Thailand to Australia

Aboard S/Y Vela

4,500 Nautical Miles via Bangkok, Koh Samui, Tioman, Singapore, Borneo, Gili Islands, Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Darwin

For S/Y Vela’s 24 shipmates, the experience begins when you step off the plane and out of the airport into the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. The noises, the language, the smells, and the traffic are all bound to send your senses into a whirl but don’t become too accustomed as you are about to trade the bright city lights for those “red-over-green” sailing lights and depart onward into the Gulf of Thailand and towards Darwin. In between, you get to master the ropes of a classically-rigged modern day sailing yacht; visit the tranquility of Malaysia’s Gem – Tioman Island; navigate your way up the winding Kumai river in Borneo towards wild Orangutans; prime your camera lenses for a National Geographic shot of the world’s only living species of dragon in the Komodo National Park and drop anchor in amongst the spectacular scenery of Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago. Has all that got your tail feathers ruffled? It has got us just a little bit excited, to say the least.

  • Days
  • Credits
  • Students
  • Term
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Feb 20 - May 19, 2020
  • 90
  • 12 credits
  • 24
  • Spring
  • Open
  • $28,370

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

Academic Classes

Certification Courses

Activities

  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Educational & Cultural Tours
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Service
  • Personal Time

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome aboard!

The journey begins when you and your fellow shipmates arrive and meet each other for the first time in Bangkok.  From there, you step aboard our brand new 112-ft schooner, S/Y Vela, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 6 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop the exotic Thai waters is now your home and classroom for the next 90 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

IMG_3903

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, we cast off our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater in the Gulf of Thailand working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the four college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Gulf Of Thailand Bangkok, Koh Phangan*, Koh Samui,
Malaysia / Singapore Tioman, Singapore
Indonesia Borneo, Gili Islands, Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat
Australia Tiwi Islands*, Darwin
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Play Video
scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
20-25 Dives

Whether in the Gulf of Thailand or the beautiful waters of Malaysia and Indonesia, students onboard Vela will experience some of the world’s best scuba diving. Over the course of the 90-day voyage, you’ll become an experienced diver, completing between 20 and 25 dives. However, the novelty of breathing underwater won’t disappear.

Whether working towards a new certification in 15 feet of water, researching on a fringing reef, or just exploring a wreck at 100 ft. – you’ll gain a lifetime worth of stories from places few people get to see.

If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Diver Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

IMG 1393
Anchors Down – Gulf of Thailand – Koh Samui
(5-7 days)

The largest of the islands which make up the Chumphon Archipelago, Koh Sumui will be your main destination during your time in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s here, in the protected bays to the North of the island, Open Water divers will take their first breaths beneath the surface. Whether exploring the fishing villages of Bophut or if the slightly more raucous suburb of Chaweng takes your fancy, shore time exploration is sure to offer up your quota of culture during your stopover in Koh Samui.

>Next stop: Tioman
Nov16 039 Small
Anchors Down – Malaysia – Tioman
(3 days)

 

 

 

Tioman and its shallow reefs provide an ideal location for students to continue their diving education, whether it’s our beginner divers building up their time underwater or our Advanced divers perfecting their buoyancy and collecting data for their group research projects. Vela will anchor in the protected waters of Tekek where the crew can venture ashore on one of the many scenic hiking trails Tioman has to offer.

>Next stop: Singapore
Nov7 060 Small
Anchors Down – Singapore
(3 Days)

Pulling in to the world famous One-15 Marina on Sentosa Island will have you feeling like you’re living the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Singapore is a delightful city island state which caters to both the high flying city execs and the hustle of the local fish market. It’s a city like no other and here Vela’s shipmates can utilize the fantastic public transportation system to take in all Singapore has to offer culminating in a Night Safari at the renowned Singapore Zoo.

Tiwi

cultural exchange
connecting people with places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a shiny schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. Larger cities and resort hubs are accustomed to a degree of transience with up to thousands of foreigners flowing through their streets in a single day. On the flip side, much of the Indonesian Archipelago is out of the way and rarely visited.

As a result, the farther you sail from civilization the more you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging. Whether it’s picking up a beach soccer game with local kids in Bali or lending a hand to the indigenous aboriginal community in the Tiwi islands – you’ll find meaningful connections every step of the way.

