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  • Locations: Apia, Samoa; Honolulu, HI, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SEA Semester 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • 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, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, English, Environmental studies, Geological sciences, History, Marine sciences, Physics
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior
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 ideal for students with an interest in conservation policy and marine science. Students may choose a policy or science track, offering flexibility in project topics and transfer credit. We welcome students of all majors to apply.

Program Highlights

• Examine impacts of El Niño
• Contribute data to inform marine conservation policy
• Study oceanography of tropical oceans
• Collect baseline data to assess impacts of climate change

Program Description

Sail throughout the last coral wilderness on Earth in order to preserve its future. A joint effort with international collaborators, this study abroad at sea program invites students to explore the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a tropical ocean wilderness of diverse deep-ocean ecosystems dotted by eight spectacular coral islands. Students will conduct research that will assist in the ongoing development of an effective conservation plan for the region. SEA's expeditions have been the only oceanographic surveys within PIPA, and you'll add the next chapter to the knowledge of the ocean inside its boundaries.

Beginning with a three-week shore component in Woods Hole, students use PIPA as a case study to develop their own research project in either ocean science or conservation policy. They then join the SSV Robert C. Seamans for a five-week research voyage throughout the archipelago, which includes an equatorial crossing.

Using the ship's sophisticated oceanographic tools to explore the area, the results of your voyage will add to SEA's five-year data set exploring how the ocean in PIPA might be changing in this time of warming global climates and rising sea levels. You and your shipmates will collect samples from the marine environment and visit the region’s islands and pristine coral reefs. By providing real-time data, your projects will ultimately compose a picture of the state of the ocean for the benefit of the PIPA management office in Kiribati.

Academic Coursework & Credit

SEA Semester Summer: Protecting the Phoenix Islands carries 11 semester hour credits from Boston University for successful completion of the program.

Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation & Management (300-level, 3 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Comparative and issue-driven introduction to managing human uses and conserving coastal and ocean places and resources.  Explore concepts of technology, governance, sector and ecosystem management, and marine protected areas through expert content lectures, topical seminars, and field trips.

The Ocean & Global Change (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.
Ocean ecosystem change in the anthropocene: warming, acidification, fisheries depletion, and pollution. Review principles of circulation, seawater chemistry, nutrient dynamics, and biological production to understand causes and consequences of change. Conduct field measurements for contribution to time-series datasets.


Research Course Options (choose one):

Advanced Ocean Policy Research (400-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Junior standing or consent of instructor. 
Advanced policy research focusing on a topic of current importance (may include fisheries, biodiversity, marine spatial planning, and cultural heritage). Emphasis on theoretical concepts, research methods, and communication skills. Requires critical review paper, original research, final report and presentation.

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Directed Oceanographic Research (300-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester. Three lab science courses (one at the 300-level or higher) or consent of instructor.
Design and conduct original oceanographic research. Collect data and analyze samples. Compile results in peer-reviewed manuscript format and share during oral or poster presentation session. Emphasis on development of research skills and written/oral communication abilities.

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Practical Oceanographic Research (200-level, 4 credits)
Prereq: Admission to SEA Semester.
Introduction to oceanographic research. Design a collaborative, hypothesis-driven project following the scientific process. Collect original data. Conduct analysis and interpretation, then prepare a written report and oral presentation.




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
Summer 2020 02/10/2020
03/05/2020 06/08/2020 08/13/2020

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