understanding human-climate interactions in maritime contexts and identifies collaborative potential with the natural sciences. Requires interdisciplinary research, field journal writing, and team projects.


Environmental Communication (300-level, 3 cr.)
Seminar focusing on communication skills development for environmental scholars. Introduces the field of environmental communication, examines environmental attitudes and behaviors, and develops a toolkit of communications strategies. Includes projects in data visualization, multi-media presentation and digital storytelling.


Leadership in a Dynamic Environment (300-level, 3 credits)
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.

The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 credits)
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.

Your Choice of Research Course Options:
Advanced Research Topics (400-level, 4 cr.)

Seminar focusing on communication skills development for environmental scholars. Introduces the field of environmental communication, examines environmental attitudes and behaviors, and develops a toolkit of communications strategies. Includes projects in data visualization, multi-media presentation and digital storytelling.


-- OR --

Directed Research Topics (300-level, 4 cr.)
Seminar focusing on communication skills development for environmental scholars. Introduces the field of environmental communication, examines environmental attitudes and behaviors, and develops a toolkit of communications strategies. Includes projects in data visualization, multi-media presentation and digital storytelling.


Please visit the program website to learn more about the courses.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

All students are expected to live on the SEA campus in student housing. Each house accommodates 10 students. On board ship, you will share space with up to 35 people.

Take a virtual tour of one of the ships to learn more.

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the SEA Semester program website.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. Visit the program website to complete it.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.