Follow these steps to set your own course and embark on a voyage of a lifetime.
1. Submit your application with the $50.00 fee
The online application consists of five steps, and will likely take about 20 minutes to complete. Review the following to help prepare, as our system does not provide for the opportunity to save mid-session.
- Step 1: Student and Family Contact Information
- Step 2: Voyage Selection and Personal References
You will be asked for the email and phone number for two references. The persons you choose should be professors, employers, coaches etc, NOT family or friends.
- Step 3: Student Insight Questions
This portion is completed in short answers and will take the bulk of your time. Consider preparing and proofreading your questions ahead of time by downloading the Student Insight Questions Draft
- Step 4: Agree to the Enrollment Terms and Conditions and submit your $50 application fee
- Step 5: Review & Submit
2. Print, sign & mail the application
Once the form is complete, be sure to print and sign your application form. Mail it to us at the address on the bottom of the form.
3. Internal review
Once we receive your application we’ll send out the reference requests and then follow up with phone calls if necessary. Once those are complete a director will review all of your materials and hopefully offer you a provisional acceptance pending the phone/video interview. Your berth deposit (typically $500) is due at that point to secure your berth aboard and proceed to the interview phase.
Download and review a copy of the Student Handbook and when the berth deposit has been received, a Sea|mester admissions coordinator will contact you for the phone interview. Formal acceptance into the program is typically given after this interview. Welcome aboard!
Other steps to consider before & during your application process
Select your voyage
The location and duration of our voyages differ greatly, so selecting the program that has the right balance of activities and passage making for you is the most important step. A lot of this has to do with you as a person… your interests and goals, yet if you’re not sure then call or email us with any questions that you have. We would be thrilled to talk through our options and help you decide.
Speak to our alumni
If you think that you’ve found the right voyage, we encourage you to speak to those whose wake you’ll be following. We recognize that taking the plunge and committing to joining our team is a big step. Speaking to someone who was once in your shoes can greatly help. Contact our office and we’ll connect you with some of our alumni.
Consider your total investment
Hopefully, you’ve already had a chance to consider the value of the experience, yet it’s equally important to fully understand the total cost of your attendance. Follow the link to learn more.
Review our Student Essential Eligibility Criteria
The mission of Sea|mester is to deliver outstanding experience-based educational adventures for young adults. Through supportive yet challenging course design we create environments that promote self-discovery as well as social, emotional and intellectual growth.
While the environment we create is appropriate for most, it is not appropriate for all. Successful Sea|mester students are in good physical and emotional health and have an interest in immersing themselves fully in our community. Sea|mester students are excited to learn new skills, experience new places and are capable of working positively within a close-knit team even when tired. They are enthusiastic, well mannered and have a healthy dose of curiosity. While it’s natural for new students to be a little nervous before joining our team, Sea|mester is not appropriate for anyone dealing with behavioral, motivational, or rehabilitation issues.
While not all-encompassing, please download and read the following Essential Eligibility Criteria Document to see whether you consider Sea|mester to be an appropriate educational experience. Feel free to call us with any questions.
Understand our expectations
The social and educational atmosphere created during a Sea|mester voyage is unique and something that we take great pride in. The very nature of the program allows students to take responsibility for the running of the vessel, the program and their own lives while aboard.
Sea|mester students need to be responsible for their conduct at all times. Any student who engages in academic or social misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Program Directors and/or the Student Honor Committee. The purpose of our Student Code of Conduct is to express community standards of honesty, respect for persons and property. Each student is responsible for reading and reviewing the Code of Student Conduct, and for understanding the responsibilities he/she assumes by enrolling with Sea|mester.
Start your admissions process
Space is limited and our admissions operate on a rolling basis. Start your application as soon as you can so as to guarantee a position on the team of your choice.
Insure your investment
Life is uncertain, so it’s important for students and parents to understand our Terms and Agreements and consider protecting their tuition investment. Purchasing Tuition & Travel Protection Insurance provides coverage for unexpected travel emergencies including medical, evacuation, airline and trip interruption coverage. Check the nitty gritty section on each voyage page for more specifics and links to a suggested insurance plan.
Book your flights
It’s going to be important to get to the right place at the right time, so we’ll be helping you through the process of booking your flights. Getting to and from each of our voyage starting and ending locations is slightly different, so check out the nitty gritty section on each voyage page for more specifics.
Complete your pre-trip forms
About 3 months prior to the voyage we’ll send you a detailed information packet via our online Participant Portal. This Pre-Trip Packet includes preparation checklists, medical forms, packing lists, communications information, travel and contact instructions, and more. Review this information carefully as there is a ton of relevant details you don’t want to miss. There are some forms that need to be completed by you and returned to us at this point. You should endeavor to complete these as soon as you can as it really helps us in preparing everything for your trip.
Pack your bag and get ready to go
Pack your bag and get some rest. You’re off to experience the journey of a lifetime!