 

Play Video
accredited-academics-seamester
Academics Aboard
12 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is College even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academia with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun!

DSC 0350 Small
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Borneo (Kumai)
(3 Days)

Working your way inland up the winding Kumai river will be a real test of your navigational skills. Once securely anchored outside one of the many smaller tributaries, Vela’s crew will disembark onto local traditional riverboats and embark on an overnight tour into the jungle to visit an environmentally protected Orangutan sanctuary. You’ll spend the night on your local tour boat sleeping under the stars and sampling the local traditional cuisine. Birds’ nest soup anyone?

>Next stop: Gili Islands
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Anchors Down – Indonesia – Gili Islands
(2-3 days)

 

No cars, no motorcycles, and no roads – the Gili islands are an increasingly world-renowned destination for those looking for the perfect island getaway. The shallow turquoise water over white sand is great for both beginner and advanced divers alike. Paradise is just a stepping stone between passages so soak it in with some time on shore and flips off the beam.

>Next stop: Bali
Temple Small
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Bali
(3-4 Days)

The otherworldly nature of the Balinese landscape is mirrored and perhaps magnified by the heavily spiritual and joyful culture and customs of its people. You’ll be caught up in the whirlwind that is Balinese daily life by venturing into some of the island’s most iconic temples and participating in the spiritual fire dances performed island-wide. Bali is also a world-famous destination for surfers of all skill levels – you’ll take a lesson and have a chance to hang ten on the world famous Kuta Beach.

>Next stop: Komodo National Park
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Anchors Down – Indonesia – Komodo National Park
(3-4 days)

This island may be best known for the dragons that rule it without competition but it’s the saturated colors you’ll find exploring this place that will stick with you. Jade sloping hills fade seamlessly into the pink sands that lead to the red coral and endless indigo sea. As you become more comfortable with being underwater, the steep reefs and abundant wildlife of Komodo will continue to astonish on certification and fun dives. No visit would be complete without a visit to the fishing village of Kampung Komodo or a hike to the islands in search of dragons.

>Next stop: Raja Ampat
Play Video
DCIM103GOPRO
Rite of Passage
Life and Rhythm on the Big Blue

It’s amazing to sail through the Pacific and reflect on what you’ve already accomplished but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the distances between ports become greater. You’ll cross the equator, battle squalls, navigate the doldrums and make the tradewinds work for you as you learn to soak in passage life. Throughout your 90-day voyage, the longest passage can be up to 20 days long with the average passage being 2-5 days. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

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    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
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Anchors Down – Indonesia – Raja Ampat
(5-6 days)

Raja Ampat or “The Four Kings” is without a doubt one of the jewels of the Indonesian Archipelago. Off the beaten track and rarely visited by tourists other than the occasional cruising yacht, the limestone karst spires remain a sight to behold. Our students will have an opportunity to submerge themselves into the company of the spectacular reef ecosystems. Imagine yourself waking up to an intriguing lecture on Indo-Pacific reef dynamics in the morning and then witnessing it first hand in the afternoon. You’re living “The Blue Planet” footage first hand here in Raja Ampat.

>Next stop: Darwin
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Anchors Down – Australia – Darwin
(4 Days)

Darwin, named after the famous English Naturalist and the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territories, will be the final port of call for our intrepid explorers. If time and permission from the Aboriginal Land Council allow, Vela’s shipmates will visit the Tiwi Islands, rich with indigenous art and culture. Once back in Darwin and with bags packed, emotional goodbyes await along with an immense sense of pride and accomplishment as the first crew to complete a voyage aboard S/Y Vela. Look out for Crocodile Dundee on your way to the airport…..”That’s not a knife

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“A lot can happen in 90 days. You can get your hair cut or find out you have a new favorite food, you can go to school for a semester or loose contact with the outside world, or you can live on a schooner. All of this happened to us. In 90 days you can make a family of 19 people that you create endless stories of challenge, hilarity, happiness, and success. In 90 days a boat full of hooligans like us can make it across an ocean and back and manage to still want to live with each other for another month where the farthest you can be from someone is 112 feet. In 90 days there may have been times where buttons were pressed and nerves were tested but no matter what tears are shed when our family is split up. In 90 days bonds are made that will never be broken and relationships between human and boat or human to human have never meant so much to us as they do now. Seamester isn’t just an abroad program for college students it is something that enhances our lives, makes our minds richer with world view, and broadens our love for the ocean and much more. I sit here in the charthouse thinking of what I will do next and how it will ever be able to compete with Seamester but I remind myself of what our Captain Kris told us, that we are never to stop adventuring and not to let Seamester be the biggest and best adventure we have, but I know that Seamester is the start of my adventures and will remain one of the most amazing things I have ever done in my life. To everyone who has made this experience what it is, I thank you and I’m sure I’ll see you down the road. Peace, Love and Fair Winds”
Richard O.
Welcome aboard!

