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  • Locations: Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom;
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2019 10/31/2018 11/30/2018 05/12/2019 06/01/2019
Fact Sheet:
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Program Type: Faculty-led Area of Study: Marine Science
Eligibility: 18 years or older at time of departure, GPA: 2.5 College: Wall College of Business
Language of Instruction: English Scholarship Opportunities (not exhaustive): American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship, CCU College of Science Study Abroad Scholarship, CCU Honors Program Global Enhancement Award, Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grants, Gilman International Scholarship, Hagan Scholarship, Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, International Education Financial Aid, Marilyn and David Domke Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Program Description:
The "Field Methods in Oceanographic Analysis: Study Abroad at the Scottish Marine Institute" faculty-led program spends three weeks at the Scottish Marine Institute (SMI) in Oban, UK. SMI is a world-class research and teaching center. Areas of emphasis include Arctic Seas, Dynamic Oceans (climate research), and Marine Renewable Energy. Students who participate in the program take a 3/1 credit MSCI laboratory course, Field Methods in Oceanographic Data Analysis, where they will learn how to work with oceanographic data, to be able to acquire data (online or shipboard sampling), process data using appropriate software, and present data to a scientific audience. Each student will choose a type of data to process, interpret and display in an oral presentation at the end of the course.

The course will take advantage of the setting by using local guest lecturers to introduce students to the types of data they work with, and we will be comparing/contrasting data from Long Bay with data from the Scottish Marine Institute. We will take a sampling cruise aboard one of the SAMS research vessels, during which students will participate in the collection of physical measurements in Loch Etive for analysis.

Outside of the classroom, students will have the opportunity to explore the highland town of Oban and the surrounding area, known as the "Gateway to the Islands." There will also be day trips to nearby islands for both research and sightseeing, including Mull, Iona, Staffa and Kerrera. Students will be able to tour several castles, and enjoy the highland spring.

This program will require students to do extensive walking in both urban and rural (rocky) areas. Participation in a day-long cruise aboard a research vessel, ferry crossings and small boat cruises in the open ocean will be required.