OSU Online Study Abroad Application: 

All OSU students are required to complete the OSU Online Study Abroad Application. By completing this online application, a non-refundable, $50 application fee will be charged to your OSU student account.http://studyabroad.oregonstate.edu/apply/

Application Fee: 

All study abroad and internship applicants are required to pay an OSU application fee. See the Application Fee page for details. SEA Semester waives the application fee for Oregon State University students.


Order an official transcript to be sent to your study abroad advisor or program coordinator by the application deadline. College transcripts must be official and sent directly from your institution to SEA Semester Admissions.
Order one transcript from each institution you have attended and have earned 15 credits or more.
OSU official transcripts can be ordered through the OSU Online Services student account or through the Office of the Registrar.

Program Provider Application: 

To access SEA Semester's full list of Scholarships, click here.


Although most travel with SEA Semester is within the United States, a passport valid for six months beyond is required. Apply for a passport immediately if you have not done so already. Visit travel.state.gov for an application.

Required Essays: 

List your full name on each. Submit the essays and writing sample via your SEA Semester online application account.

  1. Two-part essay (500-750 words): Why have you chosen to apply to SEA Semester and what do you expect to gain from your experience? How will the SEA Semester program to which you're applying (Ocean Exploration, Oceans & Climate, etc.) complement your education? Be sure to address both questions.
  2. Academic writing sample of your own choosing (2-4 page excerpt if longer than 4 pages). This should be a reflection of your best written work from a recent course, and on a topic applicable to your SEA Semester program of interest (science, history, environmental studies, literature, etc.). Please include your name and the context of the sample (course title and brief description of the assignment). Poetry or college entrance essays may be submitted only as a secondary sample.
Letters of Reference: 

Submit two (2) academic references, at least one of which is from an instructor (i.e. professor, academic advisor) who has taught you within the past year. Login to your SEA Semester online application account to submit reference requests electronically. Be sure to talk to your references first before you send the requests.

Make sure to schedule an interview with your Admissions Counselor. Interviews may be conducted over the phone or in person, depending on the Counselor’s schedule. Topics of conversation may include life at your college/university, academic and extracurricular interests, transition from high school to college, your expectations for life at SEA, and how you learned about our program. The interview is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions about SEA.
Health Disclosure: 

All students are required to return this form. See the Health Disclosure Form page for details.

Academic Planning Form: 

All students are required to complete this form. See the Academic Planning Form page for details.

Attend General Orientation: 

You will be enrolled in an OSU-required education abroad insurance for the duration of the sea component of the program. It is your responsibility to have appropriate coverage for yourself during the shore component of the program.

Travel Clinic: 

All students are encouraged to visit their primary care provider before going abroad. Information about immunizations and travel health can be obtained from the Travel Medicine Clinic at Student Health Services.

Financial Aid: 

File FAFSA and apply for financial aid for the term(s) of your program.
IDEA will submit a financial aid budget with your estimated cost of attendance to the Office of Financial Aid the term prior to your departure so that your aid award may be adjusted.

Budget Worksheet: 

Use this form to estimate the total cost of your attendance on the program. Visit the Budget Worksheet page for details.


All study abroad students will need to register for general Overseas Studies credits using the OSU online registration system and a PIN from their academic advisor. IDEA will send students an e-mail from abroad.registration@oregonstate.edu with the instructions and CRN, and students are responsible for registering for these credits for the term(s) they are abroad. You will not receive financial aid for the program unless you are registered. To be registered, your account must be free of any hold, and your OSU bill balance must be below $2,200.

Grades and Credits: 

This program earns resident credit at OSU. Each course you take must be assessed for how the credit will be applied to your degree program. Save all coursework and syllabi while you are abroad and work with your study abroad advisor to establish your course equivalencies when you return.


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Attend Site-Specific Orientation: 

Be sure to follow all of the instructions provided by the SEA Semester staff and respond to their communications in a timely manner.