The journey begins when you and your fellow shipmates arrive and meet each other for the first time in Bangkok.  From there, you step aboard our brand new 112-ft schooner, S/Y Vela, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 6 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop the exotic Thai waters is now your home and classroom for the next 90 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
Gulf Of Thailand Bangkok, Koh Phangan*, Koh Samui,
Malaysia / Singapore Tioman, Singapore
Indonesia Borneo, Gili Islands, Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat
Australia Tiwi Islands*, Darwin
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
IMG_3903

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, we cast off our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater in the Gulf of Thailand working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the four college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Play Video
scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
20-25 Dives

Whether in the Gulf of Thailand or the beautiful waters of Malaysia and Indonesia, students onboard Vela will experience some of the world’s best scuba diving. Over the course of the 90-day voyage, you’ll become an experienced diver, completing between 20 and 25 dives. However, the novelty of breathing underwater won’t disappear.

Whether working towards a new certification in 15 feet of water, researching on a fringing reef, or just exploring a wreck at 100 ft. – you’ll gain a lifetime worth of stories from places few people get to see.

If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Diver Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

IMG 1393
Anchors Down – Gulf of Thailand – Koh Samui
(5-7 days)

The largest of the islands which make up the Chumphon Archipelago, Koh Sumui will be your main destination during your time in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s here, in the protected bays to the North of the island, Open Water divers will take their first breaths beneath the surface. Whether exploring the fishing villages of Bophut or if the slightly more raucous suburb of Chaweng takes your fancy, shore time exploration is sure to offer up your quota of culture during your stopover in Koh Samui.

>Next stop: Tioman
Nov16 039 Small
Anchors Down – Malaysia – Tioman
(3 days)

 

 

 

Tioman and its shallow reefs provide an ideal location for students to continue their diving education, whether it’s our beginner divers building up their time underwater or our Advanced divers perfecting their buoyancy and collecting data for their group research projects. Vela will anchor in the protected waters of Tekek where the crew can venture ashore on one of the many scenic hiking trails Tioman has to offer.

>Next stop: Singapore
Nov7 060 Small
Anchors Down – Singapore
(3 Days)

Pulling in to the world famous One-15 Marina on Sentosa Island will have you feeling like you’re living the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Singapore is a delightful city island state which caters to both the high flying city execs and the hustle of the local fish market. It’s a city like no other and here Vela’s shipmates can utilize the fantastic public transportation system to take in all Singapore has to offer culminating in a Night Safari at the renowned Singapore Zoo.

Tiwi

cultural exchange
connecting people with places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a shiny schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. Larger cities and resort hubs are accustomed to a degree of transience with up to thousands of foreigners flowing through their streets in a single day. On the flip side, much of the Indonesian Archipelago is out of the way and rarely visited.

As a result, the farther you sail from civilization the more you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging. Whether it’s picking up a beach soccer game with local kids in Bali or lending a hand to the indigenous aboriginal community in the Tiwi islands – you’ll find meaningful connections every step of the way.

 

Play Video
accredited-academics-seamester
Academics Aboard
12 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is College even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academia with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun!

DSC 0350 Small
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Borneo (Kumai)
(3 Days)

Working your way inland up the winding Kumai river will be a real test of your navigational skills. Once securely anchored outside one of the many smaller tributaries, Vela’s crew will disembark onto local traditional riverboats and embark on an overnight tour into the jungle to visit an environmentally protected Orangutan sanctuary. You’ll spend the night on your local tour boat sleeping under the stars and sampling the local traditional cuisine. Birds’ nest soup anyone?

>Next stop: Gili Islands
Dive 043 Small
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Gili Islands
(2-3 days)

 

No cars, no motorcycles, and no roads – the Gili islands are an increasingly world-renowned destination for those looking for the perfect island getaway. The shallow turquoise water over white sand is great for both beginner and advanced divers alike. Paradise is just a stepping stone between passages so soak it in with some time on shore and flips off the beam.

