The Semester by the Sea (SBTS) program offers an affordable, immersive, marine science experience to students from any accredited institution in the National Student Exchange program. Many visiting students consider the SBTS program comparable to a semester studying abroad. International students and students from other regions within the United States often view the SBTS as their "east-coast" experience. While the east end of Long Island is characterized by large protected open areas, wild beaches, vineyards, and farms, the close proximity to New York City, the nation's largest urban area, provides opportunities for a diversity of cultural experiences outside of the program.
Requirements: Currently enrolled in a NSE institution
Junior or Senior
GPA of at least 2.5
Successful completion of college level biology at a minimum, but some electives have additional prerequisites.
NSE Students will not have access to MAR 349.
Costs: If your school is part of the National Student Exchange program, your costs fall under either Plan A (NY in-state tuition & fees) or Plan B (home school tuition & fees), whichever is lower. This makes the SBTS one of the most affordable marine field experiences available. There are also additional course fees that can = $1745.
SUNY students should discuss financial aid issues with their home institution. Visit SUNY's Cross Registration System for additional information, and see Stony Brook University's Cross Registration webpage for an example of the procedure which might be found at your home institution.
Open: open to all eligible applicants who meet stated deadlines