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  • Locations: Port Antonio, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
  • Restrictions: UNC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Adrienne Cromwell Program type: Third-Party
Program features: Field Study Area of study: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Cultural studies, English, Environmental studies, Global studies, History, Latin American Studies, Marine sciences, Political science, Sociology, Writing
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing options: Cabin on ship, Residence Hall Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
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Who Should Apply?

This study at sea program is appropriate for students in any major who wish to understand the legacies of colonization alongside the modern issues of environmental change and sustainability in small nations and territories.

Program Highlights

  • Analyze cultural connections to the environment
  • Compare and contrast multiple colonial legacies
  • Conduct marine mammal acoustic research during the peak of whale breeding season
  • Visit a variety of off-the-beaten-path islands, including Cuba

Program Description

Few places on Earth can compare with the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the Caribbean Islands, making the region a favored tourist destination for much of the developed world. However, moving beyond the glossy veneer of the pristine beaches, reefs, and resorts highlighted in tourist brochures, students in this program will experience the multiple and varied sides of the Caribbean—a blend of African, colonial European, and indigenous culture creating a unique economic, political, and social heritage. The Caribbean has experienced one of the greatest environmental and human transformations of all time. The conquest of indigenous cultures, exploitation of natural resources, and development of slave plantation systems have left a very visible legacy, yet each island embodies its own resilient and hopeful community striving toward responsible economic growth, social justice, and sustainable use of valued natural resources.

Over the course of this comparative study abroad at sea semester, students will initially be introduced to the Caribbean through first-hand historical accounts ranging from travel journals and illustrations to navigational charts and ships’ logbooks. At sea, they will have opportunities to confer with local experts and citizens, participate in collaborative coral reef surveys, and engage in their own field-based observations during several multi-day port stops at selected islands. Each stop is planned to allow students to delve deeper into the unique cultural and physical environments and to deepen their knowledge of issues of sustainability in the Caribbean.

Past student research projects have explored topics including fisheries management, coral reef biodiversity, ecotourism, cruise ship pollution, and gender in postcolonial societies. Students will document and reflect upon their individual journeys in field journals complete with gesture drawings, watercolor, photography, and narratives.

Academic Coursework & Credit

SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean offers 17 credits from Boston University. Courses are as follows:

Maritime History and Culture (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 
Explore impacts of European maritime ventures on the societies they contacted in the Atlantic or Pacific, with focus on the resulting social, political, economic, and cultural changes. Investigate responses documented in the post-Colonial literature of indigenous people.

Marine Environmental History (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Employ methods and sources of historians and social scientists. Examine the role of human societies in coastal and open ocean environmental change. Issues include resource conservation, overfishing, pollution, invasive species, and climate change.

Maritime Studies (200-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester.
Relationship between humans and the sea. History, literature and art of our maritime heritage. Ships as agents of contact change. Political and economic challenges of contemporary marine affairs. Destination-specific focus.

Nautical Science (200-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester.
Learn the fundamentals of sailing ship operation, in preparation for direct application at sea. Navigation (piloting, celestial and electronic), weather, engineering systems, safety, and sail theory. Participate as an active member of the ship’s crew on an offshore voyage.

Oceanography (200-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester.
Explore how interconnected ocean characteristics (bathymetry, seawater chemistry, biological diversity) and processes (plate tectonics, surface and deep-water circulation, biological production) shape global patterns across multiple scales. Discuss destination-specific environmental issues and hot topics in marine research.




Courses & Credits| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Study Abroad Credit Transfer: Grade and Credit Conversion Chart
 
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
 
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  • Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  • Contact your Study Abroad Advisor for further instructions for the required IFSA-Butler supplemental application.
  • In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
10/04/2020 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1