>Next stop: Bali
Temple Small
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Bali
(3-4 Days)

The otherworldly nature of the Balinese landscape is mirrored and perhaps magnified by the heavily spiritual and joyful culture and customs of its people. You’ll be caught up in the whirlwind that is Balinese daily life by venturing into some of the island’s most iconic temples and participating in the spiritual fire dances performed island-wide. Bali is also a world-famous destination for surfers of all skill levels – you’ll take a lesson and have a chance to hang ten on the world famous Kuta Beach.

>Next stop: Komodo National Park
G0117188
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Komodo National Park
(3-4 days)

This island may be best known for the dragons that rule it without competition but it’s the saturated colors you’ll find exploring this place that will stick with you. Jade sloping hills fade seamlessly into the pink sands that lead to the red coral and endless indigo sea. As you become more comfortable with being underwater, the steep reefs and abundant wildlife of Komodo will continue to astonish on certification and fun dives. No visit would be complete without a visit to the fishing village of Kampung Komodo or a hike to the islands in search of dragons.

>Next stop: Raja Ampat
Play Video
DCIM103GOPRO
Rite of Passage
Life and Rhythm on the Big Blue

It’s amazing to sail through the Pacific and reflect on what you’ve already accomplished but once life at sea starts to become your new normal, after you’ve gone through your station drills, man overboard scenarios, fire drills etc. – it will be time to put your new skills to the test on this transoceanic passage. From here on out, the distances between ports become greater. You’ll cross the equator, battle squalls, navigate the doldrums and make the tradewinds work for you as you learn to soak in passage life. Throughout your 90-day voyage, the longest passage can be up to 20 days long with the average passage being 2-5 days. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship sail. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its intended destination.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
Shutterstock 636529283
Anchors Down – Indonesia – Raja Ampat
(5-6 days)

Raja Ampat or “The Four Kings” is without a doubt one of the jewels of the Indonesian Archipelago. Off the beaten track and rarely visited by tourists other than the occasional cruising yacht, the limestone karst spires remain a sight to behold. Our students will have an opportunity to submerge themselves into the company of the spectacular reef ecosystems. Imagine yourself waking up to an intriguing lecture on Indo-Pacific reef dynamics in the morning and then witnessing it first hand in the afternoon. You’re living “The Blue Planet” footage first hand here in Raja Ampat.

>Next stop: Darwin
P1000476 Small
Anchors Down – Australia – Darwin
(4 Days)

Darwin, named after the famous English Naturalist and the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territories, will be the final port of call for our intrepid explorers. If time and permission from the Aboriginal Land Council allow, Vela’s shipmates will visit the Tiwi Islands, rich with indigenous art and culture. Once back in Darwin and with bags packed, emotional goodbyes await along with an immense sense of pride and accomplishment as the first crew to complete a voyage aboard S/Y Vela. Look out for Crocodile Dundee on your way to the airport…..”That’s not a knife

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“A lot can happen in 90 days. You can get your hair cut or find out you have a new favorite food, you can go to school for a semester or loose contact with the outside world, or you can live on a schooner. All of this happened to us. In 90 days you can make a family of 19 people that you create endless stories of challenge, hilarity, happiness, and success. In 90 days a boat full of hooligans like us can make it across an ocean and back and manage to still want to live with each other for another month where the farthest you can be from someone is 112 feet. In 90 days there may have been times where buttons were pressed and nerves were tested but no matter what tears are shed when our family is split up. In 90 days bonds are made that will never be broken and relationships between human and boat or human to human have never meant so much to us as they do now. Seamester isn’t just an abroad program for college students it is something that enhances our lives, makes our minds richer with world view, and broadens our love for the ocean and much more. I sit here in the charthouse thinking of what I will do next and how it will ever be able to compete with Seamester but I remind myself of what our Captain Kris told us, that we are never to stop adventuring and not to let Seamester be the biggest and best adventure we have, but I know that Seamester is the start of my adventures and will remain one of the most amazing things I have ever done in my life. To everyone who has made this experience what it is, I thank you and I’m sure I’ll see you down the road. Peace, Love and Fair Winds”
Richard O.

Need More Information?

