Multiple Locations +4
  • Indonesia
    • Bali
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • South Africa
    • Durban
    • Cape Town
Subject Areas
Communications Environmental Studies Marine Biology Oceanography

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma


Starting Price
Price Details
12 academic credits from the University of South Florida
International Yachtmaster Training (IYT): International Crew Certificate, Navigation Master, and Master of Yachts 200 Ton Theory (course based on experience)
PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue or Divemaster Certification
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Meals
What's Not Included
Oct 28, 2023
Dec 16, 2019
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About Program

Sailing aboard our 112-foot schooner is a unique chance already, but to traverse from Bali across the Southern Indian Ocean to Cape Town via Christmas Island and Mauritius is a lifetime opportunity!

This voyage is no mere vacation: it offers a full list of academics, allowing Sea|mester students to study and earn 12 college credits during this magical trip. Additionally, this Sea-mester voyage will develop your blue-water sailing skills, train you for SCUBA diving, and grant you access to different cultures. Sail training certifications for this voyage are issued through International Yacht Training, the only global regulator for professional yachting certifications. Additionally, students have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Yachts 200 Ton based on this and other previous experience and on their aptitude.

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Program Highlights

  • Become A Certified Scuba Diver.
  • Learn To Sail.
  • Earn 12 College Credits.
  • Cross the Indian Ocean.


Seamester Scholarships

Seamester Scholarships & Financial Aid

Sea|mester offers scholarships, financial aid, and tuition assistance to applicants who show great potential to succeed and grow from our unique experience yet would otherwise be only able to attend with financial assistance.

The total amount of funds available for any given semester varies. There is no scholarship application fee, and all Sea|mester applicants are eligible to apply.

$500 - $14,000

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

A totally unique and EPIC experience

I was one of Argo's maiden voyage shipmates in the summer of 2006 when she launched in Thailand! Even though it was about 13 years ago, I still have very vivid memories of many different experiences on board.

It was an unforgettable experience completing night watches with my watch team, seeing pods of hundreds of dolphins riding our bow wake, navigating under the stars at night, watching the incredible sunrises... life at sea really teaches you a unique lesson of living in the moment. If you have any doubts, know that you grow so much by doing something you are unfamiliar with... and you'll also come home with some crazy stories!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It's worth the risk. You grow so much when you do things you are unfamiliar with. You won't regret it.
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The Trip I'll Never Forget

I did this trip in 2014 and I had an incredible time. I learned a lot about myself as a person, became a more proficient sailor, learned how to use my leadership style to my advantage, and became a good member of a team. There are so many soft skills you learn while living in this environment with this many people it's difficult to quantify. You learn plenty of hard skills around the boat that will follow you after the trip as well. You get to run the boat as a team while becoming very close with your mentors as well. The simplicity of life underway was one of my favorite parts. You're surrounded by a huge family on an incredible adventure, seeing beautiful countries and make memories that last a lifetime. I have nothing but the most positive things to say about this program and the impact it's had on my life.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was definitely Durian, one of the world's smelliest fruits.
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Yes, I recommend this program

South Africa to Antigua 2018

I was on board Sea|mester's 112 ft schooner Argo for the Spring 2018 voyage from South Africa to Antigua. It was the highlight of my gap year, and certainly one of the best experiences I've ever had. The team of instructors were all knowledgeable and fun to be around throughout the trip and my fellow shipmates became close friends. If you are looking for a challenging, life-changing adventure and love the ocean I would highly recommend Sea|mester.

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Amazing Experience

Amazing experience. If you want to sail across an ocean, scuba dive, and see a lot of countries. Choose this program. Full of adventure and discovery. Learning about the oceans and the vessels that sail them. Classes include seamanship, Marine Bio, Oceanography, and leadership. All taught by extremely smart well picked instructors. Seamester was the best experience I ever had, and it is sure to leave the same impression on all others who sail aboard Argo and Ocean Star.

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The Best Experience Of My Life!

SeaMester is the most unique study abroad program out there! I learned more than just academics. I learned hard skills that I still use, I learned a lot about myself, and I learned how to be a leader and a member of a group. We also had amazing experiences in the countries and cultures we were immersed in. Most of all, SeaMester was a great experience and tons of fun, while sailing a yacht across an ocean visiting seven countries along the way.

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