Program Details

From dream location to dream location... Sign up and step aboard your new campus, a 112ft schooner, in the sailor's rendezvous island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and prepare yourself for 90 days, 12 credits, over 6500 nautical miles.
All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda; Angochi, Aruba; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Caribbean, Caribbean; Willemstad, Curacao; San Cristobal, Ecuador; Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe; Papeete, French Polynesia; Iles Marquises, French Polynesia; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Panama, Panama; Programs at Sea, Programs at Sea; Roseau, Dominica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

6,500 Nautical Miles via Panama, Galapagos, The Marquesas

From dream location to dream location... Step aboard your new college campus, a 112ft schooner, at the sailors' rendezvous island of Tortola in the BVI, and prepare yourself for an academic adventure at sea that spans more than 6500 nautical miles and some of the most incredible destinations the planet has to offer.

Sail to Bonaire and awake to flocks of Venezuelan flamingos flying through a misty sunrise. Toss the dock lines up to the lock workers of the Panama Canal, cross the lake and prepare to enter the Pacific Ocean. Watch the latitude hesitate on zero as we cross the equator. See blue-footed booby birds hitching a ride on deck back to the Galapagos Archipelago. Linger no more as every day of the next 20 will be spent at sea until we make landfall in the Polynesian Islands of the Marquesas, the place where Paul Gauguin found his inspiration and love. You too will love arriving in Tahiti in the Society Islands, but, after all, that's just a place to secure the schooner. You will have secured lifetime memories along the way.

Setting Description:
This voyage is typically run aboard either S/Y Argo or S/Y Vela. Argo and Vela are expertly designed 112-ft two-masted staysail schooners with room for 26 students and 7 staff. Argo was completed in 2006, and her sister, Vela in 2020. Both Argo and Vela were designed and built to circumnavigate the world. This means that every 90-day trip she embarks upon, a fresh batch of students faces the challenge of spending many days or weeks at sea while crossing one of the world’s oceans. For those looking for a genuine blue water experience, then voyages run aboard these vessels are perfect for you. When we designed the vessels, we did so with safety, dependability and ‘trainability’ in mind. We often refer to them as a “Big, Little Boats” meaning that we designed their systems in such a way that they are easy for students to understand and operate. Since our goal is to have students quickly reach the point where they are running the vessel, trainability is an important factor.
Voyage costs vary by trip duration and location, please visit our website for detailed tuition information.

Additional Program Information

No previous experience necessary is necessary to join any of our programs, yet all students are required to have reached the age of matriculation from high school, be on a gap year or enrolled in / recently graduated from college.
Scholarships Description:
Please visit the Scholarship and Financial Aid page on our website for detailed information. This is located under the Admissions section.