URI Marine Biology Program

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students in marine biology are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad programs described below. Students must apply for these programs through the Office of International Education and URI financial aid may be applied to their cost. For information about how to start the application process, contact Dr. Webb or watch for announcements from the Marine Biology Program. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor prior to starting the application process to understand how the program will fit into their course of study and if it might affect his/her graduation date.

URI in Bermuda (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences [BIOS])

Spend a Fall Semester studying tropical marine biology both in the lab and field (19 URI credits). About 8-12 students complete this program each year. Students must be 3rd or 4th year students (with junior or senior standing), have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7, and must have completed pre-requisite courses (BIO 262, 360), each with a grade of C+ or higher. In addition, each student needs to schedule a short interview with the URI Faculty Coordinator (Dr. Webb) prior to starting the application process through the Office of International Education. Information sessions are held each January and the APPLICATION DEADLINE is in March for the following Fall.  Students are required to provide the URI Dive Safety Officer (Anya Hanson) with verification of SCUBA certification, medical exam, medical insurance and proof that they have had their SCUBA equipment inspected.  All students seeking to attend the URI in Bermuda program must successfully complete the Introduction to Scientific Diving Workshop run by the URI Dive Safety Officer over a few days in May, immediately following final exams.15284057_1258674300838338_7792096430678088845_n

URI courses for which students will get credit:

  • BIO 469 Tropical Marine Invertebrates (5 cr.) – Prerequisite: Bio 360
  • BIO 475 Coral Reef Ecology (5 cr.) – Prerequisite: Bio 262
  • BIO 495 Tropical Marine Biology Research (6 cr.)
  • AFS 433 Research Diving Methods (3 cr.)

For more information on dates and costs, see the Office of International Education’s URI in Bermuda Program website.



SEA Semester (Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA)

Founded in 1971, SEA Semester is the premier off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on our oceans. SEA Semester programs offer interconnected suites of courses designed to explore specific ocean-related themes using cross-disciplinary approaches in the fields of oceanography, marine and environmental science, and maritime studies.  SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, MA, and working cruises aboard tall ships in the Atlantic (SSV Corwith Cramer) or Pacific Ocean (SSV Robert C. Seamans) take students to New Zealand, Hawaii, the Caribbean or Europe.  SEA Semester programs (see: http://www.sea.edu/voyages) include up to 16 credits, which are earned via transfer credit from Boston University and may be applied towards any major. URI financial aid is applied to the costs of SEA Semester during the academic year, and additional scholarships are available from SEA.


SEA representatives are on campus periodically to speak to prospective students. Applications are on a rolling admissions basis.  To initiate the application process through the Office of International Education (contact: Tom Hospod), all students must first arrange a short interview with URI’s SEA faculty advisor.

  • See what life aboard the SSV Cramer is like – from Celebration of World Ocean Day (2011) – with one of the Assistant Scientists (Carla Scocchi, URI Marine Biology Class of 2008).
  • Read about SEA in the New York Times (August 2015)
  • SEA has been awarded the National Science Board Public Service Award – honoring service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering (April 2016).

Additional Study Abroad Opportunities

The Office of International Education can direct students to dozens of other study abroad programs. In addition to more traditional study abroad programs, Marine Biology majors have studied at (for instance):

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