Students are expected to have completed one year of introductory biology and two biology electives (Ecology and Genetics are recommended) prior to entering the program. Exceptions to this requirement can be made based on other biology courses completed (e.g. molecular biology, marine biology), and on the overall strength of your application. If you are not certain you have the appropriate background, please contact the Three Seas program office. Undergraduate applicants are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Students are encouraged to apply by January 1 for priority admission.
Northeastern University Undergraduates will submit an internal application allowing access to your Northeastern transcript, listing references and their contact information, and completing a personal essay.
Undergraduates from other Universities will submit an application form, personal essay, official college transcript, two academic letters of recommendation, and a $50 application fee.
International students must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores and a DCF (Declaration and Certification of Finances) form.
All courses are Northeastern University Biology courses. Undergraduate credit is available for all courses offered. Credits earned in the program are transferable to most colleges and universities. Northeastern University operates on a semester system, with 16 credits considered a full load. Students earn a total of 42 credits while in the program (22 in Nahant, 11 in Panama, 9 in Friday Harbor). Students pursuing optional research project credits will be billed for an additional 3 credits.
Tuition and fees for the entire 2013-14 program is $60,895. An itemized accounting of all costs, including additional costs not paid as tuition and fees can be found on our undergraduate costsheet. Rates for the 2014-15 program year are subject to change.
Students wishing to earn graduate credit for participation in the Three Seas program must apply to the Master of Science in Marine Biology program which is offered in conjunction with the Three Seas program. For more information on the graduate application process, visit the Master of Science in Marine Biology website.
Medical Insurance and Diving
Students must supply a medical examination and evidence of medical insurance coverage for the program year. All students planning on SCUBA diving with the program must have diving certification and Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) insurance. Students provide all of their own dive gear except tanks. All classes using SCUBA for field work also have projects for snorkelers. Students wanting to become SCUBA certified should do so by the summer and have 10 open water dives before beginning this program.
Undergraduate credit is available for all courses offered. Credits earned in the program are transferable to most colleges and universities.