While studying abroad with Sea|mester gives unique opportunities to travel the world, discover new cultures and take part in the adventure of a lifetime, the backbone of the experience is a comprehensive academic curriculum, accredited through the University of South Florida (USF).

In the Sea|mester environment, combining academics with the experience allows students to truly interact with their education. It brings the academics to life, adding relevancy and practical application to the material. Living and learning in our environment presents endless teachable moments and never-ending opportunities to learn.

While academics are an integral part of each voyage, Sea|mester is vastly different than learning in a traditional classroom setting.  We tailor the voyage around cultivating an immersive and relevant experiential environment, one that is more conducive to in-depth learning and a better understanding of the coursework. As a small team of 16 or 24, this means more familiarity, more practice, and one-on-one support around the clock.

Academic Classes & Accreditation

In addition to sailing, scuba diving and cultural and educational activities, every student is required to participate in up to four academic classes.


While the courses we teach are based in marine science, nautical science and student leadership, you do not need to be majoring in any of those subjects to join us.  All of our accredited courses are 100 & 200 level courses so for the vast majority of our students, these credit transfer over as either general science requirements or general elective credits.  The ideal Sea|mester student can come from any major!

The number of academic classes is determined by the voyage length, and the specifics can be found on the individual voyage pages of the website.

The University of South Florida (USF) serves as Sea|mester’s School of Record.

USF is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation.

USF is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

USF awards degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctorate levels, including the Doctor of Medicine.

Sea|mester Base Tuition for any voyage includes all academic instruction and USF School of Record transcripts and fees.

In addition to the academic transcript issued by USF, all students are issued Sea|mester transcripts, our official record of a student’s academic progress and achievement that reflects grades and contact hours for both academic and vocational courses.



Student Handbook

For complete course overviews and syllabi, download the Sea|mester student handbook