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All Aboard for a Semester at Sea
Sea Term is a six-week, hands-on voyage. Cadets enrolled in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation must complete at least four Sea Terms— or “semesters at sea” — that typically takes place in January and February between academic terms.
Sea Term affords cadets the opportunity to rotate through class and laboratory training. This training ranges from ship operations, maintenance, watch standing, to drills.
First-year students sleep in holds with dozens of their shipmates while upper-class cadets live in smaller holds. The various ports of call offer time to relax and unwind. The T.S. Kennedy sails to U.S. and foreign ports of the Caribbean Sea — including the transit of the Panama Canal and an equatorial crossing. Setting sail presents opportunities to develop independence and self-confidence. All majors may have the opportunity to participate in a Sea Term pending space availability and their goals within their specific major.