Vocational Certifications

Depending upon previous experience, students will have the opportunity to complete a number of the following certifications during their voyage.

  • Seamester is a PADI 5 Star Resort

    Scuba Certifications

    Open Water Diver
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    Rescue Diver
    Divemaster
    Learn more about scuba
     

  • Seamester is an International Yacht Training partner school

    Sailing Certifications

    International Crew
    VHF Operator
    Navigation Master
    Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore Theory
    Learn more about sailing

  • Seamester Safety Certifications

    Safety Certifications

    Emergency First Response - First Aid & CPR

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

Our 90-day Global Sea|mester Voyages offer the most comprehensive experience in terms of the geographical area covered and both academic and vocational classes and certifications earned. During the program, up to 12 academic credits are offered for the Seamanship, Student Leadership, Oceanography, and Marine Biology classes taught aboard. In addition, there are several vocational courses offered for those looking to further their professional development in the maritime industry. For more information on our classes, please visit our academics page.

What Experience Do I Need?

None at all. All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to fully participate in every aspect of the experience.

Who will be my staff?

Six professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First and Second Mate and two Marine Biologists (who are typically scuba diving instructors) and a sixth staff member who could also be an EMT or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

What's the weather like?

The weather in Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Thailand at the beginning of the trip should be fantastic with some cooler sailing conditions at night and as we begin heading south into Indonesia and Malaysia. It is likely that we will see varying weather conditions during our southern crossings.

How do I communicate with home?

When we are ashore or close at anchor there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with friends and family at home. That said, while aboard we have guidelines as to when it is appropriate to use your personal communications devices. The environment we strive to create relies heavily on each individual remaining focused on the group and our experience. Being tied to the modern world of “instant communications” can, in certain circumstances, be a hindrance to the personal and group processes aboard.

Cell Phones: Check with your provider before you go, but so long as you have a sim card, your cell phone will likely work in most global locations.

Internet: While our vessels are not wifi equipped, another way to communicate is by email, text, Facetime or Skype using shore side internet. The internet is often free or available to purchase in most of the locations that we visit.

What is the food like?

Both on the vessel and ashore, the answer is up to you. The vast majority of the meals during your trip are prepared and eaten aboard. For meals aboard, each person on the crew takes a turn as head chef to plan and cook the meals for an entire day with the help of another person acting as sous-chef. We all work to stay within a budget, with both students and staff responsible for stocking the vessels. We endeavor to accommodate everyone aboard while providing what any alumni will tell you, was a great dining adventure. During your free time ashore you will have the opportunity to eat more adventurously. With this voyage starting in Thailand, students will get to sample some unbelievably delicious traditional Thai meals! Prepare your palate as the food has every opportunity to test your spice and heat toleration.

What's the typical age of the students?

Sea|mester students range in age from 18 through to about 22. Average age is right around 20, yet this can change from voyage to voyage. Give a call through to the office if you are interested in learning more about the student crew.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

This voyage will begin in Bangkok, Thailand (airport code BKK) and end in Darwin, Australia (airport code DRW).

Arrival: Students flying from the US to join us in Bangkok will find the airport served by major carriers from both the East and West coast

Departure: Students will leave the program at any time during the final day out of Darwin. Darwin is served by a number of US carriers from their west coast hubs, alternatively, internal flights may be found to Sydney (airport code SYD) and then onwards to a final US or European based destination.

Booking Travel

When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Travel Docs & Visas

Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

Vaccinations

Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
  • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
  • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
  • Full room and board
  • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
  • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
  • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs

Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

Travel Protection

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 09-6257.

Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

Voyage Itinerary

Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

    This voyage will begin in Bangkok, Thailand (airport code BKK) and end in Darwin, Australia (airport code DRW).

    Arrival: Students flying from the US to join us in Bangkok will find the airport served by major carriers from both the East and West coast

    Departure: Students will leave the program at any time during the final day out of Darwin. Darwin is served by a number of US carriers from their west coast hubs, alternatively, internal flights may be found to Sydney (airport code SYD) and then onwards to a final US or European based destination.

    Booking Travel

    When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

    For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

  • Travel Docs & Visas

    Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

    Vaccinations

    Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

  • Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
    • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
    • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
    • Full room and board
    • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
    • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
    • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs

    Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

    Travel Protection

    We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

    For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 09-6257.

    Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

    The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

  • Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

    For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

    With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!