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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Seamester Study Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission 04-JUN-2021 22-AUG-2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No Housing: With program group
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential Click here for a definition of this term Advising Appointment Required: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Communications, Cultural Studies, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Global Studies, Independent Study, Service Learning
Program Description:
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Tahiti to Australia
80 Days aboard S/Y Argo

  • Academic courses (12 credits): oceanography, marine biology, basic seamanship, leadership
  • 4,000 Nautical Miles via French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu

Sailing from Tahiti to Australia, known as "The Coconut Milk Run," is one of the world's most amazing trade wind sails. It begins when you cast off your stern line from the dock in Papeete and 80 days, 4000 nautical miles and 12 credits later, the voyage ends as you tuck your bow behind the Great Barrier Reef into the protected waters of Queensland, Australia. In between, you get to hoist and lower the sails of a beautiful schooner, anchor in secluded lagoons, catch fish straight from the Pacific Ocean, study the plankton with your resident Marine Biologists, anchor off the reefs of Raratonga, climb and hike with natives of the Tonga Archipelago and participate in a Kava ceremony with the chief of a Fijian village. Are we missing something here? Not likely – but YOU will be missing something to tell your grandkids someday if you don't sign up early enough to be among those fortunate enough to remember every day along the way.
  Tahiti to Australia Semester at Sea
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Summer: Tahiti to Australia (12 credits)

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