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April 8, 2005

You Can Escape Your Cramped Campus And Ordinary Classes With SEAmester
Get Buff, Get Tan, and Learn the Ropes

Amanda Olsen(

Southampton, N.Y- Want to skip a whole semester of regular classes? Want to spend a semester on a cruise to the Virgin Islands? Now, you can do both! The SEAmester program is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2005 trip. But this is more than a casual experience at sea; students, along with their professors, live and study for a nine-week semester on board the 125-foot schooner, The Spirit of Massachusetts, as it sails from Boston, Mass. to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

The program is open to all students currently enrolled in any college within the United States.

SEAmester is a challenging adventure where students not only study the ocean environment, they live it. On board the ship, students take responsibility for crewing the schooner, standing deck watch, manning the helm and setting the acre of sail. At the same time they take a full semester’s workload, everything from navigation and seamanship to Melville and Hemingway. The curriculum includes courses in maritime history, marine science, coastal ecology, and literature of the sea. Being prepared for the unexpected is as routine as doing chores. SEAmester voyagers have been known to endure hurricanes and overcome seasickness.

Southampton College, one of Long Island University’s three residential campuses, is nationally recognized for its Marine Science and Environmental programs. Founded in 1963, the College enjoys all the benefits of its link with Long Island University, the eighth largest private educational institution in the nation. The natural marine laboratory surrounding the College provides an unparalleled setting for marine and environmental studies. In the past two decades Southampton College students have won 37 Fulbright Scholarships, two Udall Scholarships, a Truman Scholarship and a Marshall Scholarship. Undergraduate programs will transfer to the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University beginning Fall 2005.