The priority deadline has passed, can I still apply?

Yes you can! We accept applications on a rolling basis after the initial review on January 1.

I applied to the program a while ago. When are admissions decisions sent out?

Admissions decisions for all students typically go out in March. Students who apply later may receive their decision at a different time.

How do I get to Nahant for classes?

A shuttle to the MSC leaves the Northeastern campus at 8am weekday mornings. The MSC is not conveniently located to public transit.

What if I can’t dive (medical or personal reasons)?

If you are unable to dive for medical or personal reasons we accommodate this in the courses. We encourage students to dive as it allows for a much more immersive experience, especially in Panama.

If I’m not diving, do I still need diver’s insurance?

Yes! DAN insurance provides some travel-related incident coverage so it is beneficial for divers and non-divers alike.

How can I satisfy the five dive requirement?

Northeastern students have the option of taking the Beginning Diving course which is offered in all semesters. Students from other institutions may have similar opportunities available. Otherwise, dives can be arranged through your local dive shop. In addition, there are dive opportunities organized within the program before the start of each semester.

How does travel work? Do I have to arrange it myself?

We have meetings during the Nahant semester to prepare everyone for the abroad semester. During these meetings we will share travel dates and the travel agent’s information who students contact to book travel to each location. Once at each aboard location, the program will arrange travel and lodging.

What is the housing situation?

During the Nahant semester students can elect to live in Three Seas housing at Northeastern’s main campus in Boston. There is a daily shuttle running to and from the Boston campus specifically for the Three Seas students. Students who are not living on main campus can still elect to take to shuttle to Nahant. Some students have low cost alternatives to main campus housing and opt out of the provided housing.

In Panama and Washington, students live in dorm-style housing. Meals are provided to ensure students and faculty can maximize time spent in the field.

What should I bring or not bring with me?

We provide a detailed gear list for each location we travel to. Each location has distinct field, and environmental gear needs. This gear list is provided to students prior to the start of the program and is reviewed during our abroad meetings.

Do I have to take Marine Biology, Ecology, and Genetics before beginning the program?

Taking all three courses is not mandatory; however, students should at least take Marine Biology and Ecology (or institutional equivalent) prior to beginning Three Seas. Some students have also found it useful to take Biological Statistics before beginning the program as well.

I’m not currently studying Marine Biology. Do I still have a chance if I apply?

Yes! Qualified students who are not studying Marine Biology can and have participated in Three Seas. Taking the courses above will help strengthen your application. If you are not certain you have the appropriate background, please contact the Academic Programs Assistant, David Dawson II.


What is the credit overload? How much more will it cost?

The maximum amount of credits covered by undergraduate tuition is 16c.h.. When a student takes more than the maximum they go into overload. Undergraduate students will have three (3) overload credits in their first semester and one (1) overload credit in the second semester.

All credits over 16 are charged at the current rate per credit. The current rate can be found here (

How do my credits transfer? (Non-NEU)

All credits are granted by Northeastern University. For how to transfer these credits to your institution, please contact the Registrar at your college or university.


Are internships paid or unpaid?

Internships can be paid or unpaid. In recent history, student internships have been roughly half paid and half unpaid.

Do students typically go on to a PhD after this program?

Many of our students use the Three Seas Program as a springboard into a PhD program. Whether students come into the program knowing they will pursue a PhD following graduation, or they decide along the way, the Three Seas Program provides its students with the knowledge and contacts necessary to make the leap into some of the nation’s top programs.

What kinds of organizations do alumni attend or work at after graduation?

Three Seas alumni are involved in all facets of marine science research at institutions all over the globe including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, SCRIPPS, NOAA, NSF, and USGS. In addition there are countless research institutions, educational facilities, and consulting firms that our alumni work.

Where should I look for financial assistance?

If you are interested in financial assistance for the Three Seas Program we encourage you to contact Northeastern’s Financial Aid Department for a personalized financial aid package. In addition there are several scholarships that our students have utilized and applied for in the past including the AAUS student scholarship and the Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarship. There are many private scholarship opportunities that students can apply for the help over partial cost of the program. The Financial Aid Department can suggest various search engines and websites to pursue those opportunities.