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Students are expected to have completed one year of introductory biology and two biology electives (courses in 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, etc.) 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.

Northeastern University undergraduates will submit the Northeastern Undergraduate Application allowing access to your Northeastern transcript, listing references and their contact information, and completing a personal essay. Undergraduates from other universities should contact the program for an external undergraduate application and recommendation form to be submitted with a personal essay, official college transcript(s), and two academic letters of recommendation.

International students must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores and a DCF (Declaration and Certification of Finances) form.


All courses are Northeastern University courses. Undergraduate credit is available for all courses offered. Credits earned in the program are transferable to most colleges and universities. Undergraduates earn a total of 42 credits while in the program (20 in Nahant, 8 in Friday Harbor, 12 in Panama) with 20 credits billed for spring semester and 20 credits billed the following fall semester. Students pursuing optional research project credits will be billed for additional credits according to their independent study.

Program Costs

An itemized accounting of all costs, including additional costs not paid as tuition and fees, can be requested by contacting the program office. Credit and housing rates for the spring and following fall semesters may differ due to the difference in academic years.

Graduate Applicants

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 fieldwork also have projects for snorkelers. Students wanting to become SCUBA certified should do so by the summer and have ten open water dives before beginning this program.