Academics Aboard

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.


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.



In addition to sailing, scuba diving and cultural and educational activities, every student is required to participate in the Sea|mester academic experience.


While the courses we teach are based in marine biology, oceanography, 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.

Attending High Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Listed below are the Colleges & Universities our study abroad students attended prior to or after embarking on their Sea|mester voyage...

* as of Fall 2018

Acadia University, Nova Scotia
Adelphi University
Alfred University
Algonquin College
Allegheny College
Alma College
American Military University
American University
American University of Paris
American University of Rome
Amherst College
Anne Arundel Community College
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Arkansas State
Art Institute of California
Art Institute of Seattle
Auburn University
Babson College
Bard College
Barry University
Baton Rouge Community College
Baylor University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Bentley College
Bentley University
Berry College
Boise State University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State College
Brigham Young University
Bristol Community College
Brooks Institute of Photography
Brown University
Bryant College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Butler University
California Polytechnic University
California State University – Channel Islands
California State University – Fresno
California State University – Long Beach
California State University – San Marcos
Camden County College
Canadian College of Italy
Cape Cod Community College
Cape Fear Community College
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Carpe Diem Education
Case Western Reserve University
Central Florida Community College
Central Oregon Community College
Champlain College
City College of New York
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Clovis Community College
Coastal Carolina Community College
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
Colby Sawyer College
College Calvin
College of Albemarle
College of Charleston
College of Marin
College of New Jersey
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado State University
Columbia College
Columbia University
Community College of Rhode Island
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Cosumnes River College
County College of Morris
Creighton University
Cuesta College
Curry College
Dalhousie University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Daytona Beach Community College
Dean College
DePaul University
Diablo Valley College
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Dristol Community College
Duke University
East Carolina University
East Tennessee State University
Eastern Florida State College
Eastern Washington University
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Elon College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Eugene Lang College
FAU Harriet Wilkes Honors College
Fettes College
Finger Lakes Community College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
Florida Keys Community College
Florida State University
Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
Framingham State College
Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin W. Olin College
Gannon University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University
Gettysburg College
Golden West Community College
Grand Rapids Community College
Green Mountain College
Greensboro College
Grove City College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampshire College
Harold Washington College
Hartnell College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Hawaii Pacific University
High Point University
Highline Community College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Hope College
Howard Community College
Humboldt State University
Hunter College of the City U of NY
Indian River Community College
Indiana University
Indiana University – Bloomington
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana Wesleyan University
Instituto Modelo de Ensenanza Individualizada
Instituto Regiomontano de Hoteleria
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Internat Birklehof
Irvine Valley College

Ithaca College
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson County Community College
Johnson State College
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Laboratoy Institute of Merchandising
Lafayette College
Landmark College
Langara College
Lawrence University
Layola Blakefield
Lehigh University
Lewis and Clark College
Liceo Franco Mexicano
Lindenwood University
Linfield College
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Luzac College
Lynchburg College
Lynn University
Macalester College
Manatee Community College
Marist College
Marquette University
Massachusetts College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McDaniel College
Mercer University
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Miami Dade College
Miami University
Middlebury College
Millsaps College
Mississippi College
Mississippi State University
Mitchell College
Mitchell Community College
Montana State University
Montgomery College
Montreat College
Morehead State
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Wachusett College
Mt. San Jacinto Community College
Muhlenberg College
Naropa University
Nassau Community College
New College of Florida
New England College
New York University
Nichols College
North Carolina State University
North Shore Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Kentucky University
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Northwestern University
Norwich University
Nova Community College
Oberlin College
Ocean County College
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Old Dominion University
Orange Coast College
Oregon State University
Palm Beach Atlantic College
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Community College
Penn State University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pierce College
Pikes Peak Community College
Pine Manor College
Pitzer College
Plattsburgh State University
Plymouth State University
Polk Community College
Pomona College
Portland Community College
Portland State University
Prince William Sound Community College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Queen’s University at Kingston
Quest University
Quinnipiac University
Qwynedd Mercy College
Radford University
Red Rocks Community College
Redeemer University College
Reed College
Regis College
Rhodes College
Rice University
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Richland Community College
Richmond The American International University
Rider University
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rosseau Lake College
Russell Medical Center
Rutgers University
Saint Michael’s College
Salem State College
Salve Regina University
Samford University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Santa Barbara City College
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Scranton University
Seattle University
Seminole Community College
Sewanee University
Shasta College
Sierra College Rocklin
Simmons College
Simon’s Rock College of Bard
Skidmore College
Skyline Community College
Smith College
Soka University of America
Sonoma State University
South Puget Sound Community College
South Texas College
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Methodist University
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Oregon University
Springfield College
St. Anselm College
St. Columba’s College
St. Edward’s University
St. Francis College
St. Joseph’s University
St. Lawrence University
St. Louis Community College
St. Mary’s College
St. Michael’s College
St. Petersburg Junior College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Stonehill College
Suffolk County Community College
Suffolk University

SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Purchase
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
Technical University of Budapest (BME)
Temple University
Texas A&M at Galveston
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
The American University
The Art Institute of Seattle
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
The College of Wooster
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Towson University Technical
Transylvania University
Trinity College
Trinity House
Tufts University
Tulane University
Tulsa Community College
Unidad Educativa Colegio Humboldt Caracas
Union College
Unity College
University at Albany, State University of New York
University California Merced
University of Alabama
University of Alaska – Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alberta
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of British Columbia
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – Davis
University of California – Irvine
University of California – Los Angeles
University of California – Riverside
University of California – San Diego
University of California – Santa Barbara
University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Florida
University of Charlotte
University of Chicago
University of Chicago St. John’s College
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Deusto
University of Edinburgh
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Houston – Clear Lake
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kings College
University of Louisville
University of Lund
University of Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Manitoba
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland – Baltimore County
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Montana
University of Mount Union
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina – Wilmington
University of North Florida
University of North Georgia
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Reading
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Scranton
University of Seattle
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews
University of St. Thomas
University of Sydney
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Texas at Austin
University of the Arts
University of the Pacific
University of the South
University of the Virgin Islands
University of Toronto
University of Tulsa
University of Utah
University of Vermont
University of Victoria
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
University of York
Upper Iowa University
Utah Valley University
UW-River Falls
Valdosta State University
Valencia Community College
Vancouver Island University
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Virginia Tech
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington College
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Waubonsee Community College
Weaton College
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
West Chester University
Westchester University Of PA
Western Michigan University
Western New England College
Western State Colorado University
Western Washington University
Wheaton College
Whitman College
Wofford College
Yale University
Yavapai Community College
York College of Pennsylvania
Young Harris College

Listed below are the High Schools our Gap Year students attended prior to embarking on their Sea|mester voyage...

* as of Fall 2018

AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
American International School of Luxembourg
American School Foundation of Mexico City
Arendell Parrott Academy
Arete Preparatory Academy
Balboa Academy Ciudad del Saber
Belmont Hill School
Blair Academy
Brewster Academy
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Burr and Burton Academy
Carol Morgan School of Santo Domingo
Centreville Academy
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Chestnut Hill Academy
Chinese International School
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Colegio Jefferson
College Preparatory School
Colorado Academy
Commonwealth Academy
Coronado K-8 School
Cranbook Kingswood School
Culver Military Academy
Cushing Academy
Dartmoor School
Deerfield Academy
Denver Academy
Durham School of the Arts
Dwight-Englewood School
Eagle Hill School
Elgin Park Secondary
Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle and Upper
Evangelical Christian School
Foxcroft School
Francis Parker School
Francis W. Parker School
Friends’ Central School
Fryeburg Academy
Fusion Academy
George School
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Grand River Academy
Greensboro Day School
Groton School
Gwynedd Mercy Academy
Gymnasium Ottweiler
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
Hawken School
High Mowing School
Highgate School
Highland Secondary
Holderness School
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Holy Trinity School of Washington DC

Howe Military School
Jackson Preparatory School
Jemicy School
Lake Oconee Academy
Lakeside School
Laurel School
Lawrence Academy
Lawrence Woodmere Academy
Loyola Academy
Loyola School
Lycee Francais de San Francisco
Maine Maritime Academy
Marymount School
McLean School of Maryland
Middlesex School
Millbrook School
Milton Academy
Miss Porter’s School
Montessori Community School
Mount Bachelor Academy
National Outdoor Leadership School
New Hampton School
New School University
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Oakley School
Orange County Educational Arts Academy
Orinda Academy
Park Tudor School
Peak to Peak Charter School
Phillips Andover Academy
Portland Waldorf School
Portsmouth Abbey School
Proctor Academy
Ridge Creek School
Ringling School of Art and Design
Riverdale Country School
Rocky Hill School
Rye Country Day School
Saint Ann’s School
Saltus Grammar School
Sandia Preparatory School
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Schoolcraft Community College
Science Academy of South Texas
Seton Hall Preparatory School
Sharon Academy
Sidwell Friends School
Sonoma Academy
St. Catherine’s School
St. David’s School
St. George’s School
St. John’s School
St. Johns Lower School
St. Johnsbury Academy
St. Mary Academy Bay View
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
St. Paul’s School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School of Florida
Tabor Academy
The Athenian School
The Bishop’s School
The Browning School
The Bullis School
The Bush School
The College Preparatory School
The Collegiate School
The Dwight School
The Ethel Walker School
The Forman School
The Greenhill School
The Hackley School
The Haverford School
The Head-Royce School
The Hewitt School
The Holton-Arms School
The King’s School
The Kinkaid School
The Latin School of Chicago
The Lawrenceville School
The Marvelwood School
The Masters School
The New School
The O’Neal School
The Paideia School
The Parish Episcopal School
The Peddie School
The Pembroke Hill School
The Pingry School
The Purnell School
The Putney School
The Seven Hills School
The Sharon Academy
The Shipley School
The Thacher School
The Watershed School
The Weber School
Tilden Preparatory School
Tower Hill School
Trevor Day School
Trinity-Pawling School
U.E. Colegio
UNC School of Arts
University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
Virginia Episcopal School
Wasatch Academy
Westford Academy
Westmark School
Westover School
Westridge School
Woodberry Forest School
Woodward Academy
Worcester Academy

Student Handbook

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