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  • Locations: Honolulu, HI, United States; Woods Hole, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Winter, Winter/Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Sea Education Association 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter/Spring 2024 10/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter 2024 10/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2024 03/20/2024

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Provider: SEA Semester Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Accountancy, American Studies, Anthropology, Apparel Design, Art, Arts, Media & Technology, Biology, Botany, Business Administration, Business Info. Systems, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Comm. Arts, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Ethnic Studies, Finance, Food Science & Technology, Forestry, French, Geography & Geospatial Science, German, Graphic Design, History, Human Dev. & Family Sciences, Interior Design, Kinesiology, Law, Liberal Studies, Management, Marine Biology, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical, Merchandising Mgmt, Microbiology, Music, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication, Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership, Women, Gender & Sexuality, Zoology Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field study / research, Study abroad program Click here for a definition of this term Housing Option: Cabin on ship, Dormitory
Program Description:

Program Description

A humanities and ocean science semester at sea program that builds from science-based observations and inspires a human-centered approach to solving the challenges presented by global climate change.

Global Ocean Hawai’i features a six-week shore component in Woods Hole followed by six weeks of sailing through the Hawaiian Islands.

In Woods Hole, home to world-renowned leaders in climate and ocean science, you will develop your semester-long research project, review essential literature, and design a plan for original oceanographic research. You’ll meet with experts in the Woods Hole science community to discuss a range of climate related issues including migration and displacement, food and water security, environmental justice, and alternative governance and adaptation strategies. Dynamic interactive courses in oceanography, communication, and leadership will prepare you for the sailing and field research phase of the program.

The sailing component begins in Honolulu.  Through daily oceanographic surveys, “classroom” discussions, and navigational training while at sea, you will gain a unique and valuable perspective of climate change that links oceanic and terrestrial systems. The cruise track returns to the island of Oahu and a final onboard symposium featuring student presentations of field research and storytelling projects.

Cruise Track: Honolulu, Hawai’i >>> Honolulu, Hawai’i

Program Dates
Jan. 3 – March 26, 2022

Jan. 3 – Feb. 15: Shore component in Woods Hole.  Please note that Covid uncertainties may necessitate a partial remote shore component before boarding the ship in Hawaii.
Feb. 16 – March 26: At sea, Honolulu to Honolulu. No planned portstops at this time but this will be evaluated based on current CDC guidance for Covid travel.  

Program Highlights

Examine climate science, policy, literature, and leadership in their human social contexts
Interact with researchers and writers in New England and Hawai'i
Acquire valuable climate leadership and communication skills through coursework, field research experiences, and digital storytelling.

Who Should Apply?

This semester program is designed for students of all majors who are passionate about addressing climate change in an actionable way. It allows students with a limited background in the sciences to explore climate-related issues while gaining science literacy through engaging and accessible research at sea. Open to all majors.