• Applications need to be completed by
  • * No late or incomplete applications will be considered. (CLOSINGDATE 19 APRIL)
  • SEAmester VII dates are 24th June to 4th July 2024

 SEAmester – South Africa’s Class Afloat aims to introduce marine science as an applied and cross- disciplinary field to students who have shown an interest in the core science disciplines. It combines traditional classroom lectures with hands-on ship-based deck activities; while providing them with an opportunity to support specialist scientists in recognised marine research activities. During the voyage, students will engage in classroom lectures, assignments, and hands-on research activities, covering topics such as physical oceanography, marine biology and environmental science. Learners will also work with sophisticated instrumentation, collect data and gain experience in data analysis and scientific research techniques. The research group comprises over 30 oceanographic, fisheries, biogeochemical and biological experts, who jointly have trained over 600 Southern African students onboard a wide variety of international and local research vessels.

More about SEAmester Application :


More about SEAmester 2023:

The SEAmester programme is usually offered to 40 post-graduate students. With the introduction of Marine Sciences in the FET phase, the SEAmester team, led by Prof. Isabelle Ansorge from the University of Cape Town, has made available two spaces for high-school learners. These two learners will be selected through an objective process. The team invites full-time Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners to apply for and potentially be selected for this amazing opportunity.


  • To apply to be part of this amazing opportunity:
  • Applicants must be full-time in Grade 11 or Grade 12 in 2024.
  • Applicants must be doing Marine Sciences as school subject in Grade 11 or Grade 12.
  • Applicants must have a passion for marine sciences and an enthusiastic attitude .
  • Applicants must provide a 350 – 500, covering:
    • your understanding of the importance of marine science research on vessels such as the SA Agulhas II
    • a motivation as to why you should be selected to be part of  SEAmester – South Africa’s class afloat, and what you hope to gain from this 
    • be available to be on board the research ship from 24 June to 4 July 2024 (a valid passport would be required)

Sounds like a dream potentially coming true?

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